Jul 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Summary The Department of Chemistry at the University of Georgia seeks a committed and entrepreneurial individual to occupy the new full-time dedicated position of Chemistry Operating Officer. The person in this position will assist the Head in administering the operations and business processes of the department, in collaboration with the existing faculty and staff. He/she will carry out continuous improvement of department processes. Thus, this position offers the opportunity to impact the success and efficiency of a large, productive, academic science department at a major research university. In addition to consulting, advising, and managing continuous improvement activities, the COO will act as manager for a number of department operational processes. Many of these are carried out through faculty committees, so the COO will work closely with those committees to assure efficient operations. Department processes to be managed include (but are not limited to): - Instructional program management, including course scheduling and assessment, selection of teaching assistants - Staff personnel (potentially including core facilities managers) management, including recruitment, training, assessment. The successful candidate will have demonstrated management and business process analytical skills; a background in chemistry or science would be a plus. Experience in a higher education academic environment is not required, but would also be a plus. Some knowledge of the application of information systems to business processes would be a plus. The COO must be able to prioritize and execute several tasks simultaneously. He/she must be organized and efficient, and able to complete jobs on time. The COO should be able to act as a change agent and be able to communicate process changes in a way to engage all stakeholders and encourage buy-in. She/he must have strong writing and verbal communication skills, consensus-building skills, excellent critical thinking skills, and must be able to work with a wide variety of individuals, both above and below his/her rank, including staff, students, faculty, and administrators at several levels. Minimum Qualifications Refer to the Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification section