Overview

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health seeks an experienced individual to manage the Division of Laboratory Safety, Health, and Training. This position oversees a comprehensive laboratory safety program that complies with all federal, state, and local environmental, health, and safety regulatory requirements under CDC, FDA, USDA, DHS, NIH, WHO, Select Agent Program, and MA Department of Labor Standards. This program is specific to the BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories within the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences’ State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL) to ensure compliance by all SPHL staff with all regulations, protocols, and audits for safe handling and disposal of biological and chemical agents.  The incumbent in this position will provide guidance in all matters regarding laboratory safety, including risk assessment; mitigation of risk to accomplish prevention, interpretation of rules and regulations; biological-associated shipping and receiving requirements; biocontainment, biosafety and biosecurity practices; chemical handling and management; engineered containment design review; safety-associated equipment selection, use, and maintenance; development and implementation of laboratory safety staff competencies; biological inactivation protocols; decontamination practices; disinfectant review for efficacy; safety orientation and training programs; and monitoring and auditing laboratory safety practices. This position will recommend and implement measures with the Environmental Health & Safety Officer to reduce or eliminate industrial accidents and health hazards in compliance with all applicable regulations.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

Act as the Responsible Official including maintaining current knowledge to plan and direct the Select Agent Program to ensure compliance with the standards of OSHA, CDC, FBI, FDA, USDA, DHS, NIH, WHO, and other applicable federal and state entities. Actively lead all audits, assessments, and inspections by outside agencies.

Provide technical direction and leadership for the Division of Laboratory Safety, Health, and Training for all laboratory Divisions: Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics and Virology, Analytical Chemistry, Core Sequencing and Bioinformatics, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Mycobacteriology, Laboratory Informatics, and Central Laboratory Support Services.  Oversight includes risk assessment; biocontainment, biosafety, and biosecurity practices; mitigation strategies; safety-associated equipment selection, use and maintenance; laboratory decontamination practices; disinfectant review for efficacy.
Provide occupational health services including immunization and serological monitoring based on recommended guidelines specific to laboratory process. Recommend and implement measures to reduce or eliminate exposures, incidents, industrial accidents, and health hazards in compliance with all applicable regulations.

Provide current education and training related to biosafety for Bureau staff in order to maintain a high level of competency and expertise in the performance of laboratory testing in the bureau.
Maintain training records and provide new or additional staff training as needed in conjunction with DPH, APHL, and other professional and educational organizations.

Ensure visits by Division staff to sentinel labs and discuss biosafety issues and barriers to building a culture of biosafety.
Collaborate with national partners (APHL, CDC) to develop, deliver, and disseminate biosafety and biosecurity competency-based training materials.
Collaborate with the SPHL Director and other Division Directors, DPH health programs, and external partners as needed to apply for and meet the requirements of various grants, attend meetings/conferences as needed according to the requirements of the funding.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience and knowledge in the principles and practices of clinical and molecular microbiology and environmental chemistry as they apply to clinical and environmental laboratory testing in a diagnostic and public health setting including infectious disease surveillance and prevention activities.
Knowledge of the theories and practices of clinical and molecular microbiology, including knowledge of instrumentation, study design, method development, data analysis.

Experience in Quality Assurance in a regulated laboratory environment, specifically CLIA but may include ISO, FDA, or other relevant regulations/standards.

Experience and knowledge in the principles, practices, current developments for operating a biosafety level 3 (BSL3) laboratory.
Knowledge of the federal, state, and local agencies, resources, laws, regulations, and procedures which affect the operation of a clinical or public health laboratory.

Capacity to lead teams and manage personnel, to work collaboratively as well as independently.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of organizational behavior and experience in supervision and management of staff by utilizing participatory management, personnel assessment, and performance review and resolve personnel conflicts effectively.
Ability to perform supervisory tasks related to direct reports and in oversight capacity of health equity initiatives.
Exceptional organizational and time-management skills.
Ability to work proactively and independently with attention to detail and the ability to prioritize inquires and tasks appropriately.
Talent for communicating effectively in both writing and oral presentations.
Strong leadership skills with the ability to build a unified, skilled, and effective team.
Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams and Outlook.

Working Conditions:

This position will require work in the BSL-3 laboratory. In the context of work in a BSL-3 environment the successful candidate must understand the following:

All Tier 1 Staff will undergo a security risk assessment (SRA), which includes signing a confidentiality statement, and renewal every three years.
Working conditions include potential exposure to infectious agents.
All Tier 1 designated staff who may be exposed to Tier 1 Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) must complete OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire (29 CFR 1910.134 Appendix C), be evaluated and determined able to wear a respirator before working in any HSLI laboratory (Tier 1, non Tier1, and non SAT) that requires a respirator.
All Tier 1 designated staff are subject to ongoing suitability assessment to ensure compliance with federal regulations regarding Tier 1 Select Agents. Failure to pass the SRA and/or suitability assessment required for access to Tier 1 BSAT may result in being laid off if no other resolution is reached.
About the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS):

The DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS), predominantly located in Jamaica Plain, provides public health response to infectious disease. These services include programmatic and epidemiologic response, as well as laboratory testing through the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL).

Infectious disease response services address concerns of the general public as well as those disproportionately affected by infectious disease through a variety of risk factors. BIDLS administers ongoing disease reporting for over 90 reportable diseases in the state. Disease reporting review and follow-up with clinical providers and local boards of health is a central function of the bureau. Surveillance activity is complemented by an extensive contracted service system. These services are funded through state and federal resources and include prevention education, community outreach screening for infectious disease, immunization services, health service navigation, medical case management, insurance enrollment, housing assistance, and referral and linkage to infectious disease treatment.

The SPHL provides scientific expertise and capacity to identify infectious agents, chemical agents, and other toxins that cause human disease.  The SPHL is an active partner in joint activities with other bureaus/agencies such as environmental health, food and drug, agriculture, disease prevention and health promotion programs, and public safety.  The SPHL is a reference laboratory of the national Laboratory Response Network (LRN) and is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Select Agent laboratory. SPHL staff work closely with laboratory and disease prevention programs at the CDC, and partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal and tax history background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired.

Education, licensure, and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the   Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2

Qualifications

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must have at least (A) six (6) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least two (2) years must have been in a project management, supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.

Substitutions:

I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience.

II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.

III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience.

IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.  Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements.  We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title: Program Manager Specialist VII
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street
Job: Laboratory Services
Agency: Department of Public Health
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Nov 16, 2022, 1:08:36 PM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 88,741.11 – 136,870.53 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Winston Pierre Winston.Pierre@mass.gov – 8573197225
Bargaining Unit: M99-Managers (EXE)
Confidential: No
Hybrid Work Eligible: Yes

About Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (DPH)

The DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS), predominantly located in Jamaica Plain, provides public health response to infectious disease. These services include programmatic and epidemiologic response, as well as laboratory testing through the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL).