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Safety and Risk Specialist

Apply now Job no: 533243
Work type: Staff
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Environmental Health and Safety

Classification:   Administrative Analyst/Specialist Exempt III
Hours:  Full-time / 40 hours per week 
FLSA:  Exempt

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:  $7,197 - $8,000* mo.
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*CSUMB provides pay scales representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for this position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, and CSU systemwide pay for comparable jobs.

Priority Screening Date: November 6, 2023
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled


California State University, Monterey Bay is a mid-sized university in California’s Central Coast that grants undergraduate and graduate degrees. Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, CSUMB is part of the nation’s largest four-year public university system, California State University, which educates nearly 460,000 students every year.  With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,000 students, CSU Monterey Bay is both a Minority Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Our staff and faculty transform students’ lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning, and a strong emphasis on multicultural and global perspectives. CSUMB’s sustainability goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030. 

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in developing a diverse body of faculty, staff and administrators. Many appreciate living and working close to the shores of beautiful Monterey Bay, with easy access to recreational areas from Big Sur to Santa Cruz. Nearby opportunities for collaborative research include working in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Silicon Valley, and with colleagues at local research universities, including UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University. As one of the 23 campuses in the CSU system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate rental housing on East Campus, and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. With proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Jose, opportunities for faculty, staff and students are as endless as the shores of the nearby Pacific Ocean.


Under general direction of the Director for Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management, the Safety & Risk Specialist (SRS) provides advanced-level functional expertise and leadership to highly complex and critical programs. Work is primarily strategic in nature with broad impact at the campus and system wide. Responsible for plan development and administration of campus-wide, comprehensive environmental health, safety, and risk management programs. The incumbent will serve as a high-level contributor providing expertise and functional leadership with oversight for day-to-day operations of environmental health, safety & risk programs, including lead work direction to other professional and technical staff. Is accountable for short-and long-term goals and objectives. Serves as a liaison to outside agencies; analyze the impact of and ensure compliance with applicable state/federal regulations and Chancellor’s Office directives. The SRS will develop and recommend compliance strategies that balance regulatory mandates, available technology, and operational budgets.

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

  1. Develop, implement and maintain campus environmental health and occupational safety (EH&S) and risk management plans, programs and training systems including, but not limited, to the following: hazardous materials management, Injury and Illness Prevention (IIP), hazard communication, hazardous waste disposal, respiratory protection, asbestos management, heat illness, laboratory safety, first aid/CPR/AED, defensive driver, low speed vehicles, confined space, lockout/tag-out, chemical hygiene, blood borne pathogen, inspections, assessments, special events, alcohol and food safety, ergonomics, injury investigation, indoor air quality, walking surface, spill containment, emergency notifications, mold/lead/asbestos compliance, fire extinguisher, construction safety/transition for occupants, youth protection, and job hazard/safety analysis. Inspect facilities and processes to assess loss potential and identify hazards; work with departments to implement corrective action. Develop and implement safety and risk assessment protocols and methodologies to recognize, evaluate and control hazards to workers, students, the public, facilities and the environment. Develop and maintain records and databases to track information, analyze trends, coordinate program improvements and file reports.
  2. Provide oversight and lead direction for all training for EH&S and risk related programs including, but not limited to above-mentioned. Provide independent leadership and key technical advice regarding the campus wide implementation and maintenance of technology for learning management systems where safety training topics are administered, logged, and reported, for example: CSU Learn/SumTotal, Risk and Safety Solutions (multi-modules). Oversight for innovative technology for safety including: AEDs, GIS/ARCView, website access/administration and chemical inventory systems. Review and evaluate existing programs for effectiveness and the impact of recommended policies and procedures from a strategic and operational perspective.
  3. Independently advise and educate the campus community regarding strategies to comply with EH&S and risk regulations including development of recommendations for technological and system improvements. Recommend policies and programs that promote safety and reduce risk/liabilities of the campus community. Lead innovation and process improvement efforts, often developing new strategic approaches and solutions to EH&S and risk programming and compliance campus and system wide. Coordinate and participate in a variety of EH&S and risk related committees, councils and task forces campus wide, system wide, and with local safety-related agencies. Serve as a prime contact for the program and a liaison to the Chancellor’s Office, EH&S and Risk Management counterparts and affinity groups at the other CSU campuses to exchange ideas and benefit from similar experiences.
  4. Independently troubleshoots risk and insurance related inquiries, and respond directly to requests by high-level administrators, managers, deans, and department chairs. Review and assess specialized insurance programs, evaluate contracts, insurance policies, and process campus wide and vendor related requests for insurance certificates. Serves as a contact for CSURMA and Systemwide Risk Management. Oversees coordination of insurance program expenses for all types of insurance programs operated by the university, and any other insurance transactions throughout the year. Oversees processing of certificates of insurance, contract review, special licensing, and other requirements based on the type of insurance needed; provides information and education on insurance policy, process and requirements.
  5. Serve as a key technical expert on EH&S and risk management topics to executives and management exercising considerable influence over strategic objectives and problem-solving efforts. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of the administration, faculty, staff and student body. Exercise tact and good judgment in responding to requests for information and in all actions taken.

