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Research Safety Training Specialist I

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 17, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
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Research Safety Training Specialist I

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The Occupational Health and Safety Training Specialist I (TS-1) is primarily public facing and reports to the Assistant Director for Program Development, Assessment, and Outreach. The specialist is responsible for supporting a climate of safety in Northeastern University education and research enterprise through the development, maintenance and evaluation of quality environmental and occupational health training programs.

The priority of the TS-1 is to develop and conduct user centered and interactive training sessions, promote university safety and compliance, oversee the Research Safety training platform, and perform and effectively promote safety leadership initiatives directly with the research community. Key roles include (a) support towards the management and oversight of the Office of Academic and Research Safety (OERS) risk management platform, which hosts the research safety learning management system (LMS); (b) Designing, updating and implementing a wide range of online and in-person environmental and occupational health and safety training programs; (c) design and delivery of select classroom programs, and (d) partnering with internal or external subject matter/technical experts to coordinate and deliver training products and programs, as needed.

The preferred candidate will have technical expertise in one or more areas of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, be familiar with the Federal, State and local standards that drive training requirements, and have prior experience developing safety training programs appropriate for adult learners (college age and /or professional faculty/staff). The TS-I works in close collaboration within multiple team settings that include research safety managers, faculty, and other stakeholders to assure satisfaction with training program content, modalities, and delivery. The TS-1 will be technologically savvy and a quick learner of new platforms, tools and applications, and will also train University community members on end-user of their platform profiles, providing operational guidelines, technical documentation and management of quarterly and annual metrics for report generation.

The TS-1 will have excellent public speaking, writing, and editing skills and an even better listening skills. The TS-1 is organized and skilled in project management, aware of leading training trends, values life-long learning, and is in possession of a high emotional intelligence that encourages meaningful engagement from and with adult learners participating in training.

Along with the above aspects of training development and management of learning management systems, this position provides professional support in a number of other environmental and occupational health programs maintained by the EHS office to enhance teaching and research activities across the University.

This position will support the measurement of safety performance across several programs, support the tracking and visual presentation of program metrics, support the oversight of a co-op and/or work study students, engage with contract vendors, and assist with research safety staff across programs.

  • Minimum of 2-4 years' experience providing occupational and environmental health services.
  • Minimum 2-years of experience presenting and facilitating training programs
  • Knowledge of environmental health and/or occupational safety principles
  • Creative ability, writing proficiency, visual graphic design sensibilities.
  • Proficient at standard computer software packages including Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook in performing work assignments.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent time and project management skills, including planning, prioritizing, and scheduling multiple ongoing projects.
  • Quick learner of design tools and software packages. Advanced knowledge and proficient use of standard computer software packages including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook in performing work assignments.
  • Experience designing (or supervising designers) working with programs, such as Articulate360.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with platform and software vendors and University ITS to trouble-shoot and solve user queries.
  • Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas orally and in writing; ability to compile and present instructions, ability to understand and interpret complex written regulations and technical reports.
  • Excellent coordination and communication skills are needed to effectively negotiate and appropriately influence the safety behavior of research lab groups and individuals towards the best safety management practices.
  • Work in a variety of physical environments where hazardous materials or equipment are in storage or use.
  • Certification as a Certified Environmental Health and Safety Trainer (CET) preferred.

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    Additional Information:
    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 law.

    To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

    To apply, visit jeid-134692b1d8690a4b88b962216605a9d9
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