TITLE Manager Animal Research Facilities
CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 1064
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of Research Administration
MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Vice President for Research and Economic Development and International Programs
The Manager, Animal Research Facilities serves as manager of the University's animal research facilities and coordinates animal care, standards, and training for animal care. The Manager, Animal Research Facilities ensures the humane, responsible, and scientifically or instructionally sound use of animals at the University by enforcing compliance with all University, state and federal regulations in University animal facilities.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in a biological or animal science or a related field is required.
Experience: At least two years of experience in animal care and facilities, with at least one year of experience at a University facility, is required. Experience with the care of rodents, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and agricultural animals is required. Experience in laboratory animal facilities management is required. At least one year of conducting scientific research is required.
Certification: Must be an American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Certified Lab Animal Technician (LAT).
Skills: Must have knowledge of regulations and national standards relating to the care and use of animals in research and education, issues pertaining to the care and use of animals in research and education, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) responsibilities and procedures, and the role and value of animal use in biological research. Strong organizational, communication, interpersonal, and teaching skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. An understanding of accounting and budget preparation is preferred. An understanding of databases in order to access records is preferred.
Effort: Occasional lifting and carrying of materials and equipment weighing up to fifty pounds is required. Normal color vision is required in order to conduct experiments.
Other: Work hours may include weekends and holidays. Must respond to after-hour emergency calls when necessary. This position is designated “sensitive” as defined by University policy. This position may include job duties, responsibilities, or activities that are subject to export control regulations.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Manages the operational activities of all University animal research facilities by training and monitoring faculty, students, and staff in the appropriate care, handling, and use of animals, maintaining formal, regular communication with all departments and faculty engaged in animal research, engaging in hands-on involvement in procedures and in routine animal husbandry activities, and maintaining accurate records on animal health and animal usage.
2. Ensures the humane, responsible, and scientifically or instructionally sound use of animals at the University by maintaining current knowledge of laboratory animal science as well as regulations and standards affecting the use of animals in research and education, ensuring that the care of animals and condition of facility environment are in compliance with federal regulations, and conducting regular inspections of animal care and use facilities.
3. In coordination with the IACUC and Office of Research Administration, develops and implements institutional animal care and use policies, programs, and standard operating procedures to comply with regulations and nationally accepted standards such as the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
4. Advises the administration on budgetary matters affecting the animal research facilities.
5. Prepares reports to governmental agencies in compliance with regulations and policies, in collaboration with the Office of Research Administration.
6. Pre-reviews submissions to the IACUC and conducts post-approved monitoring of research protocols.
7. Advises the Office of Research Administration and the IACUC regarding potential issues affecting the use of animals in research and education.
8. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the supervisor.
10. Supports the Office of Research Administration by performing all other duties as assigned.
The Manager, Animal Research Facilities is supervised by the Director of Research Administration.
OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
REVISED APRIL 2014