The Director of Research Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for providing leadership, information, technical assistance, policy development, and oversight that enables line management to maintain a safe workplace environment at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute (the Institute), promote safety as an institutional core value, and insure that the Institute’s scientific/technical research activities are conducted in compliance with applicable policies and regulations. As a key member of the Institute’s Facilities and Operations Team, the Director of Research EH&S will be called upon to make substantial leadership contributions toward achieving the Institute's performance goals, forge partnerships inside and outside of the institute and to pursue best management practices.
Duties and Responsibilities
· Directs and oversees Waste Management, Radiation Protection, Biosafety Program, Environmental Services, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Security functions to maintain a safe, secure and healthy environment for Laboratory employees, Principal Investigators, guests and visitors in support of the mission of Seattle Children’s Research institute
· Is knowledgeable about local, state and federal regulations and guidelines that a research organization is subject to. Ensures compliance with all applicable regulations and guidelines and can act as content expert when overseeing or implementing EH&S programs.
· Is an active member of the IACUC and IBC working collaboratively with Researchers and institute employees representing diverse technical and philosophical perspectives.
· Conducts ongoing long-range planning to identify and implement new programs and policies to insure compliance with changing governmental guidelines and regulations, achieve performance goals, and to pursue best management practices.
· Proactively builds partnership relationships with all levels of the Laboratory community, including the Principal Investigators, Center Directors, IACUC, IBC, and technical operations external regulatory agencies, the general public,
· Partners effectively with other Departments to implement new or improve existing programs that cross divisional lines consistent with strategic planning goals and initiatives. Insure that the EHS Department actively supports and is integrated with the Laboratory's scientific/technical research programs.
· Provides leadership and direction to fulfill the Division’s continuous process improvement program, including measurement systems, benchmarking, and surveys.
· Develops and implements Laboratory policies and procedures that insure effective administration of safety programs.
· Demonstrates responsiveness, cooperation, and consistent problem-solving when representing the EH&S Division with the internal management structure.
· Addresses management and resource challenges of a growing organization; guides strategies for hiring, retaining and developing diverse staff.
· Supervises and evaluates the performance of the EH&S staff while promoting a harmonious and productive, quality-oriented work environment that fosters staff development, training and advancement.
· Defines, articulates and develops the EH&S Division short and long term strategic operating plans, policy, procedures, and practices in support of the Lab’s goals and objectives.
· Works as a member of the Facilities and Operations Team providing leadership, guidance and support to Operations initiatives; Keeps management advised on latest developments in all areas of responsibility and advises on actions and progress towards meeting the goals and objectives in those areas.
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental or safety engineering, or similar discipline (e.g. environmental health, basic health sciences, or related field)
- Minimum 10 years of experience and demonstrated superior achievement in EH&S and/or disciplines with particular emphasis on biosafety in laboratories and vivaria
- Successful senior-level leadership experience, including experience with employee development, mentoring and coaching
- Knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local regulations and guidelines
- Experience working with regulatory and professional standards agencies
- Advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D. or Master’s Degree)
- Academic or institutional experience
- Certification in a related professional discipline (e.g. CIH, CSP, CHP, PE)
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