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The Department of Genome Sciences (GS) is part of the University of Washington School of Medicine (UW SoM) and is comprised of 27 labs addressing leading edge questions in biology and medicine by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches taking advantage of genomic information now available for a host of species. GS is making major contributions in the application of genome science to understand the fundamentals of biology and to improve human health and wellbeing. Genome Sciences is a collaborative department supported by very different academic disciplines. We work with a multitude of Program Investigators (PIs) in departments both on the UW campus as well as worldwide. The department has gone through significant expansion since its beginning in 2001 with annual grant awards of $56M in FY19.
Since its conception in 2001, the department has grown from a core faculty of 18 to 45 faculty in 2018. Genome sequencing enables the larger UW research enterprise, affects many other fields, and generates enormous research dollars for UW. We are one of the leading centers where the genome is being interpreted and where new technologies for this analysis are being developed. Our chair, Dr. Stanley Fields, is a pioneer in technology development in the field and is in demand for a multitude of speaking engagements and other events and meetings worldwide. Our faculty are international experts in the field. The chair, director, and faculty in this department are dependent on administrative management that can accommodate the rapid changes, complexity, and extremely high expectations for excellence. This position is critical to the department’s infrastructure and must function independently with discretion, initiative, and expertise.
The Department of Genome Sciences currently has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant to the Chair and Director and Faculty Affairs.
Position Purpose: This position provides primary executive administrative and operational support to the director and chair, is independently responsible for faculty affairs and department events, and uses independent judgment and decision making skills in the management of the activities of the chair, and in meeting departmental priorities. This position independently manages all aspects of faculty appointments, and the promotion and tenure review process, using discretion and diplomacy in expressing the views of the chair and director, and in executing the responsibilities of managing faculty affairs. This position must keep all issues and sensitive communications confidential and use utmost discretion while coordinating appointment renewals, providing notice to faculty of annual responsibilities, sabbatical and other leaves of absences, participating in the process for merit reviews and arranging for faculty voting. This position will initiate, develop, and implement special projects for the director and chair.
Faculty Affairs: 50%
Establish administrative procedures and policies consistent with the university and School of Medicine requirements and apply these to effect the proper administration of faculty affairs.
Provide administrative guidance and advice to the director, chair, and faculty to ensure compliance with federal, state, and university regulations.
In compliance with federal, university, school and department rules and regulations, independently manage faculty affairs, to include:
Promotion and tenure
Academic appointments (to include visiting appointments, postdocs (senior fellows), and visa applications.
Serve as Academic Partner and I-9 Coordinator for the Department for all academic transactions in Workday.
Develop and provide reports regarding faculty to the director, chair, and dean’s office as requested.
Independently organize and manage the associated records, applications, procedures, all of which requires a high degree of accuracy and understanding of the underlying policies, visa, and compensation issues.
Serve as liaison with University departments regarding faculty affairs and collaborate with the Dean’s office to ensure successful outcomes.
Work with a high level of confidentiality and discretion.
Work closely with the departmental HR manager and payroll coordinator to ensure that all incoming faculty are properly established in the University of Washington payroll system and ensure that all required new hire paperwork is accurately completed and archived.
Manage the faculty recruitment and hiring process.
Attend faculty committee meetings to provide guidance on process, rules, and timelines.
Provide administrative support to the chair and committees.
Organize the applications for faculty review and monitor completeness of applications, communicating with applicants as necessary.
Coordinate the on-boarding process for all postdoc new hires including providing orientation, ensuring all procedures and documents are completed accurately.
Executive Assistant to Director and Chair: 30%
Provide direct confidential executive support to the director and chair.
Manage the day-to-day affairs of the chair, manage his complex schedule, set meetings at the department, college, university, community, national, and international levels ensuring that the chair’s priorities and obligations are met.
Arrange all travel, both domestic and international, to meet the needs of the chair in fulfilling obligations, initiate reimbursements.
Manage appointments, phone calls, mail, and edit the chair’s correspondence while providing a positive image of the chair’s office to others.
Develop faculty meeting agendas, ensure voting rules are followed, and provide accurate and discrete minutes.
Handle routine inquiries for the director and chair and independently respond to matters not requiring the director’s or chair’s attention.
Plan and execute department events, including: department annual retreat, weekly Friday collaborations, annual department recognition event, semi-annual administrative team recognition events, Wednesday Evening at the Genome public lecture series
Coordinate with faculty on planning events
Manage conference room calendars and respond to internal and external inquiries
Post event and announcement flyers, conference room schedules
Backup for GS Seminar series event planning as needed
Special Projects and Other Duties: 5%
Initiate, develop, and implement special projects for the director, providing leadership in process reviews to identify policy needs, improve efficiencies, and reduce costs.
Manage the Department’s ongoing collaborator database, grant access to building via Health Sciences security system
Serve as the Department’s DocuSign Administrator, managing user roles and ensuring compliance with university and DocuSign policies
Backup for Department HR Manager as needed
Position Complexities: This position must successfully negotiate the university and School of Medicine complex rules, regulations, and deadlines concerning faculty hiring, merit increases, promotion and tenure process, academic appointments, and visas. This position will provide staff leadership for all academic faculty searches including review and posting job descriptions; organizing, preparing, and distributing applicant materials to committee members; ensuring committee meets deadlines and is compliant with university and school rules and regulations; and arranging and managing all aspects of candidate visits. The incumbent must be able to work with diverse cultures, backgrounds, and organizational hierarchy, manage the complex schedule and demands of the chair, director, and faculty, and provide excellent customer service and public relations as the liaison and representative for the director and chair among faculty, staff, and the university administration as well as external institutions worldwide. The department has 2 separate locations.
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Liberal Arts, Biology or related field
2+ years administrative, and/or management, and/or research experience in a research and/or higher education environment.
Must be a self-starter who is highly organized with a strong attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to work quickly, meet deadlines, and manage multiple/rapidly changing priorities
Proven history of excellent customer service
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a high degree of reliability, accuracy and productivity.
Proven track record in exercising discretion and independent judgment effectively in decision-making processes.
Proven ability to handle confidential information with a high level of tact, discretion and diplomacy.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Ability to interpret and communicate to others complex policies and procedures.
Excellent oral and written communication skills including demonstrated competence in preparation of correspondence, written reports and minute taking.
Demonstrated ability to maintain harmonious working relationships and effectively address complex and sensitive administrative issues.
Open to receiving direction and to asking for assistance when needed
Skilled in using Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Experience using UW systems such as Workday, MyFD (My Financial Desktop), Interfolio, knowledge of faculty affairs and visa procedures and rules.
Experience using Microsoft Access, OneDrive, G Suite, DocuSign
This position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule to meet deadlines as needed.
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