Center Manager Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Coordinates center research activities and functions of a designated
research center project independently to ensure that goals and
objectives specified for the center are accomplished in accordance
with priorities, time limitations, funding limitations or other
specifications. This classification is for positions with incumbents
with full responsibility for a research project. Market, promote and
coordinate center research activities for community, businesses and
individuals in order to increase the university's role in business
second in a series of two classifications. An incumbent performs
many of the same duties as the Center Coordinator, but a manager is
more independent and has overall responsibility for the center's
projects, including a large fiscal responsibility and publicity of
the center's research activities. Both classifications are expected
to supervise other staff, but supervision usually plays a larger
role for a manager as the scope and complexity of the activities are
of a wider scope.
Examples of Duties:
- Supervises the activities of subordinates.
- Serves as a key liaison with center external publics,
particularly in relations to their advisory and financial
support of center, including working in fundraising relating to
memberships in center and sponsorships of center activities and
related to the university and college development/capital
- Oversees daily center operations and coordinates center
activities through assigned staff; prioritizes and delegates
- Writes communication and promotional literature for
distribution such as newsletter, brochures or flyers and
coordinates printing and distribution.
- Prepares and monitors budget for the Center and research,
executive or student education projects.
- Prepares budget proposals and recommendations and
establishes budget control system for controlling expenditures;
controls expenditures in accordance with budget allocations;
recommends equipment and resources for the center.
- Prepares periodic reports, financial statements and records
on center projects, progress, status or other special reports
for management or outside agencies.
- Designs, develops and recommends new programs, projects and
activities relating to research, executive or student education.
- Develops and schedules research, executive or student
education in accordance with university's goals, objectives and
- Directs, monitors and participates in research activities
including data collection, evaluation and analysis for a
- Prepares or assists in the preparation of proposals for
funding of new or continuous projects.
- Evaluates center activities for effectiveness to develop
improved methods; devises evaluation methodology and implements;
analyzes results and recommends and/or takes appropriate action.
- Reviews applications or other center documents to determine
acceptance or make decisions pertaining to the center.
- Maintains direct contact with personnel of various outside
organizations and university departments associated with center
- Confers with and advises staff, students and others to
provide technical advice, problem solving assistance, answers to
questions and center goals and policy interpretations; refers to
appropriate department or person when unable to respond.
- Books and schedules facility and services for center
projects/events; negotiates and prepares rental contract
determining fees and terms of contract; estimates costs and
determines project/event budgets.
- Serves as center representative during projects by
responding to and resolving emergency situations and ensures all
aspects of projects/events are implemented and controlled
according to plans.
- Provides assistance and information to faculty, staff and
outside organizations regarding center research and projects;
maintains contact via telephone or written correspondence.
- Recruits center participants and members utilizing most
appropriate promotional or marketing methods, such as individual
letters, brochures or presentations at meetings.
- Represents center in public relations/liaison capacity on
matters relating to the center's research and projects.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of issues pertaining to area of assignment.
- Knowledge of budgeting and accounting principles.
- Knowledge of organizational practices.
- Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
- Skill in budget preparation and forecasting.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
- Skill in coordinating and prioritizing work and activities
of self and others.
Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment
AND six to seven years' administrative/coordinate project
experience, including at least three years of supervisory
experience; OR, Master's degree in a field appropriate to the area
of assignment AND four to five years' administrative/coordinate
project experience including at least three years of supervisory
experience; OR, Ten to eleven years of progressively responsible
administrative/coordinate project experience, including at least
three 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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