Coordinator of Chemical Laboratories

Springfield, Ohio
Not specified.
Apr 17, 2018
May 17, 2018
Field of specialization
General / Technical
Job Type
Full time

About Wittenberg University:

Founded in 1845, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked, private, liberal arts college related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has an enrollment of about 1,800 students. Wittenberg enjoys a national reputation for excellent academic standards and is widely known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Wittenberg has an exceptional staff and award-winning faculty who share a commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and development of students into successful global citizens. Situated on 100 acres of rolling hills in Springfield Ohio, Wittenberg is easily accessible from Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.  For more information about the institution, please visit our website at

Job Description:

Wittenberg University seeks a full time Coordinator of Chemical Laboratories and Chemical Hygiene Officer.  Essential function for the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervise 10-15 undergraduate Laboratory Teaching Assistants and Laboratory Preparation Assistants per year.
  • Prepare and deploy all supplies, equipment, and chemicals for instructional chemistry laboratories.
  • Facilitate maintenance and repair of chemical instrumentation and associated computing resources.
  • Purchase supplies and chemicals for all instructional and research laboratories in the Chemistry department.
  • Manage the chemical stockroom inventory.
  • Arrange for disposal of all hazardous chemical waste from the Chemistry department in coordination with other programs in accordance with Ohio EPA regulations.
  • Serve as the Wittenberg University Chemical Hygiene Officer (approximately 25% of time) in the Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and Psychology departments:
    • Evaluate workplace conditions, identify risks and hazards, and develop methods of preventing injury and illness in response to chemical exposure.
    • Update and create policies and procedures to maximize workplace safety, and ensure compliance with the OSHA lab standards regarding the use of chemicals.
    • Ensure that appropriate Safety Data Sheets are obtained, maintained, and readily accessible to employees for all hazardous chemicals.
    • Develop and implement employee training programs and maintain necessary training records in accordance with the OSHA lab standard regarding the use of chemicals.
    • Participate in incident and "near miss" investigations, and consider findings when developing policies, procedures, and employee training programs regarding the use of chemicals.
    • Collect and track relevant safety related metrics, maintain records and logs, and prepare safety related reports in compliance with the OSHA lab standard regarding the use of chemicals.
    • Coordinate and perform site safety inspections and audits to ensure compliance and drive continuous improvement regarding the use of chemicals.
    • Monitor OSHA regulatory requirement's regarding the use of chemicals and communicate potential impact to the University and Departments.
    • Consult and work with other University departments (e.g. Art, Theatre) and offices as needed regarding chemical safety, specifically the Director of Physical Plant during the summer and/or whenever necessary.


A bachelor's degree in chemistry or a related field is required.  Competitive applicants will have chemical hygiene training and/or at least one year of relevant experience.  

Additionally, applicants should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Must have, or be willing to acquire soon, national certification as a CHO and be willing to attend other necessary/useful training related to the position.
  • Must be able to stand more than 50% of the workday.
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to recognize and respond to emergency situations.
  • Must be able to work (using standard PPE) with common chemicals.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with directors from other offices, faculty and students.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent supervisory skills.
  • Effective planning and organizational skills.
  • Effective problem-solving skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and database applications.

Additional Information:

Review of applications will begin April 30, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Wittenberg is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of our student body and society at-large. Please review our notice of nondiscrimination housed on our website.

Application Instructions:

We ask candidates to set-up an account and apply through our online system via this link:

As part of the application process you will be asked to upload the following documents in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat format:

  • A cover letter
  • Resume
  • The names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references

 If you are a person with a disability and require assistance with the application process, please contact Wittenberg's Human Resources Department at 937.327.7517.