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Animal Care Manager I

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req7297

Department: University Animal Care

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

University Animal Care at the University of Arizona is searching for a Animal Care Manager I. This position directly supervises the activities of animal care staff, coordinates all aspects of animal care within one or more complex facilities or departmental service units, routinely consults with researchers on the housing, feeding and care for the animals used on their projects, and assists with the development of departmental policies and procedures for animal care and use. Incumbents are typically assigned to manage either a home facility or a complex departmental service unit that operates in multiple facilities. The work schedule includes weekends and participation in the Animal Care holiday rotation.

University Animal Care (UAC) provides humane and appropriate animal care, ensuring that the highest standards are met so that each animal's well-being is attended to. This includes providing for the animals' daily needs for clean, safe housing and access to fresh food and water; the provision of necessary veterinary care; and the monitoring of the use of animals by principal investigators and their personnel. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), in conjunction with UAC, monitors and ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies governing the care, use, and housing of animal subjects used in research, testing, and teaching. We provide services and resources needed by investigators to accomplish their research objectives and provide training in laboratory animal care and use to technical personnel, students, and faculty. Our staff, through contacts with the media and the public, works to enhance understanding and support for the humane use of animals in research and teaching programs at the University of Arizona.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Animal facility management to include coordination of
    animal housing, equipment, and shared procedure spaces. Coordinate with FM on facility operations and troubleshoot facility and equipment issues to ensure uninterrupted provision of animal
  • Supervision of animal care staff to include workload
    distribution, recruitment, onboarding, training, performance management, and termination. Maintain personnel and training records as required. Perform
    routine audits of facility and staff performance.
  • Research support and customer service as primary contact
    for all animal users. Provide biomethods training, rodent colony management expertise, and
    unique research condition consultation (biohazards, chem hazards). Serve as expert in husbandry and
    research applications for all species housed in the facility.
  • Participate in the Husbandry Services management team to
    include development of UAC policy and procedures. Ensure
    assigned facility and staff adhere to department-wide expectations. 
  • Ensure compliance with UAC SOPs, university policies,
    federal and state guidelines and regulations. Participate in compliance activities to include
    IACUC inspections, USDA inspections, AAALAC site visits, and all safety related
    audits (RLSS, RMS, etc.).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of guidelines and regulations applicable in biomedical research with animals.
  • High level of interpersonal skills to include getting work done through others, working effectively in a team environment, managing conflict and staff performance.
  • High level of communication skills in both verbal and written formats.
  • Knowledge of primary species handling, housing, and research applications.
  • Working knowledge of equipment common to lab animal settings.
  • Comfort working with standard software common to the university environment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree.
  • Minimum of 3 years of related work experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • AALAS certification at the LATG/CMAR level
  • 5+ years of experience managing staff and/or facility operations
  • Experience supervising in an animal care setting

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Veterinary and Animal Care

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Grade: 8

Career Stream and Level: M1

Job Family: Animal Care

Job Function: Veterinary & Animal Care

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Katy Phillip

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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