Full-time, permanent (probationary) position.
The Research Facilities and Operations Manager will report to the Dean of the College of Science (CoS) and be responsible for oversight, maintenance, renovation and construction of new and existing research facilities and operations for the CoS. In consultation with the Dean, the incumbent works closely with campus administrators, faculty, research staff and students to identify needs and deficiencies and improve operations of the research facilities. Working with SDSU Plant Services and Facilities Planning, Design and Construction, guide and oversee architects, engineers and tradesman in the construction and renovation projects involving research facilities. In consultation with the Dean of the CoS, the Research Facilities and Operations Manager will participate in the hiring, training of BSC and OLAC support staff to improve facilities and operations in order to meet the evolving needs and expectations of the research and animal facility users. Working closely with CoS Director of Resource Management, the incumbent will be responsible for management of operational budgets of these units. Responsible for compliance with all SDSU, county health inspector and OSHA rules and regulations governing work with bio hazardous and chemical agents in CoS research facilities. Develop and maintain standard operating procedures covering the use of these agents. Oversee the completion of all required safety and specialized training required for work with the hazardous materials. Participate in all university committees overseeing the activities of the research support units including Institutional Biosafety Committee, IBC, Institutional Animal Care and Use committee, IACUC, Vivarium Advisory, safety and facilities. Coordinate and maintain communications between committees, faculty served by the committees and CoS to support the operational, compliance and safety missions of the committees. Working with IACUC, attending veterinarian, Division of Research Affairs and CoS determine if AAALAC accreditation of animal research facilities should be pursued. In consultation with the Dean, develop and oversee the execution of a plan to bring facilities and operations to standards necessary for eventual successful accreditation.
Salary Range: $5,908 - $9,519 per month (Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $5,908 - $7,562 per month). The competitive salary is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.
Facilities and Operations Coordination:
• Oversight of CoS research facilities, equipment and operations to meet existing and future needs with the goal of improving operations and efficiencies. Working with the Dean, design and oversee the maintenance, renovation, and construction of current and future research facilities to support the educational and research missions of the CoS. Serve as a liaison with scientist to set up and outfit the new and existing research space to meet their needs. Bid and oversee the purchase, use and maintenance of complex scientific research equipment including but not limited to fluorescent microscopy, in vivo imaging system, IVIS, core, BSL2+ tissue culture facilities, real time PCR, and histology equipment.
• Work closely with the Dean of the CoS and BSC principle investigators to develop and implement operational goals of the BSC. Assist and orient new and existing professors and scientists in use of research facilities. Responsibilities include the training and oversight of the use of complex scientific equipment and facilities. Assure compliance with SDSU, Health Department, State Fire Marshal, OSHA, and other applicable governing agencies rules and regulations covering research activities with hazardous biological and chemical materials. In collaboration with SDSU EH&S, provide institutional safety training and facilities orientation of new research staff along with conducting specialized training in use of facilities and equipment as needed.
• Collaborate with SDSU and Research Foundation officials and scientists on new research initiatives, integrating programs, and supporting ongoing operations. Coordinate with SDSU physical plant to maintain and improve existing research facilities. Working with the Dean, facilities planning and construction, physical plant, architects, engineers, and inspectors, oversee the design, and construction of new or renovated research facilities. Responsible for leading efforts to apply for occasional research facilities grants.
• Oversee research equipment donations from biotechnology companies for the CoS meeting with company officials and scientists to match available donations to researchers needs. Assist the Dean of the CoS in completion of special projects requiring use of research management skills and experience.
• In consultation with the Dean, lead the operations of the animal research facilities, OLAC, operational unit including personnel, consisting of an animal resources manager and 4 animal care technicians. Work closely with attending and associate campus veterinarians to assure operations are in compliance with best practices as interpreted from the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the NIH-CDC guide, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. Participate in IACUC for protocol review, policy advising, semi-annual inspections, SOP creation, hands-on training, and animal health care monitoring. Participate in interviews, hiring and training new OLAC staff. Develop policy and procedure manuals for the use of animals in biomedical research.
• Investigate the benefit and details of attaining AAALAC accreditation along with the personnel and facilities renovation required for accreditation, bringing in outside consultants to assist as necessary. If it is determined that pursuit of accreditation is not within the capabilities of unit at this time, implement as many elements of the facilities and operational improvements as is necessary to meet the faculties research needs. Integrate the animal research operations, currently housed in three facilities, to create maximum efficiencies. Oversee the implementation of improvements in security to the animal facilities.
