Manager, Academic Labs - St. Lawrence College

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Manager, Academic Labs

  • City City: Kingston
  • Rate of Pay Rate of Pay: Salary
  • Positions Available Positions Available: 1
  • Type Type: Full Time
  • Duration Duration: Permanent
  • Avg. Hours/Week Avg. Hours/Week: 37.5
  • Education Education: University

Job ID ADMN-23/24-140 

Location: Kingston (with Tri-Campus Responsibilities) 

Deadline: September 29, 2023 

Start Date: Immediately 

Department: Faculty of Health and Wellness 

Number of Positions: 1 

Duration: Full-Time 


The incumbent is an integral member of the academic team providing leadership on the safe and effective operation of all academic labs, including science, technology, trades training facilities on three campuses.

Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellness, the incumbent collaborates with the Associate Deans/ Deans of academic programs, as well as the College’s Health and Safety Officer, to develop and oversee safe lab environments, work practices, lab space design, and regulatory compliance in the delivery of academic programs in all labs and shops on three campuses. While fostering a culture of safety, the incumbent is accountable for establishing required safety protocols, procedures, training and required equipment maintenance in the labs and related field venues.

The incumbent also provides day to day management of technical support staff to ensure effective human resource planning in academic delivery within the lab spaces. As well, the incumbent collaborates with Associate Deans/ Deans and Faculty to provide required documentation for certifications and accreditations in the related programs.

The Manager uses a participatory and collaborative approach in identifying, planning, reporting, and addressing health and safety issues to ensure that employees (including faculty), students, and visitors work in a safe lab environment and that college lab facilities and equipment, and procedures comply with safety policy(ies) and statutory requirements. The Manager will work closely with the College Health and Safety officer to collaborate on safety issues, safe work procedures, policies and procedures and incident reporting and resolution.

The Manager serves as the Biosafety Officer for the college, and as such, sits on the Biosafety Committee to translate the requirements of external bodies and legislation into specific protocols and procedures for the College, including a comprehensive Biosecurity Plan. Additionally, the Biosafety Officer promotes a high standard of safe practice within College science laboratories which handle bio hazardous agents, provides information and advice on safe import, export, handling, decontamination and disposal of bio hazardous agents, monitors compliance by conducting site visits, and acts as the primary emergency response person for incidents involving biological materials.

The manager will be required to coordinate safety procedures and practices within simulated construction and industrial workplaces, so it is essential that the manager coordinates and guides the development and enforcement of safety protocols within these simulated workplaces with relevant Sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations for Construction Projects, Industrial Establishments, and Food Safety Protocols.

As an expert in academic lab operations, the Manager provides input on the budget planning and capital planning teams to identify and prioritize necessary resource safety enhancements and risk mitigation strategies.


Education and Experience:

A minimum of a 4-year degree in science and/or technology with specific training in health and safety and Biosafety/Biosecurity training. First aid and WHMIS training, and advanced training in Biosafety/Biosecurity.

A minimum of 5 years of of experience applying project management principles, supervising staff, and applying health and safety legislation, biosafety requirements, and principles. Experience in academic lab environments, particularly science labs, is preferable. Experience training adults is an asset.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Strong strategic and analytical skills
  • Both written and verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to establish respectful working relationships and foster collaboration across all groups and with diverse stakeholders
  • Technical skills
  • Ability to troubleshoot lab equipment
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills and demonstrated expertise in innovative problem solving and strategic thinking
  • Ability to operate independently and exercise sound judgment

Physical/Work Environment Essential Requirements:

The successful incumbent must have the ability to report to the work location. The incumbent may have frequent exposure to dirt, chemical substances, odours in a variety of Trace and Technology learning environments including outdoors.


  • Admin Group: Pay Band 11: $88,307 - $110,385 per annum, commensurate on education and experience. In addition to the salary, the position is eligible for pay for performance.
  • Hours per week: 37.5
  • Posted Date: September 14, 2023
  • Closing Date: September 29, 2023 (4:00 p.m.)


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