Occupational Safety Specialist

Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The UCCS Department of Public Safety is comprised of Police Operations, Police Communications, Emergency Management, and Environmental Health & Safety.

This position will develop and implement university-wide safety programs. Support Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) in the maintenance and inspection of fire and life safety systems on the campus. Support EH&S in the Chemical Inventory Management program.

Job Duties:
  • Participates in the development and implementation of university-wide safety programs such as lockout/tagout, confined space entry, machine guarding, and other workplace safety programs
  • Maintains industrial hygiene programs such as noise surveys, continuous atmosphere monitoring, ventilation surveys, and asbestos management plans
  • Maintains knowledge on existing or proposed changes in all applicable regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes, and standards
  • Develops recommendations to improve overall occupational health and safety management systems, including in-person and online training materials and opportunities, audits, accident/incident investigations
  • Researches appropriate hazard control and mitigation strategies, including engineering controls, administrative controls, and PPE, while also supporting staff in the implementation of these control strategies across campus operations
  • Supports Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) in the maintenance and inspection of fire and life safety systems on the campus, to include assisting with ongoing inspections of fire alarms, fire pumps, fire sprinklers, fire hydrants, extinguishers, kitchen suppression systems, and eye-wash stations. This role also includes field work in support of outside vendors providing installation and maintenance for such equipment
  • Supports EH&S in the Chemical Inventory Management program, specifically in terms of locating, identifying, documenting, labeling, and data entry of chemicals across the campus
  • Assists with writing, updating, or editing compliance, safety and preparedness plans, and the campus emergency operations plans.
  • Conducts and assists with coordination of outreach efforts on the campus, to include such activities as club fairs, health fairs, Resident Assistant Training, training CPR, First-Aid and other activities in support of the Department of Public Safety and other campus departments.
  • Assists in campus event planning and support as it relates to the mission of Public Safety, to include some evening and weekend hours as necessary.
  • Serves as an alternate liaison to external groups and partnerships such as the Local Emergency Planning Committee, South Central Region All-Hazards Advisory Committee, Pikes Peak Environmental Health & Safety Working Group, Regional Medical Response System Working Group, the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management, El Paso County Office of Emergency Management, and others as assigned. Internally, serves on the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (EPAC) and other campus committees as necessary or assigned
  • Assists in the development of training and exercises for the campus community, with a focus on validating planning, response, and recovery
  • Assists in the development, and implementation, of After-Action Reports and associated Improvement Plans
  • Participates in developing and maintaining an operational EOC facility, resources, and staffing
  • Assists the division and department in identifying areas for improvement and developing options to reduce or eliminate redundancies, to maximize efficiencies, and improve the operational readiness for response and recovery

Job Competencies:

  • Knowledge of preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery principles and emergency planning techniques
  • Ability to develop, maintain, train on, and exercise safety plans
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to design, host and facilitate stakeholder presentations
  • Ability to identify and deliver appropriate training to the higher education community
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Training and education techniques
  • Ability to interpret technical information
  • General computer skills
  • Ability to coordinate diverse work units and to manage multiple projects and priorities
  • Skill in performing safety inspections to ensure compliance with standards similar to OSHA, NIOSH, EPA, CDPHE, and NGPS practices
  • Ability to collect organize, retain, analyze and produce information related to the position
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and enforce safety programs and protocols
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational abilities, and the ability to be a highly motivated, flexible, and team-oriented player
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and the ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with diverse constituencies of the campus community
  • Excellent written and verbal communciations

For the purposes of FLSA, this position has been determined to be exempt from (not eligible for) overtime under FLSA.

Salary: $46,500-$56,200

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs offers a full benefits package. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at http://www.cu.edu/employee-services.

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.


Minimum Requirements:
  • An Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in Emergency Management, Business Administration, Management, Public Administration, Communications, Engineering, or a related field
  • Experience in workplace safety compliance related practices, policy development, and implementation of best practices
  • Experience delivering trainings to various audiences, and the ability to teach technical processes to non-technical persons

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working on the campus of a higher education institution, and with a campus-based population
  • Completion of workplace safety compliance related course work or certification, similar to OHSA General Industry Course, Safety Management Course, Associate Safety Professional, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Occupational Safety Specialist, or other nationally recognized certification(s)
  • Familiarity with emergency response and Incident Command System
  • Completion of NIMS/ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800

Special Instructions to Applicants:• Applications submitted by September 26, 2017 will receive full consideration. • Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at www.cu.edu/cu-careers. • Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. • Official Transcripts will be required upon hire.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s)

Job Category: Public Safety/Enforcement and Protective Services

Primary Location: Colorado Springs

Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40121 - AVCAF-PoliceOperations

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 5, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Cynthia Norton

Posting Contact Email: cnorton@uccs.edu

Position Number: 00737163


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