• Responsible for management of the operational budget associated with facilities improvement/maintenance, renovations, and the animal care facility. Budget oversight to include budget projections, implementation of spending controls when needed, recommendations about priority spending, etc.
• CoS oversight of the animal research facilities. Has an active role in interviewing, hiring and overseeing new OLAC staff.
• Oversee research equipment donations from biotechnology companies for the COS, meeting with company officials and scientists to match available donations to researchers needs and ensuring Campanile Foundation donation guidelines are followed and donations are documented and added to inventory.
• Assist the Dean of the COS in completion of special projects requiring use of research administration skills and experience.
• In collaboration with the Dean, responsible for leading efforts to apply for occasional research facilities grants.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Demonstrated expertise in and advanced knowledge of the principles, problems, and methods of public and business administration and operational and fiscal management.
• Expertise in administrative survey techniques, operations and systems analysis, statistical and research methods, and the ability to interpret and evaluate results to develop sound conclusions and recommend new or revised policies.
• Extensive and in-depth knowledge of and ability to apply expertise in the advanced theories, principles, methods and practices associated with the functional specialty, program, and/or organizational unit, including applicable internal policies and procedures and pertinent laws and regulations. Laws and regulations are highly complex and require substantial judgment and discretion in interpreting and applying them to the specialty or program area. Incumbents at this level often may have certification in a specialty area.
• Substantial and broad knowledge of public and private entities including their organizational and operating structures, internal systems, and functional areas, as well as the impact of critical external entities on an organization. Ability to integrate and apply this knowledge to anticipate problems and assess the impact of proposed solutions on various organizational areas.
• Extensive and in-depth knowledge in project management including research and analytical methodologies. Ability to interpret and integrate complex data and information to formulate appropriate courses of action which have broad and far reaching impact.
• Ability to analyze data and make accurate projections using business mathematics and basic statistical techniques.
• Ability to organize and plan work and projects including handling multiple priorities.
• Ability to make independent decisions and exercise sound judgment.
• Ability to compile, write, and present reports related to program or administrative specialty.
• Ability to take initiative and independently plan, organize, coordinate, and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret, organize, and present information and ideas in written or presentation form.
• Ability to train others on new skills and procedures and provide lead work direction.
• Ability to understand problems from a broad, interactive perspective and discern applicable underlying principles to conceive of and develop strategic solutions.
• Ability to effectively present ideas and concepts in written or presentation format and use consultative and facilitation skills to gain consensus.
• Ability to understand and analyze complex problems from a future-oriented and broad interactive perspective and readily develop proactive solutions that integrate strategic goals into tactical operations.
• Ability to effectively use applicable information systems and applications in analysis, research, and reporting activities and projects.
• Ability to effectively communicate with and influence high-level and diverse contacts inside and outside of the CSU system.
• Ability to effectively use all communication methods and formats and to use expertise, as well as persuasion and negotiation skills, to build consensus to achieve short- and long-term goals and objectives.
Experience and Education
Entry to this classification requires general knowledge and skills in the applicable administrative and/or program field with a foundational knowledge of public administration principles, practices, and methods. This foundation would normally be obtained through a bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training and administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs.
• Experience initiating and developing construction and maintenance contracts within the CSU and Research Foundation systems.
• Experience in planning, design, and construction of new and existing facilities and other special projects within the CSU and Research Foundation systems.
• Construction expertise to meet the needs of growth and maintenance of research programs.
• Experience writing animal and biosafety protocols to maintain compliance with animal subjects and biosafety committees.
• Experience in a large academic research lab which included participating in interviewing, hiring, training and overseeing personnel.
• Five (5) or more years of experience in a large research facility (more than 10 members).
• Experience writing research facilities proposals to Federal sponsors.
Review of applications will begin on Friday, March 14, 2014; position will remain open until filled. The on-line application should be completed in detail. COMPLETION OF THE ONLINE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR CONSIDERATION, A RESUME ALONE WILL NOT SUFFICE.
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This position may be funded by a qualifying federal contract, requiring new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS), in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
This position may be a "designated position" under the Conflict of Interest Code. Candidates accepting a "designated" position will be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
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