Chemical Safety and Regulatory Compliance Officer (CSRCO)
Amherst College
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-5000

Job Description

Amherst College invites applications for the position of chemical safety and regulatory compliance officer (CSRCO) position. Amherst College 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 CSRCO will develop and administer programs for chemical hygiene, laboratory risk management, and regulatory compliance. The successful candidate will advise 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 CSRCO will also provides training for faculty, staff, and students on hazardous materials handling and storage; hazardous waste handling, storage, and disposal; and best practices to minimize personal injury, health impairment, property loss, fines, and liability in the teaching and research laboratories. In the context of their work in their courses, the successful candidate will also offer training for faculty, staff, and teaching assistants on chemical safety, including the handling of hazardous chemicals and waste.

Other responsibilities of the position including providing chemical hygiene, laboratory risk management, and regulatory compliance direction and support to the Department of Art and the History of Art and other academic departments and programs, as needed; working in close collaboration with the chairs of academic departments and programs, science department safety coordinators, and the college's director of environmental health and safety; and taking appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce; and participating in Amherst's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Key Responsibilities


  • Administers regulatory compliance programs as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Massachusetts Department of labor and Industries, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Export Control Regulations, and other applicable regulatory agencies
  • Conducts laboratory inspections and identifies deficits and recommends corrections
  • Manages the Chemical Waste Manifest Program, which includes asbestos, lead and PCBs, as well as chemical and universal wastes
  • Manages the Chemical Hygiene Plan and the requirements identified within
  • Has responsibility for compliance with other regulatory requirements as it pertains to hazardous materials, such as, but not limited to; DOT, EPCRA, IATA and USDA
  • Serves as the college's radiation safety officer, laser safety officer, chemical hygiene officer, biosafety officer, and shipping officer
  • Administers the college's hazardous waste, radioactive waste, and biomedical waste management programs, including vendor contract negotiation and supervision. Responsibilities include the following: hazardous waste Inspections; hazardous waste main accumulation area management and inspection; tracking of all waste manifests for asbestos, lead, chemicals, and universal waste; compositing of chemicals in the main accumulation area; and administering the college's IATA (International Air Transport Association) Program.

Education and Training
  • Provides training for faculty, staff, and students on hazardous materials handling and storage; hazardous waste handling, storage, and disposal; and best practices to minimize personal injury, health impairment, property loss, fines, and liability in the teaching and research laboratories. Trains faculty, staff, and teaching assistants in the handling of hazardous waste and hazardous chemicals for courses
  • Provides chemical hygiene, laboratory risk management, and regulatory compliance direction and support to academic departments and programs as needed
  • Participates in committees as required, including: the Institutional Biosafety Committee, and the Laser and Radiation Safety Use Committee


  • Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field
  • Three years of safety and regulatory compliance experience in a laboratory or industrial setting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to express ideas effectively thorough public speaking
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and the ability to learn new software programs, including website management
  • Strong time management, organizational, problem solving, and project management skills
  • Commitment to, experience with, and 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 in issue analysis and creative problem solving along with the ability to provide strategic options and recommendations
  • Must successfully complete a pre-employment physical and lift test

  • 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

Environmental and Physical Demands
  • Ability to lift or carry up to 50 lbs. or push/pull up to 100 lbs.
  • Standing, sitting, and walking for long periods of time.
  • Stooping, kneeling, and bending.
  • Repetitive hand motions including hands, wrists, and fingers.
  • Visual - normal concentration.
  • Ability to wear a Negative Pressure Respirator and be medically evaluated to do so.
  • Ability to work with chemicals and utilize the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Ability to climb a ladder
  • Ability to work with biohazards, lasers and radioactive materials using the appropriate PPE

Interestedcandidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) 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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Preferred Years Of Experience:

3 Year(s)

Education Required:


Employment/Position Type:

Full Time
Date Posted : 01/19/2018