The Biosafety Program Manager provides professional biosafety support services for faculty, staff, and students to maintain a safe and healthy working environment in academic research and teaching laboratories utilizing biohazardous materials. This manager provides guidance in the continuing improvement and implementation of the University's Biosafety Program as well as administration of the University campus-wide Exposure Control Plan for potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Biosafety program management presents challenges where problems encountered are often non-routine, requiring detailed review of practices and precedents to recommend effective remedy. Often, risk assessments are not well defined for research safety concerns with potentially biohazardous materials. Thus, this position requires conducting independent research/analysis to identify appropriate and sometimes novel approaches to support the overall implementation of the biosafety program.
Excellent coordination and communication skills are required to effectively negotiate and appropriately influence the safety behavior of individual lab workers, principal investigators, and interdisciplinary research groups towards implementing best management practices. This is a team effort with other lab safety program managers not only for overall safety compliance but also for promoting an enhanced campus-wide safety culture. Be medically qualified to wear respiratory protection and other personal protective equipment Lift up to 50 lbs and move up to 500 lbs of materials using rolling carts or drum carts. Work in a variety of physical environments including weather extremes, potential confined spaces, elevated locations, and where the use of biological materials or equipment is in storage or use.
Bachelor's degree required in one of the physical sciences, life sciences, environmental science, bioengineering, applied health science or other applicable degree.
Preferred qualifications include a BS or MS degree in microbiology and a background in laboratory biosafety or related field.
Minimum of 7 years' experience working in an academic environment providing occupational and environmental health/safety services.MS degree will replace 2 years of related work experience.Two years' experience supervising professional/support staff.Qualifications as a Certified Biosafety Professional or a Registered Biosafety Professional highly desirable.Knowledge of environmental health and occupational safety principles as well as ability to understand and interpret complex written regulations, technical reports, and research protocols.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 within laboratory safety programs such as general lab safety, biosafety, and radiation protection.
Familiarity with laboratory design and code requirements for safety control systems 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 to effectively negotiate and appropriately influence the safety behavior of lab workers, 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 such as BioRaft, to implement safety training and other biosafety program management needs. Excellent customer service skills. Excellent time and project management skills, including planning, prioritizing, and scheduling multiple ongoing projects
Requisition Number: STFR005171
Internal Number: 59079
About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.