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Health & Safety Manager (0474U) Environment, Health & Safety 45776
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 18, 2022
Title Health & Safety Manager (0474U) Environment, Health & Safety 45776
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Environmental/Occupational Health

Health & Safety Manager (0474U) Environment, Health & Safety 45776

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship.

EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.

The Health & Safety Manager directs the comprehensive health & safety programs at UC Berkeley for the campus community, including research safety, workplace safety, environmental health, and biosafety, under broad and independent authority of the EH&S Executive Director. The Health & Safety Manager is a member of the EH&S Senior Management Team, represents EH&S at campus meetings, committees and systemwide level and may be called upon to act as interim director as needed.

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Plans, directs, and manages multiple EH&S office-wide and cross-team programs and coordination efforts, including but not limited to:

  • Designated Urgent Response Program; consisting of a team of trained EH&S staff responsible for providing 24/7 consultation and response services to campus for chemical spills, releases, injuries and other urgent concerns.
  • Research oversight coordination; serves as the primary EH&S liaison with the VCRO regarding non-EH&S managed research oversight committees (e.g. ACUC, IRB) and private- public research enterprises (e.g. BBH, QB3 incubator spaces)
  • Regulatory inspections and coordination, such as Cal/OSHA, DEA, CDPH, and accreditation or funding agencies.
  • Campus communications; develops or oversees development of, implements and promotes communication programs to enhance, encourage and ensure awareness of and compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, policies, et cetera in order to prevent injuries, illness, releases to the environment, and unsafe (working) conditions, including hazards that may be a threat to the entire campus community such as wildfire smoke and transmissible diseases like COVID-19.
  • Strategic planning; plans, directs, and manages resources to support the EH&S mission, including coordination of professional development and recognition events that address retention and staff morale.

Manages the Health and Safety Team (a group of 20+ professionals with three supervisors, plus student assistants and interns), providing personnel administration including hiring, training, evaluating performance, and as required, implementing corrective action.

  • Oversees work production and professional development of team.
  • Supervises, motivates, guides, and applies appropriate standards to staff in their implementation of assigned duties.
  • Recommends or approves hiring of new employees, promotions, reclassification, salary actions, and terminations.
  • Administers full range of performance management to ensure maintenance of expectations and standards.
  • Assesses job and career enhancement development needs for staff, assuring access to development opportunities.
  • Ensures staff are fully and properly trained to meet mandatory training requirements of positions.
  • Establishes, enforces, and promotes a culture of safety and compliance among all staff supervised.

Represents EH&S at campus meetings and committees, and/or at UC-systemwide level.

As part of the EH&S Senior Management Team, may establish and recommend changes to policies that affect the organization.

By memorandum of understanding or other agreements, may develop, manage and oversee associated programs at other UC campuses, per identified need, and manage the assigned personnel.

Monitors budgets and expenses, ensuring compliance with budgetary allocations, and manages vendor contracts that support H&S team programs.

  • Implements in-year budget for team, approving non-compensation expenditure. Recommends budget distribution or augmentations.
  • Participates in the annual budget review, developing and assisting with positioning of EH&S budgetary proposals and associated recharge program to implement the EH&S mission.
  • Provides technical input and direct support to annual recharge recertification activities.
  • Monitors rechargeable field work and expenses, assists with resolving service disputes
  • Establishes and monitors contracts with vendors that provide critical services in support of H&S programs, such as but not limited to, AED inspections, lab coat laundering, biosafety cabinet certifications, monitoring equipment calibration, and analytical services for exposure monitoring and other sampling projects (e.g. air, water, soil, or wipe samples).

Directly and/or through professional and technical supervisors and staff, evaluates, recommends, and implements policies and procedures to assure awareness of and compliance with health & safety regulations and UC/campus & EH&S requirements. Monitors and helps prevent chemical, biological, and physical hazards and exposure. Reviews and incorporates health standards promulgated by regulatory authorities. Directs audits, follow-up and notification activities. Provides reports to Federal, State, and local agencies. Develops and monitors operational program plans.

