Assistant Vice Chancellor EHS

  • Posted: 1 month ago
  • Reference: job-12040
  • Location: St. Louis, MO
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Organization: Shirley Parsons
  • Salary: $ -
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St. Louis, MO
Our client, Washington University in St. Louis is currently seeking an Assistant Vice Chancellor of Environmental to lead the EHS function based in St. Louis, MO. 

Position Summary

This position is the lead safety and environmental affairs officer for the University and is responsible for oversight of institutional safety and regulatory compliance programs in the areas of biological, chemical, radioactive and physical safety, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, environmental protection and HAZMAT emergency response. Works in concert with the senior leader in occupational health (housed at the medical school) on matters related to occupational safety and health at the university. Provides strategic direction for and leadership of a comprehensive environmental health and safety program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provides program planning and management, policy development and review, operations improvement, effectiveness monitoring, and incident monitoring and reporting.
  • Works with University leadership to assure that environmental health and safety risks are monitored and addressed.  
  • Oversees four institutional programs for the University: (1) biological and chemical safety (research and clinical safety), (2) environmental compliance, (3) occupational safety, and (4) radiation safety.
  • Plays a major role several other institutional programs and offices including Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response, Research Administration, Human Research Protection, Animal Studies, and Insurance Office/Risk Management/Workers’ Compensation.
  • Examines and re-engineers operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures; strategic planning; advanced analytical, evaluative, and objective critical thinking; employee development and performance management.
  • Tracks program effectiveness to ensure EH&S operational and compliance responsibilities are completed meeting regulatory and customer service objectives.
  • Develops budgets, meet budgetary, financial tracking and approval requirements.
  • Serves as a liaison and provide guidance and oversight on safety, compliance and risk management issues with University schools, departments and CFU. 
  • Develops and presents EH&S educational programs for schools, departments and divisions.
  • Serves as University representative and liaison with regulatory, accrediting, emergency response and other professional organizations.
  • Serves on institutional committees and act on delegated authorities from the Chancellor and Board of Trustees in regulatory or emergent situations.  Support institutional planning efforts and participate in institutional planning meetings.
  • Serves on University’s various disaster preparedness planning groups and as Alternate Responsible Official for Select Agent programs, and as a Trustworthy and Reliable person under the NRC Increased Controls security program.
  • Serves as or in concert with University spokesperson in hazardous materials incidents.

Working Conditions 

  • Typically, office or teaching setting, but must inspect laboratories, clinics, pilot plants and hazardous waste facilities, and respond to hazardous materials spills where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required, up to fully encapsulating suits, full face respirators, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs), N95 or N100 respirators.  
  • Occasionally work in environments with hazardous chemical, biological, radioactive or physical hazards, while using engineering controls and wearing PPE.  Infrequently use drum dollies and lift up to 30 pounds during emergency response and training, while wearing fully encapsulating chemical resistant suits and SCBAs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in related field.  
  • Advanced EH&S related certifications, such as CSP, CIH, CBSP, CHP, CHMM or PE.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in environmental health and safety or a related safety, health, science or engineering field.
  • Ten years of EH&S experience with seven years of progressive experience in a large research organization, including medical, biomedical or veterinary research exposure or oversight.
  • Five years of managerial experience.
  • Ability to pass CDC, APHIS USDA, and NIH OBA Select Agent and Dual Use Research Materials of Concern (DURC) U.S. Justice Department (FBI), NRC 10 CFR Part 37 (formally “Increased Controls”) Trustworthy and Reliability reviews, and University background checks for use and/or access of these materials within 30 to 90 days of hire (reasonable accommodations for time allowed contingent on speed of Justice Department review times).
  • Ability to obtain 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER within 60 days of hire.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal, written and  interpersonal communications and presentation skills.
  • Exhibit strong leadership skills and effectively recruit, train, evaluate and motivate staff and build an effective service-oriented environment.
  • Ability to enhance, design, implement and manage a full range of programs.
  • Ability to work cross functionally to diplomatically engage with others and to skillfully resolve conflicts; perform hazard and risk assessments and provide expertise and oversight of relevant contract negotiations.
  • Apply problem solving tools to analyze problems and develop creative solutions.
  • Skilled in preparing budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes and experience in enforcement and compliance auditing processes of regulatory agencies.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele and/or media sources.

Application Procedure and Contacts

Candidates should email their Curriculum Vitae and over letter with statement of interest to: Abby Amundson, Principal Talent Consultant at 


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