Leadership of EH&S Laboratory Safety Programs: The Director leads the delivery of laboratory safety and EH&S compliance programs to clients at all of Harvard's Campuses. The program also provides EH&S related assessments, training, and support to Harvard research wherever it is undertaken. Vision and fulfillment of the Laboratory Safety Program: The Director formulates vision and strategy for Laboratory EH&S management. In a collaborative way and in partnership with other relevant EH&S leaders, this position plans and implements both a short and long-run strategy and a vision consistent with overall EH&S mission, values, and strategic goals.Hazard and Risk Management: Under the leadership of the Director, the Laboratory Safety Program develops tools and systems necessary for clients to assess and manage their EH&S and Lab Safety risks and mitigation programs. Working with University clients, the Director and her/his program recognizes hazards and compliance obligations, assesses them through a methodical process, and achieves compliance and hazard control through the application of a layered approach of engineered and administrative controls. Training and Regulatory Briefings: Using University systems and in conjunction with training, technical, and regulatory specialists, the Director assures content development and administers training modules to support laboratory EH&S program conformance. S/he provides feedback to laboratories and other facilities on outstanding training issues and leads the development of remedial action plans as required. S/he ensures that training requirements for lab personnel and management are communicated, managed and implemented. S/he also works with the EH&S Training Manager and others to ensure that training programs are reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Communications: The Director is adept at understanding audiences and their communications needs. S/he maintains strong internal communication programs to ensure that School/ Departmental Environmental Safety Compliance Officers (ESCOs), Principal Investigators, Laboratory Directors, Research Operations Managers, Facility Managers, supervisors, and other University personnel are aware of lab safety and other EHS program requirements. Accident Prevention Programs: The Director develops and/or implements programs dealing with accident prevention and investigation in lab settings; identification, analysis and correction of safety hazards and code deficiencies and occasionally designs hazard control measures. EH&S Laboratory Inspections: The Director assures that her/his program contributes to the lab-related components of the University wide EH&S inspection program at Harvard. Performance Metrics and Reporting: The Director assures that EH&S performance data, reports, and detailed metrics are provided to stakeholders and to executive leadership on a regular basis to ensure that laboratory groups as well as University executives are aware of performance and compliance status. Governance and Committees: The Director is a key member the University Lab Safety Committee which has representation from faculty, staff, lab directors and researchers. This committee sets EH&S related policy and governance for Harvard laboratories. Financial: The Director is accountable to create, establish, and manage relevant EH&S budgets to ensure cost-effective programming. Records Management: Working with EH&S records retention and management group, the Director establishes and maintains office procedures and record-keeping systems which satisfy legal requirements and provide appropriate support to EH&S records management University wide. Client Service: The Laboratory EH&S program, at the leadership of the Director, serves Lab Management and Directors in each of the schools and affiliated institutions.
The Director of Laboratory Safety (Director) leads a multidisciplinary, professional, and technical team committed to delivering laboratory Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) compliance services for Harvard University Cambridge and Boston Campuses and affiliated institutions and locations. S/he provides leadership, strategic direction, management, and communication of EH&S requirements and programs to faculty, staff and students in laboratory and research environments University wide. Key responsibilities include program assessment, program implementation, management/development of staff and budgets, operational and strategic planning, performance measurement, and hazard identification/mitigation. The Director leads a team of EH&S staff responsible for training, inspections, audits, surveys, emergency response and programs in the areas of general lab and research safety, biosafety, chemical safety, and radiation safety. S/he assumes a leadership role in EH&S project management activities as directed. This position represents University EH&S interests and the Campus Services EH&S office on University wide committees for laboratory, research, and compliance activities. Additionally, the position is one of several management positions responsible to represent the University to regulatory and public safety agencies in matters associated with laboratory EH&S compliance. The Director sets a vision for the program and for the team, fosters a climate of high safety awareness, enables EH&S innovation, and mentors the team and others in professional achievement and personal mastery. The Director partners with technical specialists within the lab safety organization and across EH&S, and beyond EH&S when necessary to anticipate and solve problems, implement new ideas and programs, or introduce innovation in our existing work. S/he partners with the other EH&S Directors and serves as part of the EH&S management team, often collaborating with our technical programs director or others to plan, develop, improve, and implement programs to achieve high compliance, safety and environmental performance. :
Salary Grade: 061
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Requires B.S. in occupational health, environmental management, or related scientific or technical disciplines.
Requires proven ability to motivate, mentor, and coach professional and administrative staff.
Must have strong leadership, organizational, oral, and written communication skills including training program delivery.
An excellent customer orientation and a bias for action is a critical attribute for success.
After training and orientation, the candidate is required to participate in emergency response activities on a rotating 24-hour basis as a senior EH&S emergency response official assisting in resolving major EH&S related emergencies.
This position will require strong working knowledge of federal, state, and as possible, local (Boston and Cambridge, MA) EH&S regulations.
The candidate must be able to establish effective working relationships with laboratory managers, researchers, and other clients.
An ability to work in a fast-paced operations environment handling multiple assignments, working independently on multiple projects and priorities, and ability to make sound decisions in a timely fashion are critical.
Skill in implementing and assessing occupational health and safety compliance programs is required.
A strong focus on safety program implementation for diverse laboratory related projects is required.
Technology Skills Requirements
Must possess high level of competency in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and SharePoint. Will be required to learn University financial, scheduling, human resources, and work management software, as well as use of other databases. Candidate must have strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs, and database experience. Must be able to analyze complex data and develop summary and/or comprehensive reports.
Special Requirements Participates in EHS Emergency Response program; required to be on call and respond to emergencies during non-business hours.
Emergency Status Designation: Critical Operations Personnel
Master's degree with advanced training and experience in laboratory research environment.
Prefer 5 to 10 years of experience in management of EH&S personnel, programs, and budgets.
Experience working in an environment with organized labor is desired.
Professional recognition as a Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist, or other EH&S related professional certification is preferred.
CONTINUED -- DUTIES AND RESPONSABILITIES
Laboratory Emergency Management: The Director has a critical leadership role in emergency planning and management for laboratory settings including program development and implementation. Staff and Program Leadership: The Director provides leadership, professional, technical, and mentoring to the program's administrative and professional staff. A Learning and Innovative Organization: The Director enables and encourages innovation and organizational learning throughout the laboratory EH&S program. Outsource Contracted Services: The Director oversees operational services provided under contract to various affiliates of the Cambridge and Boston Campuses.Interface with Occupational Medicine Program: The Laboratory EH&S program interacts with and supports efforts to build and sustain Harvard's Occupational Medicine program.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 45895BR
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