The Dornsife Safety Specialist will provide broad-based expertise to Dornsife Academic and Operational Units for facilitating emergency preparedness/business continuity and ensuring compliance with USC EH&S and Fire and Life Safety requirements for both academic and research laboratory working environment.
Responsibilities and Qualifications:
Demonstrates competence in Academic, Operational, and Research Laboratory Business Continuity including Emergency Management, Emergency Preparedness (EP) and Disaster Preparedness.Â Â In coordination with USC Fire and Life Safety, functions as the Dornsife emergency operations planning and facilities coordinator.Â Attends and participates in USC Fire and Life Safety / Dornsife emergency preparedness meetings and reports outcomes, decisions, and recommendations for USC Dornsife leadership. Supports all USC and Dornsife training programs, and emergency operation drills in preparation for actual events/incidents.Â Maintain and continuously improve the Dornsife Business Continuity Emergency Management plans ensuring compliance with USC standards and guidance.Â
Provides guidance and administers training to all Dornsife Academic and Operational Units on business continuity and disaster recovery design and implementation for College-wide business continuity and disaster recovery management programs.Â Ensures all Dornsife Units update and maintain their department specific plans.
Works with USC Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), Dornsife Faculty Principal Investigators (PIs) and research staff to develop, implement and monitor safety programs for research laboratories that meet University and regulatory requirements. Â In coordination with others, establishes, documents, and communicates standards, guidelines and procedures, including creating educational and training materials as needed.
In coordination with PIs, ensures research lab faculty, staff and students are trained in safety protocols associated with their laboratories.Â Â Works with PIs to ensure standard operating procedures are established and communicated.Â Ensures PIs update EH&S on-line databases, chemical inventories, etc., in a timely manner per university policies and procedures.
Coordinates and Conducts routine laboratory safety observations of facilities to ensure lab occupant attire/activities and lab equipment/infrastructure are in compliance with EH&S standards and regulations.Â Documents results and recommends corrective action as needed.Â Follows-up until deficiencies are corrected.
Acts as the laboratory facilities point of contact with regard to the shared infrastructure, including but not limited to equipment such as the DI water system, freezers, ice machine, scrubber, gas monitoring systems and autoclave, with responsibility for maintaining these systems in excellent condition.
Maintains current knowledge of existing safety and health regulations that pertain to laboratories.Â Communicates information as needed.
Works with USC EH&S, USC Fire and Life Safety, and academic department instructional laboratory managers and coordinators as needed to ensure all instructional laboratories are operated in a safe manner.
Advises Facilities and CCD Project Managers on laboratory renovation projects with regard to laboratory safety and safe practices.
Assists with development and coordination of emergency response procedures for all Dornsife Units with special attention to experimental laboratories.Â May respond to emergency calls or events and assist as needed.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
Minimum & Preferred Qualifications:Â
Minimum Education:Â Bachelorâs Degree in science with 3 years directly related experience. Combined experience may substitute for minimum education.Â
Minimum Field of Expertise: Knowledge of emergency management, and basic familiarity with business continuity management and disaster recovery.
Preferred Education:Â Undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemistry/chemical engineering, physics/electrical engineering physics, biology or materials sciences PhD in experimental science/engineering strongly preferred.
Associate Business Continuity Professional certification.
Demonstrated experience with design and research using sophisticated experimental equipment and facilities.Â Candidates should be able to demonstrate familiarity and experience with handling chemicals and gases.
Analytical, energetic, self-starter with demonstrated ability to work well both in collaborative, cross-functional teams, and independently with excellent personal initiative.
Excellent, demonstrable written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated initiative in project management. Able to manage people, time, and resources to accomplish goals.
Able to effectively manage multiple priorities and adapt to constantly changing priorities.
Strong sense of urgency and can-do attitude.
Required Documents and Additional Information:
Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 3 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise: Science education/Directly related experience
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.