Job Description

Grand Canyon University is seeking a full time EHS Director. This person will be responsible for the planning, organizing, and directing University’s environmental health and safety program while continuing to build the organization to meet University needs and growth.  

Primary Responsibilities /Accountabilities/ Essential Functions:

  • Reports to the Vice President of Facilities Planning and Operations, the Director of EHS develops, implements, and maintains campus environmental health and safety programs, including hazardous waste management, chemical and laboratory safety, radiation safety, fire prevention and maintenance and all aspects of the University’s industrial hygiene plan. 
  • Assist in successful implementation and maintenance of GCU’s risk management program, to include insurance, workers’ compensation, and claims administration. 
  • Provide leadership and direction in policy development and attainment of objectives. 
  • Perform risk analysis for all GCU sites. 
  • Direct the review of proposed research and construction projects to determine the impact on environmental health and safety and risk management programs. 
  • Consult with managers, executives, and employees to identify problems, develop improvements, create, and maintain quality standards. 
  • Develop corrective methods, controls, and procedures to improve work environment. 
  • Maintain the University’s Hazardous Communications Program and Storm Water Management. 
  • Assure that Hazardous Waste Manifest, Safety Data Sheets, etc. are correctly processed in a timely manner and all records must be maintained in the specified locations. 
  • Work with the Facilities and Senior Management to coordinate activities relating to green initiatives that measure and/or reduce GCU’s carbon footprint. 
  • Investigate industrial hygiene concerns and exposures of employees, students, etc., and University departments and schools’ operations relating to hazardous substances, noise, light, and environmental stresses; makes recommendations on the same. 
  • Develop University-wide programs on hazardous materials to ensure standardization of control and disposal procedures. 
  • Serve as liaison with federal, state, and local authorities in matters related to environmental safety and risk management and ensures compliance 
  • Introduce and interpret, for university departments, various Federal, State, Local, and industry-recognized rules, regulations, and procedures governing hazardous materials and safety that may impact GCU. 
  • Ensure required licenses or registrations are maintained for hazardous materials. 
  • Develop techniques for the field collections and correlation of toxic and noxious substances and/or provides oversight of vendors doing the same. 
  • Coordinate University activities with professional outside consultants and contractors in the areas of toxic waste disposal and laboratory analysis. 
  • Assure the accomplishment of inspection and testing of fire extinguishers, sprinkler and annunciation systems, eyewash stations, emergency showers, fire sprinkler systems, fire pumps, fume hoods, exit lights, emergency lights and generators, life safety egresses, etc. 
  • Provide applicable and necessary training/certification (i.e., driver authorizations, hot work permits, forklift, etc.), new employee orientations for safety and CPR, AED, first aid, etc. 
  • Maintain detailed records associated with the specific duties within the safety program. 
  • Participate in laboratory audits and follow up inspections relating to radiation safety. 
  • Determine whether safety needs are met (e.g., training, personal protective equipment, and corrective measures including non-mandated items identified in safety inspections). 
  • Incorporate workplace safety requirements and responsibilities into each appropriate job description and ensure that workplace safety expectations are communicated to each student and employee. 
  • Ensure that periodic safety self-audits of work areas and/or facilities are conducted. 
  • Perform other duties as requested.

Equipment Used and Responsibility

  • MS Office Suite
  • Principles and practices of occupational environmental health and safety.
  • Federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing environmental health and safety procedures and policies.
  • Local, state, and federal rules/regulations on hazardous materials management.
  • Hazardous materials management practices and techniques.
  • Safety policies.
  • Develop and conduct environmental health and safety training for staff, faculty, and students.
  • Investigating and analyzing accidents and their causes.
  • Applicable measurement and/or sampling methods and technologies.
  • Chemical, biological, and physical hazard sampling equipment.

Experience/ Education

  • Master’s degree preferred in Occupational Health and Safety or related field and four years’ experience in environmental health and safety, fire prevention, hazardous materials management, which includes two years in supervisory capacity
  • Or Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety or related field AND five years’ experience in environmental health and safety, fire prevention, hazardous materials management, or related field, which includes two years in supervisory capacity.
  • Experience in Higher Education desired
  • Certified Safety Professional preferred
  • Must work outside normal business hours and days as needed.
  • Must pass a background investigation as well as fingerprint clearance.


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