Full Job Description
The Assistant Director plays a key role in the management of New York Medical comprehensive environmental, safety, occupational health, and research compliance programs in support of and under the general supervision of senior staff.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the general direction of the Associate Director, provides day-to-day management of research compliance and infection control programs, including the development and revision of plans, policies, procedures and training programs. Prepares and conducts trainings on a variety of EH&S topics. Serves as Chemical Hygiene Officer and Assistant Biosafety Officer.
Performs routine audits of laboratories, clinical areas, clinical compliance and research programs. Consults with Principal Investigators (PIs), lab personnel and clinical personnel on inspection findings and provides appropriate recommendations based on regulatory compliance and best-practice guidelines. Maintains comprehensive and accurate records of inspections. Develops recommendations for corrective actions. Supervises audit closeout process (including the appropriate documentation of such) by technical staff.
Under the general direction of the Radiation Safety Officer, oversees the day-to-day management of the radiation safety program and related tasks performed by EH&S Technicians. Supervises research and clinical dosimetry programs
Ensures that compliance activities are completed within the appropriate time period(s) of the calendar year. Manages records, including waste manifests, SDSs, and other compliance documents. Keeps documentation in a consistent state of “inspection” readiness. Provides support for regulatory audits/site inspections. Maintains knowledge of federal, state, and local safety regulations through personal research and attendance at meetings/seminars.
Serves as ARO and supports the Tier 1 Select Agent/BSL-3 laboratory program.
Manages lab decommissioning/cleanout and new PI registration/move-in processes. Assesses needs/serves as point person for assembling necessary scopes of work. Serves as point person for permitting/protocol registration processes for new PIs.
Responds to/assists with the mitigation of emergencies and spills involving hazardous materials which may include biological, chemical, or radioactive substances and assisting in the response and investigation of accidents, incidents, or exposures. Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
(A) Education requirement:
Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree highly preferred.
(B) Licenses or certifications:
DOJ/FBI/DMV background checks and clearances required. HAZWOPER/RCRA/DOT HAZMAT/IATA certifications strongly preferred.
(C) Technical/computer skills:
Must have advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, specifically Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Must be able to use iPad/iPhone applications.
(D) Prior experience:
5+ years experience, preferably in an academic, healthcare, and/or research environment.
(E) Other skills/requirements
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain a positive and helpful attitude with a customer-centered focus with respect to a wide variety of individuals.
Ability to take initiative and to think critically and creatively about both discrete and broad situations.
Must have the ability to tolerate and process situational complexities and ambiguity.
Ability to work successfully both independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and succinctly verbally, in writing, and in presentations. Must be able to explain technical concepts clearly and concisely.
Excellent organizational skills, as demonstrated by the ability to manage competing priorities efficiently and the ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
Excellent attention to detail and thoroughness in accomplishing assigned tasks, as well as pride in performing job responsibilities correctly and completely.
Physical and Environmental Demands
Must be able to wear a respirator. Must be able to up to 40 pounds. Able to walk between multiple sites on campus. Able to bend, crawl, stoop and/or climb (stairs/ladders) to conduct inspections and investigations.
Work within laboratories and storage areas containing chemicals, biohazards, and radioisotopes.