Number of Vacancies: 1
Position Status: full-time, permanent
Pay Plan, Series & Grade: Grade 07 Steps 1-7
Salary Range: $53,872.00 - $66,350.00
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Location: Van Ness Campus, Washington, DC
Brief Description of Duties
The Project Specialist for Environmental Testing for the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) reports directly to the Director of the Water Resources Research Institute within the Center for Sustainable Development and oversees the daily activities in the Environmental Quality Testing Laboratory. Key areas of responsibility include laboratory maintenance, samples preparation and testing and data analysis and reporting. The incumbent will work closely and collaboratively with the Associate Deans for Programs and Operations, must be a team player, work effectively and efficiently with diverse internal and external constituencies, perform all duties with a high degree of independence and initiative, communicate effectively, work well under pressure of deadlines and be familiar (or familiarize themselves) with the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the college, the university, and program sponsors.
- Ensures that each laboratory environment is always clean, functional and presentable for use;
- Ensures that standard operating procedures (SOP’s) for lab safety, cleaning and sterilizing of sample and testing devices, sampling, sample preparation, sample preservation, sample chain of custody, equipment calibration and testing methods, and recording of test results are readily available and strictly adhered to;
- Assures that appropriate safety standards are maintained for use of laboratory equipment with visible access to safety equipment, e.g., safety glasses, fire extinguishers, etc.;
- Ensures that all lab equipment are calibrated and in working condition prior to testing,
- Keeps inventory of and ensures availability of lab supplies and reagents for use;
- Prepares chemical reagents according to formulae and assumes responsibility for accuracy in the preparation and standardization of solutions;
- Log all samples received and prepare them for analysis;
- Performs digestion/extraction of all samples according to certified method;
- Operates and maintains all scientific instruments for accurate and precise test results;
- Follows required aseptic techniques in dispensing and disposing hazardous wastes and base media, maintains technical records and prepares reports.
- Teaches one course per semester in CAUSES or the equivalent in teaching laboratories or community education programs (Extension Services).
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Works effectively and collaboratively with the Associate Dean of Programs, the Director of the Water Resources Research Institute and other faculty and staff within the college and UDC as required by specific projects.
- Performs other duties as assigned including special assignments related to the areas of responsibility as well as other needs of the college.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
- The incumbent is required to hold a Master’s degree appropriate to the laboratory work (soil, water, and chemical testing) within the Environmental Laboratory in CAUSES. A doctoral degree/Ph.D. is preferred.
- A minimum of two years of experience in environmental laboratory works and environmental regulation and expert witness is required.
Information to Applicant
Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is not part of the collective bargaining unit.
Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).
Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to actual or perceived actual race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, personal appearance, genetic information, familial status, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, place of residence or business, or status as a covered veteran, as provided for and to the extent required by District and Federal statutes and regulations.
Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived actual race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, personal appearance, genetic information, familial status, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, place of residence or business, or status as a covered veteran, as provided for and to the extent required by District and Federal statutes and regulations. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.
Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.
Residency Preference: The Residency Preference Amendment Act of 1988, D.C. Law 7-203, created a system in which provides that any applicant for employment in the Career or Educational Services who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia may claim a residency reference at the time of application. An applicant selected for an appointment based on District residency will be required to submit no less than eight (8) proofs of bona fide District residency. Bona fide District residency must be maintained from the date of appointment to the position for seven (7) consecutive years. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the (7) year period will result in forfeiture of employment.
Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.
Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.
Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.
Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources Only.
Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5020.
The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.