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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Associate Director, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD)

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3059

UW Job Family: 3E

SOC Code: 13-1111

Pay Grade: 23

Date: July 01, 2006

Job Purpose:

Assists director with operational, financial and personnel functions of the department; acts as director in his/her absence; manages department's infrastructure; assists with hiring and supervising department and project employees; researches and writes grant proposals; performs field research studies, compiles and analyzes data, prepares reports and presentations; answers questions concerning department and research; collaborates with researchers, agency personnel and others.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree


2 years work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

Valid driver's license

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Ecology with vegetation, soil and/or related sciences theories, concepts and identification methods and techniques.
  • Field vegetation research studies, techniques and methods.
  • Basic and routine climate concepts and theories.
  • Project and time management concepts, methods and practices.
  • Supervisory methods, concepts and practices.
  • Communication concepts, methods and practices.
  • Applicable University, state and federal laws, regulations and policies.
  • Budget development and management theory, concepts and methods.
  • Personal computer applications applicable to area.
  • Relational database information management systems methods, concepts and practices.
  • Geographical computer systems methods, concepts and practices.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Assist director with hiring, training and supervising department employees.
  • Search for funding resources and write research grant proposals.
  • Manage project design, development and operations, including hiring, training and supervising project staff.
  • Conduct field research studies.
  • Identify large proportion of native and exotic plants in Wyoming to genus and many to species.
  • Collect and handle plant specimens.
  • Effectively navigate with map, compass and global positioning system receivers.
  • Analyze soil profiles and collect data on soils.
  • Competently use computer applications such as spreadsheet, relational databases including geographical computer information systems and statistical analysis applications.
  • Effectively communicate, orally and in written format.
  • Perform data analysis, write and edit reports, and create and give research presentations.
  • Meet multiple deadlines and prioritize work load.
  • Travel and work in remote field sites regularly, sometimes in inclement weather.
  • Have hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity to operate, test and maintain field research equipment and vehicles.
  • Assist director in developing, managing, and monitoring budget preparation, analysis, and expenditures.
  • Move up to 50 pounds regularly.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Assists director with operational, financial and personnel functions of the department.

Acts as director in his/her absence with decision and signature authority for the department, as directed.

Manages department's infrastructure; assists with hiring and supervising department staff.

Researches, writes grants, and acquires funding for field research projects.

Designs and conducts field research studies to collect new information and incorporate it into the database.

Perform data compilation, analysis, interpretation, report writing, and prepare and give research presentations.

Review published and unpublished literature for related information, and determine what to incorporate into databases and reports.

Hire, train, and supervise project staff; manage multiple research projects; oversee project operations including monitoring expenditures and acquiring further funding.

Answer questions concerning department and those directly related to vegetation types and wetland types.

Collaborate with researchers, agency personnel and others.

Assists director with department budget development, and monitoring expenditures.

Supplemental Functions:

Recommend or purchase equipment and supplies for research projects.

Keep current in technology, research, and developments in area of expertise and in areas related to projects.

Working Conditions:

Shop and office environment. Regular travel to work at remote field study research sites, sometimes in inclement weather conditions; constant exposure to noise, dust, dirt, temperature changes, mechanical and electrical hazards.

Distinguishing Features:

Associate Director: The Associate Director level acts with full-delegated authority as Director. As the Unit Administrator directs the operational, financial, and personnel functions of the unit including fiscal planning and management and strategic planning, hiring, firing, grievances and conflict resolutions, employee evaluations. The majority of support staff report directly to this level. The Associate Director level is the senior level and direct successor to the Unit's Appointing Authority in their absence. 

Assistant Director: The Assistant Director assists the Unit Administrator with the operational, financial, and personnel functions of the unit or directs a specified entity within the unit.

In a Unit with both an Associate Director and Assistant Director level, the Associate Director level is the level with a much broader scope of responsibility and is called upon to "act as Director with full decision-making authority in their absence." In a Unit with only one level (either an Associate Director or an Assistant Director), whichever level is present may be called on to temporarily "act on behalf of Director in their absence, as directed."

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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