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South Dakota State University
Environmental Health & Safety
South Dakota
Posted: 09/16/2022
Environmental Health & Safety Manager

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is offering an exciting career opportunity as an Environmental Health & Safety Manager. This is a 12- month, full-time, benefit-eligible position.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position. 



  • A Bachelor’s degree in Physical Sciences, Engineering, or Biological Science with a minimum of 20 credits in Physical Science and Graduate degree combination completed by date of application. Combination of education to manage EHS, and if not delegated, to be the Radiation Safety Officer, Biosafety Officer, Chemical Hygiene Officer, and Hazardous Waste Manager;
  • At least five (5) years of professional work experience associated with progressively responsible management of multi-faceted EHS programs in a large, complex organization, including management of staff;
  • At least two (2) years of employment supervisory experience;
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental health and safety regulations and ability to provide insight, guidance, advice, and leadership necessary to ensure health and safety of the campus and its students, faculty, and staff;
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing a strong customer service approach to work efforts while motivating staff in a challenging environment;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of personnel management including interacting effectively with many levels of personnel, providing sound analysis and guidance to staff, performance management, dispute resolution, and team development;
  • Ability to analyze and interpret technical documents or regulations and then determine applicability and steps associated with achieving compliance;
  • Ability to work effectively with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions;
  • Ability to effectively organize and present information, data, ideas, and concepts in written or presentation format;
  • Ability to foster teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere while establishing effective working relationships;
  • A valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire;
  • Willingness to travel;
  • Ability to operationalize sustainability concepts into all aspects of performing job duties.


  • Similar experience in a higher education environment with teaching and research activities;
  • At least five (5) years of work experience in radiation safety with at least two (2) years in regulatory designation of radiation safety officer for research/medical use of radioactive materials.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by October 6, 2022.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Kevin O’Kelley at (605) 658-3766 or

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.