Biosafety Training Program Director

Council Rock Consulting
Bethesda, MD
Dec 08, 2021
Dec 10, 2021
Full Time
Council Rock Consulting, Inc. (CRC) provides a broad range of Safety and Health Management services for private and public sectors that are designed to meet regulatory requirements, promote whole worker health and prevent workplace injuries. We continually understand how to integrate environmental health and safety policies and services across organizations to create more effective and efficient outcomes. Since 2000, we have managed over 90 Federal contracts. Biosafety Training Program Director Position Description: The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) was conceived as a partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. As of January 2020, the NBBTP became part of the NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) program and is now known as the NIH NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship. NBBTP/IRTA is administered by Council Rock Consulting, Inc., an equal opportunity employer. The NBBTP/IRTA offers two-year postbaccalaureate and postdoctoral fellowships. The mission and vision of the NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship is to prepare biosafety and biocontainment professionals of the highest caliber to meet the needs of the biomedical, emerging disease and civilian biodefense research communities through the 21st century. We are seeking a Biosafety Training Program Director to be an integral part of a the NBBTP/IRTA that provides biosafety science skills development and career readiness for future biosafety officers. The fellowship program requires the Biosafety Training Program Director to oversee and direct the program's technical and administrative functions. Roles and Responsibilities: Leader of the CRC NBBTP team. Serves as the Project Manager and government liaison for the company to manage the NBBTP. Primary point of contact for Fellows, NIH management including Government Program Director, NIH Division/Branch Chiefs, and NIH-assigned mentors. Responsible for interfacing with NBBTP Contracting Officer Representative (COR) by attending weekly meetings. Responsible for directing the staff on the contract and aligning their daily tasks to administer and manage the NBBTP. Daily supervision of up to 6 Fellows and administrative assistant. Hold regularly scheduled meetings with the Government Program Director to discuss each Fellow's progress. Serve as a Mentor to the Fellows in the field of biosafety. Analyze each Fellow's knowledge gaps and propose solutions to be included in each Fellow's Individual Development Plan (IDP). Provide personalized training and/or on-the-job training to each Fellow in support of the Professional Development Plan (curriculum). Be available and organize individual and group discussions regarding biosafety, new technologies, lessons learned, policy changes, etc. Facilitate meetings with Fellows and subject matter experts and NBBTP alumni. Review policies, guidelines, rules and standards with Fellows. Oversee all formal training and "on the job" assignments. Review Fellow's journals. Assist Fellows with development of their two-year Individual Development Plans (IDP). Liaise with NIH staff to develop assignments. Follow up each assignment with Fellows to ensure successful completion. Verify that the Fellows can apply learned skills appropriately. Assign Developmental Assignments (DAs) to Senior Fellows. Arrange DAs at other institutions. Consult on proposed DAs prepared by outside institutions. Liaise with institutions to develop successful DAs that will meet each Fellow's needs to fill a knowledge gap. Oversee DAs for Fellows. Ensure all assignments associated with the DAs are completed. Provide professional guidance and development for each Fellow. Collaborate with NIH management and staff to provide Fellow experiential training in lab occupational health and safety and applied biosafety research. Provide training to NIH Mentors. Liaise and meet with Mentors to evaluate each Fellow's progress. Review mentor evaluations and make quality improvements to NBBTP Mentor Program. Assist Fellows in career planning. Provide professional development and career support with support from HR/Leadership consultant. Assist government with coordination of timely performance evaluations and assignment reviews. Oversee schedule and arrangement of training and educational opportunities for each Fellow. Collaborate with government to provide each Fellow experiential training in laboratory occupational health and safety and applied biosafety research. Provide professional guidance and development for each Fellow. Liaise with the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Coordinate SAB meetings with the assistance of the Professional Development Director and administrative assistant. Follow SAB's advisement and recommendations. Report progress of each Fellow to the SAB. Assist in the development and execution of promotional and recruiting activities for the fellowship program. Oversee execution of promotional and recruiting activities for the fellowship program. Budget management. Oversee/develop curriculum. Prepare and submit contract deliverables including monthly, quarterly and annual reports. Required Qualifications: Minimum of 5 years' experience managing laboratory safety training. Minimum of 5 years' experience as a biological safety officer. Minimum Education: Doctorate in microbiology, virology, public health, or allied profession or a Master's in microbiology, virology, public health, or allied profession and a minimum of 15 years of biosafety experience. Must have at least one of the following certifications: Registered Biological Safety Professional (RBP), Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP), or equivalent. Experience working under Biological Safety Level Three (BSL-3) conditions. Biological laboratory skills (mammalian cell culture, virus and bacterial culture, etc.) Demonstrates understanding of the appropriate use of statistical methods for data analysis. Experience working with Select Agents and associated regulatory issues. Agrees to work onsite at the NIH office 5 days a week to provide excellent customer service, mentorship to the Fellows, and program support. (Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the position will be managed via a telework agreement at the government's discretion). Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information. Work ethic which includes attention to detail.. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Resides within 50 miles of the Washington DC metro area or candidate is willing to relocate to the Washington DC metro area. Must be a US citizen. Preferred Qualifications: Minimum of 3 years' of Federal government experience. Minimum of 2 years' of Federal government contract experience. International experience that can be applied to global pandemic response (eg COVID-19). Knowledgeable of the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP)/IRTA (Intramural Research Training Award). Active member in the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). Knowledge of biological laboratory equipment, flows, and functions, including autoclave operation, biosecurity, decontamination, and disinfection preferred. Experience with training others for working with biohazards, wearing PPE, and responding to biohazard spills preferred. Experience supporting an IRTA (Intramural Research Training Award) program preferred. Position Location: Bethesda, MD Federal background check will be required. Job Types: Full-time, Contract Pay: $130,000.00 - $140,000.00 per year Benefits: Employee discount Flexible schedule Health insurance Paid time off Parental leave Relocation assistance Schedule: 8 hour shift Monday to Friday COVID-19 considerations: Adhere to COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors (FAR 52.223-99 Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors). Education: Bachelor's (Preferred) Experience: biosafety: 3 years (Preferred) Work Location: One location

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