1064 Manager Animal Research Facilities


TITLE Manager Animal Research Facilities




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.


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.


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.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 4 - 2300 Points: Knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, methods and techniques of an administrative, managerial, or professional field such as accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, engineering, social sciences, communications, education, law, or medicine. Knowledge permits the employee to complete assignments by applying established methods to recurring types of projects/problems susceptible to well-documented precedents or to schedule, plan, and carry out precedented projects. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out precedented projects requiring considerable experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty along with significant related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with substantial work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with substantial work experience. Knowledge requirements generally also include a significant amount of related work experience and may include administrative or supervisory experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 2 - 130 Points: Regular, but limited, supervision, training, or directing the work assignments of (a) small numbers of student, part-time or temporary workers, or (b) one or more permanent, full-time employees. The nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 400 Points: Work involves services including collecting, processing, and disseminating information and providing advice to others. Work activities may be complex and likely affect the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services to the extent that others rely on the advice given in order to make decisions. Work activities typically affect the efficiency of the department but have relatively minor effects on operations within the cost center. Individuals in jobs at this level are often responsible for actively documenting, monitoring, and controlling expenditures. Incumbents may recommend minor expenditures, but have no substantive authority over budgets.