Senior EHS Coordinator

Valhalla, New York

The Senior Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Coordinator will play a critical role in supporting New York Medical College’s comprehensive environmental, safety, occupational health, research, and clinical compliance programs providing strategic assistance to ensure compliance and implementation of programs under the general supervision of the department director. T

he Senior EH&S Coordinator is responsible for technical work across a wide range of EH&S disciplines and works with clients to implement policies and best management practices. The position works proactively to ensure that EHS issues are identified and addressed by working collaboratively with departments across campus.

  1. Carries out projects and tasks and makes decisions with and without supervision. Champions the annual laboratory registration program. Performs routine comprehensive assessments of laboratories, protocols, and programs. Maintains thorough and accurate records of assessments, consults with Principal Investigators (PIs), lab personnel, and other staff on findings and provides appropriate recommendations based on regulatory compliance and best-practice guidelines. Develops recommendations for corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence. Oversees audit closeout processes by junior staff and works with them to document audit closeouts.
  2. Drives the lab decommissioning/cleanout and new PI registration/move-in processes. Gauges needs/serves as point person for assembling necessary scopes of work for new labs. Serves as point person for initial/annual permitting/protocol registration processes for PIs.
  3. Supports the Director with the day-to-day management of all research compliance, clinical compliance, and clinical infection prevention programs, including the development and revision of plans, policies and procedures. Serves as institutional Chemical Hygiene Officer and Alternate Responsible Official for the Select Agent Program. Assists with IBC & IACUC protocol reviews and risk assessments. Oversees chemical, biological and radiological waste programs. Responds to/assists with the mitigation of emergencies and spills involving hazardous materials which may include biological, chemical, or radioactive substances and assisting in the response and investigation of accidents, incidents, or exposures.
  4. Advances data integrity by coordinating the administration and maintenance of records/documentation/databases, including training records, dosimetry records (for research and clinic programs), waste manifests, SDSs, and other compliance documents.
  5. Promotes excellence in training programs. Prepares, revises and conducts in person and distance trainings on a variety of EH&S topics, including, but not limited to: biosafety, chemical safety, shipping hazardous materials, bloodborne pathogen standard, hazardous waste, CPR/AED use, radiation safety, and clinical compliance.
  6. Carries out campus-wide life safety, construction safety, and environmental and clinical compliance reviews. Other duties as assigned.
  7. Participates in on-call rotational system providing routine and off-hours support when necessary to resolve emergency and EHS issues.

(A) Education requirement:
Bachelor’s Degree required. MS/MPH highly preferred

(B) Licenses or certifications:
DOJ/FBI/DMV background checks and clearances required. HAZWOPER/RCRA/DOT HAZMAT/IATA certifications strongly preferred. CPR/AED Instructor certification preferred.

(C) Technical/computer skills:
Must have strong Microsoft Office skills, including Word, Excel, PPT, Outlook, MS Teams. Must be able to utilize Zoom. Must be able to use iPad/iPhone applications.

(D) Prior experience:
Working knowledge of research laboratory processes, equipment and facilities is preferred.

(E) Other skills/ requirements:
Must have collaborative customer service attitude and skills, exceptional written and oral communication. Must have ability to work independently, to anticipate departmental needs and, and function as a team member. Must have collaborative customer service attitude and skills, exceptional written and oral communication. Must be detail oriented.

Must be able to wear a respirator. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds. Able to walk between multiple sites on campus daily.

Work within laboratories, clinics and storage areas containing chemicals, biohazards, and radioisotopes.