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Industrial Safety Program Manager

Apply now Job no: 507549
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Facilities

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

The Industrial Safety Program Manager will provide risk assessment support and risk management guidance to Facilities Services across various occupational health and safety programs to maintain compliance with federal, state, and local regulations as well as promote an enhanced safety culture. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Operations.

Industrial safety programs geared towards trades worker activities require, in general, the technical insight on the recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards associated with trades work Anticipation of changes in work processes requires applying management of change principles to counteract potential for work related injury or illness, or otherwise affect the well-being of workers.


The Industrial Safety Program Manager will conduct baseline surveys and audits to determine the extent of employee exposure to hazardous materials or other hazardous conditions especially with facilities operation and construction teams in all building locations, including research and teaching laboratories. Ability to review and evaluate facility renovation and construction projects as well as facilities operations and maintenance programs especially with investigating environmental air quality or other worker exposure concerns as part of a multiple campus industrial safety program.

Other responsibilities include managing a construction and contractor safety program to ensure building and renovation projects are performed in a safe and compliant manner and assisting with the design and delivery of safety awareness training for facilities services employees to promote safe work practices for campus-wide activities that may present potentially hazardous work environments.

Provides professional support in several other environmental and occupational health programs such as, but not limited to respiratory protection and hearing conservation as well as managing the medical surveillance program for applicable facilities personnel in response to applicable OSHA standards.
Interaction with senior managers, benchmarking with peer institutions, and communications with regulatory agencies will directly influence managing priorities for the effective implementation of the Hazard Communication program and the Occupational Medical Surveillance Program.


Required Bachelor of Science degree (Masters’ Degree preferred) in one of the physical sciences, life sciences, public health, environmental science, applied health science, engineering, occupational safety, or other applicable degree.
Minimum 7 years of experience working as a safety professional in an industrial or construction setting or as a part of a building management group. Experience in an academic research institution providing occupational and environmental health/safety services preferred.

Demonstrated knowledge of industrial and construction safety principles as well as the ability to understand and interpret complex written regulation, technical reports. Working knowledge of requirements needed to ensure plumbers, carpenters, electricians, and other trades professions perform work safely. Comprehensive knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations directly impacting industrial and construction work and demonstrated experience developing and implementing programs.

Hands-on experience with developing and delivering training to adult learners on safe work practices to include, but not limited to, the handling hazardous materials, hazardous energy, and equipment; the use of industrial equipment, working at heights above 6-feet, confined spaces, and other high-risk tasks.
Demonstrated experience anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers' injury or illness. Ability to use environmental monitoring and analytical methods to detect the extent of worker exposure and employ engineering, work practice controls, and other methods to control potential health hazards. Experience working with asbestos and lead abatement projects to include exposure monitoring.

Proven ability to operate instrumentation required to monitor and assess workplace environments to include experience in evaluating results and developing strategy to reduce identified exposure risks.

Excellent coordination, communication, and customer service skills to effectively negotiate and appropriately influence the safety behavior of teaching and research faculty, lab workers and other staff, and students engaged in high-risk activities. Excellent time and management skills.

Ability to compile and present instructions as well as ability to clearly and concisely express ideas orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population and foster a collaborative work environment.
Proficient at standard computer software packages including Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook in performing work assignments.

Experience with or ability to learn and utilize a Learning Management System (LMS) such as BlackBoard, Canvas, or other data management platform such as BioRaft, to implement safety training and other safety program management needs.

Be medically qualified to wear respiratory protection and other personal protective equipment as well as lift to 50 lbs.
Work in a variety of physical environments where hazardous materials or equipment are in storage or use.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in an academic research institution providing occupational and environmental health/safety services preferred.

Required Credentials: Certificate of Completion for an OSHA approved 30-hour industrial safety training or 30-hour construction safety training. Preferred Credentials: Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist


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Additional Information:


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see



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