Chemical Hygiene Officer

Job description

Amherst College invites applications for the position of chemical hygiene officer. Amherst has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our studentsidentify as domestic students of color; and 10 percent of the students are international students. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

The chemical hygiene officer will provide training in the teaching and research laboratories for faculty, staff, and students on best practices for chemical safety; for hazardous materials handling and storage; for hazardous waste handling, storage, and disposal; and best practices to minimize personal injury, health impairment, property loss, fines, and liability.

The chemical hygiene officer develops and administers programs for chemical hygiene, laboratory risk management, and regulatory compliance; and advises science faculty, staff, students, and the Administrative Director of the Science Center on regulatory compliance and liability in matters pertaining to laboratory safety, hazardous waste management, radiation safety, and inventory management. The successful candidate will attend training courses as necessary to earn the certifications required to fulfill the responsibilities outlined above. The chemical hygiene officer takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the college's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.



  • Master's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field
  • Some experience with safety and regulatory compliance in a laboratory or industrial setting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to express ideas effectively thorough public speaking
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and the ability to learn new software programs including website management
  • Strong time management, organizational, problem solving, and project management skills
  • A commitment to, experience with, and the ability to work effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals from a variety of diverse backgrounds
  • Experience with or knowledge of preparing technical reports
  • Experience with issue analysis and creative problem solving along with the ability to provide strategic options and recommendations
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical and lift test

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field
  • CHMM preferred, but not required
  • Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer certification
  • More than three years of related experience in a college or university setting
  • Experience creating and delivering chemical hygiene, laboratory risk management, and regulatory compliance training programs for diverse groups
  • HAZWOPER Training (40 hours)
  • Experience with different types of training media, such as online and PowerPoint

Interestedcandidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (e-mail and/or telephone number) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Amherst College complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer , Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.





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Posted: 5/7/2018
Application Due: 6/18/2018
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