Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator (15676)

Date: Nov 6, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work. 


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The Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator fosters a safe workplace environment by advancing environmental, health, and safety performance improvement in support of regulatory requirements and university policies.  

Essential Functions

  1. Perform laboratory and waste area safety inspections. Maintain certifications of emergency eyewash and shower equipment, fume hoods, snorkels, biosafety cabinets, and clean benches. Provide hazardous waste collection, storage, and disposal services in accordance with EPA, DOT, and OSHA regulations.
  2. Oversee the University’s chemical inventory program. Maintain online chemical inventory, inspection, training, and recordkeeping platforms.
  3. Assist in identification and mitigation of environmental, health, and safety issues. Interpret and implement safety and environmental regulations as they relate to the higher education setting.
  4. Advocate for a strong, positive safety culture across a diverse university population through facilitation of safety committee meetings, delivery of safety training, and planning of community outreach efforts. Provide exceptional customer service to the AU community, including positive and prompt responses to customer requests.
  5. Perform other duties as assigned.


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Acquiring and Analyzing Information
Supporting Coworkers

Work Environment

  • This position requires working in an array of indoor and outdoor conditions in a variety of working environments.
  • The job may require entry into potentially hazardous environments for purposes of hazard evaluation, remedying of hazardous situations, or removing hazardous materials.  

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full-Time.
  • Non-Exempt.
  • Specialist A.
  • This is a hybrid position, working 3 days on campus and 2 days from home.

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • Associate's degree environmental health, science, occupational health, or related field.
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental health, science, occupational health, or related field.
  • Active designation as OHST or ASP.
  • Formal training in HAZWOPER, DOT/RCRA for Hazardous Waste, OSHA regulations, DOT hazardous materials shipper, asbestos, indoor air quality.
  • Experience developing and conducting in-person or online training programs.
  • Experience working in higher education and/or a laboratory setting.
  • Experience conducting regulatory or safety audits or inspections.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Familiarity with OSHA, RCRA, TSCA and other safety standards.
  • Familiarity with database, spreadsheet, and word-processing computer software applications.
  • Basic understanding of chemical and biological classifications and hazards.
  • Ability to develop and present creative solutions to safety and compliance concerns.
  • Professional and self-motivated with strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to stand, lift and work in indoor and outdoor environments.


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


Other Details

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • Employees in staff positions at American University must deliver their services to the university from either the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, or perform work on-site at the university.
  • Please note this job announcement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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