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St. John's University


Director of Laboratories

Administrative/Professional --> College of Pharmacy & Health Sci

Queens, NY
ID: 218997-951

St. John’s established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University’s outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John’s University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations. 


A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission.  As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John’s is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community.  We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution.  As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.  


Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences 

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 



Position Title:     Director of Laboratories 


Organizational Structure: This individual is employed as a full-time administrator in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and works under the direction and supervision of the Chairperson of the Department. 


Position Function:  This individual is responsible for the direction, delivery and quality of all of the laboratory instruction offered by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. 



  • Knowledge of Human anatomy, Pharmacology, Physiology, Microbiology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Clinical Pharmacy, compounding, Pharmacogenomics, Biochemistry and has advanced knowledge in the theories and practices of lab techniques and their applications. 
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills. 
  • Excellent organizational and team management skills exhibiting effective leadership and team development. 
  • Ability to work with a diverse student population and implement policies and goals that include diversity. 
  • Extensive experience and judgement to address student concerns and resolve student issues. 
  • Ability to function independently and make decisions to improve the quality of laboratory areas and instruction methods. 
  • Experience with curriculum, standards, regulations and procedures required to ensure that all Lab exercises cohere with the competencies of the pharmacy and allied health curricula. 
  • Expertise of synchronizing laboratory topics in the Biomedical, Toxicology, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Practice with the lectures and design and incorporate lab exercise to include recent advances and good professional practices. 
  • Working knowledge of federal/state government animal handling, safety and drug licensing regulations to supervise ordering and use of lab materials and equipment. 
  • Working knowledge of computer software required to manage information and implement technologies in the classroom to improve student learning. 
  • Creativity and interest to ensure the highest standards of quality and service; flexibility to adapt to changes in student and instructor population and course curricula. 



  • Staff supervision: 1 Assistant Lab Director, 2 lab supervisors, 1 lab technician, ~75 lab instructors (teaching fellows and graduate assistants). Evaluates lab supervisors and completes written performance evaluations and/or disciplinary notices as required. Assigns duties & schedules and supervises lab supervisors. 
  • Trains lab supervisors and provides technical assistance, solutions, and support to perform their tasks.  These include, but are not limited to; scheduling of rooms and (graduate assistants and teaching fellows), using computer databases to organize and retrieve information and records, training, evaluating and promoting lab instructors, mentoring and disciplining, conducting lab meetings, ordering, purchasing and storage of lab materials and equipment, managing facility and safety issues, handling student emergencies, distributing student rosters, assignments and grading applying scientific learning methods and technologies for such as Canvas and multimedia in the lab room, and educating them in the latest laboratory methods and protocols and provide opportunities for development. 
  • Leads and directs assistant lab director and lab supervisors to develop a solid leadership team. 
  • Leads meetings with assistant lab director and lab supervisors to provide information on upcoming semester. 
  • Works closely with chair of the Department, provides information to the chair as needed for the planning process 
  • Provides support to faculty in lab related issues as deemed necessary by the chair. 
  • Provides input in writing the lab course syllabi to faculty committees as assigned by the chair. 
  • Directs, establishes and plans the overall policies and goals for undergraduate student laboratory courses. 
  • Establishes policies and procedures for daily operations of all labs and develops technical and procedural documentation for both external and internal use needs and operations. 
  • Provides input for designing student surveys and regular and routine follow-up and updates to supervisors and instructors on classroom evaluations, student surveys, attendance issues, grades. 
  • Set goals for students and instructors and develop and implement strategies that foster student learning. 
  • Responsible for the development of the lab instructors (teaching fellows and graduate assistants) and provides training to develop their teaching skills, assess students and maintain records and effectively to teach the lab course.  This may include such as but not limited to workshop, lab meetings mock presentations. 
  • Monitors lab room activities and instructors to verify that the instructors follow the syllabus, and that the instructors are well prepared, delivers instruction with enthusiasm, communicates effectively with students and the grading methods are standardized. 
  • Determine disciplinary measures for lab instructors who do not follow guidelines on a consistent basis. 
  • Writes and updates lab procedures and policies and Lab manuals and reviews them to ensure that the current information is current. 
  • Troubleshoots lab exercises and provides solutions for problems related with student techniques and lab related activities.  
  • Organizes and participates in the orientation of new instructors. 
  • Communicates and responds with student’s emails and issues in a timely fashion and advises them when necessary. This will be done in conjunction with faculty who are assigned to the labs. 
  • Assist the faculty members assigned to the labs in contacting absent students; and works with the lab instructor to educate and assist students to understand & conform to PHS policies/procedures, code of conduct, & regulation.  
  • Oversees the organization of lab rooms, lab materials and equipment. 
  • Assesses the needs of the lab materials and gets approvals for purchasing equipment and lab materials from the department chair. 
  • Manages lab operations to remain within budgetary constraints and improve operating margins. 
  • Ensures that all student and staff information and data collected is safe and secure. 
  • Participate in the open house and other activities to promote St. John’s University and the laboratory courses. 
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities assigned by chair of department. 



  • MS Degree in Biomedical Sciences/Pharmaceutical Sciences or related field with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the instruction of undergraduate labs. 
  • Advanced Knowledge in the theories and practices of current lab techniques and practices of current lab techniques and their applications. 


All persons hired are required to be vaccinated and boosted against the COVID-19 virus, subject to the reasonable accommodation provisions of applicable law. 


This position may be relocated to any of St. John’s University’s physical locations at any time 



St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events. 


Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education. 


St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

This position is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY. View the Google Map in full screen.