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Flathead Valley Community College Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety in Kalispell, Montana

Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety

Educational Services


$45,000 - $52,000 depending on education and experience, 12 mos. per year, full-time, 40 hours per week, benefit-eligible

Generous Benefits includes:

Health/Vision, Dental, Life/ADD & Long-term Disability Insurance: Generous Employer contribution toward the cost of this benefit
Vacation Leave: Earn up to 15 days per year
Sick Leave: Earn up to 12 days per year
Holiday Leave: 12 per year
Retirement: Participates in MT Public Employees Retirement System; AND Employer match up to 7% for 403(b)
Tuition Waiver: Employee plus up to two legal dependents

Open until filled; however, first review of application materials received is Monday, May 3, 2021

This position promotes a safe College environment to learn, work, and visit. The Coordinator develops, implements, and monitors the health and safety of programs; provides safe and healthy conditions at the College; and complies with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Oversees the environmental health and safety, chemical, hazardous materials, and related compliance programs and/or projects.
Serves as liaison with Federal, State, and local authorities in assigned areas. Ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations and College policy and guidelines
Develops and maintains chemical hygiene and instructional safety plan for campuses.
Conducts and monitors training on a wide variety of safety and environmental subjects to employees and students to ensure health, safety and compliance.
Serves as the college’s Chemical Hygiene Officer to meet the OSHA Lab Standard and manage the Chemical Hygiene Plan.
Serves as lab manager for assigned science and health science labs. Prepares and sets-up lab materials for assigned courses.
Collaborates with faculty and other personnel to achieve objectives and to enhance organization, cleanliness, and safety in the laboratories. Collaborates with faculty regarding the procedures and techniques to follow in student labs.
Recommends and implements standards and best practices across operations; utilizes a creative approach to the development of new or improved services; commitment to responsive and innovative service is essential.
Promotes a culture of leadership within a collaborative, team-oriented environment; supervises, recruits, develops, motivates, and evaluates a team in in alignment with job expectations, professional roles, and the College mission.
Oversees the selection, training and development of lab technicians to ensure alignment with standards. Manages the performance of direct reports to ensure departmental goals and objectives are met.
Delivers quality customer services to both internal and external constituents in a professional helpful and courteous manner.
Researches, analyzes and resolves issues that arise and addresses them proactively.
Provides leadership in the identification and recommendation of new and emerging technologies as well as relevant applications of present systems in support of services.
Oversees a centralized chemical inventory for campuses. Orders, receives and delivers hazardous chemicals and lab supplies. Purchases laboratory supplies and materials.
Oversees inventory of all lab equipment as well as disposable items and maintains an organized storage and areas.
Acts as a response contact for equipment alarms and laboratory emergencies
May investigate incidents and near misses for root cause and suggests corrective actions and preventive measures in a wide variety of campus situations
Operates and maintains specialized equipment used to monitor and detect various chemical and physical hazards such as noise, gasses, chemicals, and biological matter
Communicates with a wide variety of college personnel regarding a wide range of safety-related matters
Ensures that appropriate records are maintained as required by applicable State and/or Federal regulations
Acts as liaison between the College and government agencies that regulate the use and/or disposal of hazardous materials or oversee occupational safety standards
May serve on committees and as a member of the Campus Emergency Response team and take part in drills and actual emergencies.
Promotes worker, student and visitor health and safety at FVCC.
Collaborates with faculty regarding the procedures and techniques to be followed in student labs.
Creates and maintains a collaborative and collegial environment with colleagues and maintains effective working relationships.
Keeps abreast of the latest developments in applicable areas to help build strategic initiatives.
Participates actively and with initiative in continuous improvement efforts to provide efficient and quality services.
Performs other related duties and projects as assigned.
Reports to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs

Bachelor’s degree in a closely related sciences field and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience; OR,
Associate of Science degree in closely related field and a minimum of four years of relevant work experience; OR,
An equitable combination of six years of related education and relevant experience

Bachelor’s degree in chemistry
Master’s degree in closely related sciences fields
16 semester hours in chemical, physical, biological, industrial hygiene, environmental, or health and safety sciences and at least one year of experience in chemical health and safety.

Skill in computer and data acquisition technology
Knowledge and skill in equipment maintenance and repair (including models and electronic equipment)
Organizational and mathematical computational skills to set up and maintain well organized labs
Ability and skill to use computer technology and software effectively and appropriately in order to make informed decisions and recommendations
Ability to use of data acquisition systems to collect and analyze physiological information
Ability to demonstrate high levels of time management and organizational skills
Ability and willingness to serve as a representative for the College by interacting appropriately with the community
Demonstrated skill in creating and managing a work climate of collaboration, collegiality and team work
Ability to work within the policies and procedures of FVCC
Ability to occasionally work with non-traditional schedules including evenings and week-ends
Ability to maintain effective and positive professional relationships
Ability to follow and issue directions
Demonstrated communication, presentation, customer service and interpersonal skills
Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds
Ability to maintain regular and acceptable attendance levels
Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check
Ability to respond in the event of an emergency
This is a Medium Duty job, according to the Selected Characteristics of Occupations Defined in the Revised Dictionary of Occupational Titles, U.S. Department of Labor and Industry. Medium Duty involves exertion of 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10-25 pounds frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds continuously moving objects.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must apply online at; paper submission of applications or resume materials are not accepted. FVCC does not retain application materials for future consideration.

Additionally, applicants are required to submit the following documents by uploading them to the online application (NOTE: FVCC's applicant tracking system will time-out after 45 minutes of inactivity. Please have your documents ready to upload before you click the Apply button.) :

- Letter of application indicating how you meet the minimum qualifications and detail your work experience as it relates to the position's Knowledge, Skills and Abilities; AND

- A current, comprehensive resume; AND

- Unofficial transcripts for ALL degrees held - if more than one transcript, combine and upload as one document. (As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will submit official transcripts for all degrees held to FVCC HR prior to hiring. Only transcripts from accredited institutions will be accepted.)

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: FVCC is an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action organization. It is FVCC's policy that all individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, creed, political ideas, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran’s status, service in the uniformed services as defined by state and federal law, physical or mental disability, national origin or ancestry except as authorized by law. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, and training and career development programs, as required by federal and state laws.

EMPLOYMENT SPONSORSHIP: FVCC is not able to sponsor individuals seeking employment. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION'S, REFERENCE CHECKS, AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS: Prior to any offers of employment, FVCC conducts thorough employment verifications and reference checks and may contact organizations and individuals not listed on an applicant's application or resume. Additionally, FVCC conducts post-offer criminal background checks.

FVCC BOARD POLICY: The FVCC Board Policy Manual is available to review at:

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: FVCC provides reasonable accommodations upon request to qualified individuals with disabilities during all phases of employment including the application and selection process. No applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE ACT: Preference applies in hiring and provides a uniform method by which special consideration is given to qualified Veterans. Veterans’ Preference laws do not, however, guarantee Veterans a job, nor do they give Veterans’ preference in internal actions such as promotion, transfer, reassignment, and reinstatement. I understand that applying for a preference is voluntary and that all information related to a preference is confidential and used only during the hiring process; the information will be maintained in a separate confidential file. To claim Veterans' Preference, you must complete the Veterans' Preference Form (form is available at: and email it along with document(s) that verify your eligibility for employment preference to Claims for Veterans' preference must be received by Human Resources prior to position closing date.

WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISION: Based on the Windfall Elimination Provision, I understand my employment may not be covered by Social Security. To learn more about the Windfall Elimination Provision click

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.