Animal Care Manager, Senior

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Purpose of Classification:

Manage and coordinate the daily operation of multiple facilities and/or large facilities with multiple animal species and highly complex operations.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the seventh in a series of seven classifications. This position is distinguished from the Animal Care Manager in that the incumbent coordinates programmatic aspects of animal care that affect multiple facilities and a wide variety of species. The incumbent serves as project manager and/or liaison to outside entities to facilitate security, ensure regulatory compliance (GLP, hazard use, etc.), continually improve husbandry infrastructure and operations, and develop programmatic policies and procedures for animal care and use. Incumbents are typically assigned to manage a home facility or a complex departmental service unit that operates in multiple facilities, but are expected to provide coaching and guidance to animal care managers in other facilities on complex issues related to management of husbandry personnel, investigator non-compliance, and animal research support, to include the housing, feeding and daily care of potentially any animal species used in research. The work schedule includes weekends and participation in the Animal Care holiday rotation.

Example of Duties:

  • Manage and coordinate the daily operation of multiple facilities and/or large facilities with multiple animal species and highly complex operations
  • Establish and develop procedures for the animal care procedures and daily operations in accord with policies and procedures set forth by the University and external regulatory agencies
  • Assist with preparation of the AAALAC program description
  • Assess the need for capital equipment/improvements, supplies and services; take appropriate action within budgetary parameters
  • Research and evaluate products, equipment, methods and procedures related to husbandry and cage wash services
  • Serve as husbandry lead for departmental planning of goals and objectives and the development of policies and procedures for animal use
  • Coordinate the holiday and emergency on call rotation to ensure all specialized work areas are covered by properly trained employees
  • Supervise multiple full-time employees, or their equivalent, on a daily basis
  • Coordinate and assign work schedules for husbandry and/or cage wash staff to ensure balanced workloads and efficient work flow
  • Coordinate and oversee the training of new and existing employees in the husbandry and/or cage wash areas
  • Coordinate animal room moves to accommodate investigators, facility renovations and repairs
  • Allocate and assign space for animals, to include provision of space for incoming animals in coordination with the procurement section and researchers
  • Provide coaching or counseling for employees, in accord with UA guidelines
  • Evaluate staffing needs for assigned facility/service unit to ensure appropriate staffing levels are maintained to meet departmental goals
  • Facilitate posting of new positions for the husbandry section on the HR website
  • Review applications, interview and hire new employees
  • May serve on selection committees for recruitment of higher level departmental positions
  • Review facility access and key requests to ensure all requirements have been met prior to approving admission to facilities
  • Review and approve performance appraisals as needed at the 3 and 6 month probationary time points; complete performance appraisals for direct reports yearly; meet with employees regularly to discuss current work performance and future goals
  • Develop new SOPs, review and revise existing SOPs
  • Consult with researchers and research staff about experiments involving animal use
  • Participate in public outreach programs on the benefits of biomedical research, such as provision of facility tours
  • Participate in the semi-annual inspections of satellite facilities
  • Develop and/or participate in the animal care training program for researchers, staff and students; prepare and present associated material
  • Prepare and maintain reports and files required for regulatory compliance and daily operations
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of managerial and leadership practices and principles, to include project management and human resource management
  • Knowledge of the environmental conditions necessary for the care and use of laboratory animals
  • Knowledge in the usage and maintenance of animal equipment and supplies
  • Highly knowledgeable in research animal husbandry ensuring ability to work with and care for a variety of animals, including rodents, non-human primates, other mammals, birds, and poikilotherms
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate via email
  • Able to communicate in a professional, positive and helpful manner with coworkers, management and research community
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs several times throughout the day and work in an environment that requires continuous bending, stooping, twisting and turning
  • Able to maneuver large cages and cage racks within the facility, which are on wheels and can weigh well over 150 lbs

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a Biological or Animal Science related field AND six years animal husbandry experience which includes at least three years of direct supervisory experience; OR
  • Bachelor's degree in Biological Science or related field AND eight years animal husbandry experience which includes at least five years of direct supervisory experience; OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources
  • American Association of Laboratory Animal Science certification as a Laboratory Animal Technologist.
  • Possession of a current Arizona Class "D" driver's license upon employment
  • Upon employment:
    - Complete required UA and FBI background clearance checks
    - Complete Risk Assessment Questionnaire and evaluation by Occupational Health
    - Complete required TB testing yearly with negative test result
    - Receive vaccinations as deemed necessary or that are required to work with certain biohazards
    - Be fitted with the proper personal protection equipment for working with biohazards, which requires having minimal facial hair
    American Association of Laboratory Animal Science certification as a Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR)
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