Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Institutional Compliance

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Oklahoma City, OK

Job posting number: #7079588 (Ref:2294450)

Posted: June 9, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Posting Number: 000331
Position Type: Administrative
Classification: Ongoing
Status: Full-Time
Department: Regulatory Affairs and Safety

Job Summary/Basic Function:
Responsible for the management and administration of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) functions, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Radiation Safety Committee, and other compliance programs or initiatives identified by OMRF administration. This position supervises any EHS employees and administrators of the above-referenced committees and maintains direct engagement with OMRF administration and its employees. Essential functions include:
  • Development and maintenance of appropriate EHS programs and policies to support institutional compliance. This will include an annual review of each program to ensure compliance with regulations and acceptable standards.
  • Development and maintenance of EHS training programs, while also coordinating outreach opportunities. This will include an annual review of each training module to ensure accuracy and functionality.
  • The preparation and filing of regulatory reports/communications to varying local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Serving as administrative liaison between City of Oklahoma City (OKC) regulatory departments and OMRF. This may involve onsite inspections by OKC Fire Services and Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment Program.
  • Serving as the administrative liaison between the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and OMRF. This may involve onsite inspections by the Air Quality, Land Protection, and Water Quality Divisions.
  • The management of regulatory waste generated by OMRF research functions, including, but not limited to, hazardous waste, biomedical waste, and radioactive waste.
  • Serving on and overseeing the operations of various OMRF committees to provide EHS input and assist with institutional compliance. This will involve managing the operations of and providing administrative support for the IACUC, IBC, and Radiation Safety Committees, and potentially other committees as assigned.
  • Supporting the Department of Comparative Medicine and the IACUC in maintaining AAALAC accreditation.
  • Conducting inspections/site visits to assess occupational, environmental, and research compliance within OMRF laboratories and workspaces.
  • Monitoring potential workplace exposures via the use of applicable industrial hygiene techniques and subsequent monitoring methods.
  • Providing EHS technical support to any OMRF entity or employee to assist with compliance initiatives. This may also include workplace hazard assessments.
  • Monitoring EHS regulatory changes and applicable agency guideline modifications, while subsequently implementing necessary changes.
  • Reviewing workplace incidents and determining necessary corrective actions. This will include coordinating with Human Resources to ensure any reportable incidents are documented and reported each calendar year.
  • Other duties assigned or as they present themselves.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    Experience/Skills: Minimum of ten years’ experience in the EHS discipline and knowledge of IACUC, IBC and Radiation Safety regulations required. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills; the ability to work effectively independently and as a team member; the ability to professionally partner with individuals across all levels of the foundation. OMRF’s excellence can only be fully realized by individuals who share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to these values. OMRF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. Education: Bachelor’s degree in EHS or related discipline. Certifications: HAZWOPER, CPR/First-Aid, DOT Shipping Certification, and FEMA Certification.

    Minimum Degree Required:
    Bachelors Degree

    Work Hours:

    Preferred Qualifications:
    Experience/Skills: Managerial experience preferred. Previous experience in a medical research and/or university setting preferred. Certifications: Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Registered Environmental Manager, and Registered Biosafety Professional.

    Physical Demands:
    Regularly required to stand, use manual dexterity, talk or hear; Frequently required to walk and reach with hands and arms; occasionally sit; frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; vision abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Potential exposure to fumes, airborne particles, or rodent dander. May work with toxic, caustic chemicals, radioactive materials, liquid nitrogen, human tissue or blood. Potential risk of electrical shock. Occasional exposure to cold 4C, and/or extreme cold -80C from freezers. Noise level is usually moderate.

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