Programs under the H&S program include

  • Occupational health & safety, ensuring employee safety and complying with Cal/OSHA regulations
  • General chemical safety and annual laboratory inspection program, including coordination of the Laboratory Operations & Safety Committee (LO&SC)
  • Hazard assessment in laboratory, field, and shop environments
  • Standard operating procedures for campus research laboratories
  • Personal protective equipment (lab coats, eyewear, respiratory protection program)
  • Chemical inventory
  • Campus controlled substances program
  • Urgent Response Program
  • Biosafety program and compliance with NIH guidelines and CDPH medical waste management regulations, including coordination of the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB)
  • Oversight of applicable MOU and partnership programs, e.g. UC systemwide programs and centers of excellence of affiliated H&S programs, e.g. scientific diving
  • Environmental Health, including food, pool, and drinking water safety, and compliance with California Food Code

Maintains professional knowledge of existing and proposed changes in EH&S areas, with specific attention to new regulations in particular subject matter areas. Facilitates or creates new and complex solutions applying advanced level knowledge of best practices within multiple technical, professional, scientific and applied disciplines, and makes recommendations and presentations.

**see Governing Agencies: Laws & Regulations

Staff development: Works on professional committees and assignments, participates in professional training and attends relevant conferences, and/or is mentored or coached on a formal or informal basis.

In a campuswide disaster, serve as a key member of the EH&S Emergency Support Function (ESF) or Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This is part of the campus Emergency Management -Hazardous Materials program, and EH&S is identified as one of the several essential service units that may be mobilized to support the campus Emergency Operations Center.

Required Qualifications

  • Comprehensive and thorough knowledge and understanding of EH&S technical requirements, logistics, materials and operations, rules, regulations, laws, etc..
  • Demonstrated experience leading and directing a comprehensive health & safety program.
  • Excellent skills to create, develop, implement EH&S projects / programs.
  • Proven management expertise to effectively lead and direct subordinate professional staff in different programs. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to motivate others; skilled in facilitation, managing, coaching and relationship building.
  • Proven written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills to effectively convey complex information, including advanced political acumen.
  • Skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies and senior campus management.
  • Proven organizational skill to effectively manage complex projects and programs with multiple priorities.
  • Proven skills to quickly evaluate complex issues, identify resolution, and create effective written, comprehensive analyses with recommendations.
  • Demonstrated experience to effectively represent the campus to state and federal authorities, local agencies and community groups.
  • Solid skills to appropriately and efficiently respond to and direct the response to emergencies and critical situations, including follow-up evaluation and critique of response efficacy; recommend, develop and implement changes to emergency response as required.


  • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training

Preferred Qualifications

Licenses/Certification Details

  • CSP: Certified Safety Professional
  • CIH: Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • CHMM: Certified Hazardous Materials Manager

**Governing Laws & Regulations Programs require application of substantial knowledge on all EH&S compliance programs, campus organizational structure, and applicable local, state and federal regulations for environmental, health and safety technical disciplines. These include the

  • California Occupational Safety and Health Act, including, but not limited to applicable standards (Aerosol Transmissible Diseases, Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fume Hoods and Biological Safety Cabinets, IIPP, HAZWOPER)
  • California Department of Public Health
  • California Retail Food Code -California Administrative Code and Labor Code
  • California and Federal EPA, including field release regulations
  • DEA Controlled Substances Regulations
  • USDA Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Possession, Use and Transfer of Biological Agents and Toxins
  • DHHS Regulations for the Possession, Use, and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins
  • NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules
  • NIH/CDC Guidelines "Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories"
  • California Medical Waste Management Act
  • ATA, DOC, DOT, USDA, CDC, USFW, CDFA, CDFW transportation, importation and shipping regulations
  • USDA Field Release Permits
  • City of Berkeley Hazardous Materials Ordinance
  • National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity guidelines
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations

Salary & Benefits

Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $112,100 - $190,000.

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How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment in the Resume section of your application.

Diversity Statement

Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that "every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive."

Other Information

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to December 2, 2022

This appointment is eligible for up to 50% remote work.

This is not a visa opportunity.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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