Director Safety Integration, Academics & Research – ASU

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Director, Safety Integration – Academics & Research


Campus: Tempe

Job Description

This position is responsible for ensuring a safe and healthful academic, teaching and research environment in support of the University mission. This person will serve as the Responsible Official (RO) or Alternate Responsible Official (ARO) for the Federal Biological Select Agent Program and oversee compliance with biological, chemical, laser, and radiation safety regulations at ASU locations. This position will also oversee the EHS Safety Support Services group—a cross functional team with highly knowledge, technical experts—that conducts all regulatory-required inspections in all academic and research environments.
This position will serve as the Alternate Responsible Official (ARO) for the Federal Biological Select Agent and Toxin (BSAT) Program and transition to the Responsible Official (RO) within 6-12 months. Continued employment is contingent upon passing FBI security risk assessment; criminal and misdemeanor background check; and occupational health assessment. Occupational health assessment will include but is not limited to: physical exam; medical screening; respirator fit testing; required vaccinations (Tetanus, MMR, ACAM 2000, and any other based upon research requirements such as the SARS COVID-19 vaccine); and baseline tuberculosis testing.

Job Family

Environmental Health/Safety

Department Name

EHS Administration



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$125,000 – $145,000 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • Serves as the ASU Responsible Official and ensures compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Select Agent and Toxins program.
  • Receives required vaccinations to support current research (e.g. vaccinia vaccine) upon employment and as needed.
  • Establishes strategic direction for biological safety, chemical safety, laser and radiation safety in teaching and research settings and ensures the training and monitoring programs are appropriate for the work taking place.
  • Partners with academic and research leadership to integrate safety measures into educational activities, including safety compliance and oversight for all activities associated with biological, chemical, laser, radiological, semiconductor, and other hazards.
  • Directs the EHS on-site inspection program to support compliance with all Federal, State and local regulations related to health, safety and environmental management for the ASU community.
  • Directs all activities associated with safety inspections, site assessments, and consultations associated with biological, chemical, laser, radiological, semiconductor, and other hazards in academic, office and research environments.
  • Directs the DHS Chemicals of Interest Program and DEA Controlled Substances Program for chemical security for the ASU community.
  • Directs departmental training program development and delivery to support training needs for campus community to ensure safety and compliance with health, safety and environmental requirements.
  • Provides university staff, faculty, and administrators technical guidance and interpretation of regarding safety codes, laboratory security, and related policies and procedures; reviews research or academic project (if required) and, if necessary, establishes medical surveillance requirements, including but not limited to: vaccination or serum collection; informs staff on the reason and provisions for any advised or required medical practices.
  • Analyzes policy needs and collaborates with research and other university departments to implement policies to ensure safety and protection for the teaching and research community.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates programs and procedures to assure student, employee, volunteers, and visitor safety in the ASU community working with biological, chemical, laser, radiological and physical hazards and diseases present throughout work and learning locations.
  • Ensures that all teaching and research activities are performed using safe-work practices, decontamination procedures, and emergency procedures.
  • Reviews and incorporates, as appropriate, health and safety standards promulgated by CDC, DHS, OSHA, EPA, NRC, DOD, DOE and other federal and state agencies.
  • Works closely with Knowledge Enterprise, Provosts Office, Research integrity and Assurance, the Department of Animal Care and Technologies, research faculty and staff as well as Campus Health Services.
  • Participates in planning, developing and administering department budget.
  • Serves on university wide committees and collaborates internally and externally with content experts to develop best practices.
  • Develops strategic objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs) in collaboration with other unit leaders.
  • Directs the EHS Emergency Preparedness Team and may serve as an Incident Commander for hazardous materials incidents.
  • Provides 24/7 emergency response for ASU.
  • Directs the investigation of serious incidents, including those determined to be close calls or near misses.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND eight (8) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Twelve (12) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Possession of a current Arizona drivers license is required upon employment. Receive required vaccinations to support current research (e.g. vaccinia vaccine) upon employment OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience serving as the Responsible Official or Alternate Responsible Official for a federally approved Biological Select Agent and Toxin program.
  • Experience in a leadership role in a safety environment.
  • Experience working in a higher education environment.
  • Experience working in a safety department.
  • Previously vaccinated with vaccinia virus (e.g., ACAM 2000) to protect against poxviruses.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse.
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Understand operating principles and applications of emergency response equipment and is capable of using equipment in the field during emergencies or while covering for staff that may be absent.
  • Work in highly dangerous areas with uncontained or spilled hazardous materials.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements – Under the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, ASU expects all employees, including new hires, to be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation. Proof of vaccination will be required by January 4, 2022. For questions about medical or religious accommodations, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s and see “Workplace accommodations”.

Department Statement

With more than 70,000 students across four campuses, Arizona State University is a comprehensive public research university located in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. ASU’s historic Tempe campus is home to research-based academic disciplines. At the West campus, ASU offers students interdisciplinary programs for broad learning experiences. At the Polytechnic campus, students approach professional and technological programs through project based learning. The Downtown Phoenix campus, the university’s newest location, is focused on programs with public purpose.

As one of the fastest growing research universities in the United States, Arizona State University offers unparalleled opportunities for professional growth for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) professionals. In a leadership role, EHS works with there search and administrative communities to develop sound, cost effective solutions to the challenges associated with the development of compliance strategies and good practices. For more information about the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, please visit our website at: ASU offers tuition waivers (to include yourself, spouse and dependents), paid vacations and holidays, excellent benefit package, employee training and development opportunities to prepare you for the challenges ahead. The position is located at the University Services Building, 1551 S. Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona and provides support to all four ASU campuses.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

Appliciant must be eligible to work in the United States.  The Environmental Health & Safety department will not be sponsor for this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.