Science Laboratory Manager - Roxbury Community College

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: West Roxbury, MASSACHUSETTS


Posted: 12-May-23

Location: Roxbury, Massachusetts

Salary: Open



Internal Number: 162314

Location: Roxbury, MA Category: Staff Posted On: Thu May 11 2023 Job Description:

Title: Science Laboratory Manager

Unit: Full TIme  Non Unit Professional

Department: STEM

Reports To: Dean of STEM

Date: June 2023


General Summary:

The Science Lab Manager will oversee day-to-day operations in the Science labs including laboratory safety and compliance. The Science Lab Manager will work closely with science faculty to support teaching in the science labs. The Lab Manager will work closely with, but not supervise or be supervised by Science faculty. This job will include both managerial skills and laboratory safety skills. The Lab Manager will serve as a liaison between lab staff and teaching faculty.

The ideal candidate will have both safety training and supervisory experience. Job duties include but may not be limited to: complying with state and federal laboratory safety and waste disposal guidelines, inspections of laboratory safety compliance, safety training of science division personnel, maintaining and record keeping of all pertinent documents, and ensuring/arranging proper labeling and disposal of all hazardous waste from the science department. In addition, Lab Manager will provide laboratory assistance and support to the Science Department faculty. The Lab Manager performs science department related administrative and laboratory work.  The Lab Manager will be responsible for ensuring that laboratory technicians have set up laboratory experiments and related equipment/supplies for all science labs. Together with the technicians, the Lab Manager will maintain inventory of laboratory equipment, materials, and supplies; orders new/replacement materials; maintains/cares for laboratory equipment; and ensures laboratory safety and proper disposal of laboratory wastes.

Supervision Received: Reports to Dean of STEM

Supervision Exercised: Full time Lab Technicians, part time Lab Technician, and Lab Work Study Students.


  • Ensures Science Department laboratory safety compliance at the college campus in accordance with federal and state regulations. The employee is responsible for accurate and up to date knowledge of management, disposal and transportation of biological and chemical hazardous wastes according to state and federal regulations and must attend relevant annual training workshops and conferences (e.g.OSHA, HAZWOPER, RCRA, DOT).
  • Ensures proper hazardous waste disposal compliance at all campus sites (identified hazardous wastes generated from labs are placed in appropriate satellite waste containers with appropriate labels; once waste containers are full, employee places waste in main waste accumulation area for temporary storage); maintain records of waste storage, transport on campus and removal.
  • Performs weekly inspections of satellite waste containers and main accumulation area. Packs biological waste for shipment and inspects containers. Contacts and arranges with contracted transporters the removal of biological and chemical waste from the college. Assists transporters and signs/checks /maintains all pertinent shipping documents (manifests), and disposal records.
  • Maintains, performs inspections, and ensures compliance of laboratory safety equipment (including first aid kits, glass disposal containers, spill control materials, fire blankets, eye wash stations, safety showers and other safety equipment);
  • Develops and conducts laboratory safety and hazardous waste management training workshops for all campus and science department personnel.
  • Maintains records of site safety training.
  • Maintains laboratory safety procedures and regulations and responsible for departmental compliance with EPA, DOT, DEP, RCRA and OSHA regulations for storage, labeling, handling, and disposal of chemicals.
  • Reviews and ensures adherence to MSDS sheets for proper storage and disposal of chemicals and reagents; and files them in a publicly accessible area.
  • Annually updates and manages Chemical Hygiene plan.
  • Ensures that all materials for science lab sections (biotechnology, chemistry, biology, microbiology, general science, nutrition, physics, anatomy & physiology, engineering) have been set up properly. If needed, sets-up laboratory experiments and related equipment and supplies for all labs (e.g. prepares solutions, reagents, buffers, microbiology media, maintains microorganism cultures, cleans prepared microscope slides, etc?), and performs breakdown and cleanup of laboratory sections.
  • Maintains inventory of laboratory equipment, supplies and chemicals to ensure availability of adequate supplies, live materials, and other supplies to perform laboratory activities.
  • Initiates orders for new/replacement materials; receives/stocks orders; processes receiving/invoicing documentation; picks up small supplies for experiments at local suppliers; transports items to labs as needed.
  • Ensures proper care, organization, and maintenance of laboratory equipment and of live materials.
  • Notifies proper personnel of needed repairs; arranges with contractors/vendors and follows through ensuring completion of required repairs/maintenance in compliance of college process and procedures.
  • Performs administrative tasks associated with the science lab activities.
  • Submits lab receipts for reimbursement.
  • Prepares lists, inventory reports, disposal records, service contracts, reports, forms, and general correspondence.
  • Receives, reviews, and uses lists, orders, schedules, syllabi, instructions, material safety data sheets, product information, laboratory manuals, catalogs, journals, periodicals, manuals, and reference materials.
  • Communicates and coordinates with supervisor, employees, other departments, students, faculty members, suppliers, and vendors.
  • Operates a computer and utilizes word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and other software programs.
  • Maintains professional knowledge in applicable areas (working knowledge of area, researches new technologies/techniques, products, scientific literature) and certifications.
  • Serve as Chair of the Science safety committee; make recommendations and report safety concerns to Division Dean.
  • Runs laboratory staff meetings, and laboratory/department meetings
  • Works on grants and projects related to the laboratories
  • Interact with campus facilities director and facilities staff to support science department labs.
  • Support requests from Science faculty
  • This position requires a flexible schedule (Example schedule as based on semester needs: 10:30-6:30 Monday/Wednesday; 7:30-3:30 Tuesdays/Thursdays; 9:00-5:00 Fridays; occasional Saturdays).
  • Performs hands-on science lab related duties.
  • Serve as the emergency contact person for all science related equipment.
  • If hired, within 1 year will need to become certified in DOT, HASWOPER, and RCRA. Paid for by the college.


