Assistant Director LAR Husbandry Operations

Tallahassee, FL
Feb 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 41292

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Apply On Or Before: 01/01/9999


Laboratory Animal Resources


Overseeing the daily operations of the animal vivaria and support areas of all LAR oversight facilities. Directly supervises the functions and activities of LAR animal care staff. Schedules, assigns and re-assigns work to ensure efficient utilization of manpower, equipment and facilities. Directs and assesses animal care staff in procedures necessary to ensure disease control and treatment programs as determined by veterinary staff. When necessary, coordinates the reporting of animal health problems from the animal care staff to appropriate paraprofessional and professional staff and/or research lab members. Coordinates hiring, orienting, training, assessing, disciplinary action and termination procedures for LAR animal care staff. Participate in development and implementation of quality assurance and compliance programs related to animal care and related activities to ensure standards conform to AAALAC, USDA, Guide, IACUC and department policies and guidelines. Serves as backup to LAR animal care technicians On-call staff.
Conducts inspections of animal facilities to ensure maintenance of required sanitation standards; observes and reports noticeable changes in facilities. Provides detailed written inspection reports of all the animal facilities routinely to the LAR Director. Participates in department and IACUC inspections, AAALAC site visits and other regulatory visits.
Initiates and/or participates in the development and implementation of written protocols (standard operating procedures) for animal care, sanitation, environmental monitoring, and related activities necessary for appropriate functioning of the animal vivaria and support areas. Ensures that animal care staff follow established operating procedures. Participates in development and implementation of quality assurance and compliance programs related to animal care and related activities to ensure standards conform to AAALAC, USDA, Guide, IACUC and department policies and guidelines. Attends regional or national meetings periodically in order to remain current with industry standards and to promote teamwork and growth in LAR.
Determines needs and makes recommendations for staffing and new/replacement equipment and/or services. Works with LAR administrative team in cost analysis and auxiliary rate setting. Reviews animal orders and research needs, assesses space availability and assigns housing/procedure space within departmental guidelines. Participates in and provides input for planning, design and commissioning of renovations and new spaces. Participates in emergency response planning and contingency planning for animal facilities.
Ensures that equipment and facilities are maintained in operational condition. Ensures that equipment or facility issues are reported in a timely fashion and follows through to ensure the problems are resolved. Responsible for Information and inventory management such as approving time and leave for animal care staff, assessing inventories, coordinating supply orders while remaining within budgetary constraints.


Bachelor's Degree and 4 years of experience or Post High School Education and Experience totaling 8 years, with a minimum of an Associate's Degree and 6 years of experience.
Current LATG Certification issued by AALAS
Effective communication and collaboration that produces productive working relationships with animal research program users.
Experience working in a laboratory animal facility.
Experience supervising and managing staff.
Ability to lift items up to 50lbs.
Ability to work an on-call rotation that may require after hours, holiday or weekend work as needed.
Valid driver's license
Must pass post offer physical examination.


Bachelor's or Master's Degree
Experience in project management
CMAR Certification
Five years' experience working as staff manager in a research animal facility.

Other Information

This position requires talking on the phone/in-person, typing on a keyboard frequently, standing/walking frequently and sitting frequently.

Contact Info

Dr. Kathleen Harper (850) 644-4262

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position. Salary is commensurate with experience.


If not otherwise specified, schedule is M-F, 8-5 This position is considered essential and may require after hours, holiday or weekend work as needed.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service. Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Open until filled

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

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