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QB3 Facilities Director (5196U) - 15325
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 11, 2021
Title QB3 Facilities Director (5196U) - 15325
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Facilities Operations

QB3 Facilities Director (5196U) - 15325

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: February 24, 2021

Departmental Overview

The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) is a cooperative effort between the state of California, private industry, venture capital, and the University of California campuses at Berkeley, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. In order to stimulate discovery at the intersection of the physical and biological sciences, QB3 promotes multidisciplinary research at world-class facilities, creates innovative educational programs, and fosters industry partnerships. The Institute's more than 200 researchers decipher the complex systems involved in living systems and discover ground-breaking applications for that basic knowledge in the areas of health, energy, and the environment.

The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) is one of four Governor Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation established in 2000 to ensure the future of the California economy by promoting research and innovation.

QB3 harnesses the quantitative sciences of chemistry, physics and engineering to unify our understanding of biological systems at all levels of complexity, from atoms and molecules to cells, tissues, and entire living organisms. QB3 scientists make discoveries that drive the development of technologies, products, and wholly new industries, ensuring that California remains competitive in the 21st century.

QB3 at UC Berkeley (QB3-Berkeley) supports research and training in quantitative biosciences with training and outreach, core research facilities, and community events. QB3-Berkeley's administrative home is Stanley Hall. Stanley Hall serves as the Berkeley hub for multidisciplinary research and teaching involving the biological sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.

The 285,000 square foot building houses classrooms, auditoriums, faculty research labs, shared facilities, and the Department of Bioengineering, and is located at the East Gate of the UC Berkeley campus next to the Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

  • Ensures all systems, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and specialty liquid and gas systems meet University and organization standards.
  • Applies advanced concepts in serving as liaison with organization and external agencies regarding safety, access, maintenance, remodeling and construction activities of multiple building occupants / departments and / or buildings with complex needs such as research laboratories.
  • Works with organization occupants to plan space that accommodates non-routine systems and / or research or specialized equipment, and hazardous materials storage and disposal.
  • Establishes and oversees health and safety standards.
  • With the QB3 EH&S Safety Specialist, who reports to the QB3 Facilities Director, and assists with the coordination of multiple units throughout the organization to provide a safe and secure facilities environment.
  • Develops budgets for management review to include moves with significant building infrastructure upgrades, as routine instrumentation and lab fit-up.
  • Reviews building management procedures and recommends changes; ensures currency, relevance and adherence to internal and external regulatory requirements.
  • Coordinates emergency repairs during and after work hours.
  • Oversees 24/7 response to ensure continuous building and facility operations.
  • Works with internal and external agencies / contractors as needed in regards to existing contract terms or to solicit or negotiate contracts.
  • Collaborates with department leadership on development of space planning; evaluates and advises on the design and allocation.
  • Provides planning and coordination for construction and alteration of projects on a continuing basis.
  • Selects, develops and evaluates staff.
  • Assigns and oversees training of staff to meet evolving needs of the building/services. These services include the supervision of receiving staff and management of 3rd party vendor-stockroom contracts and activities.
  • Works with QB3 leadership to implement nefw programs and inititatives.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge in the areas of building space planning, California bulding codes, capacity, security, fire safety, organization and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
  • Advanced interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Advanced skills in working collaboratively and influencing others.
  • Advanced knowledge of architectural or engineering concepts.
  • Advanced skill to multi-task and effectively prioritize large project work.
  • Advanced project management skills to effectively manage highly complex, specialized and/or time-sensitive projects.
  • Advanced knowledge and skill regarding specialized research needs in space planning and advanced skill to effectively translate needs to professional architects and engineers.
  • Strong understanding of the equipment, facilities and systems infrastructure requirements of cutting-edge life science research spanning biology, chemistry and engineering.
  • Understanding of relevant specifications, failure modes, repair cycles, etc.

  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to think quickly and make decisions in fast paced, complex and time sensitive situations.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies with appropriate composure and leadership
  • Advanced political acumen and negotiation skills.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $110,800.00 - $146,200.00/annually.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a full-time, Career position.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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