Administrative Director, Center for Quantum Networks | Wyant College of Optical Sciences

Date Posted: 
Friday, August 20, 2021
Position Location: 
Tucson, AZ
Job Description: 
Posting Number req6652
Department James C Wyant Coll Optical Sci
Department Website Link
Location Main Campus
Address 1630 E University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721 USA
Position Highlights The Center for Quantum Networks is seeking an Administrative Director (AD). Candidates with a history of strong research contributions will be considered for a courtesy title of Research Professor in the Wyant College of Optical Sciences.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities

As a key member of the management team, the Administrative Director will serve the entire ERC as the guardian of resources, policies, and myriad detail. To be effective, the AD must have some knowledge of all center activities and maintain a big-picture perspective. The AD will need to consider the needs of all stakeholders (NSF and the ERC program, academic and industrial partners, funding sponsors, faculty, students, foreign collaborators, and staff) and balance potentially competitive internal resource demands among research, education, technology transfer, and management initiatives.

  • Hiring, supervision, and development of center administrative personnel and management of documents/human resource policies for academic, research, and student appointments in compliance with university personnel regulations.
  • Responsibility for budgeting, accounting, and reporting in order to maximize efficient use of funding, while ensuring compliance with rules and regulations. Manage all CQN facilities at UArizona.
  • Oversight of management information system and report generation process (multiple reports to sponsoring agencies, university) and response to requests with accurate and timely information in format required. Responsible for access and analysis of Center's data plus storage to meet security and accessibility requirements.
  • Managing the Center as the primary point of contact for NSF and public. Serve as liaison with member universities. Guardianship of university and agency system requirements (federal regulations, proposal processing, etc.) and responsibility for networking with university administration and NSF to keep abreast of latest changes. Event management, communications, and public relations, as assigned.
  • Serve on the leadership team, and work with pillar and thrust leads to achieve the goals of the Center. NSF Engineering Research Centers are dynamic organizations serving industry, university, and government needs in rapidly changing high technology areas. As a complex organization, the ERC has multiple missions (research, education, and service) and is accountable to multiple funding sources (federal, state, local, university, and private).
  • The AD reports directly to the Center Director and will manage multiple fiscal years; many different sets of rules and regulations; an annual budget in excess of $10 million; oversee full-and part-time researchers, faculty, and students at multiple institutions.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree and 9 years of relevant experience to include 5 years of managerial experience or a Master’s degree and 7 years of relevant experience to include 5 years of managerial experience.
  • Experience in program management and direction involving large interdisciplinary complex engineering projects.
  • A strong background in engineering or large-scale experimental science projects.
Preferred Qualifications



  • Experience in NSF centers such as ERC, STC and PFC is highly desirable.
  • Experience with NSF process.
  • Expertise in a quantum information technology area and/or integrated photonics and/or optical networking technologies is highly desirable.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Fiscal
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay DOE
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Grade 13
Career Stream and Level M4
Job Family Research Program Admin
Job Function Research
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies 1
Target Hire Date 9/20/2021
Expected End Date  
Contact Information for Candidates Brianna Moreno:
Open Date 8/20/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter
Special Instructions to Applicant  
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