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Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator

Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN
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Jun 23, 2021

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Classification Title:

Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator


College of Arts & Sciences


Department of Chemistry

FLSA Status:

Non-Exempt Hourly

Career/Pay Band:


Work Schedule:

Full Year

Full Time vs Part Time:

Full Time



Primary Function:

The laboratory coordinator is responsible for supervising the instructional laboratories to ensure that faculty have the materials and equipment necessary for their courses in a safe, clean, and neat environment. This includes responsibility for the supervision, training, and evaluation of student laboratory assistants. The coordinator assures that all laboratories meet all applicable safety regulations; conducts regular inspections of the laboratory facilities and immediately remediates any deficiencies; ensures that throughout the day the faculty have the materials and equipment needed to properly teach their courses; supervises the ordering of all laboratory supplies; maintain the inventory files and ensures that all chemicals are properly stored and documented; and ensures that all hazardous waste is properly collected, stored, and removed for disposal.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

●Prepares and deploys all supplies, equipment, reagents, and solutions for instructional chemistry laboratories.
●Meets with faculty instructors to discuss the overall set of experiments, the necessary chemicals and equipment, and hazardous waste collection needs.
●Provide accurate and precise preparation of large quantities of stock solutions to ensure successful student experiments, proper chemical storage for students’ use during laboratory sessions, and processing of waste.
●Serves as the departmental purchasing agent for all chemicals, equipment, supplies, and services. Initiates purchase orders and fills out invoice approval forms. Assists in overseeing the departmental budget.
●Assists faculty with tasks related to the effective operation of science facilities including consulting and coordinating with Facilities Management staff in relation to building, plumbing, and electrical servicing, additions, and repairs.
●Hires, trains, and supervises work-study students (prep room workers and laboratory assistants). Coordinates timesheets and payment for work-study students.
●Responsible for laboratory check-in/check-out procedures.
●Maintains a chemical stockroom by keeping it well organized, frequently inventoried and well stocked. Evaluates chemical stock for aging.
●Manages shipping and receiving packages for the department.
●Coordinates hazardous waste disposal.
●Coordinates safety training for students enrolled in chemistry courses, student workers in laboratory settings, and summer research students.
●Coordinates scheduling of outside vendors for instrument calibration.
●Maintains student safety agreements.
●Maintains first aid kits in laboratory spaces.
●Maintains safety data sheets on each chemical reagent in stock. Maintains alcohol permit status.
●Maintains broken glass boxes.
●Maintains water filtration systems.
●Ensures that all eyewash and safety shower devices receive weekly testing.
●Works to ensure a safe chemical environment per adherence of Department and University safety protocols.
●Regularly organizes all laboratory spaces and equipment within the department.
●Able to move equipment weighing up to 40 pounds for various classroom and laboratory needs.
●Perform other duties as assigned.

Judgment Required:

Prescribed, established procedures are primarily used to perform the essential functions of this position.

Budgetary Responsibility:

Monitors expenditures against budget; prepares budget data for review/approval by supervisor/department head.

Machines & Equipment Used:

Knowledge of the proper use/function of general laboratory equipment and instrumentation.


Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.


1 to 3 years of wet chemistry laboratory experience.

Job Related Skills:

●Strong time management, organizational, problem-solving, and project management skills.
●A commitment to, experience with, and the ability to work effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
●Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and database software, including Google Drive with Windows and Mac operating systems.
●Proficiency in laboratory management software (Quartzy) and electronic laboratory notebook software (LabArchives).


Must have, or be willing to acquire soon, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous materials training. Also, be willing to attend other necessary/useful training related to the position (such as first aid training).

Student Contact:

Work-study students, majors, students enrolled in chemistry courses (safety training).


Faculty in department and affiliated departments (Biology, Physics, etc)


Companies, suppliers.

Supervision Received:

This position receives general supervision. Broad instructions are provided and the staff member uses judgment and experience to carry out assignments. Completed assignments and finished products are reviewed by supervisor after completion.

Positions Directly Supervised:

Department work-study students

Positions Indirectly Supervised:

Other student workers in the department

Confidential Information:

Position does not routinely handle confidential information.

Working Environment:

Office, classrooms and laboratories

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to push and/or pull objects, Must be able to lift between 21-50 pounds (Medium work), Must be able to carry between 21-50 pounds (Medium work)

University Information:

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

EEO Statement:

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening:

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This requirement of non-discrimination extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be addressed to:

The University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Sylvia Gray, at:

Woods Lab, 138

(931) 598-1420

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]


Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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