Director, Research Safety & Occupational Health

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Rsrch Laboratory & Safety Svcs

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Office of Research, Innovation and Impact (RII) at the University of Arizona (UA) welcomes applications for the role of Director of Research Laboratory & Safety Services and Occupational Health. Reporting to the Vice President for Operations, this position is responsible for overseeing the Biosafety, Chemical, and Radiation Safety and Occupational Health programs that serve Main Campus, two Colleges of Medicine, and affiliated hospitals and clinics. The Director will play an important role in the ongoing success of UA research by leading a comprehensive research-safety program that dovetails with other safety and compliance areas of the University and with other research-support functions within RII.

As the Director, the successful candidate will provide leadership to establish high compliance standards and collaboration for a robust environmental, health and safety culture. The Director develops and implements strategies, processes, systems, procedures, and metrics to achieve excellent research safety and occupational service outcomes and performance across multiple sites and locations following, University, and other regulatory agencies' standards and policies. Working with the University's Risk Management, University Animal Care (UAC), Facilities management leadership, safety committees and colleagues across the organization, the Director will be expected to align and implement appropriate governance, best practices, fill gaps, and drive the RLSS program consistency.

The Director will also supervise UA’s Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), who manages an A1 Broad Academic License. The RSO is responsible for radiological safety in conjunction with the use, handling, and storage of radioactive materials in the program licensed by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency (ARRA).

Outstanding UA benefits include health,dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs;paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for theemployee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans;access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and lead compliance programs in biosafety, chemical safety, radiation safety, research safety and occupational health governed by federal, state and local rules and regulations and procedures related to legal and ethical conduct of research by promoting program activities to advance a culture of safety across campus
  • Oversee ongoing review of compliance programs to identify gaps in the University’s compliance approach and areas in need of improvement and to fulfill accreditation standards
  • Ensure regulatory expertise within the compliance programs, combined with the efficient implementation of complex, ever-changing regulatory requirements in a manner that facilitates high-quality research without imposing unnecessary administrative burdens
  • Participate in and represent University management on committees including, Radiation Safety Committee, Laser Safety Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee, Human Use Subcommittee (for IRB radiation reviews). Also participate on the Occupational Health Working Group, Compliance Partners Group, and various task forces and working groups
  • Ongoing collaboration with partnerships with campus colleagues such as Risk Management, University Animal Care, Facilities Management and other campus safety units
  • Serve as a resource and channel of communication for individuals reporting research compliance concerns and oversee investigations into allegations of breach of compliance. Develop and maintain a data-driven short- and long-term strategic plan and model for research laboratory safety and compliance services
  • Support and facilitate consensus building to advance laboratory safety
  • Advise University Executive Leadership on policy development, quality assurance, reviews and investigations related to the legal and ethical conduct of human, animal, and clinical research
  • In collaboration with senior administrators, college leadership, faculty and compliance staff, develop innovative training and outreach programs that educate the campus community about compliance policies and procedures in a manner that efficiently addresses the needs of researchers and administrative staff
  • Mentor and provide guidance for compliance officers and staff to enable them to take on increasing levels of responsibility in support of the University’s strategic goals for research
  • Maintain broad and current knowledge about research compliance issues and university best practices, and understand campus policies that impinge on them
  • Lead, manage and coach a team of RLSS and OH professionals including making decisions on hiring, promotions, compensation, recognition, performance management and corrective action
  • Additional duties may be assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    Excellent communication skills and ability to work with a wide range of people at all levels of the organizationDemonstrated experience understanding and interpreting laws, regulations and policies related to the responsible conduct of research as it relates to laboratory safetyDemonstrated experience and commitment to the use of technology to enhance laboratory safety services.Demonstrated skills in leadership and team-buildingSubject Matter knowledge and/or expertise in related campus safety fields.The ability to understand and interpret laws, regulations and policies related to the responsible conduct of research related to the use of biological and chemical agents and radiation in research and clinical settings including the legal and ethical conduct of human and animal researchThe ability to accommodate and respond to shifting priorities and multiple, demanding projects in a manner that is effective and efficientThe ability to work on matters of high sensitivity and confidentiality with both diplomacy and discretion

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of 9 years of related work experience, including 5 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Experience leading a team, project, program, or function is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in relevant field or extensive experience in research or workplace safety



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:

Protection and Safety

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Environmental Health & Safety

Job Function:

Protection & Safety

Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Mariette Marsh

[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.


As Arizona’s First University, founded in 1885, the University of Arizona now serves nearly 46,000 students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. A public land grant university, we work together to expand human potential, explore new horizons, and enrich life for all.

We constantly strive to be a best-in-class place to learn, research, and work. We educate innovative, adaptive learners and problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy. Our Strategic Plan details how we intend to drive social, cultural, and economic impact, in Arizona and across the world.

As a Research I university and member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Arizona hosts two medical schools as well as the only veterinary college in Arizona. More than 16,500 faculty, staff, and graduate students produce over $687 million in research annually, ranking us among the top 20 public research universities in the nation.

Transdisciplinary research excellence – the true seamless integration across disciplinary university-community boundaries – is an undergirding philosophy deeply rooted in our history. Notably, our BIO5 Institute brings together scientists from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering to treat disease, feed humanity, and preserve livable environments.

We strive for excellence in all our 200-plus undergraduate majors and 150 graduate programs. Our faculty are renowned for ground-breaking research in astronomy and planetary sciences; climate, environment, and solar energy; cancer and biotechnology; optical sciences; electrical and computer engineering; and management information systems. Research us yourself on our interactive FactBook.

As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

Who We Are

Our core values proclaim who our Wildcat community is and what we stand for:

Integrity: Be honest, respectful, and just.

Compassion: Choose to care.

Exploration: Be insatiably curious.

Adaptation: Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next.

Inclusion: Harness the power of diversity.

Determination: Bear down! (Yes, there’s a story here.)

Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

Diversity Profile

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

Student success, particularly educational equity for historically underserved groups, is an institutional priority. We have more than 10,000 First Cats (first-generation college students). The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center is nationally recognized for its innovative and successful academic support programs for students with learning and attention challenges.

The University of Arizona has many student cultural clubs and organizations. View the list on the Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX website.

These are some of our cutting-edge centers and programs:

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

Institute for LGBT Studies develops curriculum, promotes research, and presents public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC) serves as a research and outreach center focused on the role of religion in international politics.

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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