School Manager

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Administration and Business Operations, Engineering and Architect

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Job Summary/Basic Function:

The School Manager is responsible for coordinating school operations, supervising school staff, and managing finance-related tasks for the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering This position reports to the School Director and serves faculty, staff, students, and other department stakeholders.

The successful candidate will model the school’s core values of collaboration, integrity, inclusion & respect and, innovation. They will also be a creative problem solver who values their colleagues and is vested in everyone’s success.

Department Overview:

Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering
Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, we are a new model for a School of Materials Science and Engineering. Based on a strong foundation of interdisciplinarity, radical collaboration, industrial support, and dynamic balance, our vision is to be a leader of inclusive excellence, empowering world-class students to solve global challenges of enduring significance through materials innovation.

Level Scope:

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of area typically obtained through higher education combined with experience. Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and practices and procedures.

Essential Functions:

Department Office and Administration

  • Build and manage an effective School office team, including; allocation and delegation of workload responsibilities, providing clear direction and constructive coaching, facilitating conflict resolution, and supporting structural and cultural change when appropriate.
  • Assist the handling of all legal and human resource processes, including but not limited to search & hiring processes and new employee onboarding.
  • Manage activities associated with public relations and outreach for the department.

Financial Management

  • Develop and manage departmental budgets.
  • Oversee and track the financial transactions for the department.
  • Ensure financial transactions adhere to state, university, college, and departmental policies.
    Administration, Process Improvement, and Project Management
  • Support faculty, staff, student, alumni, and philanthropic relationships.
  • Support the high level of research activity in the school.
  • Manage and support school and university policies and procedures.
  • Function as a project manager, in coordination with the School Director, provides oversight of projects and committees while ensuring key stakeholders are informed and deadlines are met.
  • Promote the school and its activities to internal and external constituents.

School Director Support

  • Assist the School Director in the management of relationships with internal/external stakeholders.
  • Provide executive assistant support.
  • Assist and advise the School Director in organizing and prioritizing structural, cultural, and financial strategic actions.
  • Assist and advise the School Director in managing space and other facilities issues
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Demonstrated experience of teamwork skills, especially with diverse teams in cross-functional environments
  • Demonstrated experience in interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Knowledge of accounting principles and practices
  • Detail-oriented and systems-oriented
  • Demonstrated time-management skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage many disparate projects and responsibilities
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated listening skills
  • Ability to transition regularly between higher education and business functions
  • Knowledge and utilization of effective and efficient management practices
  • Adaptable/flexible – Talent agility to meet fluctuating workplace needs
  • Process-oriented – Process improvement and strategic planning
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion
  • Creativity and initiative with problem-solving skills
  • Comfortable with ambiguity
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 5 years of work experience in strategic planning, operations, and/or finance role

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in higher education
  • Familiarity with engineering degree programs
  • Familiarity with research grant activities and requirements,
Salary and Benefits:

Salary ranges from $65,400 to $77,000 depending on experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for this position. Attach a resume that includes employment history (including dates of employment). Please include contact information for three professional references.



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