As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for six consecutive years. The Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Department has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Director. The assistant director for Research & Occupational Safety (ROS) is responsible for overseeing the Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Department's Research & Occupational Safety (ROS) section. ROS is one of five technical sections within EH&S. This position reports to the EH&S senior director and is responsible for the management, compliance, direction, and oversight of research-safety programs, strategies, staff, and related organizational performance standards that support the University's mission. This position manages highly technical and complex programs and teams that support the University's research and teaching activities. It oversees the Department's health and safety programs in the areas of biosafety, biosecurity, laboratory chemicals, laboratory physical safety, occupational health and safety in animal care and use environments, scientific diving, and boating safety. This position is a senior leadership role within EH&S and will actively participate in and lead department-wide efforts to advance a strong laboratory safety culture across disciplines at the University of Washington.Position Complexities:The Research & Occupational Safety section is responsible for administering highly technical and highly regulated health and safety programs, services, and training for the following areas: biological safety and biosecurity, including biosafety level 3 (BSL-3), select agents, and bloodborne pathogens (BBP); occupational health and hygiene in research and animal care and use areas, chemical and physical safety in laboratories, and scientific diving and boating safety. These programs represent more than 1,000 research groups and over 4,000 research spaces at the University. These programs extend to the University of Washington Tacoma and Bothell campuses and field and remote research facilities owned, leased, and operated by the University. In addition, the ROS section ensures the compliance and facilitation of institutional safety committees, including the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Infectious Waste Committee (IWC), Diving Control Board, and will help start a new institutional committee for chemical and physical safety in research.Additional Complexities: - Responsible for leading and developing a high-performing interdisciplinary team of research safety professionals. The ROS section includes approximately 18-22 professionals with expertise in biological safety, research occupational health and hygiene, chemical safety, laboratory safety, laboratory ventilation, scientific diving, and boating safety, in addition to program and administrative support.- Oversee comprehensive biological safety programs that are compliant with Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) directives of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University, and meets all applicable federal, state, and local mandates for work with infectious biological agents, recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids, select agents, and other biosafety and biosecurity concerns.- Ensure occupational health mandates associated with research involving biological, chemical, and physical hazards, and hazardous materials in animal research are met. The mandates are from the UW IBC, Washington State Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOSH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Select Agent Program, American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), and University AAALAC accreditation. - Oversees an EH&S section that provides administrative support and facilitates the following Institutional committees and advisory groups: Institutional Biosafety Committee, Infectious Waste Committee, Biosafety Level 3 Advisory Committee, Diving Control Board, Boating Safety Advisory Committee, and a new Chemical and Physical Safety Committee for research. - In conjunction with the senior director, other EH&S assistant directors, and program managers, ensure that timely and appropriate input and approvals to proposed and awarded research grants are provided. -Responsible for all operational aspects of the ROS section, including the fiscal accountability of an annual budget of $3.0 million; addressing personnel issues, including being responsible for ensuring staff have all health and safety training and personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary for their jobs. -This position is an integral part of the departmental senior management team and develops and maintains close working relationships with EH&S staff and management, departmental leaders, campus partners, faculty, staff, and students, institutional committees, and regulatory agencies.Position Dimensions and Impact to the University: Regulatory agency interface for the University of Washington: (1) NIH Office of Science Policy for compliance with NIH guidelines for recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid research, (2) Washington State Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) when the subject matter relates to worker exposures in research settings with chemical or biological materials, and (3) CDC/USDA for the Select Agent Program. This position develops and maintains working relationships with campus partners, researchers, faculty, staff, students, and visitors. This position serves as the Alternate Responsible Official (ARO) or the Responsible Official (RO) for the Select Agent Program; serves as a member of the Infectious Waste Committee and Diving Control Board; is responsible for the support of the IBC; and serves as liaison with other University of Washington departments, such as the Office of Research on regulatory compliance associated with research, the Human Subjects Division on issues related to human gene transfer clinical trials, Office of Animal Welfare on issues related to EH&S review of animal research protocols; Washington National Primate Research Center on issues relating to occupational health and safety; and Department of Comparative Medicine on issues relating to occupational health and safety.RESPONSIBILITIES:Core Duties:*Direct, design, develop, and oversee the implementation of the overall activities of research safety programs which include: Biological Safety Program (including biosafety cabinet certification), Laboratory Safety Survey Program (including fume hood performance testing), Occupational Health and Hygiene for Research and Animal care, Scientific Diving and Boating Safety Programs*Provide leadership, guidance, oversight, and direction to managers in their execution of the above programs.*Develop capabilities of research safety staff, and ensure strong leadership for all units and sub-programs.