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Laboratory Manager Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Manages the operational and instructional activities in a large laboratory teaching program. Ensures that all laboratories have an assigned qualified and trained instructor, that students are enrolled in the proper laboratory and that the laboratories operate according to departmental and national guidelines with respect to safety and pedagogy. Develops and recommends new experiments and demonstrations and instructs and supervises Teaching Assistants in procedures, policies and teaching techniques.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from the Laboratory Coordinator Senior by the level of management and supervisory responsibility and scale of program. Incumbents may be required to work with hazardous materials.

Examples of Duties:

  • Hires, coaches, reviews, supervises, and terminates assigned employees, or makes effective suggestions and recommendations that are given particular weight regarding the employment status of assigned employees.
  • Trains personnel in teaching techniques and safe laboratory practices; reviews and evaluates effectiveness of teaching methods.
  • Develops and implements schedule of experiments and demonstrations for semester's courses; authors write-ups of individual experiments as well as writing complete laboratory textbooks.
  • Plans and monitors an annual budget for laboratory and lecture hall operation for the normal academic year and for the summer school program.
  • Identifies improvements and/or new experiments that better meet course and national professional objectives.
  • Develops policies and procedures to ensure fair and equitable treatment of students and laboratory instructors.
  • Recommends new equipment for the laboratories and lecture hall utilization.
  • Compiles statistics such as laboratory and lecture hall utilization figures, projects enrollment, and surveys other departments at the national level.
  • Monitors projects with regard to progress and cost.
  • Develops computer programs as required for the efficient operation of area of responsibility.
  • Assists in design of new and/or remodeled facilities.
  • Coordinates audio-visual, computer, and tutorial facilities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of laboratory operation.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND four years teaching experience which includes two 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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