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#116112 Hazardous Materials Program Manager

Filing Deadline: Wed 6/1/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position will remain open until filled. Initial application review date: 5/16/2022.


Under the direction of the Environmental Affairs Manager, the Hazardous Material Manager manages members of the team implementing a comprehensive hazardous materials program providing safety and environmental compliance at UC San Diego facilities. The incumbent coordinates a large indirect staff network across the UC San Diego organization and maintains effective liaison with the CalEPA, San Diego County Department of Environmental Health and Quality, State Fire Marshall, Army Corps of Engineers, OSHA and Department of Homeland Security to ensure compliance with current, applicable regulations. The incumbent provides leadership and direction for EH&S Environmental Affairs staff and works in close coordination with the appropriate departments such as Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Facilities Management, Facilities Design & Construction, SIO, HDH, Physical & Community Planning, Capital Planning, Sports Facilities, and University Center to assure compliance with the requirements of the Health & Safety Code Division 20, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), CalARP, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Regulation, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and CCR Title 19 and 24 (California Fire and Building Codes). Additionally, the incumbent will provide technical expertise to the EH&S Management Team on matters concerning these regulations.

The Hazardous Materials Manager oversees the programs encompassing Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) management, Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), emergency exit plans, and California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) requirements. Develops processes and procedures to implement UCSD policies and regulatory requirements. Prepares unified program facility permit applications and compliance plans. Prepares business plan reports and collects, analyzes and reports facility plans and hazardous materials inventory data. Audits UC San Diego facilities for hazardous materials quantity accumulation compliance. Reviews and classifies hazardous materials. Develops and designs hazardous materials contingency plans and provides training to university faculty, staff and students. Reviews and analyzes hazardous materials laws and regulations. Addresses soil management requirements (import and export) per regulations. Responds to hazardous material spills and assists university faculty, staff and private contractors in matters dealing with emergency information and access systems using newest technologies available. The incumbent will also supervise EH&S staff and student employees. Program areas also include Knox Lock Box Program, emergency exit plans, emergency access, emergency information systems, facility hazard identification plans, and Campus Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Program.

The Hazardous Materials Program Manager manages an EH&S program or programs within a single discipline, which may include budgets, personnel, and other resources. Reviews, approves, and oversees implementation of policies and procedures to assure awareness of and compliance with EH&S requirements. May oversee development of new programs within a single discipline in response to changing regulations. Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals.

  • Serve as EHS Duty Officer. Must be available on-call 2-4 times per year for one-week shifts to respond to UCSD in the event of an after-hours, weekend or holiday incident involving hazardous materials or requests for services that are regularly provided by the EHS department.

  • Must be willing and able to be available on-call and return to campus on short notice as necessary during non-work hours. May be requested to respond back to campus throughout the year to respond to EHS related incidents and/or for services provided within the employee’s subject area of expertise.


  • Advanced degree in related area and/or an equivalent combination of experience/training. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of EH&S technical requirements, logistics, materials and operations, rules, regulations, and laws. Thorough knowledge and understanding of specific EH&S field(s) including related laws and regulations, and general knowledge and understanding of all EH&S fields and subject areas across the EHS discipline.

  • Demonstrated professional level knowledge and experience in hazardous materials and emergency response management practices including, but not limited to HMBP, SPCC, UST, AST, soils management (import/export), CFACTs (DHS), Incident Command Systems, and spill management.

  • Proven knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations specific to general safety, occupational health and safety, chemical safety, biosafety, radiation safety, fire/life safety, emergency management, and environmental protection.

  • Good management skills to effectively lead and direct subordinate staff who are assigned duties in different programs; skills to effectively integrate several highly regulated subject and program areas. Ability to organize and assign workload to professional and technical staff.

  • Solid skills to create, develop, and implement EH&S projects/programs. Demonstrated ability to create detailed reports, documents, policies, and procedures to implement a comprehensive environmental protection program. Demonstrated experience and knowledge in designing, developing, and implementing programs.

  • Demonstrated experience and working knowledge of hazardous chemicals and biological materials and how to work with them safely. Ability to use personal protective equipment. Ability and willingness to respond to emergency situations, and provide necessary management and leadership.

  • Proven ability to evaluate releases to the environment and situations requiring regulatory reporting.

  • Proven knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to execute incident management activities safely and effectively. Demonstrated ability to evaluate hazardous materials spills and situations requiring first aid or evacuation while minimizing personnel exposure and contamination.

  • Solid skills to appropriately and efficiently respond to and direct the response to emergencies and critical situations, including follow-up evaluation and critique of response efficacy and to recommend, develop, and implement changes to emergency response as required.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze situations, evaluate the need for additional EHS resources and/or activation of the EHS response team, and assume responsibility for incident management. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership during incident management until a transfer of responsibility takes place or the incident has been resolved.

  • Proven ability to write technical and general audience directed reports supporting environmental compliance programs and hazardous material (chemical, biological, and radiation) safety.

  • Demonstrated ability to prepare meeting agendas, run productive meetings, and generate minutes. Provide accurate follow-through and communication of all action items.

  • Demonstrated experience using word processing programs, spreadsheets, and graphs and/or charts. Ability to manage data in existing software and databases. Ability to test and evaluate new software.

  • Proven ability to evaluate and solve complex problems, determine logical conclusions, and act decisively to address them. Demonstrated ability to work independently, to edit own work, and to follow up on projects. Ability to determine and create new and innovative ways to accomplish desired results.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively manage large volumes of electronic and hard copy records. Demonstrated ability to maintain records accurately and lead projects to completion.

  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic university and medical center environment. Ability to change priorities and work on several projects at one time. Ability to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines.

  • Solid written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills, including political acumen and skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies and senior management. Demonstrated ability to communicate honestly and effectively with senior management, faculty, and staff.

  • Ability to embrace and uphold the UC San Diego Principles of Community and promote cultural diversity within EH&S.


  • DOJ/FBI and DMV background checks and clearances required prior to employment.

  • Must possess and maintain a current and valid California Driver License and participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program as required for daily operation of departmental cars/light trucks.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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