Environmental Health and Safety Senior Specialist

Payroll Title: UCP IX
Class Code: 0955-09089
Job Family: TLR
FLSA Code: E
Score: 643


Under the general direction of an EHS Manager, provides supervision and handles the more complex hazard assessments and unique, one-of-a kind EHS issues that have significant health and safety aspects in support of the University’s research, teaching, or service activities through the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS).


The primary focus of this position is supervision of personnel, administrative services and program compliance within an EHS discipline (Biological, Chemical, Occupational & Radiation), which must include managing a large and complex operation and/or facility such as hazardous waste operations at the Main Accumulation Area.  Incumbents at this level are expected to regularly exercise discretion utilizing advanced technical knowledge and skills as the designated subject matter expert and handle the more complex, technically difficult hazard assessments, identifications and resolution determinations.


  1. Provides hands-on technical assistance and first line supervision of personnel for day-to-day activities; plans and coordinates work and activities of staff to include work assignments and work schedules with responsibility for implementing goals for technical operations, services or projects.  Identifies issues and recommends feasible solutions regarding operations, services and/or personnel; provides EHS Manager input regarding annual performance evaluations.
  2. Manages a subset of EHS Section’s responsibilities (e.g., hazardous waste management is a subset of Chemical/Biological Safety, electrical safety is a subset of Occupational Safety), often including University wide program(s), with accountability for the quantity and quality of the work (e.g., waste pickups) of assigned staff. Conducts and/or oversees inspections and University activities with responsibility to document results on daily, weekly, monthly, or otherwise scheduled routine.
  3. Responsible for leading EHS personnel in performance of hazard assessments, identifications and determinations using a variety of complex evaluation methods, which may require solving problems inherent with the experimental techniques.  Makes initial determinations, evaluates need for further information and recommends the appropriate hazard controls and implementation methodology.
  4. Researches protocol discussions involving occupational, chemical, biological and/or radiological hazard exposures to ensure design meets regulatory requirements and provides adequate margin of safety. Interfaces with internal and external auditors; implements corrective measures in response to audit findings in collaboration with EHS Manager and operational departments.
  5. Researches and develops, as needed, straight-forward protocols to address new issues or innovative research related to regulated materials recognition, evaluation, disposition, handling, removal, packaging, transport, storage and disposal.  Researches and interprets requirements in order to comply with regulations and University policy; provides assistance in reaching consensus with affected personnel and organizations.
  6. Within area of specialization, participates in planning and developing EHS programs and operations; evaluates quality of services and operational performance; assesses compliance with University policy, local, state and federal regulations through program audits; makes recommendations for improvement.
  7. Represents the EHS Manager to all levels of University officials, outside agencies including state regulators, vendors and others as it relates to specialty area.  Serves as a designee for the EHS Manager as requested; assumes interim responsibilities as delegated during EHS Manager’s absence.  Maintains relations on compliance issues with University personnel, external organizations and regulatory agencies.
  8. Responsible for maintenance of vendor relationships as well as coordination and supervision of vendors; evaluates and provides input regarding vendor performance, product performance, customer satisfaction, and discrepancies.
  9. Prepares reports for University, state and federal agencies as directed.  May coordinate with others to prepare or evaluate draft reports, plans, and other submittals for final review by EHS Manager or Director.
  10. Oversees the operation, maintenance and repair of technical equipment; operates and calibrates analytical instruments, equipment, and related components; makes adjustments and follows-up to resolve equipment problems. Ensures safety conditions and inventory levels are maintained.
  11. Is responsible for proper and accurate recording, tracking, maintenance and/or supervision of documentation which may include, but not limited to, compliance records, regulated material determinations and profiles, shipments, storage, facility inspection reports and audits, resolutions, and training files.
  12. Drafts and revises standard operating procedures to ensure safety and health of personnel and the effectiveness of services provided. Coordinates with EHS Manager, University staff and others as needed to implement procedures, plans, processes, best practices and safety standards.
  13. Identifies, within EHS Section, areas for achieving increased cost savings through identification of qualified sources, market trends, and technologies; researches, evaluates and recommends the suitability of new products, services, equipment and supplies. Interacts with vendors to determine cost/benefit, availability and suitability of products, services and/or delivery.
  14. Participates in meeting, conferences, committees and University-wide discussions to facilitate decisions related to safe EHS operations such as waste disposal, on-site analyses, non-compliance and resolution.  Provides consultation and coordinates with internal and external organizations ensuring effective communication.
  15. Trains and/or schedules training sessions for EHS staff as required under Federal and State regulations or University policies (e.g., Department of Transportation/HazMat).  Develops informational and educational materials for training, presentation or publication purposes.
  16. Assists in the preparation of budget requests, identifies and communicates resource constraints to the EHS Manager and develops criteria to assist in prioritizing service delivery.
  17. Keeps abreast of regulatory issues and technologies, which may impact the University, including but not limited to EPA, OSHA, DoT, and CT DEP; adapts new technology as appropriate to meet changing EHS regulatory requirements and improve efficiency.
  18. Performs all EH&S Specialist II job duties as needed.
  19. Performs related duties as required.


  1. Master’s degree in a related discipline along with at least 3 years of related experience in environmental health and safety; or, Bachelor’s degree in Environment Health and Safety or related discipline, and 5 or more years of experience in environmental health and safety discipline or related field.
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of the technical specialty, applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines related to area of expertise.
  3. Demonstrated supervisory and/or team building skills.
  4. Proven ability to quickly assess situations through demonstrated problem-solving skills and knowledge of state of the art technology related to their EHS discipline.
  5. Computer skills commensurate with job responsibilities (e.g., database design, spreadsheet development, word-processing).
  6. Excellent communication skills.
  7. Ability to promptly respond in-person to all campus locations outside of normal business hours, as needed.
  8. Ability to perform tasks requiring manual dexterity and the ability to lift 40-50 lb. containers and handle 55-gallon drums, as needed.
  9. Professional certification or license may be required by regulation for specific technical fields.


  1. Professional certification in one or more EHS specialties (CIH, CHMM, CSP, CBSP, CHP, etc.) is strongly recommended.

Scored: 06/10/11