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Subject: Job Opening, Texas Tech
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Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health & Safety

Position Description
Texas Tech University seeks an Assistant Vice President to direct the Department of Environmental Health & Safety and administer the university‚s environmental health and safety programs.

Essential Functions
The objective of this position is to develop, implement, administer and monitor all environmental health and safety programs for the university. Programs are expected to be in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local statutes, regulations and ordinances and to establish institutionally approved prudent practices, procedures and standards.

Specific examples of the position‚s scope of work include, but are not limited to, the following:
 Develop a high-impact and metric-based laboratory safety program and ensure that it is communicated, followed, and enforced. Participate in national activities that promote such programs.
 Administer the department‚s budget, consulting with university administration on major budgetary obligations associated with safety programs and compliance expectations or mandates.
 Provide assistance to faculty, staff, and students in designing facilities that meet safety and environmental requirements and promote environmentally responsible and safe practices.
 Participate in the capital planning process to ensure that environmental, health and safety issues are properly identified, considered and addressed.
 Be an active member of the Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee, and Radiation/Laser Safety Committee. Serve on other University committees or task forces as assigned or requested.
 Serve as the university‚s primary interface with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies including, but not limited to; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Department of State Health Services.
Preferred Qualifications
 Terminal (MA, MS or MPH, PhD or equivalent) degree in an Environmental Health & Safety discipline or a science or engineering discipline.
 Five (5) years of experience with responsibility for working closely with management and oversight of laboratory safety programs, hazardous materials disposal, chemical hygiene, biosafety, radiation safety, occupational health & safety, environmental protection, or other environmental health & safety activities.
 Demonstrated ability to manage and perform operational functions required for compliance with all applicable federal and state statutes and regulations, ordinances and control functions for environmental health and safety at a research university
 Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with staff in the development of new programs consistent with the needs of the institution, including education, record keeping, public relations, and related functions.
 Demonstrated ability to work closely with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies, in addition to advisory boards, committees, and other policy formulating or recommending groups; evidence of positive performance with regard to responses to inquiries from these agencies.
 Possession of one or more of the following professional certifications:
- Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) ˆ American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH)
- Certified Safety Professional (CSP) ˆ Board of Certified Safety Professionals
- Certified Health Physicist (CHP) ˆ American Board of Health Physics
- Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) ˆ Institute of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers
 Working knowledge and application of computer-based management systems with applications to EH&S related functions such as record keeping, inventory tracking, budget control, etc.
 Excellent oral and written communication skills.
 Valid driver‚s license.
Special Instructions to Applicants
 This is a Security Sensitive Level I Position: Applicants for this position will be subject to a police records check and may be required to be fingerprinted.
 Successful candidates must pass a criminal history/driving record background check prior to employment.
 Successful candidates must be eligible to successfully complete a security risk assessment conducted by the U.S. Attorney General/FBI in accordance with CDC/USDA Select Agent Regulations as the need arises.


Screening will begin upon the receipt of applications and will continue until the position is filled. Curriculum vitae, a cover letter and the names and contact information of at least three professional references that can speak to the individual‚s experience in environmental, health and laboratory safety are required. Provide email addresses and full contact information for each reference.

Additional information is available at
Questions about this position should be directed to:
Alice Young, Ph.D., Associate VP for Research
Chair, Search Committee
Office of the Vice President for Research
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1075
An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Employer

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