Responsible for managing the staff in assigned area. Oversee the care of laboratory animals, facilities, and animal environments. Assist in monitoring the animal areas for adherence to regulatory agencies (i.e.: AAALAC, USDA, CDC) requirements and adherence to industry standards for animal care and welfare.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assist department management in addressing unique and difficult animal care and welfare issues.
- Oversee the basic day to day care of laboratory animals, group housing facilities, and animal environments.
- Inspect the animal facilities and animal group housing environments to ensure that they meet acceptable standards. Submit work orders for improvements as necessary.
- Evaluate animal environments for compliance with husbandry and animal care standards as set forth by AAALAC, USDA, company SOP’s, and other relevant agencies. Make suggestions to department management for improvements based on observations and involvement.
- Provide direct daily supervision and review work of assigned departmental employees to ensure accuracy and to ensure adherence to pertinent departmental policies, practices and procedures.
- Perform daily quality assurance duties for animal welfare and husbandry, report findings to department management, and communicate animal welfare issues to team members as appropriate.
- Administer, review, and recommend possible improvements in animal welfare or husbandry programs, projects, and/or processes as assigned.
- Manage scheduling, coordination and prioritization of required activities.
- Participate in team meetings and provide feedback to staff.
- Perform animal census and document location of all animals in group housing to meet requirements of regulatory agencies (i.e.: USDA, CDC).
- Observe animals for possible illness or behavioral abnormalities. Work with veterinarians to coordinate the treating of animals, administering prescribed medications, and collecting of data.
- Work closely with technical staff to complete pre-study and/or protocol requirements.
- Ensure availability of equipment for essential animal care. Ensure group housing area is well stocked with supplies and appropriately maintained.
- Administer and monitor the administration of TB tests on animals; read and document TB results. Review required logs and keep records as required.
- Provide animal care/husbandry expertise and technical guidance as needed.
- Assist in the interview and selection of qualified non-exempt personnel. Recommend personnel actions, including hiring, promotions and raises. Partner with Human Resources and departmental management to assist in the handling of disciplinary issues. Draft appropriate personnel action paperwork.
- Identify training and development needs of direct reports. Assist in the development, implementation and delivery of departmental training programs; ensure that direct reports receive departmental orientation and necessary on-the-job training. Oversee maintenance of group training manual and training records.
- Monitor performance of direct reports. Provide regular coaching and counseling. Assist in preparation and delivery of salary and performance reviews of direct reports.
- Coordinate and conduct regular team meetings with assigned staff.
- Schedule overtime as authorized. Review and approve time cards. Coordinate vacation/time off schedules.
- Recommend short-range operating objectives, organizational structure of direct reports and staffing requirements. Assist in the development of a departmental plan for backup and succession of key technical personnel.
- Ensure optimum performance of group function. Recommend and implement techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs, take advantage of opportunities, and maintain state-of-the-art practices.
- Support the policy of equal employment opportunity through Affirmative action in all personnel actions including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, promotions, training, work assignments, and salary actions, etc..
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.
- Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in science or related discipline.
- Experience: 2-3 years related experience in a GLP environment with nonhuman primates and experience with research and investigative procedures, techniques and literature.
- An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
- Certification/Licensure: AALAS Certification or other applicable Professional Certification preferred.
- Other: Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize work and meet deadlines. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of GLPs and animal care and welfare standards as defined by AAALAC, USDA, etc. required. Advanced technical and analytical skills; problem solving and leadership skills. Computer literate.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet