Position Overview Primary purpose of the work performed is to coordinate and manage the day-to-day operations of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, including its programs, activities, grants, budgets, and communications.
Major Areas of Responsibility Ensure smooth operation of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) by communicating and coordinating within MAISRC and between MAISRC and other functional areas of the University of Minnesota (UMN) and non-UMN research organizations (30%) • Coordinate and support the overall activities of a research center at the UMN comprised of a Director, two staff members, approximately a dozen principal investigators and associated staff and students that are located across the UMN system and state and federal agencies. • Develop and maintain liaisons with researcher organizations across Minnesota as needed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and sharing of ideas and stay current with developments within the State related to aquatic invasive species. • Coordinate space and facility needs within the US Forest Service building and serve as Department Facility Representative for the MAISRC Containment Lab • Supervise and coordinate time and activities of MAISRC communications and administrative staff.
Facilitate mission-driven programming valued by and relevant to external stakeholders (30%) • Manage the activities of the internal MAISRC Technical Committee, Center Faculty Group, and Advisory Board, and assist with its strategic planning activities. • Manage the Research Needs Assessment, Request for Proposals and scientific peer review processes. • Strategize and implement media efforts, including online newsletters, social media interfaces and print media/radio efforts to researchers, students, partners and the general public. • Oversee the maintenance and relevance of the MAISRC website, email lists and all related files and communications. • Oversee the planning and logistics for symposia, colloquia, educational events, public outreach and all outreach activities of MAISRC. • Develop and maintain liaisons with community, industry, government and other institutions outside the University in order that we build collective action in and around the state and region to address the problem of aquatic invasive species.
Finance/Development/Planning (40%) • Coordinate and execute progress report writing and financial reports for MAISRC Researchers and then synthesize this information for reports to granting agencies as needed. • Oversee the development of budgets for sponsored projects, ensuring appropriate effort, match, and use of resources in close collaboration with the principal investigator and scientific director. • Develop, coordinate, and track budgets for MAISRC operations and the MAISRC Containment Laboratory • Coordinate with CFANS Development unit to implement fundraising and resource development efforts. • Strategize for the ongoing improvement of quality and efficiency of the programs, develop short- and long-range goals, and develop protocols for program evaluation, data collection, and program improvement.
Nature of Appointment This position is 100% time, 12-month, annually renewable, academic professional and administrative (P&A) appointment; reappointment contingent upon successful performance and availability of funding.
• Bachelor’s Degree.
• Experience with program planning and grants management.
• Experience with multi-institutional project management.
• Experience working with sponsored projects from a variety of funding sources.
• Master's degree.
• Experience working in a research setting.
• Experience working with faculty and external agencies.
• Experience working with diverse populations.
• Experience working with interdisciplinary teams.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Strong organizational and management skills.
• Strong computer skills.
• Knowledge of issues related to aquatic invasive species.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.