Assistant Director of Husbandry and Operations

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

Req ID: 26067

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Assistant Director of Husbandry and Operations has overall responsibility for the management and operations of the Department of Veterinary Resources (DVR) vivaria to include: proper housing and husbandry; management of staff hiring, training and safety programs, census reporting, billing, space planning and other logistical support. The primary responsibility of the Assistant Director of Husbandry and Operations is creation and maintenance of a work environment that is conducive to employee development and positive relations with many different stakeholders to include research faculty, scientists, the IACUC,service providers, vendors and external agency representatives. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with the Project Manager, Vivarial Facilities and Planning (PMVFP) to ensure timely completion of ongoing activities, provide exceptional service to the research customers, and manage day to day operations of the program.

Job Responsibilities

Operational Management

  • In collaboration with Sr. Director DVR and Administrative Manager, establish cost effective best practices; direct, provide oversight for, and enhance efficiency and harmonization of the animal husbandry and technical support services provided by the DVR animal husbandry teams.
  •  Collaborate with the PMVFP on equipment maintenance in both vivaria, and liaise with Physical Plant to arrange repairs and preventive maintenance of building systems.
  •  Manage vendor and service provider contracts to enhance service quality and reduce costs. 
  • Work closely with Sr. Director DVR and others to write, review and update all DVR standard operating procedures (SOPs), orientation trainings and Emergency Preparedness plans. Develop, implement, update and ensure documentation of operations staff training.
  •  Work with Facility Supervisors, DVR Veterinarians and Quality Assurance personnel to ensure compliance with all relevant Occupational Health and Safety requirements to include work with hazardous materials.

Personnel Management 

  • Plan and manage all operations personnel and resources including material, physical and equipment and third party service providers in current vivaria. 
  • Establish and maintain operating metrics for cost accounting and tracking purposes. In coordination with Administrative Manager and Senior Director, plan and manage capital and operating budgets and forecasts. 
  • Hire, supervise, coach, mentor and provide associated performance management for DVR Facility Supervisors and Animal Care personnel. 
  • In concert with Human Resources, ensure best practices are followed in all matters pertaining to employee relations, training, evaluation and performance reviews.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Regulatory Compliance 

  • Participate in obtaining and maintaining compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, guidelines, policies, accreditation requirements and industry standards governing the humane care and use of animals in preclinical research and testing (to include the Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the US Animal Welfare Act, US Public Health Service Policies, and AAALAC accreditation requirements).


Other institutional responsibilities

  •  Additional managerial and supervisory responsibilities may be added at the institution’s discretion.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

LATG, CMAR and/or ILAM certification through AALAS

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Bachelor’s degree

Required Experience:

  •  Prior experience working with collective bargaining unit.
  •  Minimum of ten (10) years’ progressive experience in laboratory animal medicine. 
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a supervisory/leadership role in an AAALAC-accredited laboratory animal facility. 
  • Experience in the planning, design, development or redevelopment, commissioning and operation of new or existing vivaria. 
  • Experience in planning and managing capital and operating budgets and forecasting. 
  • Direct experience with regulatory processes and associated audits (IACUC, USDA, AAALAC).

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience: Minimum of ten (10) years’ progressive experience working as a vivarium manager in an AAALAC accredited laboratory animal research setting.

Experience in establishing and maintaining operating metrics for cost accounting and tracking purposes.

Additional Technical Requirements

  •  Working knowledge of animal welfare regulations, guidelines, policies and AAALAC accreditation requirements. Working knowledge of occupational health and safety requirements. Ability to work cross functionally on process improvements.
  •  Sincere commitment to the health and welfare of animals used in research.
  •  Ability to maintain organization in a fast paced, changing environment and to manage change.
  •  Strong client focus, leadership, teamwork, verbal and written interpersonal communication skills.
  •  Proven ability to interface in a professional manner with employees, clients, scientists and other stakeholders.
  •  Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office) and experience with databases.
  •  Strong problem-solving, time-management and organizational skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of regulatory and compliance requirements related to animals care/use in research.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

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