Director of UAA EHS and Risk Management Services

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Classification:Administrative Management 5
Grade:Grade 84
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:VCAS Facilities & Campus Svcs
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Other

Position Summary:

The EHSRM department reports to the UAA Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services (VCAS). The VCAS oversees budget, human resources, administrative services (financial and auxiliary), athletics, facilities and campus services (F&CS), University Police Department (UPD) and environmental health safety risk management and emergency management (EHSRM) at the University of Alaska Anchorage main administrative unit (MAU). The UAA MAU includes main campus in Anchorage and supports services at community college campuses including: Kodiak College, Mat-Su College, Kenai Peninsula College, and Prince William Sound College. The EHSRM Director currently has 4 direct reports two of which are vacant. The positions include a Chemical Hygiene Officer (filled), Emergency Manager (filled), Health & Safety Officer (unfilled) and Environmental Compliance Officer (unfilled).


10Emergency Management Duties. Oversee and improve emergency management services for UAA promoting business continuity. Direct collaboration with internal and external resources in the development and enhancement of emergency response procedures and regularly verify capability and functionality of intra- and inter- MAUs for the alert and notification systems in the case of extraordinary emergency or disaster incidents. Manage development and implementation of emergency preparedness processes, programs and training, including: the UAA Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for significant or catastrophic events and the Pandemic Preparedness Plan with the UAA Office of Emergency Management. Direct continuing research on evolving emergency management standards to ensure the UAA Emergency Operations Plan and related programs are in alignment with national and State standards.Essential
10Environmental Duties. Responsible for verifying environmental compliance, managing associated permitting, and preparing reports for the UAA MAU campuses.Essential
10Health and Safety Duties. Responsible for behavior based health and safety program and developing relationships within UAA and its partners. Collaboratively coordinate and perform campus and facility inspections, prepare reports and provide guidance for implementation of recommended corrective actions.Essential
10Risk Management Duties. Oversee risk management services at UAA. Perform risk assessment and disaster preparedness reports. Coordinate with and report to University of Alaska System Risk Office. Perform loss prevention, cost containment, claim investigation, and related research. Coordinate confidential investigations with Statewide Risk Management, University Police Department, and General Counsel.Essential
15Develop, maintain and improve the environmental, health, safety, emergency management, and risk management (EHSRM) programs at UAA. The EHSRM Director readily identifies opportunities to enhance established programs and processes; takes initiative and leads with strong people service skills, and consistently demonstrates a high energy level and a problem solving attitude. Key duties include: monitoring ongoing EHSRM compliance, building consensus amongst teams and work groups for the furtherance of behavior-based safety culture and programs, providing guidance and technical assistance, maintaining material licenses, permits, and registrations of regulated devices. Coordinate with various Departments to identify unsafe conditions and to stop any activity that presents an unreasonable health and safety risk. Report incidents to University of Alaska Statewide System Office (Statewide) in a timely manner.Essential
15Provide staff support and lead continuous improvement and change management for environmental, health, safety, risk, and emergency management services. Provide staff supervision, mentorship, coaching, training and leadership for overall program. Lead regular program reviews, updates and evaluations.Essential
15Provide training and materials to campus community for environmental, health, safety, emergency management, and risk management. Plan, execute, update and finalize EHS programs in accordance with expectations on scope and schedule budgets while guaranteeing a high level of quality.Essential
5Develop and oversee EHSRM budget. Evaluate and explore funding sources for program improvements. Leverage resources to further programs in innovative ways.Essential
5Represent UAA in the EHSRM Council and with other Statewide system partners.Essential
5Retain and manage technical services not currently in UAAs capabilities and evaluate the costs and benefits of where capabilities can be internally developed.Essential

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is expanding our Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Risk Management (EHS/RM) Team to promote academic excellence at our Anchorage campus, our four community campuses and extension sites throughout Southcentral Alaska. The EHS/RM Director position has been re-defined and enhanced so that we may further leverage our successes to accomplish our goals of ensuring that students, staff, and faculty can safely fully experience and support our diverse educational opportunities. 

UAA is the largest university in the state and one of three universities in the University of Alaska statewide system. UAA provides a wide range of opportunities for educational career and technical education programs that are closely aligned with Alaska’s core industries, such as aviation, science and engineering, oil and gas. These diverse educational and research settings provide many opportunities for collaboration and leadership on EHS/RM program development and outcomes.

