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Animal Care Manager I

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

Posting Number: req7801

Department: University Animal Care

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

University Animal Care at the University of Arizona is in search of Animal Care Manager I. This position directly supervises the activities of animal care cage wash staff, coordinates all aspects of cage wash operations within three complex animal facilities, and assists with the development of departmental policies and procedures for animal care with an emphasis on equipment sanitization. The incumbent will manage staff personnel that operate in multiple facilities. The work schedule may include 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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Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
All University employees, including student workers and graduate assistants/associates, must verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they have been granted a religious or disability/medical accommodation.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Manage daily cage wash operations to sanitize, disinfect, set up, and sterilize animal housing equipment.
  • Provide expertise, optimize efficiency, and ensure personnel safety within cage wash operations.
  • Coordinate with UAC facility project manager and service technicians to troubleshoot facility and equipment issues to ensure uninterrupted provision of animal care cage wash support.
  • Supervise cage wash staff to include scheduling, workload distribution, recruitment, onboarding, and training.
  • Provide training of staff personnel in all aspects of cage wash operations, with emphasis on safety, ergonomics, and quality assurance.
  • Manage performance of direct reports, working directly with UAC leadership and HR professionals as appropriate.
  • Maintain personnel and training records as required.
  • Perform routine audits of cage wash facilities and staff performance.
  • Operate and troubleshoot Hydropac water pouch machines.
  • Maintain and approve SOP for Cage Wash operations.
  • Provide support and customer service to animal care personnel and animal users.
  • Maintain positive relationships with other UAC managers to assist in the overall operation of the department as a cohesive unit.
  • Participate in UAC and Husbandry Services management teams to include development of UAC policy and procedures.
  • Ensure assigned facilities and staff adhere to department-wide expectations.
  • Ensure compliance with UAC SOPs, university policies, federal and state guidelines and other applicable regulations.
  • Participate in compliance activities to include IACUC inspections, USDA inspections, AAALAC site visits, and all safety related audits (RLSS, RMS, etc.).
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • 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 housing systems and equipment sanitization procedures.
  • Working knowledge of cage washers, autoclaves, and other equipment common to lab animal settings.
  • Knowledge and understanding of guidelines and regulations applicable in biomedical research with animals.
  • Comfortable working with standard software common to the University environment.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and minimum of 3 years of related work
experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience is

Preferred Qualifications

AALAS certification at the LATG/CMAR level

5 or more years of experience managing staff and/or facility operations

Experience supervising and/or working in an animal care cage wash 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)



Career Stream and Level


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

David Besselsen,

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, 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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