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Diving Safety Officer

Apply now Job no: 519664
Work type: Staff
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

Classification:  Dive Safety Officer
Anticipated Hiring Salary:  Mid- $4,000s mo. 
CSU Salary Schedule
Hours:  Full-time / 40 hours per week 
FLSA:  Exempt

Priority Screening Date:  March 15, 2023
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled

ABOUT CSUMB

Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision StatementCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.

PURPOSE:

Under the general supervision of the Dean for the College of Science and the daily direction of the Dive Program Chair; the Diving Safety Officer (ADSO) ) performs a variety of support duties associated with California State University, Monterey Bay sponsored academic and scientific (research) underwater diving and boating activities in order to ensure that the activities are carried out in an effective and safe manner and in accordance with the CSU policy, state and federal regulations. For more information visit the Research Diving Program website.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

DIVE SAFETY COMPLIANCE:

Assist with monitoring and coordinating CSUMB-sponsored scientific diving programs with special attention to safety, and to assure the implementation of all applicable campus policies and standards. Suspend diving operations that are considered unsafe or unwise, and notify the Diving Safety Officer and Diving Control Board so that it can make a determination and recommendation regarding the suspension.

Support the maintenance of the CSUMB dive program in compliance with applicable regulatory standards, i.e. AAUS requirements, Cal/OSHA, NAUI, etc..

Develop and maintain personal awareness and understanding of each individual research diver’s current activity level, general physical condition, equipment readiness, and overall diving skill level. Advise and support faculty, staff and students regarding equipment needs and training on diving safety. Assist with maintaining a database with all dive requirements and status for each diver as required by the AAUS.

Assist with oversight and maintenance of all CSUMB-owned diving facilities for testing and repair of diver breathing systems (compressors, air filtration), oxygen resuscitation, and other diving-related equipment. Evaluate equipment and equipment maintenance programs, including arranging for or conducting tests of breathing gases and approval or certification of all University sources of breathing gases.

Assist with the recommendations for consideration by the Diving Control Board, such as changes in or additions to campus diving policy standards, and regulations to promote diving safety and efficiency; changes in training programs; locations for University-sponsored diving programs; new equipment; and individuals or organizations qualified to inspect equipment. Recommend approval of diving projects certification, equipment standards and special diving conditions or situations.

Perform diving tasks and related projects to determine special skills, equipment and training necessary for safe diving practices in unusual or extreme conditions.

Facilitate research diver compliance with campus policies by providing the necessary equipment inspection and repair services, or by giving off-campus referrals, by serving as an information resource on new equipment purchases, and by assisting research diver-candidates and divers with any portion of the campus certification program.

Perform efficiently and effectively to support the science objectives of the faculty, undergraduate and graduate students of CSUMB. Support the instruction of all diving-related training programs that affect CSUMB divers, including faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and recreational divers. Perform diving safety compliance duties on behalf of the instructors and students of diving-related training programs in which CSUMB faculty and students participate.

DIVE AND BOAT SAFETY INSTRUCTION:

Assists with the organization and facilitation of required safety compliance training for all CSUMB divers and boaters, including hazardous materials handling, fill station operator, boat operator, Diving First Aid, proficiency diving and boating activities, etc.

In concert with research diving faculty and staff, prepare and deliver introductory and advanced occupational dive training per applicable diving standards; i.e. AAUS, NAUI, DAN, etc.

BOAT SAFETY COMPLIANCE:

Assist with monitoring and coordinating CSUMB-sponsored scientific boating programs with special attention to safety, and to assure the implementation of all applicable campus policies and standards. Suspend boating operations that are considered unsafe or unwise, and notify the Diving Safety Officer and Diving Control Board so that it can make a determination and recommendation regarding the suspension.

Monitor and disseminate to CSUMB boat operators and the Diving Control Board federal, state and local regulations and campus policy & procedures for boating safety. Represent the campus before Cal/OSHA and other regulatory agencies in boating matters. Maintain the CSUMB boating program in compliance with SBSA requirements and ensure that CSUMB’s membership in SBSA is maintained. Update and maintain a Boating safety manual.

Develop and continually maintain personal awareness and understanding of each individual research boat user’s current activity level, general physical condition, equipment readiness, and overall boating skill level. Advise and support faculty, staff and students regarding equipment needs and training on boating safety. Develop and maintain a database with all boating requirements and status for each boat operator.

Oversee all CSUMB-owned research vessels, and related equipment. Evaluate equipment and equipment maintenance programs, including arranging for or conducting maintenance/repairs for the vessels.

Prepare recommendations for consideration by the Diving Control Board, such as changes in or additions to campus policy standards, and regulations to promote boating safety and efficiency; changes in training programs; locations for University-sponsored boating programs; new equipment; and individuals or organizations qualified to use equipment. Recommend approval of boating projects certification, equipment standards and special boating conditions or situations.

Perform boating tasks and related projects to determine special skills, equipment and training necessary for safe boating practices in unusual or extreme conditions.

Facilitate research vessel operator compliance with campus policies by providing the necessary equipment inspection and repair services, or by giving off-campus referrals, by serving as an information resource on new equipment purchases, and by assisting research vessel operator-candidates with any portion of the campus certification program.

