Undergraduate Lab Coordinator

Location
Illinois, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Apr 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Primary Function

This is a 9-month position (August 16-May 15)
The Department of Biological Sciences operates several teaching laboratories linked to introductory courses. The individual to be hired for this position must have broad training in the biological sciences, organizational and supervisory skills, and demonstrated familiarity with research, the scientific method, laboratory exercise design, safety and equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

Coordinate and train Teaching Assistant’s;
Assist with the scheduling and enrollment of labs;
Monitor, maintain and update inventories of lab teaching materials;
Provide written materials for the laboratories and ongoing assessment of individual laboratory exercises.
To procure materials, organize, coordinate and train personnel in biological sciences teaching laboratories, particularly for introductory courses.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

1. A. Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline closely related to the position
AND
two (2) years (24 months) of work experience in a laboratory or similar setting closely related to the position
B. any combination of education and/or work experience totaling five (5) years (60 months)

2. One (1) year (12 months) of supervisory and/or administrative experience.

NOTE : A Master’s Degree in an area consistent with the duties of the position may be substituted for one (1) year (12 months) of work experience.

Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)

Education and Experience Preferred

1. Master’s degree in a scientific discipline closely related to the position.
2. Two (2) years of experience instructing and coordinating teaching assistants.
3. Ability to effectively organize and design laboratory exercises.

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.

1. knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
2. Knowledge of applicable safety requirements.
3. Knowledge of laboratory equipment, related supplies, computer hardware and software, and their applications.
4. Skill in utilizing organization and time management and in effectively managing multiple priorities on a daily basis.
5. Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
6. Ability to analyze and develop guidelines, procedures and systems to outline specific goals and implement plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish tasks.
7. Ability to identify measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
8. Ability to interpret work related documents, policies, and procedures.
9. Ability to manage a budget and work within the constraints of that budget.

Working Hours
8:00 - 4:30
Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly)
$21.00/hour
Hiring Rate Information

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

Posting Date
04/16/2021
Closing Date
05/07/2021
Priority Review Date

Special Instructions to Applicants
  • Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position, however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience.
  • If you have education and/or training in excess of what is required, we encourage you to upload your unofficial transcripts.
  • After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this particular position.
  • Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application. Emails will be generated from jobs@niu.edu and CivilServiceTesting@niu.edu . Please add these emails to your address book to ensure timely delivery of any future communication.
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  • The Civil Service examination for this classification is a Credentials Assessment, and is based on your application materials as submitted for this posting. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register. After the application deadline, the names within the top three scores will be referred to the hiring department for interview.
  • If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application in order to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.
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  • Please click Human Resource Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern Illinois University’s benefits package.
  • Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Link to Department Homepage
Biological Sciences
Physical Demands

No special physical demands or requirements.

EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
TitleIXCoordinator@niu.edu
815-753-5560

Is Background Check Required
Yes
Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education ( AAEOE ) at ada@niu.edu .

Clery Act Information

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Quick Link
https://employment.niu.edu/postings/56316
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * If applicable, have you attached a copy of your DD214, DD215, NGB22, or DD256 for consideration of Veterans Preference Points? The copy submitted should reflect the status of discharge in order to be considered.
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  2. * Please rate you level of professional work experience exhibiting effective communication skills with all levels and/or types of people such as: providing technical support to facility users; collaborating with faculty, administrators, regulatory agency representatives, stakeholders, etc.; interviewing, training, and/or supervising staff; organizing staff meetings or training/in-services; distributing information regarding changes relevant to the field:
    • Work experience not directly related to the job function described
    • Work experience at a minimum level of competency relevant to the job function described, requiring some assistance and guidance.
    • Work experience at a high level of competency relevant to the job function described, performed independently.
  3. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please rate your level of professional work experience managing a facility such as: coordinating activities and/or programs; verifying and processing facility use requests; coordinating the use of a facility including arranging facilities for approved events, renovations, maintenance, etc.; overseeing departments within a facility; serving as a liaison that represents a facility; making independent decisions:
    • Work experience not directly related to the job function described
    • Work experience at a minimum level of competency relevant to the job function described, requiring some assistance and guidance.
    • Work experience at a high level of competency relevant to the job function described, performed independently.
  5. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please rate your level of professional work experience managing inventory of laboratory equipment and/or supplies such as: maintaining current knowledge of all laboratory equipment, supplies, protocols, regulations, safety protocols, etc.; selecting and/or preparing laboratory equipment for utilization; allocating and monitoring inventory of laboratory equipment and/or supplies; operating, troubleshooting, and/or maintaining laboratory equipment and/or supplies; providing technical support for laboratory equipment and/or activities; maintaining and updating protocol manuals; directing advanced quality assurance and/or preventative maintenance activities:
    • Work experience not directly related to the job function described
    • Work experience at a minimum level of competency relevant to the job function described, requiring some assistance and guidance.
    • Work experience at a high level of competency relevant to the job function described, performed independently.
  7. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Please rate your level of professional work experience overseeing personnel tasks such as: interviewing, selecting, training, supervising, evaluating performance, and/or developing staff; establishing employee work schedules or assignments; approving employee time sheets and requests for vacation/leave; coordinating in-services for staff; communicating and enforcing work rules and policies; enforcing corrective action plans for performance concerns:
    • Work experience not directly related to the job function described
    • Work experience at a minimum level of competency relevant to the job function described, requiring some assistance and guidance.
    • Work experience at a high level of competency relevant to the job function described, performed independently.
  9. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * Please rate your level of professional work experience performing administrative operational tasks such as: maintaining and monitoring records and/or databases related to activities, programs and/or inventory; managing financial activities or reporting including preparing cost analyses and/or budget estimates, purchasing inventory, or reconciling financial statements; making recommendations which improve operations; implementing policies and procedures; gathering, maintaining, and producing data for reporting purposes; investigating data or trends for reporting or research; coordinating research of new techniques and/or technology relevant to the field:
    • Work experience not directly related to the job function described
    • Work experience at a minimum level of competency relevant to the job function described, requiring some assistance and guidance.
    • Work experience at a high level of competency relevant to the job function described, performed independently.
  11. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  12. * Please rate your level of professional work experience associated with safety/compliance programs such as: advising and/or guiding activities based on a knowledge of government, industry, or institutional regulatory guidelines; ensuring compliance with regulatory guidelines; coordinating safety/compliance activities; following provisions for the safety of persons and property; reading and interpreting complex or technical materials such as procedural regulations/codes; serving as emergency contact; effectively handling emergency situations:
    • Work experience not directly related to the job function described
    • Work experience at a minimum level of competency relevant to the job function described, requiring some assistance and guidance.
    • Work experience at a high level of competency relevant to the job function described, performed independently.
  13. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  14. * Please mark all the completed degrees which you hold. Please remember to upload your unofficial transcript for all that have been marked.
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree or higher
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of at least 3 References
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)
  2. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  3. Transcripts #2 (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. Transcripts #3 (unofficial with official required at hire)


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