Location: Seattle, Washington
Type: Full Time
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The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for an Instructional Lab Manager.
The Instructional Lab Manager (payroll title: Program Operations Specialist) is responsible for the technical and managerial administration of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Laboratories and ECE stockroom. Responsibilities include the coordination, planning, development, and implementation of technical functions, inventory, purchasing, safety and customer service. The manager works closely with the department chair, department faculty, administrator, facilities manager, advising staff, and computing staff to ensure the laboratories technically reflect the department's strategic plan and educational goals. The position includes exercising daily independent judgment and has delegated decision-making authority for funds management and contract administration.
This position will be supporting all labs for all instructors in our department. This includes service courses for the College of Engineering and working with affiliate and joint instructors from other UW departments who teach our courses. This position will also create a maintenance and replacement plan for the lab equipment which benefits the University financially in the long run. This position will work very close to the Chair, Associate Chair for Education, the Curriculum Manager, the Director of Academic Services, the Facilities Manager and the IT group in the department.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Program Direction/Control for Instructional Labs - 65%
•Manage, assemble, and administer all instructional labs in conjunction with department management.
•Research and find proper vendors that can provide needed equipment within the budget. Work directly with vendors to procure appropriate supplies.
•Build and manage a system for maintaining an effective equipment replacement and preventative maintenance policy.
•Provide guidance to department management at the strategic level to ensure all instructional laboratories are kept fully functional, and aligned with department goals. These include providing excellence in undergraduate and graduate education; achieving recognition as a top electrical and computer engineering department; and providing excellence in infrastructure, organization, and department culture.
•Serve as a consultant on instructional lab needs with department leadership, faculty, staff, and students.
•Manage the ECE department stockroom. Manage the inventory database, operating software and stockroom procedures.
•Perform complex lab management work developing, manufacturing, assembling, installing, calibrating, and repairing instruments, apparatus, and equipment within a scientific, instructional, research or engineering application.
•Work closely with faculty and instructors on ECE course lab experiment design, production of course documentation, lab procedures and circuit schematics.
•Procure, assemble, and replace as necessary all ECE class lab kits.
•Monitor quarterly course enrollment data in relation to lab needs to inform instructional decisions.
•Work in partnership with the Associate Chair of Education, Curriculum Manager, Director of Student Services, and Department IT Team to review quarterly and annual lab needs.
•Implement UW Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) safety guidelines and protocols. Work with EH&S as needed to implement safety measures and standard operating procedures.
Equipment Budget and Forecasting - 25%
•Independently create and execute all stockroom purchasing decisions and oversee the store budget accounting processes.
•Develop revenue, expenditure and funding projections expected of the lab 3-5 years out. Estimate equipment needs for laboratories; evaluate and recommend the purchase, fabrication and/or modification of equipment.
•Project the number of lab kits needed per quarter based upon current enrollment and projected enrollment for future quarters.
•Work in partnership with the Department and College of Engineering on identifying budgetary needs.
•Create expense reports for equipment purchases, replacements, and maintenance.
•Manage the Instructional Lab and ECE stockroom budgets.
Supervision and Training - 10%
•Supervise and train 1-2 student assistants within the ECE lab.
•Advise management, faculty and staff on all aspects of Instructional Laboratory safety. Supervise safety and instruct TA's and students in Electrical Safety.
•Promote a very positive student experience and support for ECE teaching staff and facilities. Provide an ever increasing and comprehensive source of information, help and guidance for faculty, staff, and students.
Lead Responsibilities: Identifying and ordering labs required for our curriculum. Creating and submitting a yearly budget. Maintaining and replacing equipment. Training on use of equipment and safety protocols.
1-2 student assistants.
Working Environmental Conditions:
Requires a flexible work schedule to meet critical deadlines.
•Bachelor's Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering
•At least two years of professional experience in an instructional lab in a major university setting
•Flexibility and problem solving ability
•Demonstrated ability to develop creative solutions to complex problems
•Excellent written and oral communication skills
•Excellent skills related to listening, understanding, and effectively communicating with people
•Ability to motivate staff and co-workers to accomplish individual and team goals
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•PCB Design and soldering
•Electronics component sourcing
•Familiarity with electronics and testing equipment
•Evaluation, purchasing, and maintenance of basic equipment
•Budgeting and forecasting
The application process may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.