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Academic Coordinator II in Biological Sciences

Position overview

Position title: Academic Coordinator

Application Window

Open date: September 10th, 2021

Most recent review date: Monday, Nov 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Sep 9, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Division of Biological Sciences ( seeks an outstanding educator for the position of Academic Coordinator II, who will serve as the Instructional Laboratory Program Administrator. The Academic Coordinator series is an academic appointment. Appointees in this series are not members of the Academic Senate and the appointment does not lead to tenure. The Academic Coordinator provides formal supervision of the Instructional Lab Manager and indirectly supervises ten career staff employees. This position may be expected to teach undergraduate courses such as Introductory Biology Lab and Recombinant DNA Techniques, on occasion.

Candidates with high level administrative management experience and relevant university teaching experience are encouraged to apply. A successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in developing and updating laboratory curricula that address the evolving needs of the life sciences curriculum; demonstrated excellence in academic administration; and a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. We are especially interested in candidates who have created or contributed to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students and/or faculty in the sciences, and/or have detailed plans to accomplish such goals.

Primary responsibilities of the Academic Coordinator include administration and management of the complex, high throughput year-round Instructional Lab Program in the Division of Biological Sciences and is significantly involved in the development and direction of the Divisional teaching lab program. The Academic Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing programs as well as embodying principles that create and sustain a culture of inclusion and to support our collective goal of ensuring that students remain on a positive academic trajectory while enrolled at UC San Diego as Biology Majors.

The Academic Coordinator is also responsible for assuring overall smooth operation of lab courses by: maximizing efficient use of lab space; providing resource management and fiscal oversight; and, assuring availability of and access to adequate instructional technology. The incumbent serves as the liaison to other outside groups wishing to use teaching lab facilities during the summer months. Each quarter there are typically 10 to 12 courses with a total of approximately 1600 students enrolled.

The incumbent is responsible for oversight of UC Laboratory Safety Policies in the teaching labs. The Academic Coordinator will serve as a standing member of the Division of Biological Sciences Education Committee.

The Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD is a vibrant center of scientific discovery, innovation, and collaboration. Our large research base spans many areas of biology and has one of the most celebrated graduate programs in the country. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. This is where discovery comes to life.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Completed applications received by September 29, 2021 will be assured of consideration.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Ph.D. in biology or related field.

• High-level planning, analytical, leadership and management skills.
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community, and corporate partners.
• Experience in hiring and supervising staff.
• Demonstrated ability to oversee and manage large and complex budgets.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently.
• Exceptionally strong organizational and time-management skills.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively to plan, implement, lead, manage, and evaluate projects.
• Exceptionally strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred qualifications

• University-level teaching experience is desired.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Teaching Evaluations

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA