Operations and Instructional Support Manager in Chemistry

Madison, NJ

Drew University is seeking an Operations and Instructional Support Manager in the Chemistry Department. The Operations and Instructional Support Manager provides technical and instructional support to the chemistry and physics laboratory programs, including overseeing stockroom personnel and student workers. Additionally, the position is responsible for facilitating the smooth functioning of the laboratories in the Chemistry Department, as well as coordinating and contributing some support to the physics laboratory program. The position reports to the Chemistry Department Chair and is a full-time, exempt 12-month position with the expectation of at least one evening to support evening labs when necessary. Anticipated start date November 1st, 2021.

Key Responsibilities:

Duties of this position include overseeing stockroom personnel including mentoring student workers, assigning responsibilities and ensuring the use of safe procedures; maintaining a stockroom, ordering lab supplies and materials, obtaining price quotes, maintaining chemical and equipment inventory, managing hazardous waste, maintaining lab preparation and stockroom procedures records; preparing solutions, support faculty in setting up instrumentation, and cleaning up after laboratory experiments in chemistry; maintaining and troubleshooting equipment and instrumentation; maintaining safety equipment and ensuring compliance with state, local, EPA and OSHA guidelines; assisting instructors in maintaining a safe laboratory environment; responding to faculty and research student requests. Additional related tasks as needed include planning for new instrumentation, experiments and laboratories, as well as some support for introductory physics labs.

Required Qualifications:

Preferred qualifications: Undergraduate degree in chemistry or related field.

Minimal qualifications: • Successful completion of courses and associated laboratory sessions: general chemistry (1 year), organic chemistry (1 year), analytical chemistry (1 semester), or equivalent experience.

Desired Experience and Skills: 

Supervisory experience in a laboratory or chemical stockroom; experience and comfort level working in chemistry labs; experience with purchasing procedures; knowledge of, or experience with, maintaining an inventory of chemicals and equipment; proficiency in the use of computer software including spreadsheets and word processing software, and accessing information on-line; knowledge of and experience with hazardous waste management, including OSHA and related safety regulations and procedures with respect to chemistry laboratories and stockrooms; knowledge of and experience with equipment/instrument maintenance for such equipment such as analytical balances, GC, HPLC, FT-IR, UV-vis and NMR Spectrometers; experience with large-scale solution and reagent preparation; demonstrated ability to prepare a budget for equipment and supplies.  

Knowledge of and experience with sensors, interfaces, and data collection and analysis software (PASCO or Vernier) and a comfort level working in physics labs preferred.

Position requires good judgment, initiative, resourcefulness, leadership capability, effective planning and organizational skills, and the ability to communicate effectively, accommodate and work cooperatively with faculty, staff, and students to build and maintain positive and productive relationships. Position will require 40-hour HAZWOPER training for hazardous spill evaluation and cleanup and Chemical Hygiene training for up-to-date chemical storage regimes.  Support for training will be provided.

Physical Demands: This position requires the ability to frequently walk and use hands to handle laboratory equipment, to frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds occasionally, and to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with or without reasonable accommodations. A smell is also common in the laboratory setting.


● Cover letter

● CV/Resume

● Contact information of 3 professional references

Please include your name in the subject.  Application Review begins immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

About Drew University:

Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded,186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School, and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that successfully prepares students for their futures. Students regularly connect with local communities, and because of our proximity to New York City, we are home to multiple New York Semester experiences for our undergraduate students: Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship, and New York Theatre. The University also houses the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, and the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Drew also recently received a multi-year grant to transform teaching and learning in the humanities by incorporating emerging digital technologies, methods, and pedagogies.

To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. These positions are subject to a background check.