Academic Safety Specialist (FA147)

Farmville, Virginia
Salary will be commensurate with credentials and experience.
Feb 15, 2021
Mar 17, 2021
Field of specialization
Health & Safety
Work Function
Health / Safety
Job Type
Full time

Company Description:

A comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts foundation, Longwood has a distinctive mission to develop citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society. Founded in 1839, Longwood is the third-oldest public university in Virginia.

Longwood is part of the proud tradition of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Roughly one hour's drive from Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Longwood is located in the historic two-college community of Farmville. Longwood currently has approximately 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students and 37,000 alumni. It maintains affiliations with the neighboring Robert Russa Moton Museum of civil rights history and the Longwood Center for Visual Arts, a nationally accredited university art museum. A member of the Big South Conference, Longwood competes at the NCAA Division I level.


Job Description:


Longwood University invites applications for the position of Academic Safety Specialist. The successful candidate will be responsible for: ensuring the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences is in compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations and standards; ensuring an injury-free culture and environment for all faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors of the university and its properties; minimizing health and safety risks; safety and chemical management compliance; and anticipating health and safety hazards. This position is considered emergency personnel, which requires the selected candidate to report to work or be called in due to inclement weather, an emergency, staff shortage, etc.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Perform health and safety consultations at any facility where hazardous materials are used or stored (including laboratories, shops, art studios, animal care, and remote facilities) to promote health, safety and regulatory compliance
  • Identify and mitigate the potential for injury, illness or property loss due to use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials
  • Mitigate the potential for release of hazardous materials to the environment
  • Ensure compliance with the Chemical Hygiene Plan, the Biological Safety Plan, the Art Safety Manual, the Theatre Safety Rule, and the Hazardous Waste Management Plan
  • Identify and/or communicate potential violations of the EPA's RCRA regulations and make corrective actions
  • Identify and/or communicate potential violations of applicable OSHA Standards (emphasis on HazComm and the Laboratory Standard)
  • Work in coordination with faculty and departmental staff
  • Provide problem analysis and resolution, with written recommendations for problems and deficiencies
  • Manage and maintain records of inspections and surveys that are adequate for regulatory compliance and legal accountability
  • Develop written procedures for hazardous waste before start of generation
  • Aid in cleaning up incidental spills
  • Manage, collect and label chemical wastes in accordance with guidelines
  • Ensure all chemicals have a Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
  • Keep chemical inventory database up-to-date
  • Monitor the purchase and use of chemicals in Appendix I OSHA Hazardous and Toxic Substances. Work with the Chemical Hygiene Officer to assure that awareness training is conducted prior to using chemicals
  • In conjunction with other Environmental Health and Safety staff develop procedures, training manuals, web documents and computer based training programs dealing with compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Other duties as assigned






  • Bachelor's degree in Biology/Chemistry or closely related discipline or equivalent combination of training and work experience
  • General knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to environmental health and safety functions
  • NIMS certification for NIMS 100, 200, 700 & 800 (NIMS 300 & 400 preferred) or ability to obtain within the first year
  • HAZWOPER, RCRA, and DOT certifications or ability to obtain with the first year
  • Experience with reagent preparation and other types of biological or chemical laboratory preparation commonly found in lower division laboratory settings
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong working knowledge of computer technology to generate written notices, policies and procedures, database entries, and reports
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately record observations, note violations and implement appropriate corrective actions and recommendations in an articulate and professional manner
  • Solid organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task
  • Exceptional attention to detail, in maintaining accurate records and preparing reports
  • Mathematical/analytical skills
  • Ability to plan, develop, and conduct training programs to a variety of audiences, including faculty, staff and students
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Experience in educational institutions preferred
  • OSHA regulatory compliance experience preferred


Additional Information:


This position is a full-time, administrative & professional faculty, exempt position. Commonwealth of Virginia benefits accompany this position. Salary will be commensurate with credentials and experience. A successful criminal background investigation is required. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Longwood University will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodations to applicants in need of accommodations in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. You are not required to note the presence of a disability on your application. If, however, you require accommodations in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 434-395-2074 or

The Annual Fire and Security Report(s) include campus security information, campus fire statistics, safety procedures, and provides statistics for criminal and disciplinary offenses. The report(s) are provided annually in compliance with the Clery Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). Longwood University's Annual Safety and Security report and the Annual Fire Safety report is available at: A hard copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety reports and/or a copy of the Fire Log are maintained at the Longwood Police Office and will be provided upon request.

A diversified workforce is an important part of our strategic plan. EOE/AA


Application Instructions:


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, position posted 2/2/2021. To apply for this position, qualified applicants must complete the online information section and questions, and attach (under Resume) a letter of interest, resume, and names and contact details of three references.