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Katie Jacoby

Executive Director of Administration, CLASSE
128 Newman Lab, 201J Pine Tree Road, 453 Physical Sciences Building (PSB)
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-4158

Katie Jacoby

CLASSE encompasses a broad and highly complex variety of scientific initiatives and infrastructure (~$1B capital equipment), funding sources (~$50M annual expenditures), scientific user programs (~1,200 annual visitors), staff/academics (~240), and graduate students, undergraduate summer students/employees (~75). CLASSE also supports 20+ faculty members of Cornell.

As Executive Director of Administration at CLASSE, Katie is responsible for the entire laboratory encompassing three centers and numerous research programs at CLASSE. Katie works with the CLASSE Director to deliver strategic development, shape direction, and implementation affecting all business operations including, but not limited to Finance, Budget, Planning, HR, Information Technology, Communications and Marketing, Safety, and Facilities.

Katie partners with the principal investigators of CLASSE to provide leadership of sponsored research administration with 50+ active awards. She directs the resolution of grant and contract issues and promotes related compliance. As Executive Director of CLASSE, Katie oversees the preparation of grant and contract proposals.

Katie is responsible for CLASSE’s human resources functions serving faculty, academic and non-academic staff, and students. Katie provides direction for HR strategies and implements organizational development initiatives to support the growth of the lab.

Working closely with Cornell and CLASSE leadership, Katie ensures Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are rooted in the culture, scientific activities, and hiring practices of the lab.

As the Executive Director of Administration, Katie is responsible for the planning and operational support for CLASSE facilities including developing and overseeing long-range facilities plans. Facilities include Wilson Synchrotron Laboratory, Newman Laboratory, and the Physical Sciences Building, in addition to CLASSE's various storage and technical facilities. Katie Develops and oversees capital planning of these facilities, while prioritizing space needs, and directing design and financial management of renovations, construction, remodeling, and repairs for these facilities.

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