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Associate Director of Facilities and Research Operations

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Associate Director of Facilities and Research Operations
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170274
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Position Summary:

The Associate Director of Facilities and Research Operations, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer of the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, will serve as a critical member of the organization’s senior management team and will be responsible for day-to-day facilities & lab operations and for project development/management on behalf of the institute, including programming, planning, and implementation of renovations or new construction projects. The associate director will advise senior leadership on issues related to the effective use and improvement of administrative spaces, conference spaces, research laboratory spaces, among others. This position will be responsible for the oversight of general and lab facility regulatory compliance management and for managing facilities and research operations staff members in their various roles and responsibilities – ensuring cooperative and collaborative interactions with research units of the institute. The associate director will also be responsible for operational oversight of the HPC data center’s electro-mechanical systems and controls infrastructure, along with other critical systems supporting research operations.

In accordance with university hiring procedures for non-student positions, this position will require a conviction check.

Required Qualifications:

-Master’s degree in Engineering or related field.
-Demonstrated knowledge of research-related equipment and physical facility needs.
-Working knowledge of and experience with Federal and State code requirements and permitting and safety regulations including OSHA.
-Significant experience with facilities management and facilities planning functions in a large business or institutional context.
-Demonstrated project management skills – overseeing the development and execution of large & small-scale facilities projects with commensurate budgetary resources.
-Demonstrated ability to read and interpret architectural, mechanical, and electrical drawings and specifications.
-Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
-Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as with diverse collaborative teams and various business and research unit personnel.
-Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage workload, to meet objectives, to adhere to deadlines, to make independent decisions, to deliver projects within budget,and to creatively solve problems in a collaborative environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Professional Engineering license in the state of Virginia, or the ability to achieve licensure within one year of hire.
-Experience with operations of biomedical/laboratory facilities, and general laboratory-facilities.
-Prior experience managing the operation of electro-mechanical systems and/or other special-purpose integrated systems.
-Familiarity with Computer Aided Design (AutoCAD, Revit, etc.).
-Familiarity with database program applications (MS Access, etc.).
-Experience with biological and/or chemical laboratory operations & regulatory compliance.
-Prior experience with Commonwealth of Virginia capital design and construction processes (CPSM training or exposure).
-Prior experience with university business and facility management processes, with university procurement software, and with university health & safety programs.

Employment Conditions: Emergency Personnel - health & safety related, Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Serves as Emergency Action Plan committee chair for the Institute.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

To see the full positing and to apply to this position, please visit us at and submit application materials to posting number AP0170274. Review of applications will begin on November 1st, 2017. Those best meeting a combination of the required and preferred qualifications will be contacted directly.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Biocomplexity Institute
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8-5; M-F+
Job Posting Date: 10/04/2017
Review Begin Date: 11/01/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Reference #1
  2. Letter of Reference #2
  3. Letter of Reference #3
  4. List of References