Program Administrator (UCP 6), Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, REVISED/REPOST

Storrs, CT
May 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Program Administrator (UCP 6), Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, REVISED/REPOST
Job ID: 2017188
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) is a center of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and research. MCB has a long-standing commitment to collaborative research and teaching. With over 40 faculty members, 170 graduate students, about 1000 undergraduate majors and an annual research budget of over 5 million, the Department has an exciting and challenging intellectual environment.

Under the direction of and in collaboration with the Department Head, the Program Administrator provides program management and administrative leadership. The Program Administrator oversees the areas of finance, research administration, information technology, safety, space and facilities, human resources, academic program administration and external relations.

The incumbent will be involved in long-term planning and policy development, and manage the infrastructure to support the faculty research and student educational programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Administrative Support
  • Managing administrative operations for the MCB Department. Overseeing the department's general day-to-day operations. Conducting regular process optimization and improvement evaluations of administrative, financial, and facility functions. Streamlining processes to reduce resource investment needs.
  • Overseeing the department's financial, academic and research operations and administration and making recommendations for resource allocation.
  • Supervising and coordinating the activities of all administrative staff, including hiring, disciplining and mentoring.
  • Overseeing processing of all faculty and staff personnel actions including faculty and staff hiring and faculty member promotion, tenure and reappointment.
  • Attending and participating in planning meetings at the department, College and University level. Responding to a variety of requests and inquiries from faculty and staff on behalf of Department Head. Informing the Head of all pressing and urgent matters.

Program Support
  • Overseeing the implementation and process management of graduate and undergraduate programs in accordance with departmental goals and objectives.
  • Supervising and coordinating the activities of program support staff.
  • Developing course schedules to meet needs of faculty and student populations.
  • Developing policies and procedures.
  • Serving as a resource to students, faculty, staff and others on matters relating to the MCB programs.
  • Analyzing program data and evaluating process effectiveness; identifying problems and making recommendations to Department Head and Associate Department Heads.
  • Participating in planning and developing program activities.
  • Participating in the planning and developing of program activities.
  • Participating in assembling operational data for constructing grant proposals, including training grants. Working closely with College Grant Administration office.
  • Developing a reliable interface for sustaining interactions with MCB alumni
  • Interfacing with the biology advisory group to provide information to students about professional opportunities
  • Assisting with outreach and student recruitment efforts of the department

Technical Support
  • Working collaboratively with faculty to define equipment needs.
  • Developing budget requests and recommendations for technical equipment.
  • Overseeing support for the information technology needs of faculty, staff and students. Acting as liaison to IT management to ensure technology systems. Ensuring necessary hardware, software and network infrastructure technology services are implemented. Participating in developing IT strategy to meet the mission and needs of the organization.
  • Initiating action as required.

Facilities Management
  • Overseeing facilities management and space utilization including office and laboratory moves and upgrades. Working closely with the Chair and Dean's Office to ensure strategic use of all available space. Coordinating and monitoring building renovations and construction projects.
  • Working with building managers and facilities to insure that research and teaching spaces are maintained and maintenance is attended to in a timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications
  1. Bachelor's degree in business or appropriate field.
  2. Four years of experience in administration involving accounting, budget preparation, personnel management, purchasing or general business management
  3. Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
  4. Demonstrated experience in managing a complex environment.
  5. Experience with a variety of computer applications including Microsoft office.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment.

Preferred Qualifications
  1. M.A. in management, finance or related field
  2. Management experience in a technical or scientific environment.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2017188)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on July 16, 2017.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


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