Assistant Director, Research and Laboratory Safety

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 037048 Department Code 31003-1064 Department Environmental Health & Safety Services Job Title Assistant Director, Research and Laboratory Safety Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level 05 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Assistant Director for Research and Laboratory Safety oversees research and laboratory safety administrative and operational activities for Environmental Health and Safety Services and provides professional expertise, guidance and safety services to laboratory faculty, staff and students. The Assistant Director for Research and Laboratory Safety serves as the University’s Institutional Biosafety Officer and Laser Safety Officer, assists in the management of the University’s Radiation Safety Program, and oversees the centralized chemical receiving area and comprehensive laboratory chemical inventory system.


Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, chemical engineering or other science-related discipline required. Master’s degree preferred.
5 years of experience in an academic or research environment and/or laboratory safety management experience in an organization with diverse research and development activities.
Supervisory experience preferred.
Experience working with a university-based population preferred.
Successful candidate is expected to establish their principal residence in the Central New York area within approximately 30 minutes driving distance from Syracuse University.

Job Specific Qualifications

Knowledge of research laboratory operations, including understanding of chemical, biological, radiological, physical processes/procedures commonly used in research.
Demonstrated understanding of biological and radiological hazards/related regulations and safety practices.
Familiarity with a range of health and safety programs, regulations and topics impacting a large research university.
Strong communication/presentation skills, including the ability to communicate risks effectively, prepare professional-quality presentations, speak clearly/engagingly about complex issues before small and large groups.
Strong written communication skills, analytical skills, attention to detail with experience in developing reports, and evaluating/interpreting analytical data.
Effective use of MS Office applications and other applications.
Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal skills with proven success in the evaluation and improvement of office efficiencies such as advancing the abilities of those supervised.
Ability to work autonomously in a highly matrixed, decentralized, and complex work environment.
A valid NYS driver’s license, driving record for University requirements
Must be medically fit/able to wear respiratory protection.
Current HAZWOPPER certification preferred.


Leads, manages administrative and operational activities of EHSS¿s laboratory safety group.
Develops, implements, maintains, oversees programs/initiatives related to research and laboratory safety, including chemical safety, biosafety, radiation safety, laser safety, and controlled substances.
Reviews research activities, procedures, facilities and equipment to assess hazards and compliance requirements and offers guidance and recommendations to mitigate hazards, prevent incidents and address compliance obligations.
Advises/communicates to the University academic community. Responds to their inquiries regarding laboratory research, health and safety requirements, policies, guidance, best management practices.
Aids University in maintaining compliance/adherence with federal, state, local laws; rules and regulations as they relate to laboratory/research safety.
Serves as the University’s Biosafety Officer and Laser Safety Officer, participates in University Committees including the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Radiation Safety Committee and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
Participates in chemical, biological or environmental incident investigations and spill response actions, including on-call 24-hour emergency response or notification.

Leads the University’s new centralized chemical receiving area and staff.
Oversees the collection and maintenance of the University’s comprehensive inventory of laboratory chemicals and the chemical tracking software system.
Reviews chemicals received, offers chemical safety assistance, guidance and support to chemical users and develops technical guidance and other informational materials to promote and enhance chemical safety and compliance.

Supervises four staff, identifies staff priorities, and assigns specific duties and tasks to accomplish these priorities.
Meets regularly with direct report staff to discuss opportunities, challenges and solutions and work progress.
Engages in the performance partnership process for direct report staff.
Makes budgetary and purchase recommendations to EHSS Director and assists establishing EHSS goals and priorities.

Supports the Director of EHSS in the general administration and operational activities of the Department.
Participates in special departmental projects and leadership support activities.
Offers support and expertise in additional EHSS areas including occupational health and safety and public health.
Other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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