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The Senior Research Lab Safety Officer will provide leadership and support to Tandons Research Safety Program by promoting and supporting a comprehensive laboratory safety program throughout the School's expansive research enterprise and affiliate initiatives. Support and advance a positive, proactive laboratory safety program in a complex environment, working as a leader and member of the Research Safety Team and collaborating with departmental designated coordinators, NYU EH&S colleagues and program leaders. The position reports to the Senior Director of Campus Planning & Technical Services and will assist with establishing and implementing Program priorities in accordance with the Research Safety strategic plan. This position will collaborate with Departmental coordinators and NYU EHS Senior Specialists to promote best management practices throughout the campus. The Senior Research Lab Safety Officer will be responsible for providing professional leadership, administrative oversight and for managing laboratory safety operations, services and programs in all locations. He/she will develop, maintain and promote policies, procedures and programs for laboratory safety, and ensure the campuses are compliant with pertinent local, state and federal laboratory health and safety codes, standards and regulations. The position will be responsible for the effective implementation and ongoing quality improvement of technology-based systems for the Research Safety team, including but not limited to chemical tracking, database and training. This position has supervisory responsibility for several Research Safety Team positions as well as departmental designated coordinators.
Bachelor's Degree (scientific discipline such as Chemistry, Biology, or Environmental Sciences preferred)
Bachelor's Degree or Advanced degree in environmental health and safety, the life sciences, engineering, or a related field. Professional certification, such as Associate Safety Professional, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, a plus.
Minimum of four years of experience in environmental health and safety, preferably in an academic or industrial research environment, with at least two years of supervisory experience or project leadership experience. Note, an appropriate combination of an advanced degree and experience, may be considered in lieu of these requirements.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of federal, state and city regulations pertaining to health and safety. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, as a member of a team; ability to facilitate effective operational integration, collaboration and teamwork within School and University; Ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously and exercise good judgment in managing time, including maintaining a flexible presence at multiple campus locations; Ability to establish and maintain professional, collaborative, service-oriented, cooperative and effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, unions, customers, the public, regulatory agencies and co-workers through practical and positive communication; Ability to operate industrial hygiene/environmental equipment and information technologies, including advanced database, spreadsheet, presentation design software and word processing editing features; ability to understand, interpret and convey measurements, data, standards and hazardous materials information; Strong written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and actively on complex topics and to convey risks effectively; Ability to simplify guidance for students and staff, and to prepare thoroughly documented technical reports, excellent oral communication and presentation skills, including the ability to prepare professional-quality presentations, speak clearly and engagingly about complex issues before small and large groups of diverse audiences; Ability to perform safety investigations, operations surveys, decommissioning or emergency response; ability to wear a respirator and other personal protective equipment.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of the structure of laboratory safety programs in an academic or research setting. Familiarity with environmental health and safety management software. Experience leading a hazardous materials incident response. Experience with developing and delivering effective safety training for groups of personnel. OSHA 24 or 40 hour HAZWOPER certification preferred; RCRA and DOT certifications a plus.
NYU aims to be among the greenest urban campuses in the country and carbon neutral by 2040. Learn more at nyu.edu/sustainability.
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