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Senior EHS Specialist


Saint Mary's College of California

Santa Clara, CA United States

Position Title:Senior EHS Specialist


Position Type:Regular


Salary Range:

$79,920 - $93,960 annually; commensurate with experience


Pay Frequency:AnnualSenior EHS Specialist




Santa Clara, CA


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Full time


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Position Title:

Senior EHS Specialist

Position Type:


Salary Range:

$79,920 - $93,960 annually; commensurate with experience

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The SCU Environment, Health and Safety Department (EHS) is responsible for all EHS related matters for the University in support of its mission to:


• Provide a safe campus learning and work environment


• Ensure a process of regulatory compliance


• Minimize future potential liabilities


• Protect and enhance SCU’s reputation


The EHS Department strives to provide reliable, innovative and proactive services to the campus community. Working collaboratively with the campus community, our goal is to integrate safety into the culture of the campus while supporting academic and research excellence that results in a safe and healthy environment with appropriate compliance, protection of assets and efficient execution of business processes.


Reporting to the Assistant Director of EHS, this position will help develop, implement and monitor occupational safety programs to assist the EHS Department deliver on its campus mission. The position provides safety & health services including support to campus partners in support of workplace safety programs, Injury & Illness Prevention policy, and best practices.


The position will also work closely and collaboratively with local fire departments and the campus Emergency Manager on matters of life safety. The position will interpret and apply fire safety regulations, codes and standards of practice to campus activities.




• Helps Implement occupational safety programs including but not limited to the areas of facilities, construction and contractor safety and other campus areas as assigned. Program areas may include: fall protection, machine guarding, powered industrial trucks, cranes, lock-out/tag-out and electrical safety, hot work, confined spaces, asbestos, mold, indoor air quality, Legionella, hazardous materials, etc.


• Conducts EHS training. Develops training materials, presents in person training, and documents safety training for campus staff and others as required with an emphasis on CCR, Title 8 mandated training. Participates in the continuous improvement of process to ensure training and training products are of the highest quality and meet established training needs.


• Investigates safety concerns reported to EHS by faculty, staff and students. Advises and assists responsible parties regarding practical solutions. When warranted, develops and implements strategies to eliminate or control identified hazards and reduce potential for injuries and loss on campus.


• Conducts investigations and prepares reports on injury and near miss claims as assigned. Conducts follow up visits to ensure remediation, repairs or modification of equipment or job site have been completed


• Conducts assessments of campus properties for compliance with fire and life safety code and follows up to ensure that deficiencies are remedied.


• Oversees the inspection, maintenance and testing of automatic and/or fire alarm systems by the contract campus fire protection system provider to ensure all scheduled maintenance and inspections are conducted. Ensures appropriate repairs to fire protection systems are completed in a timely manner.


• Conducts training and outreach to the campus community in fire prevention procedures to enhance the understanding of fire safety concepts within the employee and student populations, including our campus residence facilities. Inspects campus event sites to identify potential deficiencies and ensure remediation prior to events. Conducts follow up when after fire-related events have been reported.


• Serves as a lead contact with local fire jurisdictions on fire and life safety code, inspections and enforcement matters.


• May respond to campus emergencies in support of fire, hazardous materials, floods and other incidents.


• Other duties as assigned to support the EHS Department fulfill its mission.




Provides oversight of the campus contract fire protection system service provider.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.


This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment and to promote and contribute to an inclusive and respectful workplace.


1. Knowledge


Demonstrated expertise in the principles, methods, practices and regulations of occupational safety.


Candidates will have knowledge and experience with occupational safety programs with an emphasis on facilities, construction and contractor safety including: confined space safety, powered industrial trucks, cranes/hoists, fall protection, confined spaces, hot work, machine shop safety, Legionella, asbestos, water intrusion, mold and other related programs.


Knowledge of pertinent California Code of Regulations and related building code standards and the ability to appropriately identify and apply requirements to campus operations. Knowledge of building construction and fire protection systems and conducting plan reviews. Knowledge of hazardous materials storage requirements and best practices related to handling and storing flammable and combustible materials in compliance with applicable fire and building codes.


This position will work collaboratively with City of Santa Clara, San Jose and Berkeley fire departments on building fire inspections, follow ups and event planning throughout the year.


2. Skills and Abilities


• Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with campus departments at all levels including students, faculty and staff


• Work collaboratively with design contractors, consultants and local fire jurisdictions


• Anticipate problems and address them proactively and take appropriate actions to mitigate hazards ensuring compliance with specific codes, regulations and standards


• Recognize occupational safety, fire and life safety code violations and advise corrective measures


• Assist in developing written programs and effectively communicate occupational and fire safety requirements to the impacted campus population


• Oversee daily activities of the contract campus fire system service provider


• Provide budgetary management in support of fire protection programs


• Perform administrative functions to include preparing correspondence, filing reports and records, track hazard abatement processes through close-out, submit permit applications and fees to local jurisdictions


• Interpret and apply relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards; including making recommendations for work environment changes


3. Education


• Bachelor's degree in science, engineering, occupational safety, fire science or related field


• Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) certificate, preferred


• Associate Safety Professional (ASP) or Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST) certification, preferred


4. Years of Experience


• 6-8 years of experience in the occupational health and safety field, with responsibility implementing and promoting occupational and life safety programs


• Minimum 3-5 years of experience performing design and construction plan reviews and technical inspections.



The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.


• Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal


• Required to regularly walk to other buildings on the campus


• Required to travel to off campus locations on occasion


• Have proficiency and experience with computers and software. Knowledge of office and industry software applications.


• Must have auditory acuity with ability to hear audible alarms


• May work on roofs at heights greater than 10 feet. Ability to climb stairs and ladders.


• May enter locations with laboratory chemicals and other hazardous materials


• Able to wear PPE including N95 respirators, safety eyewear, safety footwear, gloves, hard hats, laboratory and cleanroom garments


• Infrequently respond to events and incidents outside of normal business hours.


• Able to respond, in person, to campus in under 1 hour


• Must have a valid California driver's license.



The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


• Typical office environment with windows, frequent interruptions and multiple conversations occurring in the area


• Significant time spent outdoors traveling between campus buildings and assessing outdoor spaces


• Periodic entering of physical plant spaces


• Periodic entering of laboratories and shop


EEO Statement

?Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination


Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972


Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. The Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is Jenna Elliott, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 408-551-3043,, , Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).


Clery Notice of Availability


Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.


Americans with Disabilities Act


Santa Clara University affirms its' commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at


Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.


  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 6 - 8 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

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