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Census Technician Supervisor

Stanford University
School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States

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Census Technician Supervisor🔍School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States📁Research📅May 10, 2024 Post Date📅103205 Requisition #

Stanford University is one of the world’s most renowned universities. Sitting in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area among the valley's most progressive companies, the School of Medicine is seeking a candidate to fulfill the highly influential role of Census Technician Supervisor in the Department of Comparative Medicine and the Veterinary Service Center. Comparative Medicine is a distinct discipline of medicine that uses animal models of human and animal disease in translational and biomedical research. Our mission is to advance human and animal health through outstanding research, veterinary care, and training. Stanford University is seeking a Census Technician Supervisor to schedule, monitor and supervise census technician personnel across multiple facilities. The supervisor will provide ongoing training, education, and supervision to census staff, including customer service and training for investigators. The supervisor will provide support to the Veterinary, Husbandry, Procurement and AnimalTrax units within the department.

The Census Technician Supervisor will be scheduled to work Monday-Friday starting shift between 6:30-7AM. All schedules and start times are set to change based upon business needs.

Duties include*:

  • Schedule, monitor, and supervise Animal Care Assistants performing animal husbandry and sanitation duties to ensure program and facility compliance for multiple locations. Coordinate staffing needs with other supervisors and facility managers to maintain adequate coverage of animal husbandry per operational needs.

  • Provide ongoing education to technicians on best husbandry practices (weaning, sexing, housing, health observations, and cage cleaning); analyze any observed or reported abnormalities in animal health or behavior and discuss with staff veterinarians when warranted; stay abreast of new technologies in the industry and make recommendations for adapting standard protocols to incorporate these advances.

  • Coach and develop technicians, and evaluate, provide feedback and document their performance. Counsel employees within the guidelines of the bargaining unit service agreement, and work directly with the Human Resources Manager and Employee and Labor Relations in disciplinary proceedings.

  • Orient and train technicians on workplace protocols and safety, including but not limited to: proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) (requirements vary according to animal room); material safety data sheets (MSDS); awareness of unique research animal facility environmental hazards; development of new or modification of existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) to meet current or future needs; completion of accident and injury investigation documentation, and identification of the root cause and appropriate remedy in a timely manner.

  • Partner with research personnel to provide information and best practices regarding the treatment of animals, disease control measures, and nutritional requirements; on a daily basis, provide orientation to policies and procedures, enforce/audit compliance to internal policies, and use judgment to determine level of recourse when policy violations occur.

  • Develop and implement strategies for assigning space to investigators to ensure efficient and effective use of animal facility space; enable maximum utilization in terms of the number of animals and caging; use independent discretion to reorganize space requirements to resources.

  • Maintain appropriate documentation of animal husbandry, i.e. room check sheets, morbidity/mortality reports, and other documentation as requested by regulatory agencies and other reports needed by the Assistant Facility Operations Manager; analyze data to identify changes or trends that impact the research program.

  • Oversee performance management of assigned staff; contribute recommendations on hire and fire decisions.

*- Other duties may also be assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree and five years of relevant experience.

  • Previous Supervisory Experience in a fast-paced environment preferred.

  • Knowledge of Supply Chain Processes.

  • Experience working a laboratory or industrial environment preferred.
  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences certification as Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level or higher.


  • Bachelor's degree in Veterinary or Animal Science and three years of supervisory experience in a biomedical research animal facility or a combination of education and experience.


  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles, with an active role in employee management and development.

  • Familiarity with animal husbandry standards and regulatory requirements.

  • Knowledge of standard operating procedures for the various species of animals used in biomedical research; USDA health and welfare standards; special handling techniques for biohazard, radioactive, or infectious materials; and standards outlined in the National Institutes of Health Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a culturally diverse environment.

  • Fluency in both spoken and written English.

  • Excellent organization skills.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.


  • Frequently use a computer, stand/walk on hard surfaces, operate cage washing equipment.

  • Occasionally sit, twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.

  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), grasp lightly/fine manipulation, writing by hand, scrub/sweep/mop/chop/mix, operate foot and/or hand controls.

  • Ability to work in a dusty, dirty and odorous environment.

  • Must be free of animal related allergies.

*- 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.


  • Extensive travel between facilities.


    • Occasional overtime, including weekends and holidays. Variable hours depending on the current needs of the unit. Lunch hours may vary and will be established per the needs of the unit.

    • Work schedule is subject to change with prior notification.

    • Restricted time off or vacation during peak business cycles.

    • Work occurs in a secured facility, in an environment where animals are used for teaching and research.

    • May require working with or being in areas where hazardous materials, animal allergens and/or infectious diseases are present.

    • Specific hazards include, but are not limited to: zoonosis, chemicals, pesticides, and solvents.

    • Must perform tasks that require the use of personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses and shoes, protective clothing, and gloves; may require use of a respirator.


    Workday begins between 6:30-7AM, Monday-Friday.


    • 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,

    The expected pay range for this position is $45.26 to $55.46 per hour. Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

    Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact Stanford University Human Resources by submitting a contact form.

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

    The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

    Additional Information
    • Schedule: Full-time
    • Job Code: 1011
    • Employee Status: Regular
    • Grade: H
    • Requisition ID: 103205
    • Work Arrangement : On Site


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