Location: Ithaca, New York
Director of Administration - Cornell Engineering Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (Hybrid)
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Who We Are
Cornell Engineering has a long and storied history of distinction, creativity and impact. The departments of mechanic arts (now mechanical engineering) and civil engineering date to the University's founding. The College established the nation's first electrical engineering department in 1889 and awarded the nation's first doctorates in both electrical and industrial engineering. Its legacy continues to this day, as Cornell Engineering brings together the best minds from across disciplines to invent disruptive technologies and discover novel solutions to complex and challenging problems. The college is a global leader in research, teaching, and advancing diversity in the field. Cornell Engineering is also a key collaborator across the rich interdisciplinary landscape at Cornell University, playing a role in all of the university's Radical Collaborations to address society's most challenging problems. The college enrolls a diverse and talented student body that includes 3,200+ undergraduate students and 2100+ graduate students, and it has over 46,600 living alumni around the globe. Cornell Engineering is also home to a diverse, collaborative, talented and dedicated 200+ tenured and tenure-track faculty, plus research faculty and professors of practice who work each day to change the world. Faculty span 10 departments, schools and programs with a footprint in both Ithaca and New York City.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy, and environmental resources; and social, physical, and economic well-being.
The Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at Cornell focuses on some of the most relevant and complex scientific problems of the 21st century, including natural hazards, climate change, and sustainable subsurface resources. The department is a basic-science unit with faculty and staff in both Cornell Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), with undergraduate programs also including the College of Arts & Sciences. EAS runs two graduate fields, in Geological Sciences and Atmospheric Sciences. Its engaged alumni span sectors in energy, sustainability, climate resilience, meteorology, and resources. Its programs provide Cornell students with the earth literacy needed to serve as informed citizens and wise stewards of the Earth.
What You Will Do
Reporting directly to the Academic Director of EAS, with a dotted-line report to the Associate Dean of Administration for the College, the Director of Administration will direct Cornell Engineering Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, its programs, its facilities, and/or other operating units of significant size and programmatic breadth.
* Work alongside global leaders, conducting groundbreaking research to understand human impacts on our planet and provide technologies and solutions for the future.
* A friendly, people-centered environment.
* A vibrant culture, engaged faculty, and a growing community expanding into new directions.
* Department is dedicated to creating and maintaining a diverse, engaged, and welcoming scientific community.
The areas of responsibility encompass leadership, people management, financial supervision, facilities management, support for sponsored and academic programs, instructional and technology support, computer services, development, external communications and marketing, along with alumni and corporate relations. While some of these areas are directly managed within the department, others are collaboratively coordinated with College or University staff for efficient service delivery.
Some of the Director of Administration's functions are:
* Provides leadership as a member of the department and program management teams, together with the Academic head(s) of the department and programs.
* Partners with department/program heads to ensure effective leadership of units.
* Serves as the decision-making authority on administrative matters within the department, advocating for the needs of the faculty, students, staff, and alumni as appropriate.
* Collaborates with College directors and University leaders to ensure appropriate service levels for the department and programs.
* Provides expertise, guidance, and judgement in decision-making and the interpretation of policies and procedures.
* Plays a leadership role in the development of new programs, implementation of innovative and effective interdisciplinary program management, and facilitation of changes in university systems, policies, and procedures in support of unique and non-traditional academic programs.
* Serves as a member of the central college administrative leadership group, with responsibilities including setting direction for and leading college-wide administrative initiatives, identification and dissemination of best practices, representation of the college on university projects/committees, and identification and implementation of strategic administration directions.
What We Need
* Bachelor's Degree in field related to business management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* At least five years of experience and proven success in human resource management, facilities management, strategic planning, information technology management, and financial management and planning.
* Experience organizing and managing a large group of employees who efficiently and effectively deliver a broad range of services to multiple groups of customers.
* Ability to analyze issues, develop solutions, and implement actions independently and in a timely manner.
* Ability to work well under pressure when necessary.
* Courteous customer service orientation.
* Effective verbal and written communication skills.
* Ability to negotiate and advocate effectively and tactfully.
* Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a wide variety of responsibilities.
* Ability to develop effective working relationships, exercise effective leadership skills, and function effectively as a team member and facilitator.
* Ability to work effectively with a diverse workforce, including faculty, staff, and students.
* Decision support system development and analytical skills.
* Thorough familiarity with spreadsheet software.
* Ability to conceptualize and oversee the design of databases and data collection methods.
* Ability to analyze and present data in order to meet business reporting and decision-making needs.
* Experience in and demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and wellbeing.
* Strong understanding of how to work effectively across cultural differences.
* Experience connecting diversity, inclusion, and wellbeing practices to business goals.
What We Prefer
* Post-graduate Degree.
* Grant and contract management experience.
* Experience with capital planning and facilities/operational safety compliance, information technology management, and facilities management.
* Experience with flat file and relational database systems.
* Effective financial management, budget preparation, and fiscal operations management in higher education or the public sector.
Rewards and Benefits
* This position is located in Ithaca, New York. The position will typically allow for the flexibility to work remotely a maximum of 1 day per week at a location of employee's choosing within the United States. The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.
* Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
* Our benefits programs include comprehensive health care options, generous retirement contributions, access to wellness programs, and employee discounts with local and national retail brands. We invite you to follow this link to get more information about our benefits: https://hr.cornell.edu/benefits-pay.
* Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and an end of the year winter break from December 25-January 1.
* Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, tuition aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance Program.
Important Notes about Applying
* Please submit both a cover letter and a resume to be considered for this position.
* Applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
* There is relocation assistance available for this position.
* There is no visa sponsorship available for this position.
University Job Title:
Pay Rate Type:
$102,029.00 - $124,703.00
Remote Option Availability:
Job Titles and Pay Ranges:
Noted pay ranges reflect the potential pay opportunity for each job profile. The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:
Prior relevant work or industry experience
Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position
Unique applicable skills
Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
Online Submission Guidelines:
Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.
Notice to Applicants:
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.