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Director of Space Planning and Safety

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

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Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Monday, December 25, 2023

About the Opportunity

Reporting directly to the Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance, the Director of Space Planning & Safety will work with Bouvé College of Health Sciences and University administrators to provide leadership, planning, guidance and implementation of best practices and policies related to Lab and Lab Classroom instruction, Research and Administrative space needs, and Clinical Compliance operations.

Major areas of Safety responsibility include:
The Director’s primary role is to lead 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 Director will be a close partner with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), Academic and Research Safety (OARS), and Environmental and Occupational Safety department (ECOS) in implementing these responsibilities. The Director will act as the College Safety Officer for Bouvé and will oversee faculty and staff Department Safety Officers (DSOs), lab managers, and lab groups compliance officers in safety and compliance-related issues in teaching and research laboratories. The principal duties associated with this position are as follows:

The Director will develop and oversee all aspects of the Laboratory, Environmental, and Occupational Health and Safety Programs in Bouvé to ensure compliance with EH&S regulations including, but not limited to, US EPA, US OSHA, Boston Fire Department, National Fire Protection Authority (NFPA), and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The Director will lead the internal management, accountability, and communication structures to implement and track environmental and safety requirements, status, and related risks associated with Health Sciences teaching and research activities. This leadership position will work closely with the Facilities Management Office of Academic and Research Safety (OARS) and the Environmental Compliance and Occupational Safety Department (ECOS), the Office of the Provost, Northeastern Campus Safety and other applicable departments to implement safety-related programs and requirements.

The Director’s responsibilities will include oversight of all programs related to Laboratory, Environmental, and Occupational Safety within Bouvé including, but not limited to, fire safety, laboratory safety, OSHA compliance, chemical/biological/radioactive waste control and disposal, accident and injury investigation and reduction, safety training, and chemical hygiene. The Director will identify deficiencies in Bouvé and University EH&S policies and practices and work to develop and implement solutions.

  • Know, understand, and monitor risks, risk mitigation strategies, and environmental and safety requirements for the Bouvé College of Health Sciences.
  • Review protocols used in teaching and research laboratories from a safety and environmental risk perspective. Work in collaboration with faculty researchers, DSOs, and departmental leadership to review protocols used in teaching and research laboratories from a safety and environmental risk perspective.
  • Work with OARS and Office of the Provost leadership to establish and enforce mechanisms to monitor environmental and safety compliance requirements. Establish mechanisms to implement and monitor compliance requirements.
  • Oversee all PPE related issues involved in procuring, organizing, and delivering throughout the College.
  • Oversee personal protective equipment programs in Bouvé including researching and reviewing academic and industrial best practices and federal/state regulations to ensure Bouvé students, faculty, and staff requirements meet all applicable federal and state PPE regulations. Ensure that personnel and students participate in required laboratory and general safety training. Manage Bouvé safety training program including developing appropriate general- and lab-specific safety curriculum, review of standard operating procedures for new and existing processes and equipment, and developing systems for tracking student, faculty, and staff training compliance.
  • Take appropriate action to halt any conditions that may result in imminent hazard to persons, property, or the environment, audit existing safe operating procedures in light of accidents/injuries and work closely with departmental leadership to address shortcomings in standard practices.
  • Implement and oversee commissioning and decommissioning of research laboratories.
  • Partner with OARS personnel on laboratory audits, accident investigation, maintenance of compliance records, fume hood and biosafety cabinet inspection and maintenance, safe autoclave use, and laboratory waste management.
  • Work in collaboration with OARS personnel and department faculty to maintain up-to-date hazardous material and equipment inventories, applicable safety data sheets (SDS) databases and systems, and spill response/first aid supplies.
  • Represent the college on appropriate safety committees and participate in the development of strategies, policies, and procedures for environmental and safety compliance management in Bouvé College.
  • Monitor and report on the college’s environmental and safety program status, trends, and risks.
  • Notify Bouvé College administrators, OARS Leadership, and Office of the Provost personnel of new or 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. Work with appropriate offices to institute corrective actions, mitigation strategies, and solutions to prevent repeat offenses.
  • Seek OARS guidance in implementing corrective actions as needed; facilitate and promote the exchange of information within Bouvé College and with OARS 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 Bouvé College.
  • Develop and oversee Bouvé Respiratory Protection Office to provide students, faculty, and staff with necessary respiratory protection training and equipment.
  • The 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 areas of Space responsibility include:
The Director’s primary role is to lead the strategic space and occupancy planning within Bouvé in support of long-term supply and demand planning, workplace design, space analysis, and space efficiency within the college. The Director is responsible for developing workplace solutions that are driven by objectives described by academic departments and senior Bouvé and University leadership. The Director will work closely with counterparts in other Northeastern Colleges, Campus Planning and Real Estate, and The Office of the Provost, to align Bouvé and University strategic goals, optimize existing spaces with the Bouvé footprint, and initiate equitable space-sharing goals.

  • 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, provide recommendations on best practice use of space, and assure satisfactory results.
  • Audit space usage in college by regularly visiting space and working with Leadership to provide recommendations for optimal space usage.
  • Conduct weekly and monthly meetings with Bouve Administration and Finance Leadership, Campus Planning and Real Estate personnel, and Facilities Management to manage in-progress and new space projects including status/scope/task/budget updates, and identification of current and anticipated risks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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 7-9 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. Strong knowledge of process safety requirements in a laboratory setting.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), interpersonal skills, and emotional acuity are required and necessary to effectively promote a culture of safety throughout Bouvé College.
  • 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 high-risk activities.
  • 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 platforms 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.

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Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more 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 www.northeastern.edu/diversity.

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