University Classification: Program Coordinator
Job Code: PAD1
Pay Level: 4A
Position #: new
Org/Dept/Sub-dept #: 90- 9180 00117010
Position Reports to: Michael Pentella

Position Specific Summary:

This Professional and Scientific position will be filled as either a Program Coordinator (PAD1) or Program Manager (PAD2) based on candidate qualifications and interview evaluation. To express interest for consideration at both levels, please apply to both requisitions, 21004848 and 21004849.

The State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) is seeking a Training Supervisor to serve as the primary training and education coordinator. The Training Supervisor will be the point of contact for all training and education needs, identify training needs, design and oversee the delivery of training to appropriate staff and external partners, and represent SHL at Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) with a team of training and education coordinators.

Permanent remote or telework may be considered.

Key Areas of Responsibilities and Specific Job Tasks

Key Areas of Responsibility

Specific Job Duties and Tasks

Operational and Financial Management

· Responsible for overall development and ongoing management of programs and services. Implement and plan new programs and services. Evaluate program operation in meeting stated objectives. Direct budget development, oversee budget operations, and assure issues are resolved.

· Provide Education/Training information for the SHL Annual Report

· Analyze recommendations and develop policies. Develop projects aligned with grant availability. Write internal and external grant proposals. Complete and submit internal/external grant reports.

Develop Instructional Materials

· Oversee the work of others who provide instructional support. Collaborate on identification of curriculum needs. May evaluate student skills. Provide consulting and instructional services for lab, program, center, and/or studio. Design, plan, coordinate and conduct training classes.

Communication and Outreach

· Coordinate the SHL Internship Program.

· Counsel and provide liaison with appropriate individuals/agencies regarding program or service.

· Serve as a liaison for SHL fellowships and associates

· Manage the SHL Education/Training Webpage

· Determine communication strategy to promote a program. Present to professional groups. Develop educational programs.

· Serve on the UI Trainer Network through Organizational Development and continue to look for ways SHL can partner with other UI departments for collaborative training.

· Liaison for educational outreach and for the development of partnerships such as the collaboration with Kirkwood for the MLT program.


· Develop and implement policies and practices of a culture that supports staff engagement in the workplace.

Strategic Planning

· Assist in the coordination/preparation of strategic plans in support of the program or service.

· Pull together training information requested each year by the UI for the Board of Regents

· Lead on Education/Training goals/strategies.

· Recommend or may develop strategic plan for the program. Implement strategic plan. Develop strategy for budget priorities.

Quality Improvement

· Manage program change in accordance with change management plan to control scope, cost and contracts. Audit results in order to align the program/project outcomes with stakeholder expectations and standards.

Instruct, Train, Consult, Support

· Provide technical, administrative and artistic support for instructors and students for a course, lab, program, center, and/or studio.

· May include support for classroom technologies. Coordinate and provide instruction as directed. Instruct on safe operation of equipment.

Universal Competencies

Collaboration/Positive Impact

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner and utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and respectful manner while appreciating the unique contribution of an inclusive workforce that brings together the talents of people across multiple identities, including: race, creed, color, religion, national origins, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Service Excellence/Customer Focus

Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.

Technical Competencies

Planning: Tactical, Strategic


· Contributes to short-term operational plans.

· Monitors progress of work against plan as required to meet objectives.

· Reports variances and makes agreed-upon corrections.

· Under guidance, develops tactical plan for own direct responsibility.

· Anticipates and adapts to plan changes.

Process Management


· Explains differences between a process and a project.

· Describes key business processes in own area.

· Identifies process management initiatives in own area.

· Interprets process flow diagrams.

Training Delivery


· Addresses unique techniques for stand-up instruction, technical population or topic implementation.

· Interprets basic do's and don'ts for stand-up instructional delivery (platform competencies).

· Assists in the delivery and the evaluation of training program components.

· Participates in 'dry-runs' for own training program as well as outside training programs.

· Focuses on learning objectives while managing participant questions and concerns.

Effective Communications (Extensive)

· Communicates well downward, upward, and outward.

· Employs appropriate methods of persuasion when soliciting agreement.

· Maintains focus on the topic at hand.

· Adapts documents and presentations for the intended audience.

· Reviews others' writing or presentations and provides feedback and coaching.

· Demonstrates both empathy and assertiveness when communicating a need or defending a position.Coaches others on methods of improving their own communications.

· Monitors developments in communications tools for potential use by organization.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his or her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.

As part of performing the key areas of responsibility and competencies described above, staff members are expected to meet reasonable standards of work quality and quantity, as well as expectations for attendance established by their supervisor. Staff members are also expected to comply with policies governing employee responsibilities and conduct, including those contained in the University Operations Manual.

Proficiency levels are defined as:

Basic Application - Uses basic understanding of the field to perform job duties; may need some guidance on job duties; applies learning to recommend options to address unusual situations.

Working Experience - Successfully completes diverse tasks of the job; applies and enhances knowledge and skill in both usual and unusual issues; needs minimal guidance in addressing unusual situations.

Extensive Experience - Performs without assistance; recognized as a resource to others; able to translate complex nuances to others; able to improve processes; focus on broad issues.

Expert/Leader - Seen as an expert and/or leader; guides, troubleshoots; has strategic focus; applies knowledge and skill across or in leading multiple projects/orgs; demonstrates knowledge of trends in field; leads in developing new processes.

Position Qualifications

Education or Equivalency Required

A Bachelor’s degree in Education, Training, Outreach, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Required Qualification

· 1-3 years Experience managing educational/instructional programs, including research projects, extra-curricular activities, and/or academic planning.

· 1-3 years supervisory experience of staff in a professional setting.

· Demonstrate the ability to review and use process improvement tools and techniques and ability to understand, monitor, update, or enhance existing business or work processes.

· Demonstrated experience with meeting/event coordination, and project management.

· Demonstrate the ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner.

· Must have the experience and ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.

· Communicating for Effective Relationships: Demonstrates a working proficiency in ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborate manner, including strong writing, public speaking and presentation skills.

· Working knowledge of Windows and MS Office, including experience with web conferencing solutions such as Zoom, Teams, Skype for Business.

Desired Qualification

· Familiarity with the State Hygienic Laboratory, or Associate of Public Health Laboratories, or other Public Health laboratory setting.

· Familiarity with state and federal policies or regulations in a clinical laboratory, or public health laboratory setting.

See requisition # 21004848 at

Applicable background checks will be conducted.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.