Husbandry Operations Manager

Oct 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Husbandry Operations Manager

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Stanford University's Veterinary Service Center is seeking a Husbandry Operations Lead to oversee and manage animal husbandry operations for all animals used in research and teaching.

  • Manage husbandry operations for over 21 facilities and over 75 staff in accordance with federal, state, local and University guidelines and regulations.
  • Supervise, coach, train and lead 7 Husbandry Supervisors that, in turn, supervise over 75 bargaining unit employees. Working with HR Manger develop consistent policies and resolve issues within the guidelines of the university and collective bargaining agreement.
  • Ensure SOPs meet regulatory requirements and quality animal care standards and processes are implemented consistently across facilities and species. Working with Husbandry Supervisors, Training Coordinator and Compliance Coordinator, ensure staff is properly trained and proactively identify training needs.
  • Working with Husbandry Supervisors and Associate Directors, manage changing housing needs to maximize available space while maintaining animal health and welfare and optimal staffing levels.
  • Interact with faculty, staff, and students to clarify and resolve problems/issues related to husbandry operations.
  • Collaborate with veterinary, maintenance, procurement and laboratory staff to ensure the welfare of our animals and streamline cross functional operations.
  • Participates in visits by outside agencies (USDA, AAALAC) and ensures any compliance concerns are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Assist in the development of a budget for husbandry operations. Monitor expenditures to ensure they are reasonable, necessary and within budget.
  • Participate in department/unit strategic management, including making recommendations involving short-term planning for facility-type projects and for longer-range programs/projects; providing input into long-range financial, budgeting, and programmatic planning and development; providing input into the development of policies and procedures; interpret and manage policies and procedures for assigned area.
* - Other duties may also be assigned. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management.
  • Demonstrated experience managing animal husbandry operations.
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills, including conflict resolution. Experience with bargaining units.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated financial management knowledge.
  • Solid analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong expertise in business and management computer applications and databases.
  • Proficiency in industry standards and/or regulatory requirements.

Bachelor's degree and three or more years of experience managing husbandry operations and animal care staff.

  • Knowledge of environmental and safety rules, regulations, and policies. Ability to conduct job site inspections to ensure compliance. Knowledge of animal care regulations including USDA, OLAW, The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, CDC, Federal Fish and Wildlife, State of California Fish and Wildlife, etc.
  • Experienced preparing and participating in site visits by outside agencies (AAALAC, USDA, DoD).
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with others. Must be able to communicate with/train a variety of personnel, including some for who English is a second language.
  • Demonstrated experience managing service contracts. Knowledge and experience with various research animal equipment vendors and product lines.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing budgets.
  • Demonstrated experience planning, developing, and implementing programs.
  • Ability to interpret planning specifications, documents, working drawings, and related reports.

AALAS certification or equivalent knowledge/experience.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sitting.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds;
  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Occasionally work evenings and weekends.

  • Requires 24-hour response availability seven days per week for emergency situations.
  • May be exposed to noise > 80dB TWA.
  • May working at heights 4 - 10 ft.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Job: Administration

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
Classification Level:

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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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