Executive Director of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety

Pennsylvania, United States
25 Oct 2018
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25 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Office of the Provost provides direction on all facets of the University’s academic mission, including education, faculty, research, online learning, global initiatives, admissions, athletics, student life, and arts and culture. The Provost’s Center aggregates programs and offices designed to support University operations, including: the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and its reporting departments (Penn Center for Innovation, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, University Laboratory Animal Resources, and Regulatory Affairs), the Office of the Chaplain, the Graduate Student Center and Family Resource Center, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, College Houses and Academic Services, New Student Orientation, the Office of Student Conduct, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and all of the University’s arts organizations (Penn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, and University Art Collection). It also includes interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes that are more appropriately housed centrally than in an individual school, including the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Center for Neuroscience and Society, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Kelly Writers House, and Weiss Tech House. http://provost.upenn.edu/

The Executive Director of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS), reporting to the Vice Provost for Research, leads, directors and oversees all University operations involving: biological safety, chemical safety, environmental safety, industrial hygiene, laboratory safety, occupational safety and radiation safety in support of Penn’s clinical, research and teaching mission. Executive director also serves on committees supporting safety and research compliance.

Duties include but are not limited to; conducting ongoing long-range planning, development and implementation of new programs and policies to assure compliance with changing guidelines and regulations, build partnerships with all levels of Penn’s community, enhance existing programs to assure consistency with strategic goals, develop and establish budgets, liaison for government and regulatory agencies, represent the Vice Provost for Research office through leadership, guidance and support of initiatives across Penn.

A Master’s Degree required, PhD in directly related field preferred, plus 10 or more years of related experience in EHRS discipline, with a minimum of 5 years in a management role, preferably leading an EHRS organization or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Leadership and management experience in a research and/or academic environment; demonstrated ability to lead and manage diverse EHRS disciplines, such as biosafety, environmental programs, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and radiation safety in clinical and research environment. Demonstrated record of integrating EHRS concepts and best practices into the strategic business plans; excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary; superior interpersonal skills necessary to effectively build/maintain relations with internal and external stakeholders. Participates in emergency response program; required to be on call and respond to emergencies during non-business hours. Board certification in a related professional discipline such as, CBSP, CIH, CHP, CSP, PE preferred. The ability to respond and move rapidly without restrictions, lift and move 30 pounds or more and wear respiratory protection as required. A valid driver’s license is required.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.