Under the authority of the Vice Provost for Research, in collaboration with the HST management committee, manage operation and maintenance of building space and facilities. In an environment supporting up to 60 principal investigators and up to 300 other staff and students, determine footprints and locations for investigators’ workspaces in support of productivity, resource-sharing, collaboration and safety. In collaboration with chairs of HST management committee, allocate shared resources including benches, hoods, desking, etc., including inventorying, assignment to occupants, and lifecycle management. Manage shared spaces including open-plan wet lab, dry lab, and desk-based research spaces and meeting and conferral spaces. Facilitate collaboration among users/occupants in building governance and operation including holding users accountable. The Lehigh community takes seriously our commitment to antiracism and The Principles of our Equitable Community.
1. In collaboration with the chairs of the Health, Science and Technology (HST) management committee, configure and allocate building space and shared resources *Determine needs (furnishings such as bench types and sizes, allocation of fixed equipment such as hoods, access and proximity to shared equipment, facilities, etc.) of building occupants and best allocations and physical placement; allocate space and furnishings accordingly *Convene building users for the purpose of determining most appropriate arrangements of space, furnishings, equipment, etc., and to encourage shared governance *Coordinate space allocation and assignments with facilities and the University Space Planning Committee *Provide HST information for annual space planning audit and utilization reporting
2. Manage shared building research resources *Manage the inventory of assignable furnishings including benches, equipment stands, desks, seating, etc. Assess performance including adaptability to various user needs and conduciveness to periodic rearrangement *Monitor operation and maintenance of shared equipment including hoods, freezers, cold rooms, autoclaves, vacuum, gas, laboratory water supplies, etc. *Assess performance and capacity relative to user needs; coordinate safety protocols with Environmental Health and Safety *Coordinate with facilities planning to develop plans for growth as additional building spaces are fit out, and for lifecycle management
3.Organize building governance in collaboration with the chairs of HST management committee *Serve as primary maintainer of the building governance handbook; engage building users and University leadership as appropriate in determination of policies and processes described in the handbook. *Convene a building users' advisory committee and/or other committees as determined in concert with university leadership.
4. Manage the building shared services operation and lifecycle budget *Track and project expenses associated with provision and lifecycle maintenance of building-provided shared resources *Support development, implementation and assessment of models for recovery of building operational costs from central, academic unit and user sources *Manage service contracts for research equipment; manage use of any contracted services for moving, maintenance, repairs, etc. *Coordinate maintenance and repair of building systems and equipment with the facilities department
5. Provide planning and operation support for current and future design and construction activities *Review design and construction drawings and submittals as required during HST construction, and review future design and construction drawings for future fit-out and renovation as required *Advise leadership on operational impact of design and construction decisions *Coordinate building requirements with prospective occupants and with the construction project management team
6. Supervise building technical and support staff
Grade: 11 – 40
Position Number: S74670
The duties of the position do not allow for a remote work option; the employee in this position will be required to work on campus where they can be fully accessible to the Lehigh community.
This position works with minors
A minimum of forty hours per week, as the workload varies during the year can be 50+ hours per week; variable shift/schedule
May be required to be in early or stay late or both; weekend work sometimes required
Required to be on call
Occasional evening, holiday or weekend/emergency repair or problems
Occasional travel: local travel to field sites between 3 and 50 miles
Will sometimes need to climb or balance, lifut up to 10-100 pounds, see, stand, use hands to touch, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, sit, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, walk, work near moving
Master’s Degree in related Technical field or equivalent combination of education and experience
Eight or more years related work experience
Familiarity with laboratory practices and equipment as applied in an academic research environment, sufficient to devise and evaluate plans for placement, operation, and maintenance
Familiarity with major building systems such as gas and vacuum, laboratory and/or water supplies and hood or ventilation systems
Supervisory experience preferred
Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, time management and sound judgment
Adept use of digital communication preferred
Proven ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and a high degree of initiative for bringing tasks to completion
Solid analytical, decision making and problem-solving skills
Ability to build, foster and maintain positive professional relationships
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent computer skills with experience using word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software
Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, national criminal background checks, motor vehicle checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance and credit history based upon the requirements of the position
All Lehigh faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated and receive a booster shot six months after their second vaccine; unless they receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the requirement.
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