Animal Facility Manager

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Updated: January 19, 2018
Job ID: 213364
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking an Animal Facility Manager to support the Veterinary Sciences Department at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI).  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to AFRRI.

We are looking for an experienced and proactive Animal Facility Manager to provide guidance in the administration of all animal facility resources to support AFRRI’s Laboratory Animal Care and Use program, to ensure Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) capability, and to oversee the renovation of the Institute’s vivarium.  The work requires analytical and critical decision making, knowledge of animal facility management and administration, knowledge of the regulations governing animal care and Good Laboratory Practice, skill in working with many types of people, and a passion for caring for a variety of laboratory animals.

Responsibilities:                                                                                     

  • Ensure facility processes are established and maintained in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Army, and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines and regulations with the goal of maintaining accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALACi) and GLP capabilities.
  • Review and interpret animal welfare laws for application to animal husbandry, production, and research methods within the facility.
  • Identify, draft, correct, and prevent deviations from regulations, protocols, and SOPs.
  • Draft responses to facility inspections conducted by GLP Quality Assurance (QA), FDA, USDA, and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
  • Develop, modify, and implement facility, equipment, and husbandry standard operating procedures (SOPs) and practices compliant with the requirements of the AAALACi and GLP. 
  • Establish quality control procedures for all vivarium equipment including developing and implementing plans for testing and assessing accuracy and functionality, and delineating acceptable ranges of operation.
  • Ensure vivarium equipment is operated and maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines, applicable policies, and SOPs.
  • Ensure operation and maintenance of ventilated cage systems, cage washers, automated watering systems and other essential facility equipment to support animal health and quality control programs.
  • Ensure the efficacy of sanitation processes. Maintain and integrate industry-standard knowledge and procedures for the newest and most effective methods to accomplish these processes.
  • Establish testing plans to ensure appropriate routine and special monitoring of feed, bedding, and water. 
  • Ensure that an effective pest and vermin control program in place and properly documented.   
  • Provide oversight to the Institute’s animal facility during and post-renovation, to include ensuring that vivarium user needs are represented throughout the renovation process and making technical decisions/providing technical information required to complete commissioning tasks associated with renovation and new vivarium construction.
  • Develop the animal facility budget.
  • Use study information, budget, animal inventories, and animal facility activity reports to project demand for services and requirements for supplies and equipment.
  • Ensure supplies and services basic to animal resources are ordered, and if needed, conducts research on services/equipment and obtains necessary quotes prior to requisition.
  • Develop work statements, specifications, quantities, and delivery schedules for acquisitions and services required for facility operation and maintenance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Specifications:

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and skill in the principals, concepts and practices concerning research animal facility administration, animal and facility resource management, and animal science management.
  • Fundamental knowledge of the principals, methods, and techniques required for housing, breeding, and maintaining animals used in biomedical research.
  • Knowledge and ability to coordinate vivarium facility renovation and complete associated commissioning tasks preferred.
  • Knowledge of relevant/applicable Federal and AAALACi policies and procedures.  Knowledge and experience of the GLP regulations
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of facility equipment including ventilated cage systems, cage washers, automated watering systems, and other basic equipment found in an animal research facility.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with a diverse group of people at a level consistent with the scientific environment of the Institute.
  • Ability to work independently within framework of priorities, funding and overall objectives. 
  • Ability to draft and review reports, SOPs, and, for facility acquisitions, work statements.
  • Ability to analyze reports and animal data.
  • Knowledge of the Federal procurement regulations and procedures and be familiarity with architecture/engineering terminology preferred.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  BA/BS degree required.

Substitution of required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis with one year of managerial experience in animal facility management may be considered.

Minimum Experience:  A total of eight years Laboratory animal work experience and a total of five years Laboratory Animal Facility Management experience required.  Two years GLP compliant animal facility operations experience required.

Substitution of total laboratory animal or animal management experience with animal management certification may be considered.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:

Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) required.

Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) Certification preferred.

Physical Capabilities:  The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing (i.e. monitoring animals), recurring periods of bending crouching, stooping, or similar activities, and lifting of moderately heavy items weighing up to 50 pounds.  Incumbent will be considered an essential employee and as such may be required to work weekends, evenings, or in inclement weather.  The incumbent must comply with the Institute’s occupational health and safety requirements and be able to perform work while wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  The AFRRI supervisor outlines overall objectives and available resources and discusses timeframes, scope of the assignment, and possible approaches with the employee. The employee determines the most appropriate principles, practices, and methods to apply in all phases of assignments; interprets regulations on his/her own initiative; applies new methods to resolve complex and/or intricate, controversial, or unprecedented issues and problems; resolves most conflicts that arise; and keeps the supervisor informed of progress and of potentially controversial matters. 

Work Environment:  Work is frequently performed in a research animal facility where there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks and discomforts. Work situations require the employee to continually stay alert and to take special safety precautions.  The incumbent must be able to meet the Institute’s security requirements.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.

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