Vanderbilt University Program Manager (Chemistry) in Nashville, Tennessee

Program Manager (Chemistry) (Job Number: 1801916)


A program manager position is responsible for providing support to the Meiler Lab. The role provides strategic leadership for the creation, coordination, execution and growth of very large, complex events or programs/services that are expected to experience significant change, expansion or evolution over time. The ability to function independently as well as part of a team is critical. Excellent organizational and communication skills (both verbal and written) are essential, as is attention to detail.

Research in the Meiler laboratory seeks to fuse computational and experimental efforts to investigate proteins, the fundamental molecules of biology, and their interactions with small molecule substrates, therapeutics, or probes. We develop computational methods with three major ambitions in mind. To enable protein structure elucidation of membrane proteins the primary target of most therapeutics and large macromolecular complexes such as viruses; B) Design proteins with novel structure and/or function to explore novel approaches to protein therapeutics and deepen our understanding of protein folding pathways. C) Understand the relation between chemical structure and biological activity quantitatively in order to design more efficient and more specific drugs. Crucial for our success is the experimental validation of our computational approaches which we pursue in our laboratory or in collaboration with other scientists.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Directs long-range strategic planning for the event orprogram/service, including the setting of goals and objectives. Also managesthe day to day operations of the program.

  • Develops long range strategicplans, goals and objectives in accordance with the mission of the program,the institution and other stakeholders.

  • Determines the content anddetails of the program.

  • Creates and implements policiesand procedures affecting the program.

  • Oversees the collection,compilation, and analysis of program activity data against goals,objectives and timelines.

  • Develops and implementsimprovements to the program.

  • Researches trends andimplements strategies to promote continued improvements, growth andexpansion of the program.

Develops, manages and implements public relationsefforts for the program:

  • Manages the dissemination ofnews and information about the program to relevant audiences internallyand externally. Done via website and social media.

  • Provides information on theprogram in response to inquiries from the media, the general public,faculty, staff, students, educators and other audiences.

  • Assures program contract and/orregulatory compliance.

Oversees the planning and execution of the program:

  • Oversees the development of theoverall logistical plan necessary to successfully carry out the program.

  • Provides professionalleadership in the execution of day-to-day program/project activities.

  • Writes specifications,negotiates and monitors agreements for the procurement of services,supplies and equipment, according to University Purchasing policies andguidelines.

  • Assures compliance withapplicable institutional, state and federal policies, regulations andlaws.

  • Provides guidance on theappropriate documentation of the program to ensure compliance withVanderbilt policies and procedures, as well as those of the fundingsource, if external.

  • Develops, writes, and presentscomprehensive statistical and narrative program reports.

Designs, implements, and manages financial developmentof the program:

  • Forecasts, analyzes, preparesand implements annual budgets.

  • Has full budgetaryaccountability for the program.

  • Prepares monthly status reportson all accounts.

  • Reviews monthly spendingreports in iLab and CORES systems

  • Oversees financial well-beingof the program by analyzing cost effectiveness and exercising costcontrols.

  • Approves and monitors budgetexpenditures.

  • May write grant and contractproposals to develop funding sources.

Manages staff, students and volunteers supporting theevent or program/service:

  • Assists in executing employmentdecisions including hiring, transfer, promotion and termination

  • Coordinates or provides for thetraining of staff as needed.

  • Assigns and reviews the work ofdirect reports and other staff supporting the program.

  • Conducts annual performanceevaluations for staff and student workers.

  • Provides constructiveperformance feedback to staff and students, and mentors staff asappropriate.

Grants Management:

  • Conducts grant research to findpotential funding opportunities.

  • May assist in writing grantproposals based upon established guidelines.

  • Tracks and monitorsexpenditures against the budget.

  • Submits progress reports to thefunding source and/or Program Director.

Administrative Duties:

  • Prepares Visa paperwork forinternational members of the laboratory.

  • Coordinates itineraries andtrip planning for guests.

  • Assists laboratory manager inaspects of the bi-annual Rosetta workshop.

  • Maintains literature, grant,and staff databases for Principle Investigator.

  • Uploads manuscripts to PubMedas needed for grant purposes.

  • Maintains other supportdocuments of the Principle Investigator for grant submission purposes.

  • Demonstrates flexibility tocomplete non-routine assignments.

Profile of an IdealCandidate:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from anaccredited institution of higher education isnecessary.

  • At least three years ofdirectly related experience is necessary.

  • Strong interpersonal andcommunication skills, both verbally and in writing, and the ability towork effectively with a wide range of employees in a diversecommunity is necessary.

  • Ability to perform complextasks and to prioritize multiple projects isnecessary.

  • RedCap development and analysisexperience is preferred.

  • Experience utilizing theMicrosoft Office Suite is necessary.

  • Exceptional interpersonalcommunication skills and professionalism ispreferred.

  • Ability to share a clear visionfor the work of the unit, and be clear about what outcomes areexpected is necessary.

  • Ability to provide clearguidance and direction is necessary.

  • Experience holding everyone inthe workgroup accountable for accomplishing the outcomes of the unit ispreferred.

  • Skill in championing the workunit’s cause, and making compelling business cases for its needs isnecessary.

  • Willingness to share expertisewith staff is preferred.

AboutVanderbilt Benefits:

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.

AboutVanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and staff frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equalopportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people withdisabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 12520 - Chemistry

Job: Managers

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action