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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 276113-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Health and Safety

Job Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Division of Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) is a full-spectrum service organization that builds, maintains, and operates the physical environment of UW-Madison in support of the university's education, research, and outreach activities.

As one of UW-Madison's largest and most diverse divisions, our employees span all six university-supported languages and shifts around the clock on campus. FP&M staff work behind the scenes to coordinate campus planning, manage design and construction, maintain and operate buildings and grounds, supply utility services, ensure health and safety, and provide parking and transportation services.

Under the direction of the People & Building Safety Manager, the Senior Safety Specialist is responsible for building and fostering a safety culture on campus. This includes providing guidance, assistance, and training to UW employees, faculties, staff, and customers. This position will be also responsible for reviewing and investigating incidents that occur on the UW campus and associated facilities. This position plays an important role in identifying safety issues, developing improvement plans and procedures, and providing guidance to internal and external stakeholders including leadership in specialized areas.

Responsibilities: Identifies and develops plans to address safety issues, provides consultation, and tracks and manages cases in a specific area of specialty so all work, recreation, and research can be performed safely and in compliance will all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and standards. Makes recommendations for the control of identified hazards and assesses hazards using relevant regulatory methodologies.
  • 10% Secures resources and schedules logistics for a safety program
  • 25% Identifies operational and safety issues and develops improvement plans and standard operating procedures
  • 25% Provides knowledge and guidance to internal and external stakeholders including leadership, in a specialized area of safety such biosafety, chemical, hazardous materials, agriculture, lake, radiation, and Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • 5% Directs logistical activities, allocates resources and investigates components of specific health and safety cases
  • 10% Communicates findings to necessary stakeholders
  • 5% Reviews industry updates and may assist in developing safety communication materials based on industry changes
  • 15% Works with campus group to build and foster a safety culture. This includes providing guidance, assistance, and training in order to comply with laws, regulations, and generally accepted best work practices
  • 5% Reviews and/or investigates incidents occurring on UW campus and associated facilities. Determine contributing causes and strategies to prevent future occurrences
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree


A minimum of 3 years of experience in workplace safety is required.

- Demonstrated competence in oral and written communication, including written and in-person training/instruction/presentations and communicating technical information clearly and concisely.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact professionally and effectively with a wide variety of individuals (researchers, staff, students, administrators, and regulators), behaving in accordance with institutional values.


CSP-Certified Safety Professionals

Drivers License - Valid and Meets UW Risk Management Standards

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Occasional night hours may be required.

Typical Work Schedule:
Monday-Friday, 7:45am - 4:30pm

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $64,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The minimum salary for this position is $64,000, but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see

Additional Information:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

In the event you are required to work in or around animal facilities, you will be enrolled in the appropriate medical surveillance program.

How to Apply:

To begin the application process, click the "apply now" button. You'll be required to submit a resume and cover letter. Please detail your experience as it pertains to the Senior Safety Specialist position in your application materials, including:

- Relevant educational and work experience
- Leadership experience
- Experience with software and computer programs

We also require contact information for three professional references. Your references will not be contacted without advance notice.


Emma DeGan
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Env Health & Safe Spec II(CP005)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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