The Chief Radiation Safety Officer/Executive Director of RS Programs reports to the University’s Associate Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety for administrative purposes and to the Chairs of the two Radiation Safety Committees that oversee all of the radiation safety programs at Columbia University respective campuses (Columbia University Medical Center, Morningside Heights, Manhattanville, Lamont Dougherty Earth Observatory and Nevis Laboratories; New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia); Columbia’s Faculty Practice Organization in Manhattan; New York State Psychiatric Institute; Barnard College and the University’s Research Vessel), for technical matters and with respect to those areas that are within the purview of such Committees.
The Chief Radiation Safety Officer/Executive Director of RS Programs provides innovative and strategic leadership and will direct, lead, promote and support a comprehensive radiation safety program throughout Columbia University respective campuses. He/she will support a positive, proactive environmental safety program in a complex environment.
Responsibilities: The Chief Radiation Safety Officer/Executive Director of RS Programs will be responsible for providing professional leadership in the management of the radiation safety operations, services and programs of all Columbia University respective campuses. He/she will develop, maintain and promote policies, procedures and programs for radiation safety, and ensure that the all Columbia University respective campuses are compliant with pertinent local, state and federal radiation safety codes, standards and regulations as well as the terms of applicable licenses and permits. This position develops and oversees innovative, comprehensive radiation safety programs for all Columbia respective campuses. The Chief Radiation Safety Officer/Executive Director of RS Programs recommends and implements additional programs as regulations and compliance requirements change. He/she assesses the effect of current and proposed laws and regulations, and defines options and associated costs, risks and responses. He/she oversees the radiation safety training programs for faculty, staff and students working with radioactive material or radiation producing devices throughout all Columbia University respective campuses. The Chief Radiation Safety Officer/Executive Director of RS Programs will apply the best engineering and administrative controls to keep any radiation exposure as low as reasonable achievable (ALARA).
Doctorate in Health Physics, Medical Physics, or a related field. A minimum of seven years of experience in leading a radiation safety program in a large academic research and medical environment. Professional certification by the American Board of Health Physics, American Board of Radiology, American Board of Medical Physics, or American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine required. Current or previous designation as the Radiation Safety Officer on a broad-scope radioactive materials license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) or NRC agreement state required. Current or previous designation as a “Trustworthy and Reliable” (T&R) individual satisfying 10 CFR 37 required.
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Columbia University, a world-renowned academic research institution in New York City, is committed to attracting, encouraging and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support its mission of excellence in education, research and patient care. The University’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for i...ts staff, students, patients, neighbors and the surrounding community. The mission of EH&S is to provide expert guidance and timely service to the University community through its commitment to health and safety. By employing best practices, encouraging collaborations, and building long term relationships, EH&S promotes a productive and safety conscious work environment. EH&S provides a broad range of services and actively develops partnerships with faculty and departmental personnel to ensure a safe work environment and compliance with University policies and applicable regulations in the most efficient manner possible. These endeavors are realized through programs such as safety training, laboratory and chemical safety, hazardous waste management, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, asbestos and lead management, biological safety, fire safety, chemical tracking and radiation protection.Goals:• Creating effective health and safety programs• Minimizing risk of exposure to hazardous chemical, physical or biological agents• Minimizing risk of work related injury and illness• Minimizing risk to the environment • Attaining these goals with a minimum burden on patient care, education, and research activitiesThe Radiation Safety program is the largest program in New York City. There are more than 120 users of radioactive materials or radiation generating equipment in research and approximately 3,000 personnel involved in clinical uses of radiation within all respective Columbia University campuses (Columbia University Medical Center, Morningside Heights, Manhattanville, Lamont Dougherty Earth Observatory and Nevis Laboratories; New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia); Columbia’s Faculty Practice Organization in Manhattan; New York State Psychiatric Institute; Barnard College and the University’s Research Vessel). Together, the respective campuses hold licenses and permits issued by the New York City Department of Health, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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