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NASA-MACES CENTER MANAGER Academic Administrator

Recruitment Period

Open September 11th, 2018 through Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


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 more than 7,500 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 to 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.
UC Merced has also built the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The NASA-MACES (Merced Nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing) Center is seeking an individual with an extensive administrative and programmatic background in a high-performance research and educational center. The individual who acts as a Center manager, works with the Director & Associate Directors to implement the Center’s activities, including developing long-term educational plans, organizing conferences, administering all finance, human resources, facilities and other operational related activities. As the needs of the Center are evolving and requirements imposed by the sponsor agency, NASA, may change over time, the Manager will need to refine existing policy/procedures or propose/implement new ones. This requires that the Manager work collaboratively with the Center Director and demonstrate fairness, diplomacy and keen problem-solving abilities. In addition to the administrative functions listed above, the Manager, will also perform program design, education and outreach, program evaluation and reporting.

Required Qualifications:
• Graduate degree in engineering, science, or related field and/or equivalent experience and training.
• Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Excellent organization skills and well-developed oral and written communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups to achieve results.
• Competence in large event planning and coordination and facilitation of substantive research through administrative means.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Three years of experience with a research institute, academic institution, national laboratory or commercial organization working within a scientific research setting, preferably funded by federal agencies.
• Prior fundraising experience.
• Experience in coordinating and managing multiple projects.
• Ability to maintain focus and work with a team to meet deadlines.
• Ability to anticipate and initiate action to promote efficient completion of task and achieve project/program goals.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae and 3) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address; this will be submitted through the Recruit system.

The specific level of the position will be dependent upon the experience and background of the selected candidate. The salary range may be $60,304- $94,270 based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales for this series.

Review of applications will begin immediately. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2018. The position is open until filled with a final closing date of June 30, 2019. Starting dates are negotiable.

The University of California, Merced is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students and staff. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

Please contact Jennifer Lu at for additional information.

University is supportive of dual career couples.

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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