Laboratories Building Manager

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: College of Arts & Sciences


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Job Summary/Basic Function:

The Department of Biological Sciences provides hands-on lab experiences for a large number of students. This position will coordinate all lab prep of our teaching lab sections through the management of Lab Material Supervisor staff and the associated budget. The position will also serve the role of Building coordinator, and coordinate building projects that affect research and teaching spaces in the department.

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 areas 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 resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy. Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Essential Functions:

60% of Time the Lab Manager must:

  • Daily Management: The routine operation, maintenance, and quality control, as well experimental design & set-up, data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation
  • Fiscal Management: Responsible for fiscal management of facility with supervisor oversight
  • Schedule and organize lab training sessions for lab instructors
  • Direct the implementation and testing of laboratory activities

35% of Time the Lab Manager must:

  • Update lab fee budget regularly and ensure charges are correct and annually report on expenditures and needs
  • Coordinate with AES and FOM for projects relating to the Biology department and the Science. Building in general. Keep affected parties informed and mitigate potential disruptions to research and academic activities
  • Schedule building-related work orders and coordinate with the department Operations Manager for budgeting
  • Manage and renew Biosafety Protocols for Academic Labs
  • Submit special course fee requests
  • Supervise and evaluate staff
  • Assist with department-wide inventory audits
  • Establish and renew contracts
  • Coordinate evacuation drills

5% of Time the Lab Manager

  • Perform other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Possess the appropriate background in experimental biology
  • Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote cultural competency and/or diversity
  • Knowledge of computer lab management and maintenance
  • Experience and proven success in leading the management and support of instructional labs
  • Possess project management skills needed to facilitate building projects
  • Ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences (faculty, students, staff, vendors, contractors, etc.)
  • Experience with chemical, biosafety, and OSHA safety protocols

The candidate must be able to think critically and demonstrate an ability to use biology and chemistry knowledge to solve complex problems in relation to research and teaching labs. A firm knowledge of biology at an M.S. level as well as a working knowledge of instrumentation, chemical and supply inventory management, and reporting requirements. As this position will be managing 3 classified positions, they must be able to delegate and assess the work performance of subordinates. This person will be working with a wide range of people, both on and off of campus so it is essential that they are able to communicate effectively, which means that they must be able to discuss complex biology and science topics with several audiences (staff, researchers, students, vendors, etc.).

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's of Science in Biology Preferred
Salary and Benefits:

Salary range of $50,502.40-$60,000/per year, commensurate with 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:

Resume, Cover Letter, and Three (3) Professional References



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