Kansas State University - Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety

KS, Manhattan

Kansas State University invites applications for their next Executive Director, Environmental Health & Safety. K-State, is the first operation land-grant university in the country that has grown into a Tier 1 research university serving more than 20,000 students, 1,300 faculty members, 2,900 staff members and four campuses.

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and Interim Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the Executive Director will develop, lead and execute strategic plans to ensure that the university enterprise has a comprehensive environmental health and safety program with the goal of providing the safest possible environment preventing loss of life and injury to faculty, staff, students, and visitors. In addition, the Executive Director will provide executive administrative direction and management of a highly technical service organization to support university research, academic, and support system programs. These areas include but are not limited to chemical safety, biological safety, radiation safety, laboratory safety, occupational health, hazardous materials management, and environmental protection programs. This position will ensure compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements. 

In this role, the Executive Director will:

  • Provide leadership, strategic planning and strong subject matter expertise that ensures appropriate EH&S systems and resources are in place.
  • Design, develop and implement core EH&S procedures, programs, processes and systems to ensure compliance with internal and external (local, state and federal) regulatory and safety requirements.
  • Serve as liaison to federal and state oversight agencies and accrediting bodies related to environmental health and safety including, but not limited to KDHE, EPA, KDOL, DOT and OSHA.
  • Work with University leadership including vice presidents, deans, department heads, faculty, staff and students, to provide technical assistance and/or oversight on environmental health and safety issues.

Successful candidates will need to have six or more years of experience managing environmental science, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, and fire safety in a university or college setting. A Master’s degree in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, physical science, environmental science, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, fire safety, or other closely related fields will be required. 

Please direct all nominations and inquiries to Ben Haden, Courtney MacKinnon, and Anissa Conner at K-StateEDEHS@wittkieffer.com 

Candidates should provide a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile. Application materials should be submitted to the WittKieffer Candidate Portal by clicking the buttons below.

Kansas State University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.