Sr. Manager, DVR Husbandry Operations

Coral Gables, Florida
Mar 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Oversees daily activities and operations of the animal facilities of the Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR). Supervises and coordinates activities among Animal Husbandry Supervisors. Specific functions include directing animal husbandry operations, maintenance, workflow, procurement, and logistics in accordance with established quality control standards and policies and regulations that govern animal care and use. Acts as advisor to supervisors to meet schedules and/or resolve technical problems.

Accountabilities (For Non-exempt Employees Include Percent of Effort):

Oversees animal husbandry activities and in DVR, actively manages the day-to-day operations of animal facilities under the direction of the Director, and contributes information and ideas in development of strategy and operational initiatives.

  • Participates in all facility inspections by internal and external regulatory bodies.
  • Coordinates Animal Husbandry Supervisors with an emphasis on periodic performance appraisals based on facilities inspections and staff performance. Assigns and assists with special projects. Serves as a mentor and guide to the Husbandry Supervisors and establish annual DVR goals. Provides guidance as requested on hiring, training, promotions, and employee issues.
  • Interprets, implements, develops and/or recommends changes in rules, regulations, policies and procedures set forth by DVR or outside regulatory agencies. Develops and approves standard operating procedures (SOP) for the Division's animal husbandry staff.
  • Quality Assurance oversight of all policies.
  • Assists the Director in maintaining institutional AAALAC accreditation and ensuring compliance with all federal, state and local regulations.
  • Assists the Director in oversight of all campus facilities, including frequent inspections of facilities and providing assistance to Facilities supervisors and Physical Plant personnel to address facilities maintenance or animal care issues. Responsible for the maintenance of all facilities to ensure they are in compliance with USDA and Public Health Service (PHS) regulations and guidelines.
  • Inspects animal facilities to ensure human care and use of animals in research; ensures all animals are maintained in conditions that are consistent with accreditation standards. Works closely with Departmental Clinical Veterinarians to address issues that could negatively impact animal health.
  • Manages DVR capital equipment inventory. Maintains supply and equipment inventories to meet animal husbandry needs. Proposes purchase of necessary major equipment such as caging, equipment, and materials management supplies. Prepares specifications for equipment and assist with its purchase. Ensures compliance with appropriate regulations and standards.
  • Contributes towards the development of budgets and operational forecasts. Assists in monitoring assigned budget and identifying opportunities for increasing revenue and containing costs and ensuring compliance with policies.
  • Assists the Director to assign animal housing space and make recommendations for increasing housing space.
  • Assists with facility renovations and new construction projects. Recommends and oversees staffing of new facilities. Recommends large equipment purchases such as cage washers, autoclaves, automatic watering systems, and environmental monitoring systems. Acts as consultant for construction materials that are appropriate for animal research facilities. Identifies areas where facility upgrades are necessary and obtains cost estimates for implementing improvements. Coordinates approved plans with University Department of Facilities and Support Services on preparation and completion of facility improvement projects.
  • Leads, in conjunction with Director, in emergency preparedness planning and participates when emergency teams are activated.
  • Acts as DVR liaison between Employee Health Office, Environmental Health & Safety Dept, and Risk Management Occupational Health Office for all DVR employees. Ensures that Animal Husbandry Supervisors are enforcing the occupational safety policies regarding PPE and occupational health programs.
  • Assures DVR animal care technicians are properly trained in Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) and assumes leadership role in AALAS certification preparation/teaching.
  • Work with Animal Husbandry Supervisors to promote technician recognition programs and commemorating International Laboratory Animal Technician week.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Primary responsibilities may be adjusted depending on the qualifying candidate’s individual expertise. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Minimum Qualifications (Essential Requirements):

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in animal science or veterinary services.
  • Minimum of (4) four years of progressively responsible animal facility management experience is required, one (1) year of which must have been at the level of the Operations Manager.
  • Requires RLATG Certification. CMAR certification preferred.
  • Any appropriate combination of relevant education, experience, and/or certifications will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of applicable policies, guidelines and regulations that govern the care and use of animals in a research environment.
  • Strong management skills and experience. WORD and EXCEL competency required.
  • Excellent observational skills, time management and multi-tasking abilities.
  • Excellent communication skills that enable the individual to interact with all levels of management, technical and scientific personnel, and an orientation toward service.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs and to wear respiratory protection equipment if necessary.
  • Ability to collaborate and interact productively with colleagues is critical, as is a commitment to the welfare of laboratory animals.
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