This position manages overall care of animals &/or completes specialized activities such as administering oral medicines, injections, specialized diets, etc. Completes junior level animal care duties & responsibilities including cage wash activities as requested by Group Leader or their designee. Trains other Animal Care Technicians &/or investigator staff. All actions are completed by strictly & consistently following applicable CCM SOPs including safety procedures & guidelines. Reports any suspected or actual deviations to SOPs or non-routine situations immediately to Group Leader or their designee. Arrives, leaves & takes breaks at work as scheduled. Acts as Group Leader & completes all associated activities in his/her absence.
Incumbent must be able to negotiate up to a 65 lb force (push/pull) on an occasional basis. Lifting is limited to 50 lbs occasionally and 25 lbs frequently. Must be able to work staggered shift schedule, overtime, weekends, and holidays as required.
Must successfully maintain physical condition that will assure efficient performance of tasks, including successful completion of physical examination. This position requires the individual to be available to work on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses as coverage needs dictate.
Must be enrolled in the university’s occupational health program which entails filling out a health questionnaire. The health questionnarie is submitted to the university’s occupational health provider for review. Must be willing to undergo job-related background check.
According to CCM SOPs:
Cleans & sterilizes cages, equipment, supplies, rooms (primary and secondary enclosures), etc.
Prepares refuse for disposal or incineration.
According to CCM SOPs completes animal caretaking duties specializing in the care of individual species:
Under minimal direction, performs caretaking duties involving specialized handling, feeding & general care of animals.
Solves complex animal caretaking problems using extensive knowledge & experience.
Provides training, mentoring & work direction to junior staff, assisting with problems as necessary.
Notifies lead if available or management of malfunctioning equipment; may document problem.
Assists in developing OJT programs & trains junior level Animal Care Technicians & investigator staff. Attends CCM sponsored training sessions, local &/or national meetings, management classes, OJT's, specie specific identification & treatment sessions, etc.
Performs other duties as assigned.
A high school diploma or its equivalent is required along with a minimum of 3 years animal husbandry or equivalent experience.
AALAS certified LAT.
Valid state driver’s license if driving animal transport van.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Regularly monitors customer satisfaction and provides suggestions to improve quality and value to the customer;
Ability to handle laboratory animals in a manner that avoids injury to self or animals, and to exercise basic principles of animal health care related to disease control, sanitation and environmental enrichment;
Demonstrated energy and desire to achieve and ability to take action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems;
Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously;
Ability to plan, organize and schedule in an efficient, productive manner and target projects or initiatives that require special attention and focus on key tasks when faced with limited time and/or resources;
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
4 years of animal husbandry experience.
AAALAS certified LATg.
Advanced computer skills.
2 years of college.
Basic computer skills.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state regulations governing the participation of human and animal research subjects;
Ability to devise and implement clearly defined strategies to achieve business objectives;
Demonstrated ability to train people for current assignment and develop them for promotion, using feedback and personal example to encourage higher performance;
Exhibits understanding of natural sources of conflict and acts to prevent or soften them;
Ability to identify actual and potential issues and risks, monitor and enforce safety regulations and provide education and training;
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 33052
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.