Job Requirements:

All candidates must have a legal authorization to work in the United States.

  •  Bachelor's degree in biology, Environmental Health and Safety, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Microbiology, or closely related field; with three (2) years of experience and/or training involving laboratory operations; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Experience or training in laboratory health and safety.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Massachusetts Driver's License.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent public relations and customer service skills.
  • Familiarity and experience working in a diverse environment


  • Master's or PhD degree
  • Current or previous certification in health and safety courses (OSHA, HASWOPER, RCRA, U.S. DOT, and other laboratory safety training courses).
  •  Higher education experience.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, benefitted, Non-Unit Professional Position

Salary Range: Salary commensurate with academic background and experience. Employees of Roxbury Community College are considered employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and receive benefits that include: 

  • High quality and affordable health insurance through the Commonwealth's Group Insurance Commission (GIC) 
  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans 
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs  
  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance  
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension or Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan or 403(b). 
  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time  
  • Tuition Benefit for employees and dependents at state colleges and universities  
  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options  
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities 
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • Cell Phone Bill Discounts with Verizon and T-Mobile Cell Phone Carriers 
  • Access to the Commonwealth's Mass4You, employee assistance program 
  • Free employee parking  
  • Public Transportation is available to the College via the MBTA Orange Line Roxbury Crossing Station which is a eight-minute walk to the campus.  

Location:  Roxbury campus with occasional travel to off-campus meetings as needed. This position will be eligible for a maximum of two days of telework in accordance with the College's telework policy. 
 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:00pm 
Expected start date: June, 2023 
Application Deadline: June 1, 2023

The College will not sponsor applicants for work visas

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Roxbury Community College is an urban, public, 2-year College serving a diverse community including people of color, recent immigrants and nontraditional populations. The College mission is to facilitate student success in achieving educational goals through the delivery of high quality transfer and career programs. RCC strives to honor traditional commitments, and to be responsive to new challenges and insights through workforce training, ESOL and community education.
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