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Environmental Health and Safety has an outstanding opportunity for a Radiation Safety Program Operations Specialist. The Program Operations Specialist provides professional level program administration and management with substantial responsibility for directing and controlling program operations for assigned programs. The Program Operations Specialist utilizes specialized knowledge of radiation safety principles and practices to establish policies, methods, and procedures for assigned programs. The Program Operations Specialist ensures assigned programs conform to federal and state regulations and university and EH&S policies. As such, the Program Operations Specialist is accountable for program results and success.
The Program Operations Specialist will be involved in strategic planning, program development, and process improvement. This position works closely with internal and external clients and partners to collaborate regarding regulatory compliance issues, training, policy analysis, and reporting in order to ensure the success of each program. The Program Operations Specialist will directly contribute to and be accountable for creating and sustaining a culture of service, quality, accountability and excellence within Radiation Safety and UW Environmental Health and Safety.
The Program Operations Specialist is expected to be versatile and able to respond to issues related to all aspects of daily operations in a university with a large research program and associated medical centers.
The Environmental Health and Safety Department provides University wide health and safety programs at all campus locations as well as Harborview and UW Medical Centers. The Program Operations Specialist must ensure assigned programs meet safety and regulatory requirements for a broad range of radiation use applications such as lasers, radioactive materials, and radiation producing machines.
The UW Radioactive Materials License is granted by the State of Washington Department of Health (DOH). Additional regulatory requirements are codified in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Inability to adequately assure compliance with license conditions and WAC regulations can result in license suspension and prohibition of all use of radioactive material and radiation producing machines. The Program Operations Specialist serves an important role in maintaining a trusting and positive relationship with regulatory agencies, faculty, staff, students and patients, by administering assigned programs to meet regulatory requirements and ensure the safety of all individuals.
Duties & Responsibilities:
This position works independently under general supervision from the University of Washington Radioactive Materials Compliance Manager (RMCM) and regularly exercises independent judgement and decision making. This position is responsible to ensure regulatory requirements for assigned programs are met, and consults with the RMCM on long-range planning for assigned programs.
Responsible for the following programs:
Academic Radioactive Material Use (60%) This program ensures radioactive material use in academic departments is conducted in accordance with regulatory, license, and institutional requirements.
Control of Radioactive Material (20%) This program ensures the radioactive material inventory is maintained in accordance with regulatory, license, and institutional requirements.
Security of Category 1 and 2 radioactive material (15%) This program ensures the requirements WAC 246-237 Radiation Protection Physical Protection of Category 1 and Category 2 Quantities of Radioactive are being met.
Perform other duties as required (5%) The UW Radiation Safety Program must remain adaptable due to unforeseen factors which might include permanent or temporary changes such as staffing, regulations, mission, funding, and technology. Therefore, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and to serve as a back-up for other Radiation Safety Staff. These duties could involve any aspect of the current radiation protection program at the UW, as well as participating in unanticipated programs and departmental teams.
Training and working knowledge of several disciplines of radiation protection including regulatory compliance, dosimetry, hazard assessment, safe working practices, instrumentation, and emergency preparedness and response. Many of these disciplines require use of complex mathematical formulas to independently perform accurate assessments that will be scrutinized by regulatory and professional entities.
Familiarity with multiple types of ionizing radiation sources including radioactive materials, x-ray generating machines, cyclotrons, and linear accelerators.
Ability to develop, manage, and administer emerging radiation safety requirements at a large university.
Capability to work independently and exercise autonomous judgement and decision making.
Organizational skills to effectively and efficiently manage multiple concurrent work duties and time lines.
Ability to communicate and work effectively with all levels of University staff as well as State of Washington and federal regulatory agencies to assure the University's best interests are protected.
Adaptation and innovation when working with faculty and staff to help them establish procedures to ensure that regulatory compliance issues introduced by state and federal regulators can be accomplished with minimal undue impact to the University.
Incorporating EH&S strategic planning initiatives into the employee work-plan.
Gathering and analyzing data for metrics and performance monitoring of programs to ensure organizational efficiencies and desired outcomes are met and program goals are reached.
Serving as a liaison with the regulatory agencies on administrative and technical matters on behalf of the University of Washington (UW) for the assigned programs.
Staying current on required and recommended trainings relevant to position and assigned programs.
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Bachelor's Degree in Health Physics, Engineering, or Science
Minimum work experience of two to three years
Specialized knowledge of radiation safety principles and practices
Familiarity with various types of ionizing radiation sources including radioactive materials, x-ray generating machines, cyclotrons, and linear accelerators
Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
Technical proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite software.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Master's degree in Health Physics, Engineering, or Science (equivalent experience can substitute)
Five years of experience in a radiation safety program involving work in a university or research setting
Experience with database management
Working Environmental Conditions:
This position requires working in a hazardous environment which is potentially dangerous due to the presence of radioactive materials and/or radiation emitting equipment. The misuse or malfunction of these radiation sources can result in injury. When assessing incidents and accidents, the Program Operations Specialist must be technically knowledgeable and able to respond to inquiries regarding radiation exposure at University locations.
Conditions of Employment:
A satisfactory outcome of a fingerprint check and FBI criminal background verification.
Must have a Washington State Driver's License (WDL) or the ability to obtain a WDL within six months.
Position requires frequent travel within the main UW Seattle campus to client offices and facilities, and occasional travel to various UW decentralized offices and labs.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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