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CREST Center Programs Manager
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   School of Natural Sciences
Position Code:   SNS6944A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Review of applications will begin on 09/09/16 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
Salary:   $45,000 - $57,100 Annually
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

The Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) at UC Merced is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program. CCBM’s vision is to be nationally and internationally recognized for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on functional multi-scale biomolecular and cellular assemblies and to be a model for integrated research, education and outreach. Through focused efforts to encourage participation among underrepresented students from California’s San Joaquin Valley and beyond, CCBM will develop a pipeline for a highly qualified science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce and produce high-caliber, diverse trainees at all levels who can spur growth in the region. CCBM brings together more than a dozen faculty members from multiple units across campus including bioengineering, physics, chemistry and chemical biology, materials science and engineering and is led by faculty co-Directors Victor Muñoz and Ajay Gopinathan. The Center is acquiring new research instrumentation and computational resources and recruiting new personnel, including administrative staff and project scientists, to fulfill CCBM’s research and training mission.

The CCBM Program Manager will provide administrative support for the Center including the Co-Directors and the Executive Director, with a primary focus on education and outreach. The Program Manager will work in partnership with Center faculty leads in charge of education and outreach and the Executive Director to develop and implement plans related to undergraduate education and outreach activities, develop and implement workflow processes for the Center as a whole, manage administrative affairs pertaining to all center scholars, manage day-to-day schedules of center related activities, coordinate and arrange meetings, events and workshops, develop and produce communication and outreach materials and organize and update center website content. The Program Manager will also coordinate with the education, outreach and diversity staff members at UCM and partner institutes to further the educational goals of the Center with an audience that ranges from K-12, high school teachers, college students, graduate students, to the general public.

The initial appointment will be for two years with options for renewal including extension beyond the five years of the funded project, subject to satisfactory performance. Salary will be competitive, including benefits. Materials required by this application include (1) a cover letter addressing your qualifications for this position; (2) a resume; and (3) the names and complete contact information for three references.

Qualifications:   Required

• Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

• At least one year of experience with a research institute, academic institution, national laboratory, or commercial organization working within a scientific research setting, preferably funded by federal agencies.

• Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing.

• Solid organizational skills and ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.

• Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.

• Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.

• Proven team building skills and organizational, and problem-solving skills.

• Highly developed ability to prepare written communications.

• Ability to maintain focus and work with a team to meet deadlines.

• Ability to anticipate and initiate action to promote efficient completion of tasks.


• Experience in dealing with research related-administrative matters.

• Competence in large event planning, and experience in coordinating projects.

• Familiarity with accounting, reporting, scheduling practices and related software tools.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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