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Center Manager Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Coordinates center research activities and functions of a designated research center project independently to ensure that goals and objectives specified for the center are accomplished in accordance with priorities, time limitations, funding limitations or other specifications. This classification is for positions with incumbents with full responsibility for a research project. Market, promote and coordinate center research activities for community, businesses and individuals in order to increase the university's role in business research.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of two classifications. An incumbent performs many of the same duties as the Center Coordinator, but a manager is more independent and has overall responsibility for the center's projects, including a large fiscal responsibility and publicity of the center's research activities. Both classifications are expected to supervise other staff, but supervision usually plays a larger role for a manager as the scope and complexity of the activities are of a wider scope.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises the activities of subordinates.
  • Serves as a key liaison with center external publics, particularly in relations to their advisory and financial support of center, including working in fundraising relating to memberships in center and sponsorships of center activities and related to the university and college development/capital campaign.
  • Oversees daily center operations and coordinates center activities through assigned staff; prioritizes and delegates work activities.
  • Writes communication and promotional literature for distribution such as newsletter, brochures or flyers and coordinates printing and distribution.
  • Prepares and monitors budget for the Center and research, executive or student education projects.
  • Prepares budget proposals and recommendations and establishes budget control system for controlling expenditures; controls expenditures in accordance with budget allocations; recommends equipment and resources for the center.
  • Prepares periodic reports, financial statements and records on center projects, progress, status or other special reports for management or outside agencies.
  • Designs, develops and recommends new programs, projects and activities relating to research, executive or student education.
  • Develops and schedules research, executive or student education in accordance with university's goals, objectives and funding limitations.
  • Directs, monitors and participates in research activities including data collection, evaluation and analysis for a research project.
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of proposals for funding of new or continuous projects.
  • Evaluates center activities for effectiveness to develop improved methods; devises evaluation methodology and implements; analyzes results and recommends and/or takes appropriate action.
  • Reviews applications or other center documents to determine acceptance or make decisions pertaining to the center.
  • Maintains direct contact with personnel of various outside organizations and university departments associated with center projects.
  • Confers with and advises staff, students and others to provide technical advice, problem solving assistance, answers to questions and center goals and policy interpretations; refers to appropriate department or person when unable to respond.
  • Books and schedules facility and services for center projects/events; negotiates and prepares rental contract determining fees and terms of contract; estimates costs and determines project/event budgets.
  • Serves as center representative during projects by responding to and resolving emergency situations and ensures all aspects of projects/events are implemented and controlled according to plans.
  • Provides assistance and information to faculty, staff and outside organizations regarding center research and projects; maintains contact via telephone or written correspondence.
  • Recruits center participants and members utilizing most appropriate promotional or marketing methods, such as individual letters, brochures or presentations at meetings.
  • Represents center in public relations/liaison capacity on matters relating to the center's research and projects.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of issues pertaining to area of assignment.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and accounting principles.
  • Knowledge of organizational practices.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in budget preparation and forecasting.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in coordinating and prioritizing work and activities of self and others.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND six to seven years' administrative/coordinate project experience, including at least three years of supervisory experience; OR, Master's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND four to five years' administrative/coordinate project experience including at least three years of supervisory experience; OR, Ten to eleven years of progressively responsible administrative/coordinate project experience, including at least three years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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