Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 3903


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Salary Range 27 $4265 $4479 $4690 $4914 $5149 $5403 $5670 $5949 $6233 $6541


The Environmental Health & Safety Professional 3 applies advanced or expert level skills and problem solving that impacts and enhances a broad range of services and operations. Employees in this classification use advanced communication and leadership skills to take responsibility for and coordinate larger scale projects.


This is the third level of a three level series, and is distinguished from the lower levels by employees working very independently on complex and large scale projects which require advanced knowledge, problem solving, and leadership skills.

TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED (Definition: Technical knowledge encompasses skills and abilities within a specialty area(s) required to protect the health and safety of employees, students, visitors, and the environment.)

Employees at Level 3 use an advanced knowledge of chemistry, chemical hazards storage, and emergency response procedures. They must have knowledge of project management methods, and sufficient knowledge to determine priorities for campus-wide program initiatives within areas of specialty. Employees in this classification must have in-depth knowledge of rules and regulations that apply to safety, health, and environment.

COMMUNICATION & SERVICE REQUIREMENTS (Definition: Communication & service encompasses those skills and abilities required to effectively exchange information in order to determine the needs of the university community, respond to their needs, and gain compliance.)

The Environmental Health & Safety Professional 3 must communicate with senior management, government officials, or the media regarding service delivery, operations, and policies. They negotiate a variety of compliance and policy issues with internal management and external agencies.

PROBLEM SOLVING & PREVENTION (Definition: Problem solving & prevention encompasses those skills and abilities required to analyze issues within a specialty area(s), evaluate options and determine the appropriate solutions that provide a safe environment.)

The Environmental Health & Safety Professional 3 identifies new or complex issues that have significant or potential impact on the university’s safety, health, or environment. Resolves problems for which standard resolution may not already exist, based on a combination of professional judgment and experience. Provides leadership in planning and organizing work, and in setting priorities. Performs project management functions involving multi-year, high impact, or campus-wide issues.

WORK COORDINATION (Definition: Work coordination encompasses those skills and abilities required to organize and prioritize work, respond to conflicting business needs, and work collaboratively with a group of people to produce a product or service.)

The Environmental Health & Safety Professional 3 uses expertise to recommend sequence and timing of activities and establishes priorities based on environmental, health, and safety needs. Plans, organizes, and coordinates complex assignments, interprets complex information, conducts thorough analysis of complex problems, and finds workable solutions. Employees at this level may oversee or lead the work of other employees and may coordinate a team and act as lead in complex investigations and evaluations.

ACCOUNTABILITY (Definition: Accountability encompasses those skills and abilities required to make decisions and take responsibility for work.)

The Environmental Health & Safety Professional 3 responds to and provides leadership in complex emergency or unusual situations, makes decisions in emergencies, including commitment of resources. Researches current and pending legislation and regulations to make recommendations for revision of existing standards.


The Environmental Health & Safety Professional 3 Serves as a backup for the departmental manager in his or her absence.



  • A Bachelor's degree with primary focus (45 quarter hours or 32 semester hours) in the physical sciences; AND
  • Five years of experience performing duties comparable to Level 2; OR
  • A satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience, and/or professional certifications.

Graduate level courses in the subject areas may be substituted, on a credit-hour basis, for a portion of the required experience.

Preference may be given to applicants who have completed graduate-level courses or have additional experience in Industrial Hygiene, or in occupational, public, or environmental programs.

Transcripts must be submitted for all required and/or related courses.