Research Services Operations Manager

Boulder, Colorado
Sep 20, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Boulder, Colorado Employment Type:

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06-Oct-2019 Close All Job SummaryThe Office of Animal Resources (OAR) provides high-quality animal care, veterinary care, and support for the research and teaching missions of the University of Colorado, Boulder. Under the direction of the Director of OAR, the Operations Manager is responsible for oversight and management of animal husbandry and facility operations across eight decentralized vivaria totaling over 25,000 sq ft with an average daily census of 4,000 rodent cages. This position collaborates with OAR leadership, faculty, the Environmental Health and Safety department (EH&S), and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to maintain a safe working environment compliant with all legal mandates, animal welfare regulations and guidelines, and accreditation standards.Who We AreOffice of Animal Resources (OAR) is a part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Research & Innovation Office (RIO). RIO is the central point for support and advocacy for CU Boulder’s world-class scholarship, creative work, and research. What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Monitor the quality of animal care, facility operations, and service, ensure all aspects meet the standards set by OAR, the University of Colorado Boulder and regulatory and accrediting agencies.
  • Work closely with EH&S to ensure the safety of OAR and investigative staff within the vivaria.
  • Mentor and supervise three OAR facility managers, with indirect supervision of animal husbandry staff.
  • Oversee personnel management including hiring, termination, disciplinary action, promotion, and performance review.
  • Oversee training and proficiency of care staff in husbandry and operational duties.
  • Ensure accurate and comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) development and review.
  • Ensure animal care and investigative staff are up to date and compliant with the most recent departmental policies and procedures as outlined in SOPs.
  • Support and encourage staff professional development to include American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences (AALAS) certification.
  • Maintain facility infrastructure in accordance with guidelines and regulations.
  • Ensure appropriate functioning of facility equipment including, but not limited to, rack and tunnel washers, dump stations, biosafety cabinets, steam autoclaves, vivarium humidification systems, and a Hydropac Lab Animal Watering System.
  • Work effectively with vendors, contractors, and CU Boulder Facilities Management staff to ensure timely preventative maintenance evaluation and repair of equipment and mechanical systems.
  • Participate in programmatic activities such as IACUC semiannual inspections, disaster planning management, compliance with HR policies, development of the AAALAC program description, and strategic assessment of current processes, evolving program needs, and future opportunities.
  • Work to standardize or harmonize processes and equipment across animal facilities.
  • Assist the OAR Director and Finance Administrator with budget strategy and project management, including contract negotiation, development of annual budgets, collaboration with key departmental and University partners, and implementation management. Provide input for program cost studies and rate setting.
  • Use and verify performance-based standards to optimize husbandry care and processes.
  • Manage facility access and security.
What We Can OfferCompetitive salary commensurate with experience.Benefits

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be StatementsBe Accomplished. Be Impactful. Be Boulder.What We Require
  • Bachelor of Science degree.
  • 5 years’ experience in a laboratory animal setting.
  • 3 years’ experience in a supervisory or managerial role.
  • LATG certification or equivalent (CMAR, ILAM, etc.); or ability to obtain a certification within one year from hire.
  • All OAR employees may be subject to vaccine/tests/physical exams prior to working with specific animals or animal populations. The following are examples of the possible vaccines/tests that may be required as a safeguard for employees and animals.
    • Enrollment in the Occupational Health and Safety program (including allergy prevention and participation in the Blood Borne Pathogen program as warranted based on job assignments).
    • Hepatitis B (proof of immunization and/or vaccination)
    • Tetanus (vaccination < 10 years)
    • Periodic physical exams (may include respirator fit test)
    • Other vaccines/tests as required by Occupational Health and Safety standards.
What You Will Need
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication.
  • Experience effectively handling conflict.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Familiarity with, or ability to become proficient in laboratory animal software programs.
  • Able to independently investigate and develop solutions to problems.
  • Skill in drafting and editing documents and spreadsheets.
  • Knowledge of an animal research facility with the ability to handle rodents.
  • Planning and organizational skills.
  • Detail Oriented.
  • Able to teach and oversee staff, including high-level supervisors, effectively.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • Experience with Topaz or other laboratory animal software programs.
Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials: 1.A current resume. 2.A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.
Please apply by 10/1/2019 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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