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University of California Irvine


Updated: Sep 28, 2021
Location: UC Irvine Campus
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Department: Environmental Health & Safety

Job Opening ID: 21164

Reports To: EHS Manager II

Working Title: Research Safety Program Manager

Department: Environmental Health & Safety

Bargaining Unit: 99

FLSA: Exempt

Payroll Job Code: 000296

Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine

Percent of Time: 100%

Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F

Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:

The Division of Finance and Administration (DFA) provides services and support to over 50,000 students, faculty, and staff with the mission of advancing UCI's brilliant future and the vision of becoming world-class campus partners. DFA serves the university as planning partners, problem solvers, and solution providers—striving to make it as easy as possible for people to get the services they need, when they need them. Environmental Health & Safety strives to provide reliable, innovative and proactive services to the campus community. EH&S and the campus community work together. Our goal is to integrate safety into the culture of our community while supporting academic and research excellence. The result is a safe and healthy environment with appropriate compliance, protection of assets and efficient execution of business processes.

Receives assignments in the form of objectives with goals and the process by which to meet goals. Supervises EH&S professional and technical level staff engaged in monitoring, preventing and implementing environmental health and safety programs. May oversee multiple scientific and technical disciplines, integrating criteria to meet compliance requirements. May recommend changes to department policies and practices. May serve on system-wide technical committees to develop subject area improvements or compliance. Incumbent is assigned responsibility for the management of campus Lab Safety Inspections Program, Dive and Field Safety, Occupational Health activities, including medical provider agreements, and the management and supervision of 4 professional research safety staff. Recommends, develops, and implements innovative programs and systems that address regulatory requirements and best professional practices for Lab Safety Inspections and Occupational Health activities including generating metric reports on performance and findings for lab safety inspections, managing the documentation preparation for quarterly campus wide Lab Safety Committee meetings, lab safety training compliance, Controlled Substances, Lab Animal Occupational Health and vivarium safety, Personal Protective Equipment, medical surveillance and DOT Drug and Alcohol testing, high hazard and process safety, and toxic gas cylinders.

Compensation Range: Salary commensurate with work experience

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Bachelor's degree in a related field (or equivalent combination of education and experience) and 5 years programmatic experience in research or laboratory EH&S field. Minimum three years of supervisory experience is required.

Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of EH&S technical requirements, logistics, materials and operations, rules, regulations, laws, etc. Skills to effectively direct and supervise a diverse subordinate staff who are assigned duties in different programs; skills to effectively integrate several highly regulated subject and program areas. Solid written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, including strong skills to interact successfully with a widely diverse population. Knowledge to recognize and effectively deal with health and safety issues which may generate adverse media coverage for the University. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Solid skills to organize, prioritize and complete projects within budget and time constraints. Ability to analyze a wide range of information, both text and financial, into coherent summaries and reports. Solid skills to appropriately, efficiently and effectively respond to emergencies and critical situations. Significant knowledge of federal and state regulatory requirements and standards related to occupational health and controlled substances, and experience in their application to a higher education environment. General knowledge of state and local codes and regulations relating to health and safety matters within the University. Proficient in MS office and computer savvy. Skills to utilize the latest in computer technology.


Master's Degree in related field

Professional certification

Demonstrated technical expertise in all EH&S areas managed. Significant EH&S program development in all areas managed.

Special Conditions Required:

  • Must have a valid CA Driver's license and participate in DMV Pull Notice program
  • Must be able to wear PPE
  • Must be able to work outside of regularly scheduled shift and participate as a member of the Emergency Support Team
  • Requires working onsite.

    Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

    UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.

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    Founded in 1965, UC Irvine combines the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. Over five remarkable decades, UCI has become internationally recognized for efforts that are improving lives through research and discovery, fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching, and engaging and enriching the community.UC student center

    With more than 33,000 students, 1,200 faculty members and 10,000 staff, UCI is among the fastest-growing campuses in the University of California system. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UCI ranks among the top U.S. universities in the number of undergraduate applications and continues to admit freshmen with highly competitive academic profiles. Orange County’s second-largest employer, UCI generates an annual economic impact on the county of $5 billion.

    UCI is a center for quality education that honors classic instruction while incorporating the best new scholarship. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UCI among the nation’s best universities. Achievements in the sciences, social sciences, social ecology, arts, humanities, medicine and business also have garnered numerous national rankings for UCI’s schools, departments and programs. Three UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes – most recently Irwin Rose, in chemistry, in 2004.

    Interdisciplinary research, a UCI hallmark, is evident in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, or Calit2, Newkirk Center for Science and Society, Center for the Study of Democracy, Institute of Transportation Studies, Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics, and innovative instructional programs in biomedical engineering, international studies, global cultures, arts and technology, and other collaborations.

    The university is dedicated to excellence through diversity and to the goal of reflecting equity and inclusion in our faculty, staff and student populations. Faculty and staff diversity affinity groups foster cross-departmental social interaction, professional networking, cultural competencies, recruiting and mentoring.

    Committed to the Community

    UCI reaches beyond the classroom and laboratory to help solve societal issues and support human development. In the health sciences, UCI is noted for its research on cancer, the neurosciences and the genetic underpinnings of disease. UCI Medical Center, Orange County’s only university hospital and Level I trauma center, has been ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 16 consecutive years.

    UC Irvine parkA major intellectual and cultural center, UCI engages the community through public activities and events. Speakers on campus, for example, have included Nobel Peace Prize winners His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, all of whom also received the UCI Citizen Peacebuilding Award for their efforts toward world peace.

    The university is also addressing the needs of the community and growing world population in an environmentally sustainable way. From the development of new and reliable processes for electricity and alternative fuels to critical water and waste management solutions, UCI consistently tops the list in Sierra magazine’s “Coolest Schools” report, its annual sustainability ranking of U.S. colleges and universities.  

    A hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, the university collaborates with the community on many strategic partnerships such as UCI Applied Innovation , a center which brings campus-based discoveries together with Orange County’s vibrant business sector to support job creation and economic growth. Development also continues on the 185-acre University Research Park adjacent to campus, where R&D companies enjoy collaborative opportunities in medical research, biotechnology, engineering, computer science and business.

    UCI is benefiting the community and the world in countless ways through its scholarly, scientific, creative and economic contributions. On its way to becoming a flagship UC campus and one of the nation’s very best universities, UCI has embarked on a strategic plan that will ensure the campus continues to inspire excellence as it fulfills its research, teaching and public service missions in the decades ahead.

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