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Iowa State University Assistant Director Environmental Health and Safety in Ames, Iowa

Position Title:Assistant Director Environmental Health and Safety

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:• Professional certifications such as Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Construction General Permit (CGP) Site Inspector, or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).

• Advanced degree in related field.

• Experience supervising others.

• Experience working in a higher learning and/or research facility.

Job Description:


Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is currently seeking qualified applicants for an Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety. EH&S is an employing unit which reports to the Office of University Counsel at Iowa State University (ISU). EH&S aids the campus community in preventing illness and injury, protects the environment, and connects the university to the message of safety and preparedness. EH&S delivers effective education, fosters beneficial partnerships, maintains technical expertise, and provides exemplary service.

Responsibilities of this position include leadership for environmental compliance programs impacting Iowa State University. Programs include federally mandated Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and various related programs including National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC), Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), Campus Title V permit and Non-Domestic Waste Water (NDW2) programs. These responsibilities will include supervision of four staff conducting environmental sampling, campus inspections, and inventorying materials and equipment as required by the university’s multiple permits; assist sustainability efforts related to hazardous waste minimization and recycling.

This is a “hands-on” managerial position that will work with staff to collect unwanted materials including chemical, radiological, biological, and other special waste streams and transport to the ISU-Regulated Materials Facility (ISU-RMF); operate a pathological waste incinerator; provide training on environmental topics to university personnel; and lead in the overall operation of the RCRA, UST, AST, and other regulatory programs. This position will also provide regulatory compliance assistance for all University labs and facilities; interact with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies; and provide technical expertise during hazardous material emergencies. Duties of this position require the ability to lift 40 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation, have sufficient manual dexterity to handle chemical containers and work with tools; and wear a respirator.

Example of Duties

• Oversee campus chemical waste program including the safe treatment, processing, and disposal of hazardous wastes; redistribution of usable materials; and permit-required inspections.

• Apply knowledge of agriculture, chemistry, meteorology, and engineering principles to identify potential pollutants from entering air, water, and soil.

• Coordinate the operations of a pathological incinerator which may include direct certification and operation of the campus unit.

• Author and maintain written compliance manuals, guidelines, and we-based resources

• Assist in identifying environmental threats.

• Report on compliance data gathered and maintain databases.

• Respond to university emergencies as needed

Level Guidelines• Aware of key annual objectives of department or work unit• Understands linkage between daily activities and achievement of annual objectives of department/work unit and explains to direct reports• Focus on ISU’s mission and meeting department or work unit goals• Supervises a small department or work team• Often is a working supervisor with direct, previous experience performing work of those supervised• Has full management responsibility for direct reports, specifically the authority to hire, fire, and counsel; may share part of responsibility with higher level management• Requests approval for financial actions beyond a limited scope per policy

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS811

Application Instructions:To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following: 1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485. Why Choose ISU? Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as: • Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans • Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans • Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa) • Life insurance and long-term disability • Flexible Spending Accounts • Various voluntary benefits and discounts • Employee Assistance Program • Wellbeing program • Iowa State offers WorkFlex options for some positions. WorkFlex offers flexibility on when, where, and how you do your work. For more information, please speak with the Hiring Manager.

Original Posting Date: May 15, 2024

Posting Close Date:May 28, 2024

Job Requisition Number:R14673

By focusing on the future and providing the best student experience possible, Iowa State attracts students and faculty who want to make a difference. With a comprehensive land-grant mission of education, research, extension and outreach, we produce scholars whose ideas change the world. And through Innovate at Iowa State , we provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Located just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the city of Ames was recently named one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for campus life and career opportunities.

Iowa State University is a welcoming, global, and culturally diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Campus community members have a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and are committed to engaging with each other respectfully as outlined in the university's Principles of Community ( . Iowa State recognizes that diverse intellectual and philosophical perspectives are vital to innovation, critical thinking skills, and a dynamic academic community that fosters the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology, and human creativity to work.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

General ISU compensation information can be found on the University Human Resources ( website. Please note that this is only a list of ranges and individuals will be paid commensurate with qualifications.