*Evaluate national and state trends, emerging issues, and pending legislation and regulation in order to position the University's programs to be ready for future impacts. Develop appropriate strategies to address and incorporate into health and safety programs and processes. Advise leadership and campus partners on the impacts.*Direct and conduct technical and business briefings related to research safety for campus leadership.*Collaborate closely with program managers and staff as well as the academic community to: Assess and control biological, chemical, physical, and health hazards; Manage projects related to the implementation of controls hazard reduction.*Develop and deliver integrated lab safety programs and services that are effective and efficient.*Serve as the Alternate Responsible Official or Responsible Official for the University's Select Agent Program regulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).*May serve as the Alternate Chemical Hygiene Officer.*Oversee process improvement, evaluation, and benchmarking work for all programs and activities within the areas of responsibility.*Ensure fiscal accountability of the ROS Section's $3.0 million annual budget.*Ensure all personnel actions follow human resource policies and procedures and comply with union contracts where applicable.*Represent the EH&S Department as liaison to regulatory agencies and represents EH&S senior director on campus-wide initiatives, working groups, and committees as assigned by the senior director.*Responsible for the development and implementation of the ROS Section's strategic and business plans. Contribute to departmental strategic and business plan.*Address personnel issues, and ensure staff remain technically skilled and have all health and safety training, management support, and PPE necessary for their jobs.*Responsible for the functional and administrative management over professional, technical, and support staff; manages and oversees all personnel actions; plans, assigns, and reviews work of all assigned staff to assure business and strategic goals and objectives are being met.*Train employees and conduct their job performance reviews.*Serve as a technical lead and provide both technical and administrative services.*Provide UW departments with a program of technical assistance, training, and consultation needed to help them achieve regulatory compliance.*Provide technical expertise regarding interpretation of and application of current occupational health and safety regulations that apply to the UW.*Oversee and review scheduled and requested industrial hygiene and safety investigations to include the following: Prepare reports of findings with interpretations that may include such subjects as chemical exposure assessments, ventilation changes, incident investigation results with incident prevention strategies, noise or vibration reduction, personal protective equipment, and process/procedure/equipment modifications; provide advice concerning requirements for compliance with applicable health and safety codes, standards and regulations; present written and oral reports to covering investigations, health and safety topics, the conclusions reached, and how to accomplish the recommendations; and conduct follow-up of investigations and recommendations to check progress and effectiveness of changes made.*Interface with Employee Health Centers in assessing chemical and biological exposures for inclusion in medical surveillance programs.*Oversee root cause investigation/accident prevention efforts of incidents involving program areas of responsibility.*Provide technical assistance for emergencies and participate in the Unit Response Center (URC) efforts and/or the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), if required, and may serve as part of the Staff on Call (SOC) team.*Direct and manage strategic relationships both inside and outside of the University in regards to research safety, maintain a high level of interaction and collaboration with clients and researcher and academic safety peers across the country and the University.Biological Safety ProgramsThis position has responsibility for maintaining and maturing:*Institutional Biological Safety Program which includes the University's Select Agent Program, the Biological Use Authorization (BUA) of research protocols, Bloodborne Pathogens Program (BBP), biohazardous waste management, training programs, education and outreach, policy and technical manuals, and the administrative and technical support to the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Dual Use Research or Concern Committee, Infectious Waste Committee, and Biosafety level 3 Advisory Committee.*A program of technical assistance, training, and consultation for University departments in need of help to achieve regulatory compliance in the use of biohazardous materials including recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids and select agents.*Policies, procedures, and processes required for the implementation of an effective, compliant, and efficient*Biological Safety Program.*Regulatory/compliance interpretations and technical assistance to research and service units which includes developing and providing the necessary educational materials, outreach, and training.*Reports and metrics on biosafety program compliance status, efficiency, and work load metrics to all levels of management.*Evaluate and review research proposals, laboratory operations, and laboratory facilities for all aspects of biosafety to assure appropriate approvals, safety controls, containment, and compliance with applicable federal, state, local, and University protocols, regulations, and requirements.*Review of scientific materials, complex projects, and field inspections/survey of research involving: biological agents, recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids, human gene therapy and clinical trials, and animal research protocols.*Review of facility designs for new and existing facilities and laboratories where biological agents and recombinant DNA are used, particularly for: Biological Use Authorization, Select Agent Program, and support operations of the IBC to assure compliance with all National Institutes of Health Office of Science Policy.Laboratory Safety Survey ProgramThis position has responsibility for maintaining and maturing:*A comprehensive Laboratory Safety Survey Program focusing on chemical and physical hazards in research and academic laboratories.*A comprehensive and effective training, outreach and education program for research safety.*A program of technical assistance, training, and consultation needed to help departments achieve regulatory compliance and high safety standards.*Policies, procedures, and processes required for the implementation of an effective, and compliant Laboratory Safety Program.*Regulatory/compliance interpretations and technical assistance to research and service units which includes developing and providing the necessary educational materials and training.*Reports and metrics on program compliance status, efficiency and work load metrics to all levels of management.