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Assistant Director, Occupational Safety

California State University, Northridge

Last Updated: 2/23/23

Job Description

Assistant Director, Occupational Safety

At CSUN we aspire to continually grow as an inclusive, cooperative community!

CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as being an employer of choice. You will also have the opportunity to realize your own personal goals and be recognized for the work you do and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer. As a leader you will have the opportunity to thrive in a community in which our leaders share common traits as identified in our Leadership Principles If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place.


Under general supervision by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, the Assistant Director, Occupational Safety is responsible for the oversight and direction of the University's Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) staff, operations, programs, and projects as assigned. The incumbent, in coordination with the Director, helps support and develop the EH&S team which is composed of professional staff, administrative staff, and student assistants.

  • Responsible for assisting the Director with planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining the various programs necessary to: maintain a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students, and the general public.
  • Ensures that University operations are in compliance with Campus health and safety policies and standards, California Occupational Safety & Health Act (CAL-OSHA) and other applicable environmental and health rules, regulations, and laws.
  • Industrial Hygiene duties include Campus risk assessment monitoring, managing the Campus health/safety concerns and providing support to indoor air quality, water quality and occupational health concerns.
  • As a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission aligned with the university's vision, values and priorities. Establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team. Encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university. Participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set. Strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in a job-related field.
  • Equivalent to five years of progressively responsible professional/administrative experience; with two of the five years in a managerial role.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience in an institution of higher education.
  • Experienced Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
  • Certified or Associate Safety Professional (CSP or ASP)
  • Radiation Safety Officer or Alternate (RSO)
  • Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO)
  • Occupational Safety & Health Manager (OSHM)

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Leadership
  • Clear understanding of occupational safety compliance and best practices for trade and skilled workers, such as confined space, fall protection and hot work permitting.
  • Detailed knowledge of applicable federal, state and local safety and environmental laws and regulations, and the
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to effectively represent the University to regulatory agencies and the media.
  • Demonstrated ability to 1) communicate with discretion, tact, and professionalism on sensitive and confidential matters; 2) achieve mastery of complex substantive areas through individual effort and study; 3) work timely and effectively on matters requiring independent judgment; and 4) exercise initiative in carrying out assigned projects.
  • Lead diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of employers by fostering an ethical, inclusive and collegial work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership.
  • Lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented and communicative approach.
  • Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
  • Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.
  • The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $100,000 to $115,000, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
  • The individual hired for this role will physically work on-campus in Northridge. This is not a telecommute position.

General Information
  • This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • The person holding this position may be considered a 'limited reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
  • Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:
  • Applications received through November 14, 2022, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.
  • CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more visit our Matadors Forward site:

Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at [Register to View] .

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Northridge, California, United States
At CSUN we aspire to continually grow as an inclusive, cooperative community! CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating...