Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 19:11:27 +0000
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Subject: Job opening at Illinois
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Kathy Benedict recently resigned from this position to pursue more leisurely pursuits. As a result, we have an opening for the Assistant Director, Chemical Safety at the University of Illinois. Please forward this notice to anyone who may be interested. Click on this URL to see the official job description (also included below) and to apply for the position:


Peter Ashbrook, Director

Division of Research Safety

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Division of Research Safety (DRS)

HEAD, Chemical Safety Section (CSS)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


DRS is seeking a full-time academic professionalto direct chemical safety and waste programs for faculty, staff, students, and visitors at the Urbana-Champaign campus.



  • Plan, organize, develop and implement programs that support the safe use of chemical materials on campus. This includes identifying, evaluating, and mitigating risks associated with the use of hazardous materials, developing and administering programs to collect and dispose of hazardous waste, and supporting the campus response for hazardous material emergencies.
  • Provide strategic leadership for the section, supervise and motivate staff of 5-10 FTEs to achieve their goals, and maintain a supportive work environment.
  • Collaborate and work with the campus community to increase safety awareness and encourage implementation of unit safety programs.
  • Provide consulting services, safety training, and cost effective, high quality programs that are customer-driven.
  • Serve on campus safety and safety-related committees, as requested.
  • Be the point of contact with applicable federal, state and local regulatory agencies,including responding to audits and inspections, obtaining appropriate permits, and submitting required reports.
  • Develop campus policies that support the safe use of chemical materials. This includes monitoring emerging regulations and identifying compliance requirements for campus research activities.
  • Collaborate with the Director and other managers to optimize functions and services offered by the Division.
  • Assess andprioritize budgetary needs for the section and provide oversight for program-related expenditures.
  • Pursue professional development activities to expand knowledge, maintain technical expertise and keep abreast of relevant scientific and professional developments.



  • A bachelor's degree in chemistry, industrial hygiene (with chemistry emphasis), chemical engineering, or related chemistry field.
  • With a bachelor's degree, a minimum of 8 years of related work experience is required. With a master's degree, a minimum of 5 years of related work experience is required. With a Ph.D. or equivalent, a minimum of 2 years of related work experience is required.
  • Proven ability to manage a team and collaborate with other health and safety professionals.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and computer skills.
  • A valid U.S. driver's license and eligible to work in the U.S.



  • An advanced degree and/or professional certification (e.g. CHMM, CIH).
  • Managementand supervisory experience.
  • An understanding of the research culture in a university setting.


This is a regular, 100% time academic professional position with University benefits. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date.


For full consideration, please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a comprehensive resume by January 3, 2012. The online application will require the names and contact information for three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.


For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact the Division of Research Safety at (217) 333-2755or email DRSapplicants**At_Symbol_Here**illinois.edu for additional information.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.



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