Animal Care Supervisor, Division of Comparative Medicine - Georgetown University Medical Center

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Animal Care Supervisor, Division of Comparative Medicine - Georgetown University Medical Center

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The Animal Care Supervisor position will assist in maintaining the day-to-day operation of the Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) animal facility. This includes all responsibilities related to the direct supervision of the husbandry staff who are responsible for the care and welfare of laboratory animals used in scientific and medical research. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • the assignment of personnel to assure timely completion of daily husbandry duties,
  • monitoring the quality of animal care,
  • monitoring documentation of husbandry duties, assessment of workloads, schedule adherence of husbandry staff, training, equipment allocation, ordering supplies, and monitoring inventory,
  • performance reviews of all direct reports, disciplinary actions as appropriate and in accordance with DCM and GU HR policies,
  • work with the Facility Manager in interviewing and hiring new staff,
  • oversees the daily operations of the facility, to include environment control, equipment troubleshooting and control and consultation on space and equipment usage.

This position will provide rotating weekend and holiday supervision with on call coverage.

Work Interactions

This position works with the Director and Facility Manager (their supervisor) to identify and prioritize animal care technician (their direct reports, up to 8 persons) related responsibilities. The Animal Care Supervisor must assure smooth function of the facility with limited direct supervision. There are two Animal Care Supervisors, each has an assigned area; however close communication and coordination with one another, and the Facility Manager regarding operations of the entire facility and husbandry responsibilities is essential to ensure effective facility management and animal care, particularly in the absence of the other supervisor and/or the Facility Manager. The Georgetown University Medical Center focuses on research and discovery and the Animal Care Supervisor position supports that mission through everyday interactions with Principal Investigators and their laboratory staff. This position may also interact directly with external vendors and other interdepartmental staff members (EH&S, Facilities, Human Resources) as well as AAALAC, USDA and IACUC Site inspectors.

The Animal Care Supervisor will work within an office but is expected to spend a significant amount of time in the animal facility where one could be exposed to hazards, chemicals, laboratory animals, laboratory related equipment. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. and will be exposed to varied temperatures, environments and animal odors.

  • Bachelor's degree in a science related field and five years' experience in the laboratory animal science field is highly preferred; level of education and experience will be considered.
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to supervise people and have a working knowledge of animal research facility operations.
  • Leadership experience is preferred.
  • Must also possess excellent computer, interpersonal skills, strong leadership ability, problem solving and analytical skills.
  • AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level is required at the time of hiring.
  • Candidates with only ALAT level certification will be considered for hire only if their credentials are otherwise strong.
  • Continued active participation in AALAS continuing education is expected, and achievement of LATG certification is strongly encouraged.

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Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.

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Job No:
Posted: 1/11/2021
Application Due: 3/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time