Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Division of Comparative Medicine. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
Responsible for directing, coordinating, and guiding all activities that support the husbandry program and its 160-plus employees at WUSM. Ensures that all animals maintained in DCM animal facilities are kept in a safe environment that meets standards as set forth by the University and regulatory agencies.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Directs and manages the husbandry staff to ensure that all animal facilities are maintained to meet the compliance requirements of all regulatory and accrediting agencies, including USDA, OLAW/NIH, and AAALAC to ensure continual accreditation.
Provides strategic leadership and planning for the startup of new buildings, long-range plans for replacement of equipment, repairs to Medical School animal housing facility infrastructure, and maintenance programs to keep the facilities in “AAALAC site visit-ready” condition at all times.
Works closely with the DCM Business Manager to develop, monitor, and make adjustments in operating levels as necessary to ensure that the function stays on budget and budget targets are met; Oversees inventory management and logistics associated with receiving animals from commercial vendors and the intra and inter-facility transportation of animals.
Develops husbandry group, team, and individual goals and objectives to maintain relevant, competitive, and customer service-oriented services, which includes constructive feedback from customers served.
Continuously improves the program. Meets regularly with key customers to monitor the quality of service and develops action plans to correct areas of deficiency.
Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field and at least 7 years of experience in laboratory animal husbandry/facilities management in a large, complex research environment.
AALAS certification as a Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATg) or Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR).
MBA or Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS); completion of ILAM Training and CMAR.
Experience with staff levels of 100 or more strongly preferred.
Demonstrated experience in vivarium design and construction and facility renovations.
Extensive knowledge as subject matter expert in project management and vivarium environmental and equipment needs.
Ability to think strategically while maintaining a keen focus on day to day operations.
Strong people management and team building skills with a focus and experience in staff development.
Experience with animal research operations technology and information systems.
In depth knowledge of regulations and guidelines around laboratory animal science with demonstrated experience in running a large program with multiple facilities with a large and diverse staff.
A demonstrated understanding of budgeting process, accounting practices, and the ability to manage and operate within a defined budget.
The ability to analyze highly complex problems by integrating information from multiple sources, utilizing creative thinking methodology, and by exercising considerable judgment and resourcefulness to affect a successful outcome.
Knowledge of the Animal Welfare Act, NIH Guidelines and related federal and state regulations, as well as AAALAC accreditation standards governing the care and use of laboratory animals.
Highly developed diplomatic and interpersonal skills to work with a diverse population of front-line employees, peers, veterinary staff, research Principal Investigators and their staffs, clinical faculty, university senior management, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, outside agency representatives, approved visitors and with outside organizations at all levels as a representative of Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Comparative Medicine.
The ability to maintain a high standard of confidentiality due to highly sensitive nature of the department information utilized or accessed.
Very strong team and customer service-oriented leader with outstanding interpersonal skills and excellent written, oral and presentation communication skills.
Computer literate, including MS Office and Outlook email.
Position requires security clearance (NRC and DEA).
Base pay commensurate with experience.
Offers made for this position are contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment screens, including a criminal background check, hair sample drug screen, and verification of required professional licenses, registrations, or certifications.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -8 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
Med School HR website (medschoolhr.wustl.edu)
Internal Applicant Instruction:
This position is grade G17.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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