Program and Operations Manager Administrator IV - Band G Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS)
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) enables and advances Cornell's research priorities, including research activities of Cornell colleges, schools, research centers, institutes, and laboratories. The OVPRI advocates for researchers within the university, supports specialized research facilities and services for researchers, provides campus-wide research administrative support services, and facilitates major interdisciplinary research initiatives.
The Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS) is an NSF Science and Technology Center that is administered under the OVPRI. CROPPS has a mission to develop new technologies that can be used to create a two-way communication system with plants and their associated organisms for the benefit of scientific research, industry and agriculture. Alongside research, CROPPS pursues related and complementary initiatives in education, public communication, and diversity, equity and inclusion. CROPPS aims to create an inclusive environment for productive collaboration across disciplines, titles (faculty, students, and staff), and personal identities. The Center aims to develop and implement best practices in Team Science for the pursuit of these goals. The Center has a five-year award at $5M per year from the fall of 2021; the award is renewable for an additional five years. CROPPS is affiliated and may share some staff with the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture. CROPPS involves faculty from three colleges at Cornell (CALS, COE, and CIS) and has three partner institutions (U. Illinois Urbana Champaign, U. Arizona, and Boyce Thompson Institute). In total, the Center has twenty or more faculty investigators and thirty or more trainees (PhD students and post-docs).
The CROPPS Program and Operations Manager will partner with the Director and co-Director of the Center in the strategic development, direction, and implementation of business operations and financial stewardship for CROPPS with considerable latitude for exercising judgment and self-direction.
Major responsibilities of this position include: * Research Administration: Coordinate across Center-associated colleges and partner institutions (UIUC, U of A, BTI); serve as liaison to OVPRI administrative units including finance, human resources, and communications; support internal proposal reviews, metric tracking, preparation of program reports and renewals. * Financial Oversight: Develop CROPPS budget for internal and external subcontracts; exercise control over expenditures; execute appropriate transaction authority; oversee preparation of financial reports; analyze CROPPS financial data and recommend modifications to operations as indicated by findings; establish relationship with OVPRI business service center to ensure appropriate transactional processing. * Support of academic leadership: Partner with the Director and co-Director for strategic planning, event planning, and scheduling of meetings; maintain calendars for STC Director co-Director. * Human Resources: partner with HR in hiring, performance evaluation, disciplinary actions and terminations; oversee and coordinate staff activities. * Communications: Manage communications among STC members and affiliates; ensure appropriate IT resources are available and used. Coordinate with communications staff to manage communications with external stakeholders and the general public. * Facilities Management: Coordinate with managers of physical facilities utilized by the STC. * IT: Coordinate with scientists and data management personnel to obtain data about project deliverables and metrics, track information about permits and software licenses, and maintain records as required by NSF.
This is a 5-year term position, with the possibility of extension.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Bachelor's degree with five to seven years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Effective communication, leadership, and teamwork skills are essential. Scope of experience should include financial, grant management, and computer applications, including database management.
Additional required qualifications include:
Strong working knowledge of
budgeting and accounting policies and practices
human resource policies and procedures
team building and conflict management
contract management and administration
Customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad range of people.
Ability to establish and sustain effective relationships with all constituents.
Attention to detail and high level organizational skills.
Able to work quickly and effectively under pressure.
Work independently and be self-directed. Exercise sound and ethical judgement when acting on behalf of the Center, the Research Division and the University.
Preferred, but not required:
Master's degree with Cornell administration experience and advanced MS Office Suite knowledge preferred.
Additional preferred qualifications include:
Working knowledge of Cornell budgeting and accounting policies and practices; personnel policies and procedures; and conflict management.
Familiarity with Cornell administrative computer systems such as Workday, Kuali, Service Request System, etc
Prior supervisory experience.
Visa sponsorship not available for this position.
For full consideration, please attach BOTH a cover letter and resume to your application.
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