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Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Director

BioInnovation Labs LLC
Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Aug 17, 2022

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Academic / Research, Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
BioInnovationLabs (BioLabs), established in 2009 and headquartered in Cambridge, MA, is the premier network of co-working spaces for life science startups. We are enabling innovation to make the world a better place through interaction with the smartest and most motivated people in the world. We are seeking an Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Director to contribute to the development and execution of our business plan and long-term growth strategy.Through a rapidly growing network of global locations (currently11 in US and 2 in Europe), our collaborative lab space model is uniquely designed for scientific entrepreneurs to test, develop, grow, and commercialize their game-changing ideas. Each location supports entrepreneurial scientists with premium, fully equipped, and supported laboratory,and office spaces alongside unparalleled access to capital and industry.


Reporting to the VP, Operations & Client Experience, the Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Directorat BioLabs, headquartered in Cambridge, MA, is an experienced EHS leader responsible for the implementation of a national/global EHS program and strategy to manage, mitigate, and eliminate EHS risks for both staff and residents while ensuring consistency with BioLabs' strategy, commitments, and goals. This role supports all sites in maintaining a world-class EHS program within the organization which is focused on running innovative coworking lab spaces designed to boost life science entrepreneurs to the next level. The EHS Director works in a matrixed environment to assist sites from implementation to maintenance of their EHS programs including navigating permit requirements and applications, creating and implementing safety training for residents, and providing SOPs and documentation of every aspect of EHS at the sites.

  • Develop a best-in-class EHS management system: standards, programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Provide EHS subject matter expertise, technical assistance, and guidance including ergonomics, industrial hygiene, safety, chemical storage/tracking, environmental, and occupational health processes.
  • Partner with sites to harmonize and implement anetwork wide EHS management system, adjusting as needed to meet local requirements.
  • Conduct specific EHS risk assessments and develop risk mitigation plans. Identify budgetary needs and savings to address risk reduction, waste management, and compliance assurance.
  • Lead site EHS assessments and audits across the organization. Oversee the response to regulatory agency inquiries and reporting obligations. Prevent gaps of compliance due to avoidable permit expirations.
  • Navigate waste stream requirements by location and harmonize current practices and waste disposal modalities - specifically biohazardous, sharps, and chemical waste streams.
  • Identify national waste disposal vendors and negotiate contract or sponsorship opportunities.
  • Develop and evaluate tools and technology to improve EHS business processes.
  • Explore additional programs and verticals to improve business and generate revenue - specifically EHS consulting and implementation of green lab/recycling methodology.
  • Establish and direct network-wide Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), corporate safety committee, and EHS working groups.

  • Minimum 5 years' experience managing EHS for operations, preferably in life sciences, biotech, R&D, or academic institutions.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field required. Advanced degree and professional certification (CSP, CIH, CHMM, etc.) strongly preferred.
  • Must have strong substantive knowledge of regulations and guidance promulgated by Federal and State OSHA and EPA (or country equivalent).
  • Proven experience implementing effective EHS programs in a highly matrixed work environment.
  • Strong familiarity, understanding, and experience in EHS management systems and successful implementation.
  • Collaborative leadership style, sound judgment, excellent analytical, and problem-solving skills and not be afraid of rolling up the sleeves to achieve goals and deliver solutions.
  • Must be able to communicate and sell value-added solutions to operations leadership clearly and succinctly.
  • Strong technical ability to work, collaborate, and negotiate with government officials, consultants, and other third-party stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, run, and guide user committees.
  • Requires up to 50% travel domestically and internationally.

BioLabs provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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