Assistant Director for Space Planning & Safety
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About the Opportunity:
The Bouve College of Health Sciences seeks an Assistant Director
for Space Planning & Safety to join their team!
Bouve College of Health Sciences is comprised of four preeminent
schools of study encompassing approximately 1,000 faculty and
staff, 5,000 students, and 40,000 alumni.
Please note: The primary work location for this position is the
Boston MA Northeastern University Campus Location. Until our full
return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview
process will be conducted remotely- including virtual interviews,
remote onboarding and remote work. The remote nature of this
position is subject to change in the future and is only temporary.
Local, on-campus work will be required once the College and this
role return to an operational status that supports it.
To learn more about our students, faculty and staff in the Bouve
College of Health Sciences see this website : https://bouve.northeastern.edu/bouve-story/
Reporting directly to the Director of Administration and Finance
The Assistant Director for Space Planning & Safety will work
with Bouve College of Health Sciences and University administrators
to provide planning, guidance and implementation of best practices
and policies related to Lab and Lab Classroom, Research and
Administrative space needs, and Clinical Compliance
Major Safety areas of safety responsibility include: The Assistant
Director's primary role is to establish the internal management,
accountability, and communication structures to implement and track
environmental and safety requirements, status, and related risks
associated with Health Science teaching and research activities.
The Assistant Director will rely upon the support and guidance of
the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) in
implementing these responsibilities. The principal duties
associated with this position are as follows:
Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
- Know, understand, and monitor risks, risk mitigation
strategies, and environmental and safety requirements for the Bouve
College of Health Sciences.
- Review protocols used in teaching and research laboratories
from a safety and environmental risk perspective.
- Establish mechanisms to implement and monitor compliance
- Oversee all PPE related issues involved in procuring,
organizing, and delivering throughout the College.
- Oversee implementation of required clinical student fit testing
- Ensure that personnel and students participate in required
medical surveillance training.
- Take appropriate action to halt any conditions that may result
in imminent hazard to persons, property, or the environment.
- Assist with commissioning and decommissioning research
- Assist EH&S with laboratory audits, accident investigation,
maintenance of compliance records, fume hood and biosafety cabinet
inspection and maintenance, safe autoclave use, and laboratory
- Assist faculty with maintaining up-to-date hazardous material
and equipment inventories, maintaining applicable safety data
sheets, and maintaining spill response and first aid
- Assist college administrators and EH&S with identifying and
procuring appropriate personal protective equipment for use in
teaching labs, research labs, and clinical internship
- Represent the college on appropriate safety committees and
participate in the development of strategies, policies, and
procedures for environmental and safety compliance management in
- Monitor and report on the college's environmental and safety
program status, trends, and risks.
- Notify the college administrators of unresolved compliance
issues and situations involving potential safety hazards,
exposures, accidents, injuries, illnesses, spills, releases or
other regulatory or environmental issues and seek resolution in
correcting identified issues.
- Seek EH&S guidance in implementing corrective actions as
needed; facilitate and promote the exchange of information within
Bouve College and with EH&S in the interest of collaborative
problem solving and program improvement.
- Participate, as needed, with the Northeastern Emergency
Response Team to assist with the response to laboratory accidents
and hazardous material releases should they occur within the Bouve
The Assistant Director position requires a background in and broad
knowledge of teaching and research laboratory equipment and
processes with preferred experience pertaining to the safety
requirements associated with clinical and health science activities
as well as safety requirements associated with chemical,
biological, radiological, and preferably, pharmaceutical work. The
ideal candidate will be self-motivated, technically skilled, and
able to effectively influence safety performance, execute change,
and promote collaborative problem solving.
Major Space areas of space responsibility include:
- Develop and maintain the College's space inventory and
allocation data, including usage (e.g. office, research,
instructional, administrative support) and optimization metrics.
Work effectively with the Dean's Office, administrators, facilities
personnel, faculty, staff, and students during the design and
implementation phase of renovation projects to understand user
needs and assure satisfactory results.
- Manage inventory of supplies needs for all clinical classrooms
- In coordination with the purchasing office work to secure
supplies needed for the efficient operation of the clinical
Master's degree from an accredited institution in one of the
physical sciences, life sciences, applied health science, or other
applicable degree required.
Minimum of 5-7 years of demonstrated experience incorporating
applicable federal, state, and local regulatory requirements and
best management practices into laboratory operations.
Demonstrated knowledge of hazardous material storage, use, and
waste principles. Familiarity with laboratory protocols using
radioactive materials, radiation producing equipment, and
biological materials. Preferred experience with reviewing research
protocols involving human subjects and pharmaceuticals.
Demonstrated knowledge of common processes, equipment, and
hazardous material properties found in a laboratory setting.
General awareness of process safety requirements in a laboratory
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), interpersonal
skills, and emotional acuity are required and necessary to
effectively promote a culture of safety throughout Bouve
Ability to present safety concepts as well as effectively negotiate
and appropriately influence the safety behavior of teaching and
research faculty, lab workers, students and others engaged in
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 platform such as BioRaft, to track safety training and
other safety program management needs.
Excellent time and project management skills, including planning,
prioritizing, and scheduling multiple ongoing projects including
the ability to collaborate effectively.
Be medically qualified to wear respiratory protection and other
personal protective equipment as well as lift to 50 lbs.
Work in a variety of physical environments where hazardous
materials or equipment are in storage or use.
Northeastern University offers a comprehensive and competitive
employee benefits program for all full-time regular faculty and
staff including medical plans, a dental plan, medical and
dependent-care reimbursement accounts, retirement plans, life
insurance benefits, disability programs, and tuition
College of Health Sciences values and respects the multiple and
diverse identities of our shared humanity across race, ethnicity,
class, ability, language, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, and
military service. We are committed to enlivening the climate of
diversity at Bouve through teaching, learning, dialogue, and
relationship building. We seek to nurture inhabitable and welcoming
spaces where all members feel that their ideas, voice, and lived
experiences matter. We avow that differences in perspectives exist,
are to be anticipated, and that respect for our differences is
foundational to the universe of ideas that enrich our lives and
professions. We are committed to advocacy, inclusion, and justice
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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking
to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and
staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its
forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect
that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
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support of diversity and inclusion, please see
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