Associate Director, Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability

Req ID #:  152831

Ashland, OH, US, 44805

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Associate Director, Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability for our Safety Assessment group site located in Ashland Ohio.


Responsible for managing and directing Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHS&S) functions to serve the company’s strategic and tactical needs.  Principal responsibilities include the development and delivery of leading edge EHS&S programs within the company and overseeing continuous improvement and performance around core EHS&S metrics


•    Provide site oversight of EHS&S policies and procedures.
•    Oversee and manage the day to day performance of direct reports, vendors and contractors.
•    Provide proactive direction on initiatives that will improve site, EHS&S performance while minimizing risks and exposures.
•    Design, implement and continuously improve EHS&S programs consistent with industry standard practices.
•    Manage and direct site programs which ensure compliance with applicable regulations and internal policies.
•    Represent CRL to outside parties which are interested in EHS&S aspects within the corporation, inclusive of regulatory authority industry.
•    Support the planning, response and recovery operation for emergency situations and disaster recovery and coordinate the development and implementation of appropriate response plans.
•    Actively engage internal partners to identify and adopt best practices.
•    Stay informed of current and new regulatory requirements and other guidelines considered for implementation.  
•    Communicate regulatory and technical information to appropriate personnel with the corporation.
•    Direct change management and site initiatives that improve employee engagement in EHS&S activities.
•    Responsible for personnel management activities such as: scheduling, personnel actions (hiring, promotions, transfers, etc.), training and development, providing regular direction and feedback on performance, disciplinary actions and preparing and delivering annual performance and salary reviews.
•    Develop short- and long-range operating objectives, organizational structure, staffing requirements and succession plans.
•    Perform risk assessments (biological, chemical, high hazards etc.)
•    Integrate activities with those of other major organizational units (e.g. segments, departments, functions).
•    Develop and recommend departmental budget and authorize expenditures.
•    Develop and oversee the implementation of departmental training programs, including orientation.
•    Support the policy of equal employment opportunity through affirmative action in personnel actions.
•    Ensure adherence to pertinent regulatory requirements and to departmental policies, practices and procedures [SOPs, safety procedures and biosafety protocols].
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

•    Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in Health and Safety, Biosafety or Environmental Sciences or related discipline.  
•    Experience:  8 years related experience in a mid-to-large size organization with EHS&S management responsibilities. 
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Certification/Licensure:  CBSP, RBP, CSP certificates a plus.  
•    Other:  Expert level knowledge and application of environmental health, safety and Sustainability regulations and familiarity with regulatory agencies protocols (e.g., OSHA, EPA, DEP, DOT, NRC, CDC etc.). Participation on Institutional Biosafety Committee, Radiation Safety Committee a plus.  EHS&S experience in life sciences, biotech, pharmaceutical industry preferred.  Must be computer literate (Microsoft Office software).

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We will be requiring proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities. 

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 18,000 employees within 100 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of >80% of the drugs approved by the FDA for the past 3 years.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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