Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety

St. John's University
Long Island, New York, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 13, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
St. John's established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University's outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John's University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.

A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission.  As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John's is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community.  We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution.  As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world. 

Assistant Director, Environmental Health & Safety

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director, EH&S, is a member of the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), and reports directly to the Director, Department of Environmental Health & Safety. The Assistant Director manages the University Laboratory Safety Program at the Queens campus, and functions in the capacity of Chemical Hygiene Officer (OSHA), Biological Safety Officer (CDC/NIH), the Radiation Safety Officer (NRC), and Hazardous Waste Manager (EPA/RCRA).

Essential Functions:

General responsibilities include delivery, management and improvement of comprehensive EH&S compliance programs for St. John's University, so as to maintain our current compliance status. This includes maintaining regulatory permits, compliance tracking and auditing, training, and regulatory reporting. The Assistant Director will manage and oversee certain web-based databases and compliance tracking tools. Specific duties include:

  • Manage the OSHA Laboratory Safety Program, by implementing the Chemical Hygiene Plan and serving as the Chemical Hygiene Officer. Conduct hazard assessments and implement safety protocols. Provide in-class and web-based laboratory safety training. Develop training modules and SOPs for new novel research materials and equipment. Chair the Laboratory Safety Committee. Conduct laboratory inspections and follow-up. Manage laboratory chemical inventories, especially as regards highly hazardous materials. Manage operation and maintenance for laboratory safety equipment, including chemical fume hoods and biosafety cabinets, safety shower/eye wash stations, and fire extinguishers. Provide emergency response for laboratory accidents and incidents.
  • Manage the NRC Radiation Safety Program by implementing the Radiation Safety Plan and serving as the Radiation Safety Officer. Chair the Radiation Safety Committee. Conduct radiological inspections and follow-up. Manage radio-isotope receipts, inventories, and disposal. Manage operation and maintenance for radiation safety equipment, including Geiger counters and scintillation counter. Provide emergency response for radioactive spills.
  • Manage the Biosafety Program. Conduct Biosafety Levels (BSL1 and BSL2) hazard assessments and implement safety protocols consistent with NIH/CDC guidelines. Along with the faculty Biosafety Officer, co-chair the Institutional Biosafety Committee and review recombinant DNA experimental protocols. Manage operation and maintenance for biological safety equipment, including autoclaves, biosafety cabinets and clean benches. Provide emergency response for biological spills.
  • Manage the RCRA Hazardous-waste and Universal-waste programs, and other laboratory waste programs (bio-waste and rad-waste) in accordance with all applicable regulations. Secure multi-year waste vendor contracts. Maintain clean and orderly central waste-storage rooms. Maintain NYSDEC certification for waste manifest authorization.
  • Compliment and assist EH&S personnel with OSHA, EPA, FDNY, DOT and DEC regulatory requirements and campus needs.
  • Maintain relationships with local, city, state and federal agencies.


Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Environmental Science, or a related technical field required; must have strong working knowledge of environmental and workplace safety regulations, laboratory safety, and hazardous waste management. Experience with a Radiation Safety Program and Chemtracker Chemical Inventory system desired. Must be highly service-oriented, organized and capable of working in a service environment handling multiple assignments. Must be computer literate, with experience using Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access and web-based applications. Compliance experience in an academic, medical, or industrial setting desired. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills required.

Work Environment

This job operates in a University setting, particularly as regards laboratory, scientific, mechanical, and waste-collection spaces. Collegial interactions occur in laboratories, classrooms, offices, conference rooms, etc.

This role routinely uses standard laboratory PPE, and handheld environmental diagnostic meters. Program administration and training will require the use of office equipment such as personal computers, printers, projection screen technology, etc.

Physical Demands

The duties of this job will occasionally require lifting up to 50 lbs. and moving laboratory supplies/equipment with appropriate carts. The employee is occasionally required to respond to emergency situations in the laboratory. Work will involve the ability to stand; move about; sit; to carry work and use controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; communicate. Specific vision abilities required by the employee include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Environmental Conditions

Our programs are designed to minimize and/or eliminate hazardous exposures. However, the employee may experience certain low-level hazard exposures (i.e. Noise, Fumes, Odors, Gases, Dust, Hazards) while performing work duties.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of normal work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, certain employee responsibilities will require occasional work in the ‘off-hours', to include early morning, late evening and weekends.


Travel is primarily local and may include visits to the other NY campuses. [Staten Island, Manhattan and Happauge] Some travel is out-of-area and overnight travel may be required.

Required Education and Experience:

The employee must have a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Environmental Science, or a related technical field required; must have strong working knowledge of environmental and workplace safety regulations, laboratory safety, and hazardous waste management.

Preferred Education and Experience:

The preferred employee will have a Master's degree in a related technical field, and 3-5 years related experience in EH&S or laboratory management at a University, hospital, or industry. Experience with a Radiation Safety Program and Chemtracker Chemical Inventory system desired.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Maintain (related) certification/license or have ability to obtain certification/license within 12 month or hire.
  • FDNY Laboratory Certificate of Fitness (C-14)
  • Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) designation.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

St. John's offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John's performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.

Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John's University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.

St. John's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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