Assistant Director-Occupational Safety Program
Requisition Number: STFR003432
Division/College: General Counsel
Location: Boston Main Campus
Full-time/Part-time: Full Time
The position of Assistant Director will provide will provide technical training, risk assessment support, and risk management guidance to faculty/staff/students on various occupational health and safety programs to maintain compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
Occupational health and safety programs include, in general: anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control and prevention of hazards from work that may result in injury, illness, or affect the well-being of workers; and specifically: conducting baseline surveys and audits to determine the extent of employee exposure to hazardous chemicals and other hazardous conditions; ability to review and evaluate facility maintenance and construction programs especially with investigating indoor air quality or other worker exposure concerns. This position will also provide leadership and overall management of a campus-wide ergonomics program and an in-door air quality program.
Other responsibilities include: team leader for conducting and tracking the training of University faculty, staff, and students in safe work practices in campus-wide activities that may present potentially hazardous work environments. Will also assist in the preparation of training programs and other informative materials to promote safe work practices and environmental conscientiousness for working with hazardous materials.
This position provides professional support in a number of other environmental and occupational health programs such as the laboratory safety management program maintained by the Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) office to review work practices and enhance teaching and research activities that utilize hazardous materials or equipment that may potentially impact environmental health or present occupational safety concerns in the teaching and research laboratories.
Occupational safety management presents challenges where safety concerns encountered are often non-routine, requiring review of work practices as well as precedents to recommend effective remedy. Often, precedents do not exist for some concerns, thus this position requires conducting independent research/analysis to identify appropriate approach.
Occupational safety management within multiple administrative departments that provide operational support to the academic departments can also be challenging due to the variety of maintenance and technical service functions that present potentially hazardous work activities.
This position will directly influence and manage priorities for the effective implementation of the Hazard Communication program and the Occupational Medical Surveillance Program.
The position will supervise EH&S professional and support staff, co-op students, contract vendors, or other help when made available for assigned projects.
Minimum of 7 years experience working in an academic environment providing occupational and environmental health/safety services.
Two years experience supervising professional/support staff.
Bachelors degree required in one of the physical sciences, life sciences, environmental science, applied health science, engineering, or other applicable degree.
Preferred qualifications include an MS degree in public health or occupational safety related field. MS degree will replace 2 years of related work experience.
Qualifications as a Certified Industrial Hygienist or Certified Safety Professional highly desirable.
Knowledge of environmental health and occupational safety principles as well as ability to understand and interpret complex written regulations and technical reports.
Experience with OSHA requirements and best management practices for training employees and students on safe work practices when handling hazardous materials or equipment.
Experience working in safety programs such as office ergonomics, in-door air quality, and worker exposure assessment.
Ability to compile and present instructions as well as ability to clearly and concisely express ideas orally and in writing.
Excellent coordination and communication skills are needed to effectively negotiate and appropriately influence the safety behavior of individual lab workers, principal investigators, and research lab groups, facilities trade groups, and construction project managers towards best procedures to implement best safety management practices.
Proficient at standard computer software packages including Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook in performing work assignments.
Experience with or ability to learn and utilize a Learning Management System (LMS) such as BlackBoard, Canvas, or other data management software to implement safety training management needs.
Ability to communicate with vendor and University IT personnel regarding necessary software enhancements and remedy reporting
Excellent customer service skills.
Excellent time and project management skills, including planning, prioritizing, and scheduling multiple ongoing projects.
Ability to assist with work place
emergencies such as chemical emergencies and spill remediation.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern
Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.
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