The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at Stanford University, as part of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research (VPDoR), supports and advances the teaching, learning and research activities at Stanford by promoting a safe and healthy campus environment. Our mission is to provide and coordinate programs and services that minimize safety, health, environmental, and regulatory risks in a manner consistent with fiscal and environmental stewardship. We are comprised of 9 technical groups with more than 50 specialists who work in the field with top researchers, faculty, staff, and students to support the mission and research of Stanford University. The work environment is team-oriented, collaborative, deadline-driven, and dynamic.
Our VPDoR Diversity Journey:
We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people.
We provide equitable access and opportunity to all members of the community in order to do their best work, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
We listen to and value all colleagues who bring diverse perspectives to the advancement and development of a respectful community.
We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.
We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation.
EH&S seeks a Research Safety Excellence Lead (RSEL) to serve as a change agent, transformation facilitator, and liaison with numerous stakeholders throughout the Stanford University research community. The RSEL helps translate strategic vision into operational success and consistently excellent, best-in-class EH&S performance. Working closely with the Director of Research Safety, the position leads high- profile project management, organizational development, and performance improvement for significant EH&S Research Safety (RS) undertakings that promote health, safety, and well-being among Stanford's community of 10,000+ researchers. The newly created role helps position both EH&S and researchers for success in the coming era of research innovation, interdisciplinary complexity, and cutting-edge research methods and technologies.
Through thought leadership and novel approaches, the role drives toward maximum positive impact on the University's risk management profile and culture of safety by engaging multiple stakeholders to achieve continuous improvement, shaping the next generation of RS programs and management systems. Stakeholder participants represent RS, EH&S, Dean of Research (DoR), Land, Buildings, and Real Estate (LBRE) and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), along with the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, Humanities and Sciences, and Sustainability. The RSEL harnesses the energies and talents of a wide cross-section of the research community, including principal investigators (PIs), student researchers and post-doctoral fellows, visiting scientists, scientific staff, building and district managers, and university administrators. Projects focus on RS operational improvement (e.g., metrics development, service design); RS cross-departmental initiatives (e.g., reports and communications for research leadership, stakeholder events); and multi-year strategic initiatives (e.g., training needs assessment, standards development, knowledge management). As a member of the RS leadership team, the role has a large impact on effectiveness and productivity, and optimizes the best use of resources and subject matter expertise within RS and among stakeholders now and into the future.
In this role, you will:
Lead cross functional initiatives, champion improvements in management systems, and streamline communications related to Research Safety throughout the Stanford research community
Influence and facilitate alignment among diverse stakeholders, discern project opportunities and threats, and select effective methods to execute projects
Perform the full range duties associated with the project management cycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and controlling, and closing. Independently lead and direct projects requiring high levels of functional integration and involving multiple disciplines to be managed.
Direct development of action plans, and estimate requirements for resources, including management, labor, materials, and time required to complete projects.
Facilitate discussions and negotiations to drive recommendation consensus.
Develop and help execute comprehensive change management strategy and communication plans relative to project scope and stakeholders; orchestrate and lead change management methodologies underlying project success.
Originate project charters and scope; synthesize complex technical, regulatory, and business data that drive decisions.
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree in a related field and five years relevant experience or a combination of education and experience. Experience in management of projects with extensive size/complexity and moderate performance risk, including project planning, scheduling, tracking, and budgeting, or combination of education and relevant experience.
Desired expertise includes:
Formal project management approaches, techniques, skills, and discipline; project management professional certification
Organizational effectiveness knowledge, skills and experience
Insight analyst subject matter expertise, including the development, reporting, and iteration of performance metrics
Software and IT projects expertise (e.g., Agile)
Quality and management systems knowledge and background
Ideally subject matter expertise includes some understanding of and background in research safety, EH&S, and/or research operations in academic research institutions and work environments. Knowledge of EH&S regulatory requirements and Stanford administrative processes is also helpful.
To be successful in this position, you will need to bring:
Highly effective written and oral communication skills to address a wide variety of audiences.
Ability to productively assemble, engage, and lead cross-functional teams.
Demonstrated project management ability to employ integration, scope time management, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement components.
Ability to balance customer expectations with project reality.
Demonstrated resilience, diplomacy, influence, relationship building, and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations.
Keen grasp of interpersonal and impact awareness.
Depth of knowledge in technical discipline/domain needed to deliver projects
Frequently sit, perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
Occasionally stand/walk, write by hand, twist/bend/stoop/squat and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 20 pounds.
Rarely use a telephone, kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, grasp forcefully.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
May be exposed to extreme hot and cold temperatures, be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals /asbestos, or heavy metals or work on roofs at heights greater than 10 ft.
Travel locally and cross-university.
When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Why Stanford is for You
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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