Other Functions:

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


Extensive and in-depth knowledge of and ability to apply expertise in the advanced theories, principles, methods and practices associated with the functional specialty, program, and/or organizational unit, including applicable internal policies and procedures and pertinent laws and regulations. Laws and regulations are highly complex and require substantial judgment and discretion in interpreting and applying them to the specialty or program area.

Substantial and broad knowledge of public and private entities including their organizational and operating structures, internal systems, and functional areas, as well as the impact of critical external entities on an organization. Ability to integrate and apply this knowledge to anticipate problems and assess the impact of proposed solutions on various organizational areas.


General knowledge and skills in the applicable administrative and/or program field with a foundational knowledge of public administration principles, practices, and methods. This foundation would normally be obtained through a bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training and administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs.


Knowledge of federal and state regulations related to health and safety including, but not limited to: OSHA, EPA, Fort Ord Reuse Authority, CalOSHA, Department of Transportation, Department of Health Services, California State Fire Marshals, California Codes, Title 24 Standards, public health, certified unified program agency, local air quality, water quality, land use, and solid waste standards. Experience with risk management and insurance concepts, liability reduction, claim handling, and risk reduction. Experience in contract administration and project management.

Proficient in the use of personal computers including word processing, spreadsheet and database software.


Master’s Degree in related safety/ environmental program, Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Hazardous material training certifications or other professional certificates in the area of EH&S Management or Risk Management. Experience working in higher education. General knowledge of computer software and applications in the EH&S and risk management fields.

Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply extensive expertise to complex programs and/or administrative specialties, including pertinent laws and regulations.

Skill in the research, development and evaluation of policies and programs, including skill in the collection, evaluation, and interpretation of data to develop sound conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.

Ability to work with representatives from public and private entities and handle potentially sensitive situations.

Technical fluency with CSU Common Management System or equivalent information system; Microsoft Office Professional Suite, and Google G Suite.


  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal-records check in accordance with the POST regulations).
  • 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 will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.
  • 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; 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 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 is designated as a Campus Security Authority, will be required to participate in annual training, and to immediately forward to the Clery Compliance Officer all reports of Clery Act crimes brought to their attention.
  • 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 occasional evenings and/or weekend work.


Must participate in all OSHA and University safety programs, as required, and follow all work safety guidelines. Involves working in an environment where chemicals, including organic solvents; compressed gases; biological materials; glass and other sharps may be present. Office environment with standard equipment and tasks. Position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time; be available for on-call assignments or alternate work schedule, including nights and/or weekends; be able to wear a negative pressure respirator; and travel between campus offices and off-campus locations.

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.  


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 15 paid holidays a year. For more information, visit Employee Benefits Summary. 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.


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 Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


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

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity 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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