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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Program Coordinator

Southern Research
Birmingham, AL
Start date
Jun 8, 2024

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Administration, Clinical, Clinical Project Management
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Job Details

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Program Coordinator

General Summary

This position serves to provide administrative support to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and the Federal Select Agent Program. The EHS coordinator will work with employees from across Southern Research as well as outside contractors, service providers and vendors.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Federal Select Agent Program File Manager
    • Coordinates biosafety, security, and incident response training compliance in accordance with Federal regulations.
    • Coordinates Objective Review Panel according to BSAT personnel suitability assessment program compliance.
    • Processes new and renewals Security Risk Assessment applications for A/BSL-3 personnel.
    • Coordinate fingerprinting with security officer.
    • Coordinates Medical Surveillance and Occupational Health requirements with occupational health clinic and other providers.
    • Coordinates with federal, state, and local entities to support emergency response drills.
    • Maintains SRA approved personnel and visitor records.
    • Maintains incident reports regarding safety, security, or emergency response related to the Federal Select Agent Program.
    • Maintains facilities preventive maintenance, decontamination, validation, certification, and annual performance validation records.
    • Processes and files work orders for EHS, more specifically A/BSL-3 facilities.
    • Assists in the overall documentation compliance with the Federal Select Agent Program.
  • Completes and maintains incident reports.
    • Maintains OSHA 300 occupational exposure records.
    • Coordinates for visitors, clients, and/or contractors' requirements such as scheduling for training, fit test, and medical clearance.
    • Maintains inventory of safety supplies and materials and orders individual safety equipment (safety glasses, safety shoes, etc.).
    • Orders supplies and equipment for EHS programs.
    • Processes payments, travel and reconciles expense reports.
    • EHS administrator for SR intranet and training platform.

Requirements/Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum two years' experience working in a research or other highly regulated environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.S. in a related field

Core Values

Cultivating human connection – putting people first.  We know that every individual makes a difference and that no one can do it alone.  We believe the world's most powerful resource is human potential.  We are an inclusive and courageous team where innovation and diversity of thought go hand in hand.  We understand that relationships move at the speed of trust.

Operating with precise execution – measuring what matters and owning results as a team.  We leverage data to drive decisions that advance science.  We recognize the importance of a stable foundation coupled with an agile mindset.  We hold ourselves accountable and take pride in our work.  We give and receive candid feedback as a gift that keeps us growing.

Harnessing relentless curiosity – our unstoppable, innovative force.  We are driven to ask sharp questions and push the boundaries of knowledge.  We use creativity and critical thinking as catalysts for finding solutions that change lives.  We learn by doing, consistently striving to improve our relationships, training, methodologies, questions and results.

Stewarding a healthy community – implementing sustainable operations for a safe, engaging environment.  We don't compromise on safety and health for our employees, customers or community.  We believe a healthy community begins with inclusive economic opportunities.  We respect the dignity of the patients we ultimately serve.  We are motivated to serve communities that are underserved and markets that are overlooked.

Job Specific Behaviors

Operational / Technical Excellence - Ensure that their work (whether service or process) enables the organization to meet customer's expectations

Builds Strategic Relationships - Use appropriate interpersonal styles to work effectively with others to meet mutual goals and objectives; understand the role & interrelationship of each organizational function.  Possess skill in managing across functional and organizational lines

Communicates with Impact - Express thoughts and ideas effectively to individuals and in group situations; adjusts language to the needs of the audience

Drives for Results - Establish stretch goals and manage focused outcomes.  Demand excellence.  Demonstrate a strong commitment to organizational success; work to do what is best for all stakeholders

Change Leadership - Encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches for addressing problems and opportunities; facilitates the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace

Builds and Maintains Winning Teamwork - Create a climate of teamwork to achieve objectives, taking advantage of diversity; create a sense of ownership and encourage individuals to stretch beyond their own capabilities

Coaches / Develops Others - Select for talent; Set expectations and provide clear and timely feedback.  Motivate, develop self and others to foster a learning environment and openly share information that would guide others; Use appropriate interpersonal style to guide direct reports to action.  Recognize performance success

Business Knowledge - Maintain external awareness of technology or business sectors; supply knowledge of Institute's culture, business processes and tools to achieve goals

Physical Demands

  • Ability to sit / stand for extended periods of time
  • This position will work in an office
  • Use of a computer for extended periods of time may be necessary.

Certifications, Licenses & Registrations

  • None required,


MOVING SCIENCE. Our experts turn what couldn't be done into what we can't live without. By translating research into innovation, we act as catalysts that save lives and cultivate Birmingham's biotech scene. We are conduits between Science and Society. With precision, we transform ideas into discoveries. We see possibilities before they exist and activate scientific progress that is purposeful. We move science, because the promise of a brighter future moves us. We work with more than 150 industry and academic partners to drive scientific discoveries. From drug discovery to development, to carbon capture and environmental health sciences, every layer of our scientific and professional teams serve a fundamental role in moving science. We're making Birmingham the biotech hub of the southeast. Coming in 2024, our new biotech center will feature 60,000 sq. ft. of commercial wet labs, A/BSL-3 space and data science facilities. Our team will grow 125 scientific jobs and help shape the future of biotech in Alabama. We're investing in renovations of 40,000 sq. ft. of facilities including vivarium space and launching a new clinical diagnostics lab.

Company info
(205) 581-2000
2000 9th Avenue South

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