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Living Systems Facility Manager


The Living Systems Facility Manager oversees the laboratory facility that supports the museums programmatic activity related to the life sciences. The LS Facility Manager oversees and participates in lab functions including the culturing and maintenance of a variety of living specimens, and the preparation of specimens for the museum floor. The Facility Manager also oversees installation and maintenance of instrumentation essential to the facility, and mentors facility users. The Facility Manager will work closely with the Director of Living Systems and its divisions Administrative Director to establish financial, use, and sustainability plans for the facility.

Manage and oversee the daily operations of the Life Sciences Lab Facility, ensuring it provides the necessary support for current and developing Life Sciences exhibits and programmatic initiatives
Work closely with museum leadership to identify and monitor goals and direction for the facility and implementation strategies for its use
Define, create, and monitor facility timelines, schedules, and budgets
Manage staff, interns, and resource needs
Establish and implement appropriate policies and procedures and protocols
Ensure that the lab facility is functioning in a safe and ethical manner, and is compliant with local, state and federal regulations
Conduct general oversight of the facility instrumentation and upgrades including contracting with and overseeing the work of external vendors; specifying, installing and operating new instrumentation
Mentor and train staff involved in developing projects related to the life sciences who use the lab facility
Supervise and host scientists visiting or conducting residencies in the facility
Act as a representative of the Exploratorium to outside agencies and scientists, including content experts and the museum community in relation to facility needs
Additional duties as assigned

Advanced degree in Biology, Life Sciences, Zoology or a related biological science field
3 years of experience in managing a laboratory facility
Demonstrated expertise in working with biological specimens of various sorts, particularly living tissue preparations and cell culture
Prior experience with laboratory instrumentation, research-grade microscopes, and related peripheral equipment
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, researchers, and outside specialists
Prior experience working with educational organizations a plus

Open until filled

This is a regular, full-time (37.5 hours per week), exempt position that includes benefits. Please, no phone calls in regards to this job. To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page.

The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religious expression, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veterans status or any other class protected by applicable law.
The Exploratorium will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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