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Executive Director, Environmental Health and Safety

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada
Start date
Sep 6, 2023

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Regulatory, Regulatory Affairs, Science/R&D
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno is seeking a collaborative Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) to be a driving force in maintaining a safe and healthy campus environment for all. This position reports to the Associate Vice President, Research Administration.

The Executive Director will oversee a wide range of responsibilities from campus lab safety and hazardous waste management to radiation protection and occupational health and safety. This individual will also be responsible for developing and implementing education and training programs that inform and engage the university community, as well as for creating emergency safety protocols and participating in the tabletop emergency exercises. The Executive Director will play a critical role in defining and implementing innovative programs and policies that proactively address campus safety and environmental health concerns.

The Executive Director will ensure compliance with all relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations and will serve as a public spokesperson for the University on matters related to EH&S. They will be responsible for developing and maintaining relevant reports, as well as leading the development of IT programs that contain regulatory information.     

The Executive Director will oversee all human, financial and physical resources related to EH&S and will work to create an organizational culture that values transparent, timely and collaborative communication. The Executive Director will also maintain a strong safety culture and adhere to all safety policies, procedures and regulations, and proactively identify and address workplace hazards.

In addition to these technical responsibilities, the Executive Director will also promote and advocate for diversity, inclusion, positive employee relations, teamwork and fair and equitable treatment of their employees.

Environmental Health & Safety

EH&S specializes in a multitude of program areas to minimize risks across the University and to allow students, faculty and researchers to do their work safely while reducing environmental impacts. EH&S is responsible for ensuring the safety of students, faculty and staff across a wide range of departments, from athletics, the medical school, arts buildings, two state-of-the-art earthquake engineering laboratories to the campus at Lake Tahoe and more.

The department provides a wide array of training and oversees policies that govern research and workplace safety. With a dedicated, hands-on training laboratory, our training programs include CPR and first-aid, defensive driving, fire extinguisher, evacuation and a wide range of lab safety topics. Visit our training resources to find overviews of these courses, a complete training matrix and access to the online registration.

We are also proud to oversee a wide variety of labs and spaces on campus. We oversee 250 research groups spanning approximately 800 individual research spaces, two BSL-3 laboratory suites, clean rooms, a standalone hazardous waste facility, greenhouse facilities, Insectariums, Vivariums, creator spaces and farms. Our employees have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers across a range of disciplines, making our work exciting and interesting.

Our EH&S advisory committees provide guidance and institutional support, and direct policy and procedures for overall safety in laboratories, workspaces and specialized areas of research including use of certain types of equipment.

We are proud to say that our EH&S department has received national recognition for our outstanding work. We were awarded CSHEMA 2015 Marketing Campaign Award of Distinction, the CSHEMA 2017 Innovation Award of Honor, and the CSHEMA 2020 Innovation Award. In Addition, we received the American Chemical Society 2005 NIOSH College and University Award for Outstanding Chemical Healthy and Safety Program, and the American Chemical Society 2022 Safety Status College and University Health and Safety Award.

EH&S commitment to ensuring that all the appropriate safety best practices and regulations, as well as the continued fostering the climate that values and prioritizes health and safety on campus is evident through the department that consists of 26 professional and classified employees, with direct reports to the Executive Director, EH&S. For more information please visit:

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and seven (7) years OR;

Master’s Degree and five (5) years OR;

Doctorate Degree and three (3) years of related professional experience. 

Related experience: Management experience in a multi-component, complex, environmental health and safety program at an academic, government, or industrial institution with scientific and technical research programs or related.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree

Certification and Licensure

Nationally recognized certification in an environmental health and safety discipline such as a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Health Physicist, or Certified Hazardous Material or equivalent.

Schedule or Travel Requirements

Occasional overnight travel for conferences

Compensation Grade

Administrative Faculty – E

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Remarkable Retirement

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 17.50% contribution is generously matched by the University.   With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow!  All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada. 

Perks of Working at UNR

  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance Generous annual and sick leave and life insurance  – Faculty Benefits E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options.  E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues. Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate No state income tax!

Grants-in-aid for Faculty Employees


The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee’s spouse or domestic partner.  Faculty Grants-in-Aid

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program




Full-Time Equivalent



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Attach the following attachments to your application

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for three professional references

4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

  HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

  References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

  As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

  For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

    Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race (including hair texture and protected hairstyles such as natural hairstyles, afros, bantu knots, curls, braids, locks and twists), color, or religion (protected classes). 

About Us

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public research university committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s original land-grant university, the University serves 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and 75 countries.

The University is classified by the Carnegie® Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an R1 university: A doctoral university with very high research activity. In 2020, the University was also recognized in the Carnegie® Community Engagement classification. The University is also ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the “Best Global Universities”, and it ranks in the top tier of the WSJ/Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Since 2009, the University has invested more than $850 million in advanced labs, facilities, and residence halls. It is home to Nevada’s first medical school — the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine — and delivers on its original land-grant mission with outreach across the state through the University of Nevada, Reno Extension, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Nevada Small Business Development Center, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, and Wolf Pack Athletics.

The University’s main campus is in Reno, Nevada — a burgeoning global technology hub with a vibrant Midtown and downtown. Located where the high desert of the Great Basin meets the High Sierra, the University’s beautiful, 290-acre main campus is also a Nevada State Arboretum. In recent years, the University has added two additional locations: the Redfield campus in south Reno and the Wayne L. Prim campus in Incline Village, the home of the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. 

The University is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, which is comprised of two research universities, one state college, four community colleges and an environmental research institute, and is committed to developing strong partnerships with each institution for the benefit of all Nevadans.

Through its commitment to high-impact education, world-improving research and creative activity, and outreach that’s transforming Nevada’s communities and businesses, the University continues its nearly 150-year tradition of benefitting our state, nation and world.

The University recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. The inclusive and engaged community on campus recognizes the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

Today, the University delivers on its original land-grant mission of access to education and knowledge by investing in the academics, facilities, support, engagement and vibrant campus life that promote our diverse students’ cognitive growth and academic achievement — all while remaining one of the best values in American higher education.

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