Department Manager - Mechanical Engineering

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Work type: Administrative Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Academic Affairs, Business/Accounting/Finance/Audit, Administrative/Office Support, Other

Position Title: Department Manager - Mechanical Engineering
Job Description:

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department Manager serves as the principal administrator for the Department. The Department Manager provides management level operational oversight and direction in support of the mission and strategic goals of the Department, the College of Engineering and Computational Science (CECS), and Colorado School of Mines. Reporting to the Department Head (DH), the Department Manager will work independently and in conjunction with the DH in planning, coordinating, implementing, and assessing the following:

  • oversight of the administrative functions of fiscal management, forecasting, and analysis of the Department operating and foundational accounts;
  • management and evaluation of administrative and technical support personnel;
  • maintenance of the Department website and publication of promotional documents;
  • oversight of building and major equipment for instructional labs and shared resources;
  • coordination and implementation of the Department’s external relations and communications with constituents including alumni and partners in industry, academia, and government.

The Department Manager will provide fiscal management, analysis, and strategic planning for spending and fundraising for all Department-managed funds including operating funds and foundation accounts. The Manager will authorize spending of Department funds for equipment, teaching assistants and student workers, classroom instruction and other supplies and for Department events.  Will oversee and evaluate Department administrative and technical support staff and provide administrative leadership to support the DH and faculty. Will coordinate business and administrative support functions and make decisions on behalf of Department with regards to human resources, large purchases/acquisitions, and interactions with other administrative offices on campus. Will work with the DH, faculty committees, student leaders, and staff to maintain the Department web presence and promotional documents.  Will work with the DH, College and Campus administration, and technical support staff to ensure that space allocation needs for Department instructional and research are understood and addressed in a timely manner.  The Department Manager will work with the DH, the Foundation, Alumni Association, and faculty to sustain meetings and consistent communications with external constituents including alumni, donors, industrial partners, and government labs and agencies.  This will include organizing annual Industrial Advisory Board meetings, alumni events, and meetings with industrial collaborators/employers.

Minimum Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a technical bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and experience with significant management responsibilities in a technical setting that demands quality, flexibility and effective customer service. Candidate must demonstrate professional oral and written communication skills, strong time management, strong organizational and project management skills, and proficiency with MS Office computer software and familiarity with publishing software.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline
  • Significant experience with Banner or other ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system
  • Work experience in an engineering / applied science unit in a university, industry, or government lab setting
Department Description: The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) exists to offer BS, MS (thesis and non-thesis), and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering. The ME Department comprises four faculty divisions including thermal fluids systems, solid mechanics & materials, biomechanics, and robotics, automation, and design. The ME Department has active research across these disciplines with multiple research centers, and the Department houses faculty in multidisciplinary program in Operations Research, Materials Science, and Nuclear Science and Engineering. The Department currently has approximately 1150 undergraduate students, 150 graduate students, 29 faculty (including 7 teaching faculty), and 5 support staff.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required).
Compensation: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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