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SOSE-DMS Facility Manager

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of SOSE-DMS Facility Manager.

Position Details
Location John C. Stennis Space Center

1020 Balch Blvd
Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, 39529
United States
Division Marine Science
Position Type Staff
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Pay Grade


Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
The Division of Marine Science in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering is located at the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center, which is a “federal city” that boasts the world’s largest concentration of marine scientists. The successful candidate will be required to pass a NASA background security check as well as a USM employment background check.

Please upload a copy your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references with application.

 Job Summary 
This position is responsible for operations, safety, and maintenance of 3 SOSE-DMS buildings at Stennis Space Center. This includes facility inspections, submitting and tracking work orders for repairs, maintaining chemical inventories, managing waste disposal, and ensuring compliance of both Federal and State safety, health, and environmental policies. The facility manager is the Division’s representative for a variety of NASA entities and serves as the Division’s Radiation Safety Officer. The facility manager also manages SOSE-DMS property inventory and is responsible for maintaining the Division’s vehicle and vessel usage records and basic maintenance.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serves as Point of Contact for Marine Science employees and students, NASA, and its  contractors regarding facility maintenance and operation, laboratory/chemical/environmental safety, general workplace safety including custodial and health services, and fire safety. Representative for SOSE-DMS at NASA/Stennis meetings for Center Operations, Emergency Council (severe weather), Safety, and others. Member of the Emergency Operations Committee for USM Coastal Operations.
  2. Independently performs weekly, monthly, and quarterly inspections for maintenance and safety and submits work orders for minor repairs to electricians, HVAC, plumbers, and carpenters. Performs eyewash and shower testing (weekly), fire safety inspections with Stennis Fire Department (extinguishers, flammable cabinets, and small appliance permits; quarterly), and general workplace safety inspections (weekly, to comply with a yearly inspection by NASA Safety). Requests weekly updates on any open work orders. Maintains records and schedules inspections/certifications for all facility/building equipment. Provides monthly updates on facility operations to the DMS Facility committee. Works with the SOSE-DMS Business Manager to appropriately assign office and lab space for the Division’s faculty, staff and students.
  3. Submits and tracks major repairs and new work requests for multiple systems (Fume hoods and exhaust fans in laboratory building, maintenance on 2 building generators, building roofs, HVAC systems). Coordinates scheduling with NASA contractors and USM employees for any outages due to preventative or corrective maintenance on building systems.
  4. Maintains chemical and hazardous materials inventory and safety documents, and ensures proper storage and handling of such materials across all laboratories.  Coordinates with NASA Environmental for waste disposal with Clean Harbors (requires MDOT HAZMAT training, renewed every 3 years).  Submits Annual reports with the EPA and MDEQ for chemical and waste inventories.  Provides direction and recommends improvements to faculty, staff, and students regarding laboratory safety, proper chemical handling, waste storage and disposal, and records keeping.  Participates in quarterly meetings with NASA Environmental. 
  5. Serves as Radiation Safety Officer for SOSE-DMS and completes quarterly inventory and wipe tests/surveys for radioactive materials in multiple laboratories to ensure compliance with Federal and State radioactive licenses.  Maintains training course and records of all radioactive material users.  Submits license amendment(s) as needed and complies with entities for program audits (Federal and State are every 5 years, NASA/Stennis Health physics twice per year). Participates in quarterly meetings for NASA Health Physics group.
  6. Reports fees for department vehicle and vessel use. Maintains basic maintenance of vehicles (oil changes, minor repairs, etc). Manages weekly reconciliation of Fuelman gas cards for 5 vehicles. Coordinates purchasing of supplies and equipment for facilities and laboratories (as requested by lab owners/PIs) using POs, P-card, and E-card. 
  7. Serves as property contact for SOSE-DMS. Manages property database of 1400+ University assets, physical location tracking, coordinates with USM Property (Hattiesburg) to tag assets and process surplus of outdated equipment, tracks purchases and deliveries on multiple grants/projects at 3 USM campus locations. Coordinates RMAs with Principal Investigators for equipment being returned to vendors for maintenance or repairs.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
Bachelor's degree in marine science or related field from an accredited college or university and two years of related experience and/or training. DOT Hazmat training course (8hrs) for disposal of chemical/hazardous waste (must be renewed every 3 years).

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 
  • Knowledge of hazardous chemicals storage and handling (GHS, SDS, SPCC), disposal laws (MDOT HAZMAT including CFR 49 and RCRA) and regulations (Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CFR 40, EPA Tier II reporting, EPCRA Section 313, CERCLA).
  • Knowledge of and access to NASA Software/programs (tracking work orders, phone/IT services, HAZMAT inventory, etc).    
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Teams) and Adobe Acrobat (creating/editing PDFs)
  • Purchasing training from USM.
  • Knowledge of inventory tracking.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with contractors outside of USM and provide excellent customer service.
  • Knowledge of lab safety protocols.
Preferred Qualifications  
2 years of experience with radioactive materials/protocols. 3 to 5 years of experience working in facility operations and/or management. Radiation Safety Officer Training (40hrs) from certified training center/company. Ability to complete Foreign National Escort training for NASA.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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