The EHS/RM Department has been strategically re-organized to fulfill our vision of continued expansion of our current capabilities, and this key position has been developed to further bolster our organizational and cultural foundations by creating a robust and long-term legacy of excellence in safety, environmental compliance, risk management and emergency management. The EHS/RM Director will report directly to our Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services in performance of strategic EHS/RM Program development and with various departments and deans in the tactical/technical aspects of EHS/RM implementation. This position will be critical in accomplishing our goal of growing our EHS/RM Program while maintaining the highest quality and caring reputation.

The exceptional individual will be trusted and empowered in the EHS/RM Director position to raise the expectations of our staff, faculty and students; to continuously successfully transform UAAs EHS/RM programs into a regionally-prominent organization that retains our student and educational focus and elevates our behavioral safety culture.

At UAA, we honor diverse experiences and perspectives—including differences in ideas, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, culture, nationality, age, disability, veteran and socioeconomic status—and strive to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments where all are treated with respect. 

UAA recognizes and values the diversity of our unique location in Southcentral Alaska, the ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina Athabascan, Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiak, and Eyak peoples.  UAA’s campus is connected to 250 miles of trails where wooded seclusion, mountain vistas and ocean views of the Last Frontier are to be enjoyed, and without sacrificing urban amenities. Anchorage provides a bounty of museums, movie theaters, shopping, live music, sporting events and hundreds of restaurants. 

Required Knowledge/Skills Abilities: 

  • Ability to leverage technical understanding drawn from historical experiences.
  • Ability to promote EHSRM program excellence across institutional authorities and hierarchy.
  • Promote safety based culture of excellence and continuous learning.
  • Takes the initiative to lead with strong people service skills and high-energy level, promotes and problem solving with positive attitude.
  • Collaborates with management team to develop practical EHSRM solutions resulting in expedition attainment of established goals.
  • Exemplifies excellence in customer service and communication skills.
  • Demonstrates current knowledge of environmental, health, safety, risk management and emergency management federal, state local and university laws and regulations.
  • Ability to interpret and appropriately apply regulatory codes and laws in a university setting.
  • Ability to author and develop policies and programs.
  • Ensures adherence to policies and programs but to maintain flexibility when conditions differ from those that are expected.
  • Fiscal responsibility and ownership of accounting/performance goals for programs. Achieves the goal of zero errors on permits and governmental submittals and ensures that EHSRM projects are managed in an employee and student relationship focused manner.
  • Communicates EHSRM expectations across a variety of audiences with varied expertise and backgrounds: including VCAS, Statewide, team members, faculty, staff, employees, and trade personnel.
  • Supports facilities and campus services in confirming construction and/or maintenance projects have been adequately planned and that work plans and health and safety plans are in place before starting the work.
  • Proactively identifies staffing and project program resource needs, including outsourcing/contracting. Coordinates requirements with other stakeholders and report requirements to VCAS.
  • Manages technical aspects of contracts and maintains accountability for all ESHRM-related contracts and reports.
  • Cultivates and maintains long-term relationships with other MAUs and EHSRM professionals through resource sharing, problem solving, objective analysis, and critical thinking.
  • Supports 100% on-time delivery of program documents and records.
  • Supports procurement and legal review of contract documents and present solutions to resolve significant issues. Resolve minor issues independently.
  • Listen carefully to clearly understand department heads and supervisors. Communicate expected scope schedule and budget to develop high quality EHSRM programs in coordination with University leadership. Accomplish this through proactive communication and development of trust.
  • Ensure high level of performance by EHSRM staff to protect UAA interests by monitoring progress, budgets, and deliverables.
  • Ensure responsiveness to inquiries form employees and supervisors.
  • Requires creative and innovation thinking to identify where existing resources can be utilized to complement or expand existing capabilities.
  • Readily identify the difference between opportunistic actions and strategic planning.

Required Experience: 

Master's Degree in field of science or engineering, public health, waste management, or other related field and six years progressively responsible experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. PhD is preferred.

Typical Education or Training: 

Bachelor's Degree in physical science or a related field and 8 to 10 years progressively responsible relevant experience (supervisory, environmental, health, safety, risk management and/or emergency management).

Master's degree in a related field, Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is strongly preferred.

Review of applications will begin on September 17, 2018. Applicants may continue to apply after the review date until the position closes at the discretion of the search committee.


The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to non-discrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment.  Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of non-discrimination available at

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