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Purpose of Classification:

Supervises the operations of laboratory facility services and/or laboratory materials storeroom, which maintains and supports a wide variety of laboratory and field programs. Items stocked in the storeroom would include such things as scientific equipment, chemicals and supplies.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a specialized class and not part of a series. Incumbents may be required to work with hazardous chemicals.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises the activities of subordinates.
  • Plans, selects and devises work methods, work procedures, workflow and standards for quantity and quality of work.
  • Oversees or supervises the activity of those who provide technical, renovation and maintenance support for operational services.
  • Assists in development of the budget and monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with budgetary guidelines; prepares and maintains a variety of financial and merchandising records and reports.
  • Inventories and requisitions supplies and equipment; establishes prices for items sold and bills appropriately.
  • Ensures security for laboratory facilities.
  • Monitors the receiving of shipments which involves unpacking boxes and checking against packing slips and original order to ensure entire order has been delivered; ensures that equipment is transferred to correct laboratory.
  • Monitors chemical waste program, ensuring that waste materials are handled and disposed of in accordance with established policies.
  • Oversees and/or performs preventative maintenance, electronic and mechanical repairs on a variety of scientific equipment.
  • Monitors the preparation and/or prepares chemicals, solutions and reagents.
  • Acts as safety liaison, advising faculty, staff and students on the storage, usage and safe handling of chemicals ensuring that safety procedures are followed in laboratories.
  • Serves as a liaison for laboratory areas to outside vendors and university departments including: Risk Management, Police and Fire departments and Physical Resources.
  • Coordinates remodeling projects and monitors associated budget.
  • Coordinates the design and lay out for remodeling or building of new teaching and research laboratories; coordinates electrical and plumbing requirements.
  • Develops microcomputer programs to monitor and maintain computerize storeroom records.
  • Recommends major equipment and material purchases.

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:

Bachelors degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND one year laboratory/research or related experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Five years of laboratory/research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Possession of a current Arizona Class C driver's license may be required upon employment.


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