Laboratory Manager Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
the operational and instructional activities in a large laboratory
teaching program. Ensures that all laboratories have an assigned
qualified and trained instructor, that students are enrolled in the
proper laboratory and that the laboratories operate according to
departmental and national guidelines with respect to safety and
pedagogy. Develops and recommends new experiments and demonstrations
and instructs and supervises Teaching Assistants in procedures,
policies and teaching techniques.
third in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from
the Laboratory Coordinator Senior by the level of management and
supervisory responsibility and scale of program. Incumbents may be
required to work with hazardous materials.
Examples of Duties:
- Hires, coaches, reviews, supervises, and terminates assigned
employees, or makes effective suggestions and recommendations
that are given particular weight regarding the employment status
of assigned employees.
- Trains personnel in teaching techniques and safe laboratory
practices; reviews and evaluates effectiveness of teaching
- Develops and implements schedule of experiments and
demonstrations for semester's courses; authors write-ups of
individual experiments as well as writing complete laboratory
- Plans and monitors an annual budget for laboratory and
lecture hall operation for the normal academic year and for the
summer school program.
- Identifies improvements and/or new experiments that better
meet course and national professional objectives.
- Develops policies and procedures to ensure fair and
equitable treatment of students and laboratory instructors.
- Recommends new equipment for the laboratories and lecture
- Compiles statistics such as laboratory and lecture hall
utilization figures, projects enrollment, and surveys other
departments at the national level.
- Monitors projects with regard to progress and cost.
- Develops computer programs as required for the efficient
operation of area of responsibility.
- Assists in design of new and/or remodeled facilities.
- Coordinates audio-visual, computer, and tutorial facilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of laboratory
- Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
Master's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND
four years teaching experience which includes two 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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