*A new Institutional Chemical and Physical Hazards Research Safety Committee.Laboratory Safety Equipment ProgramsThis position is responsible for establishing and maintaining:*A comprehensive and effective fume hood inspection program, including routine performance testing, installation evaluation, and consulting.*A comprehensive biological safety cabinet service program, which includes required annual certification, filter changes, decontamination, decommissioning, installation or relocation evaluation, and consulting.*Occupational Health and Hygiene Research Safety Programs*This position is responsible for facilitating the collaboration of ROS staff, Employee Health Centers, Office of Animal Welfare, Department of Comparative Medicine, and other internal EH&S sections and external departments to identify worker health and safety needs through review of proposed animal and biological research protocols.*Identifying adverse health exposures in the work environment and oversee the development of appropriate intervention strategies to prevent or mitigate injuries, illnesses, or incidents related to workplace exposures when such exposures exceed established standards.*Oversee the administration of the Occupational Health and Safety Program for Animal Care and Use.*Collaborate and coordinate with Employee Health Centers for the development of medical occupational health procedures and follow-up care after exposure incidents.*Ensure effective occupational health and safety reviews of animal research protocols with hazardous materials and physical hazards. Ensure appropriate occupational health programs and services are provided for workers and that occupational health mandates associated with animal research in support of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) are met.*Ensure occupational health reviews of research protocols are being properly conducted in order to support UW's AAALAC accreditation.*Oversee exposure assessment for research, clinical, animal care and use areas for hazardous materials including xylene, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, anesthetic gases, 3-D printing, nanoparticles, noise, and ergonomics.*Effectively communicate and escalate issues related to exposure assessments when there needs to be increasing attention given.*Ensure the implementation of control strategies defined by the exposure assessments, balancing risk with an understanding of the economics and regulatory requirements*Provide resources to support risk-based decisions around exposure assessments and control strategies defined.*Develop performance metrics for the research occupational hygiene program.*Ensure qualified staff are implementing the exposure control programs defined for the laboratory, field and clinical environments.*Establish overall expectations for the exposure assessment program and for the staff executing the program to ensure the program requirements are met.Scientific Diving and Boating Safety ProgramsThis position has responsibility for maintaining and maturing:*A comprehensive Scientific Diving Safety Program focusing on written policies and procedures, training and outreach, scientific diver authorization, and cost center management. This includes providing administrative support to the University's Diving Control Board.*The development of new Boating Safety Program into a mature safety program by providing guidance and oversight. This includes providing administrative support for the Boating Safety Advisory Committee.Senior Management Team*This position serves as a member of the departmental management and senior management teams to help manage departmental resources, improve organizational effectiveness, provide leadership, develop and implement strategic and budgetary planning decisions, establish goals, develop departmental policy and procedure, and improve culture and collaboration.REQUIREMENTS: *Master's Degree in Public Health, Environmental Health & Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Microbiology or a related area of study.*Minimum of 10 years of work experience and knowledge of applicable regulatory issues. *Ability to build effective and collaborative interdisciplinary teams.*Ability to mentor/coach both junior and senior level subject matter experts.*Excellent communication skills and ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences including faculty, staff, students, visitors, regulatory agencies, University departmental leaders, and administrators.*Ability to explain technical concepts clearly and concisely.*Accountability, sound decision-making, strategic planning, time management, prioritization, and strong client service.*Understanding of occupational health and safety principles and applications with demonstrated ability to direct and conduct effective quantitative and qualitative exposure/risk assessments for complex laboratory/research operations.*Broad knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, and policy guidance into University programs and operations.*Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to cultivate strong and collaborative relationships across the EH&S department, across campus, and externally with peers.*Commitment to innovative thinking and critically analyzing and improving how EH&S delivers services and supports the research, academic, and service mission of the University.*Experience interacting with external regulatory agencies.*Self-motivation and leading in situations with ambiguity and with little direction or clarity.*Ability to lead professionally in emergency/crisis situations.*Ability obtain clearance from the Department of Justice for the Select Agent Program.*Medical evaluations, screenings and testing and medical clearance to work in the BSL-3/Select Agent facility.*Demonstrated oversight of effective health and safety programs including developing and maturing programs and implementing program improvements and efficiencies.Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.DESIRED EXPERIENCE*Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Biosafety Professional.*Experience with managing occupational hygienists, biosafety specialists, lab safety specialists, and occupational health nurses.*Experience representing a company or institute to regulatory agencies. Experience in regulatory inspections with outside agencies, such as CDC, USDA, NIH, AAALAC, Washington Labor and Industries, and Department of Transportation.*Knowledge of and experience with application of health and safety regulations and implementation of a biosafety program and research safety programs in a large, research-oriented public or private facility.*Strong negotiation, conflict-resolution, personnel management, and planning skills.*Experience conducting and/or reviewing laboratory research, particularly involving animals and/or non-human primates.Application Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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