Perform efficiently and effectively to support the science objectives of the faculty, undergraduate and graduate students of CSUMB. Respond promptly and appropriately to all requests from faculty, staff, and students for information, certification, and all other documentation over which the DSO has authority.

Perform boating safety compliance duties on behalf of the instructors and students of boating-related training programs in which CSUMB faculty and students participate.

PLANNING & BUDGETING:

Assist with assessing needs, make recommendations and develop and implement programs that efficiently and safely accomplish goals by identifying sources and costs of services and goods to be obtained by the program. Assist in budget preparation by providing data on the need for equipment/services and the cost implications for it. Analyze recharge and external revenue, as well as expenditures, over the course of the year. Report on trends and advise Diving Control Board and departmental financial managers on support needs and proactively support the development of a more comprehensive dive/boating program, including but not limited to the direct training of new scientific and/or recreational divers.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & OUTREACH:

Maintain relationships and a working knowledge of other research diving institutions to facilitate opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

Participate in advisory boards and committees as needed, i.e. AAUS, NAUI, ADPA, etc.

Attend diving and boating related meetings and conferences to maintain knowledge and proficiency with emergency technologies and dive industry trends, i.e. AAUS/ADPA/SBSA Symposia, DEMA Show, etc.

VOLUNTEER OVERSIGHT:

Works with the Diving Safety Officer and SCUBA course instructors to cultivate and maintain a well-trained group of volunteer divers. 

Other Functions:

Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Comprehensive knowledge of diving theory and its application to safe diving practices, procedures and techniques related to academic, technical and scientific diving. Thorough knowledge of: contemporary diving equipment, air compressors, air filters and purification systems, and safety devices to include their operation, repair and routine maintenance; the California state and federal regulations regarding diving; and equipment used in scientific diving. Practical knowledge of the operation and handling of small boats as related to diving and diving safety procedures. Working knowledge of small boat navigational principles and related operation skills are desirable.

Ability to: demonstrate and train persons in the proper techniques and use of equipment for diving; plan and conduct difficult and complex academic, technical and scientific diving activities; develop training and program plans with ability to interpret, apply and implement various program plans and related regulations and laws; develop safety approaches for training and for diving; establish effective and cooperative relationships with administrators, faculty, staff and students; analyze situations and take effective action especially in safety and emergency situations; and speak and write effectively.

AND

Experience:  Five years as a certified diver of which at least three must be as a certified diving instructor,

AND

Education:  Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university.

AND

Special Qualifications:

Must be able to qualify for the CSUC Research Diver Certificate prior to appointment as set forth in the CSUC “minimal standards for Scuba Diving Certification and Operation of Scuba Diving Programs” manual.  Must be able to pass a medical examination. 

SPECIALIZED SKILLS REQUIRED:

Thorough knowledge of the California state and federal regulations regarding diving, NITROX, and equipment used in scientific diving. Possession of a current/valid diving instructor’s license issued by a nationally recognized agency (e.g., NAUI or PADI). Must have experience working with large, entry-level SCUBA classes.  If not certified by NAUI, must be willing to go through NAUI instructor training. Current instructor certifications in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, DAN oxygen administration and field neurological examination. Must be able to qualify for the CSU Research Diver Certificate prior to appointment as set forth in the CSU “minimal standards for SCUBA Diving Certification and Operations of SCUBA Diving Programs” manual.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Possession of a graduate degree.  Three or more years of experience as a DSO.  Experience interacting with undergraduates in a university setting; familiarity with conduct of science underwater.  Technically proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Professional; Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, Forms, etc.); Oracle-PeopleSoft or equivalent student, HR and Financial information systems; reporting tools; 25Live, intranet drives; and internet browsers. 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & POSITION DESIGNATIONS:

  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated 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.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:
    • responsibility for the care, safety and security of people (including children and minors), animals and CSU property;
    • responsibility or access/possession of building master or sub-master keys for building access;
    • access to controlled or hazardous substances;
    • responsibility for operating commercial vehicles, machinery or equipment that could pose environmental hazards or cause injury, illness, or death; and
    • access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards.
  • This position will have responsibilities that requires the employee to possess and maintain a valid diving instructor’s license certification to meet minimum job qualifications and/or to qualify for continued employment.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.
  • Requires evenings and/or weekend work.

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT:

Works indoors and outdoors at remote locations with high exposure to sunlight, including camping, and aboard research vessels and small boats in coastal and oceanic waters. Risk of drowning if equipment fails, divers are subject to radical changes in temperature and pressure in deep waters.  Works with mechanical compressors and pressurized air. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. of diving equipment.  Also, work in an office environment with standard equipment and tasks.  Position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time. 

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, all students and employees are required to submit their vaccination status to the Otter Vaccination Registry and are encouraged to be vaccinated.

BENEFITS/PERKS: 

CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, dental and vision plans; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 14-paid holidays a year. For more information, visit CSU System Benefits. Additionally, as a perk, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Schoonover Employee Housing for more information.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at Careers at CSUMB. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389 or email universitypersonnel@csumb.edu. All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at https://csumb.edu/clery/asr-and-fsr-notices-availability/.

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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