Job Title:Head of Safety Health and Environment
Location: La Serena, Chile/Tucson, AZ
|NSF’s NOIRLab is the preeminent US national center for ground-based, nighttime optical and infrared astronomy. The mission of NOIRLab is to enable breakthrough discoveries in astrophysics by developing and operating state-of-the-art ground-based observatories and providing data products and services for a diverse and inclusive community. NOIRLab is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) which operates as a matrix organization, providing services across a range of programs: Gemini Observatory, Vera C. Rubin Observatory, Mid-Scale Observatory (Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and Kitt Peak National Observatory), and the Community Science and Data Center; with approximately 400 employees at facilities in three geographic locations: Arizona, Hawai’i, and Chile.
The Safety Team as part of the Central Operations Services (COS) group, successfully works together to provide a safe, healthy, pleasant, and functional environment for all.
We have an opening for a full-time Head of Safety, Health, and Environment to support NOIRLab Operations. We are looking for a talented leader for a team of safety professionals supporting operations in Arizona, Hawai’i, and Chile. In this role, you would provide expertise and leadership in the development, management, and oversight of the safety, health, and environmental (SHE) programs for NOIRLab in accordance with company policy and governmental requirements. The main work location is at the NOIRLab facility on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona, with some travel expected to NOIRLab sites in Chile and Hawai’i
The Head of SHE reports to and follows the directions of the COS Director and works closely with managers, systems engineers, local engineers, technical staff, administrative staff, and contractors in the implementation and verification of the SHE programs and plans. The Head of SHE has the authority and responsibility to bring any matter of safety directly to the COS Director or NOIRLab Director as appropriate.
-Leads the planning and implementation of organization wide SHE activities for NOIRLab, soliciting and incorporating input from the NOIRLab stakeholders, including domain experts from each of the constituent NOIRLab Programs and services.
-A Bachelor’s degree, in the field of Occupational Safety and Health, Engineering or other relevant field
-Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or comparable
AURA offers an excellent benefits package including paid time off and retirement plan contributions, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a very attractive work environment.
Details on benefits can be found at https://hr.aura-astronomy.org/employee-benefits-guide/
We are committed to diversity and inclusion at NOIRLab. Our managing organization, AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp
Preference will be given to qualified internal candidates and qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O’odham reservation.
Please list 3 professional references in your application (references will only be contacted later in the recruitment process) and attach: a cover letter and a CV or resume, PDF files preferred. Please name any attachments with the following format: Lastname Docname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to [email protected].
Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process should request assistance at [email protected]
The position will remain open until filled. To be considered in the first round of reviews, please submit your application by March 15, 2022.
COVID-19 Policy Update: AURA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy that requires all employees to be vaccinated including being up to date on boosters, unless qualified for an exemption based on medical or religious reasons. All new employees will be required to comply with this policy and will be required to present proof of full vaccination or submit a completed request (including supporting documents, if applicable) for an exemption at least five (5) business days prior to their start of employment. Individuals who fail to meet this deadline may have their employment start date delayed.
This is a requirement for all employees working onsite or from home (telework or hybrid remote work schedule). Currently the vaccination requirement does not apply to any future AURA employees working in Chile, regardless of their nationality or type of contract.
AURA currently offers a mix-model workspace (office & virtual) and stimulating environments for all, with most staff working virtually from home during the COVID-19 crisis through Spring 2022. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will continue to interview and screen candidates in this new virtual landscape and offers of employment can be extended and new hires will onboard virtually. Employees are required to be residents in their base job location within a limited time from their start date.
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.
As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.