Associate Director for Health, Safety, and Sustainability

Feb 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Associate Director for Health, Safety, and Sustainability

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Founded in 1891, Stanford University is among the top academic institutions in the country, excelling in a wide range of fields from the humanities to information technology to the health sciences and medicine. The university is located near Palo Alto, 35 miles south of San Francisco, on an 8,800-acre campus.

Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), the largest auxiliary organization at Stanford University, supports the academic mission of the University by providing the highest quality services to students and other members of the university community. The Department has an annual operating budget of over $270 million, oversees a 5 million sq. ft. physical plant across the campus, and provides housing for over 13,000 students and dependents, serves over 18,000 daily meals at 30 dining and retail locations and over 300,000 meals at Athletic Concessions events, and hosts 20,000 conference guests annually. Additionally, R&DE comprises 735 FTE staff in the following divisions: the Office of the Senior Associate Vice Provost, Student Housing, Stanford Dining, Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries, Stanford Conferences, and a team of R&DE strategic business partners: Finance & Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology and Communications.

“Students (Customers) First” is the mantra of R&DE and our strategic goals reflect our commitment to delivering quality and excellence to our constituents every day. In R&DE, “Excellence is defined by aligning our strategic goals and performance with our vision.”


This division supports all R&DE operations and provides strong stewardship of its facilities by delivering daily and preventive maintenance, executing 50-year asset renewal model, managing design and construction of capital and other essential projects, infusing sustainability, safeguarding occupational health and safety, monitoring life-safety systems and after-hours security, overseeing furnishings/fixtures and parts inventory, administering move services and the fleet, managing utilities and waste, ensuring emergency preparedness and business continuity, and providing space and property administration.


Define, establish, and oversee the day-to-day designated environmental, health, and safety function(s), and manage related staff in support of the university's mission. Oversee one or more specializations depending on the size of the program(s) or university's organizational structure.

  • Develop, implement, and oversee program changes; interpret policies and procedures as they apply to environmental, health, and safety practices.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in one or more areas of environmental, health, and safety specialization; lead technical meetings; represent assigned area and/or specialty in meetings and interact with internal and external customers.
  • Directly supervise and provide guidance and development to individual contributors, including contractors and matrixed staff, external to the organization.
  • Develop and monitor budget for assigned area.
  • Ensure programs and practices are in compliance with the appropriate statutes and regulations and environmental, health, and safety requirements are met.
  • Investigate and resolve problems, questions, or complaints received from within the organization, customers, government regulatory agencies, etc.
  • Ensure environmental, health, and safety inspections are conducted, corrective actions are completed on time, and all necessary documentation is maintained.
  • Develop, maintain, audit, and evaluate current policies, procedures, and documentation for regulatory compliance and continuous improvement.
  • May represent the university as a designated safety officer when mandated by regulatory requirements. ADDITIONAL DUTIES:
  • Lead team to develop and maintain a strong series of programs in support of the department:
  • occupational health and safety program, creating a culture of health and safety across the department.
  • sustainability program, including utilities management and waste management initiatives, as well as continual outreach and education.
  • emergency preparedness and business continuity program, ensuring the department is aligned with campus partners in its preparation efforts.
  • fleet management program, ensuring a sustainable, efficient, and flexible approach to vehicle usage.
  • Provide valuable input and perspective when discussing architecture and design planning for projects, as well as departmental standards. * - Other duties may also be assigned
    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor's degree in arts/science in related allied/scientific field and five years of related progressively responsible experience or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Advanced degree and/or certification(s) or experience may be required for some programs.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to manage environmental, health, and safety functions and staff, or programs and/or staff in a professional service environment.
  • Demonstrated experience leading at least one of the following aspects of a large complex organization is highly preferred and sought after: health/safety program, sustainability program, emergency preparedness/business continuity program.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Ability to interpret and apply regulations.
  • Ability to ensure environmental, health, and safety program compliance.
  • Ability to assist with conducting environmental health and safety related risk assessment, mitigation, and crisis management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to cultivate strong and collaborative relationships inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to lead professionally in emergency/crisis situations. Certifications and Licenses: None PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:

  • Frequently stand, sit, and perform desk based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, write by hand, sort and file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.
  • Ability to maintain a valid non-commercial California Driver's license. * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • Must wear personal protective equipment as defined/required by job assignments.
  • May rarely be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals /asbestos, or heavy metals
  • May rarely work in confined spaces or at heights ≥10 feet. WORK STANDARDS:
  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

    Job: Health and Safety

    Location: Residential & Dining Enterprises
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

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    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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