Mgr, Chemical Safety/ Studio Tech

New Mexico State University- Department of Art

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Position Number 197905, Requisition Number 2300328S

Manager of Chemical Safety and Studio Equipment

  • Independently administer and maintain compliance with policies related to safe use, storage and disposal of a broad range of hazardous materials used throughout the ten distinct media areas in the Department.

  • Guide and motivate faculty, staff and students through training and daily communication regarding health and safety, creating a culture of “safety first”.

  • Collaborate and support EH&S, and Risk Management in all initiatives and processes.

  • Coordinate and delegate with faculty and graduate students, safe laboratory practices, SOP’s for established chemical use, and R&D for experimental or new processes.

  • Develop, direct, and enforce safety programs and protocols.

  • Maintain knowledge base of federal, state and university safety regulations, protocols and/or procedures.

Facility Technician

  • Coordinate and implement the proper use and maintenance of equipment in a 54,000 square foot fabrication and teaching facility.

  • Research, order, receive and install new equipment in all media areas.

  • Initiate research on new and replacement equipment and its suitability for intended use

  • Ensuring proper supervision and training in all applicable media areas (ceramics, sculpture, metals, 3D fabrication lab, conservation, graphic design, photo, painting, and drawing}

  • Direct graduate student assistants in training both graduate and undergraduate students in the safe use of materials and equipment and in compliance with NMSU shop safety standards, especially with woodshop and welding equipment.

  • Establish and monitor safety, security and studio procedures for monitored and after-hours facility operations

  • Fabrication skills in Metal and wood desirable, and electrical skills helpful.



  • On a daily basis interact with faculty and students to provide equipment and process troubleshooting and materials problem solving.

  • Coordinate infrastructure failures for efficient resolution based upon impact of problem upon course curricula.

  • Interface with FS Trade Shops to provide accurate and thorough descriptions of ongoing facility issues that need to be diagnosed and repaired by licensed tradespeople

  • Interface with equipment and materials vendors regarding research on equipment selection.

  • Building monitor, conduit for providing accurate and up-to-date information to and from Facilities and Services.


Knowledge of: Transport and disposal procedures for safe handling of hazardous chemicals and/or radioactive materials. Knowledge of federal, state and local safety regulations, protocols, and/or procedures. Knowledge of transport and disposal procedures for safe handling of toxic gases, infectious materials, asbestos, PCBs, and other hazardous substances. Knowledge of chemical, hazardous waste, industrial hygiene, and/or environmental health standards.

Knowledge of: University and department policies and procedures; principles and practices of organization, National Fire Protection Association codes; Uniform Building codes; Occupational Health and Safety Act; EID standards, EPA and federal codes and regulations pertaining to safety; first aid training.

Skills in: Project management with the capacity to coordinate time-sensitive, competing tasks; Ability to analyze equipment and material problems and execute solutions; Good oral and written communication, capacity to work with a broad range of constituents successfully.

Abilities to: Direct, evaluate, train and supervise the work of assigned personnel; develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct activities; analyze and evaluate information; enforce safety codes, identify safety hazards.

Records maintenance skills. Skill in performing safety inspections and ensuring compliance with OSHA safety standards. Skill in developing and conducting employee information/orientation sessions. Skill in developing safety procedures and protocols.

Five (5) years of professional experience related to the standard duties as outlined.

Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

How to Apply

The electronic application submitted through the NMSU portal is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this NMSU application.

NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Posted on April 28