Director, Science & Research

Tallahassee, FL
May 20, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 41683

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Apply On Or Before: 10/03/2017


The Laboratory Animal Resources of Florida State University seeks to fill the position of Director of LAR.


Reporting to the University Vice President for Research, the Director provides oversight and university-wide management of Lab Animal Resources (LAR), the department that provides services for the university wide vertebrate animal research program. The Director assists in assuring compliance with all federal laws and guidelines and institutional policies concerning the use of animals in research. The Director works in partnership with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Animal Research Advisory Committee (ARAC), and the Campus Veterinarian. The Director is responsible for directing a leadership team that administers a high-quality program of service to faculty researchers. This individual develops, implements, and maintains animal care standards and policies to maximize university research. The Director also serves as a back-up Veterinarian as needed to provide adequate coverage related to animal care needs. Major duties include:
Responsible for the operational management and administrative direction of Laboratory Animal Resources department.
Provides leadership and direction in policy development and implementation for the department.
Using a thorough knowledge of animal medicine and applicable policies, laws, and regulations, the LAR Director has the authority and accountability to make decisions regarding animal care as well as the personnel and resources that he/she oversees.
The Director is expected to perform or assign management tasks in an effective manner that furthers the goal of excellence in animal care and use in scientific research and education.
Ensures appropriate animal care standards in accordance with federal guidelines, requirements of AAALAC International, and University policies, and partner with the IACUC as required.
Provides advice to the Vice President for Research on issues concerning the use of animals in research.
Ensures financial integrity in costing of all services, including per diems, in consultation with the Office of Research.
Provides executive leadership in implementing the mission of animal research services, including animal care, regulatory compliance, research support, teamwork and assuring the safety and well-being of personnel and animals.
Participates in veterinary support and assistance to investigators in protocol and animal model development, advising them in experimental design regarding animal welfare and adequate veterinary care issues. Understands and adheres to FSU’s Compliance Policy, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy.
Ensures that the staff are trained and evaluated on their knowledge of and adherence to compliance policies and procedures specific to their jobs.
Keeps abreast of all pertinent federal, state and university regulations, laws and policies as they presently exist and as they change or are modified.
Responsible for administering the annual operating budget and ensures appropriate expenditure of all funds allocated for department administration.
Other responsibilities as deemed necessary for the proper management and delivery of lab animal services to the University.


Education/Experience: A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM/VMD) degree from an AVMA accredited school of veterinary medicine and at least 6 years’ experience in administration and management of an AAALAC accredited animal care & use program in an academic environment.
Licensure: A current license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one US state and eligible for licensure in the State of Florida.
A thorough knowledge of and experience with federal regulations and their implementation in the care and use of animals used in biomedical research.
Excellent management, leadership, and human relations skills and an ability to interact with investigators as well as with facility management and husbandry staff.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, budget preparation and management, personnel management, demonstrated ability to recruit, hire and train new staff and an ability to motivate and retain professional staff.
Skills, knowledge and ability in general laboratory animal techniques, clinical, surgical and anesthesia techniques, and diagnostic procedures related to the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease in laboratory animals in a university environment.
An appreciation for and knowledge of the use of internet, web-based and database information systems related to the administration and management of animal research facilities.


ACLAM Board Certification

Other Information

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applicants on July 1, 2017.

Contact Info

Contact Ms.Jontae McClure at 850-644-8660 or

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

Soft Money Funded Position

This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.

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.

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