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Operations Manager

Job Description

Updated: May 29, 2023
Location: Irvine-Campus
Job Type:
Department: Cancer Research Inst

Job Opening ID: 54002
Reports To: CRI Director
Working Title: Operations Manager
Department: Cancer Research Inst
Bargaining Unit: 99
FLSA: Exempt
Payroll Job Code: 007378
Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine
Percent of Time: 100%
Work Schedule: Generally 8am-5pm, M-F
Employee Class: Career
Position Summary:
The UC Irvine Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is an organized research unit with the mission to catalyze interdisciplinary cancer research and training, building networks at UCI and with our local communities. The CRI has over seventy affiliated faculty and more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral trainees embedded within interdisciplinary cancer research labs on campus. We manage a training program funded by a T32 award from the National Cancer Institute that supports six predoctoral and two postdoctoral fellows and we administer the American Cancer Society Institutional Research grant to fund junior faculty research. The CRI hosts seminars and events featuring distinguished faculty from across the country, as well as an annual campus-wide symposium on basic cancer research. These activities are supported by a highly invested and skilled administrative team who also organize community-wide networking events, local scientific conferences, and have started a new community seminar series called “Conquering Cancer”. The CRI also works closely with the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (CFCCC).
The Cancer Research Institute Operations Manager is a critical position providing leadership in the management of financial, personnel, facilities, administrative and research operations for the Cancer Research Institute. Uses advanced administrative concepts and organization objectives to resolve complex issues. Reporting to the CRI Director with a dotted reporting line to the Office of Research, the Operations Manager provides daily management and oversight of an administrative team including financial and business operations, program and event management, and training program support. Manages, plans, administers and coordinates the administrative operations of the Cancer Research Institute, the operations of which are significantly complex and / or broad in scope They carry out strategic planning for the unit and oversee implementation and management of deliverables. Regularly works on highly complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. The complex management functions encompass training programs, multi-investigator research proposals and training grants, and community outreach components. The incumbent will compile reports for internal and external audiences, including funding agencies. They play an integral role in managing professional communications to ensure the CRI effectively communicates with stakeholders and collaborators (both internally and externally). The Operations Manager exercises maximum initiative and sound leadership within the parameters of university policies and regulations to accomplish the goals and objectives of the CRI. Develops and determines innovative solutions and implements actions to resolve issues. Acts as administrative liaison for the unit, consultant and member of various campus and departmental committees (including partnerships with the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center). This position models strong professional ethics, exercising tact and diplomacy when handling sensitive and complex matters in a fluid environment and works to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within all CRI activities. Erroneous decisions or failure to achieve goals result in additional costs, and serious delays in overall schedules.
Total Compensation:
In addition to the salary range listed below, we offer a wealth of benefits to make working at UCI even more rewarding. These benefits may include medical insurance, sick and vacation time, retirement savings plans, and access to a number of discounts and perks. Please utilize the links listed here to learn more about our compensation practices  and benefits .
$78,900.00 - $145,100.00 (Annual Salary)
Five or more years of experience managing programs or grants at an academic institution or equivalent agency. Two or more years managing staff including performance management and hiring.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Advanced knowledge of University rules and regulations, processes, protocols and procedures for budget, accounting and fund management, and / or personnel management. Advanced interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising and counseling skills. Advanced knowledge of a variety of administrative operational activities such as event planning, basic fundraising processes, risk management planning, website design, accounting and payroll, and contracts and grants regulations and guidelines Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality. Advanced skills in short- and long-term strategic planning, analysis, problem-solving and customer service. Advanced knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques, and / or human resources policies and procedures for staff and academic employees. Advanced oral and written communication skills, ability to prepare clear graphs, slides, and figures
Masters degree in public administration, finance, or a STEM-related field preferred.
Advanced knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs.
Special Conditions Required:
Occasional travel in and out of state Occasional work on weekends and evenings
Conditions of Employment:
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:

  • Background Check and Live Scan

  • Legal Right to work in the United States

  • Vaccination Policies

  • Smoking and Tobacco Policy

  • Drug Free Environment

The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or job specific requirements.

  • California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

  • E-Verify

  • Pre-Placement Health Evaluation

Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page -
Closing Statement:
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy .
We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.
UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500 or .
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