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Associate Director Environmental Health and Safety

Date Posted: Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2020 12:17:50 EST
Reports To: Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)
Status: Full-time
Location: Valhalla, NY


The Associate Director plays a key role in the management of New York Medical College’s comprehensive environmental, safety, occupational health, and research compliance programs in support of and under the general supervision of the Director, EH&S.  Serves as Institutional Biosafety Officer, Alternate Responsible Official for the Select Agent/BSL-3 laboratory program and Assistant Clinical Compliance Officer for Touro Dental Health (TDH).   


1. Under the general direction of the Director, provides day-to-day management of research compliance including the development and revision of plans, policies, procedures and training programs.  Manages program staff.  Serves as Institutional Biosafety Officer and Alternate Responsible Official for SAP/BSL-3 laboratory program.

2. Serves as administrator and as a voting member for Institutional Biosafety Committee; coordinates committee business and records.  Serves as a voting member of IACUC.    

3. Serves as Assistant Compliance Officer for Touro Dental Health (TDH).  Reviews/collects/produces clinical data, occurrence reports, infection prevention monitoring reports and other documentation as needed.

4. Develops/conducts trainings on a variety of EH&S topics, including, but not limited to: biosafety, chemical safety, shipping hazardous materials, bloodborne pathogen standard, hazardous waste, radiation safety, clinical compliance and CPR/AED use.  Prepares, updates, and drafts policies, guidelines, and procedures for biological, chemical, and physical hazards and processes, as well as for needs related to clinical compliance.     

5. 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.  Participates in rotating departmental “on call” schedule.  Other duties as assigned.


(A) Education requirement:

Bachelors Degree in chemistry, biology, molecular biology, microbiology or other related discipline is required.  MS/MPH/Ph.D. strongly preferred.

(B) Licenses or certifications:

DOJ/FBI/DMV background checks and clearances required.  RBP/CPB preferred.  Current 24 or 40 hour HAZWOPER and DOT/IATA certification strongly preferred.  Current American Heart Association Heartsaver Instructor preferred. 

(C) Technical/computer skills:

Proficient with the suite of Microsoft Office Programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and Teams.  Working knowledge of Adobe Pro and Zoom.  Must be able to use mobile applications on iPad (including inspection modules).

(D) Prior experience:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain a positive and helpful attitude with a customer-centered focus with respect to a wide variety of individuals.
  • Ability to take initiative and to think critically and creatively about both discrete and broad situations.
  • Must have the ability to tolerate and process situational complexities and ambiguity.
  • Ability to work successfully both independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and succinctly verbally, in writing, and in presentations. Must be able to explain technical concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Excellent organizational skills, as demonstrated by the ability to manage competing priorities efficiently and the ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail and thoroughness in accomplishing assigned tasks, as well as pride in performing job responsibilities correctly and completely.

(E) Physical and Environmental Demands


Must be able to wear a respirator.  Must be able to up to 40 pounds.  Able to walk between multiple sites on campus. Able to bend, crawl, stoop and/or climb (stairs/ladders) to conduct inspections and investigations.


Work within laboratories and storage areas containing chemicals, biohazards, and radioisotopes.   Work within a clinical environment.  


Contact Info

Human Resources Department (914) 594-2800