Manager, Chem-Labs Technical Support and Supplies

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Manager, Chem-Labs Technical Support and Supplies

Date Posted: 10/26/2020
Req ID: 1659
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept of Chemistry
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Faculty of Arts & Science is the heart of Canada’s leading university and is one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in the world. The strength of Arts & Science derives from our combined teaching and research excellence in the humanities, sciences and social sciences across 29 departments, seven colleges and 46 interdisciplinary centres, institutes and programs. For more information, visit can only realize our mission with the dedication and excellence of engaged staff and faculty. The diversity of opportunities and perspectives within the Faculty reflect the local and global landscape and the need for curiosity, innovative thinking and collaboration. At Art's & Science, we take pride in our legacy of innovation and discovery that has changed the way we think about the world.

Established in 1859, the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemistry is one of Canada's leading and recognized institutions. We take pride in our teaching excellence, advanced research facilities, and the development of distinguished scientists in the past and for the future. Our department has a wide variety of services, including chemical stores, NMR lab, X-Ray analysis lab, and a Mass Spectrometry lab. These resources, combined with our ambition and excitement, create an ideal place to work, research, and make an impact in scientific education.

Under the Director, Operations and Technical Services' general direction, the Manager, Chem-Labs Technical Support and Supplies, provides a technical support service to the faculty and students in the Department of Chemistry. The Manager is the first line safety officer in the Department, co-chairing the Department Health and Safety Committee Meeting and working with the Environmental, Health and Safety Division (EH&S) in the University. This includes the safe use, handling and disposal of chemical materials as they enter and leave the building. The Supervisor is responsible for coordinating the undergraduate laboratory requirements, including assigning technician support and overseeing chemical preparation. The Manager is responsible for purchasing and replenishing stocked chemicals and supplies in support of research and teaching, receiving of said supplies including verification of condition and correct order, and filing the associated receipts. Maintaining good relations with suppliers and negotiating the best price for the Department.



Bachelor's degree in chemistry or equivalent combination of education and experience. Certification as a First Aid Responder, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Certification under Transport Canada as a Shipper/Receiver.


Minimum of 5 years of experience in a high volume student-focused chemical laboratory environment or Chemistry Department. Experience in a managerial role in a unionized environment. Experience and knowledge of health and safety legislation and processes. Experience with various teaching methods and presentation techniques. Experience overseeing the preparation of laboratories to ensure all undergraduate labs are running according to the experiment schedule. Experience preparing solutions and chemicals for experiments. Experience ordering chemicals and supplies based on knowledge of research usage and requirements and forthcoming undergraduate experiments. Experience developing business processes to increase productivity and to enhance the efficiency of services. Experience in database management to maintain files of all chemicals in the Department.


Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Advanced skills with computer programs such as Office 365, e.g. Word, Excel, purchasing software, web browsers and the procurement software U-Source. Excellent decision-making skills, especially in crises.


Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential; Must be able to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities; Project management, problem-solving ability to formulate effective solutions while dealing with constraints; Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including faculty, management, staff and students; Ability to anticipate resource shortages and proactively engaging with stakeholders (academic and technical staff) to prevent crisis situations.

Closing Date: 11/01/2020,11:59PM EDT
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 3 -- Hiring Zone: $80,259 - $93,636 -- Broadband Salary Range: $80,259 - $133,765
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Posted: 10/28/2020
Application Due: 11/5/2020
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