Reporting to the Director of EH&S, the Senior Industrial and Occupational Hygienist will, along with a team of health and safety professionals, provide expert technical and practical guidance and timely services to Columbia University Morningside, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Nevis Laboratory, Irving Medical Center and Manhattanville campuses across a wide array of industrial hygiene and occupational safety programs to ensure quality and consistency of such programs across all locations. The ideal candidate will proactively build relationships with University and University-affiliate research personnel to maintain a client-focused approach and be accountable for assessing research and non-research procedures and practices and developing creative, sustainable and compliant solutions that meet the operational needs of all personnel, consistent with regulations, University standards and best practices. Through collaborations with EH&S colleagues and various University stakeholders and affiliates, the Senior Industrial and Occupational Hygienist will ensure effective and efficient implementation and management of safety program elements in alignment with the Occupational Safety strategic plan.
SUBJECT TO BUSINESS NEEDS, WE MAY SUPPORT FLEXIBLE AND HYBRID WORK ARRANGEMENTS. OPTIONS WILL BE DISCUSSED DURING THE INTERVIEW PROCESS.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a minimum of 3 years of experience (scientific discipline such as Chemistry, Biology, or Environmental Sciences). An appropriate combination of education and experience, meeting Columbia University criteria, may be considered in lieu of these requirements.
Advanced degree required (scientific discipline such as Chemistry, Biology, or Environmental Sciences preferred). Five or more years of relevant experience in the environmental health and safety field is required, preferably in an academic, research or laboratory environment. Safety certification (e.g., CSP, CIH) is strongly preferred.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, as a member of a team; ability to facilitate effective operational integration, collaboration and teamwork within EH&S and Columbia University; ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks and exercise good judgment in managing time; ability to establish and maintain professional, collaborative, service-oriented, cooperative and effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, unions, customers, the public, regulatory agencies and co-workers through practical and positive communication; ability to operate industrial hygiene/environmental equipment and information technologies, including advanced database, spreadsheet, presentation design software and word processing editing features; ability to understand, interpret and convey measurements, data, standards and hazardous materials information; strong written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and actively on complex topics and to convey risks effectively; ability to simplify guidance for students and staff, and to prepare thoroughly documented technical reports, excellent oral communication and presentation skills, including the ability to prepare professional-quality presentations, speak clearly and engagingly about complex issues before small and large groups of diverse audiences; ability to stand, walk, and negotiate occasional awkward work locations and paths of travel; ability to work in a variety of physical environments, including outdoors and inclement weather/temperature; ability to periodically perform short duration physical exertions, including light-medium weight lifting, pushing/pulling, stair or ladder climbing, etc. in support of a safety investigation, area or operations surveys, decommissioning or emergency response; ability to wear a respirator and other personal protective equipment.
Knowledge of the structure of occupational and environmental health and safety activities related to biomedical or academic research is desired. Safety training experience preferred. OSHA 24- or 40-hour HAZWOPER certification preferred; RCRA and DOT certifications a plus.
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