Manager, Lab Animal Facilities, College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
August 18, 2018
Manager, Lab Animal Facilities, Pay Grade 40
The College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a Manager forits Lab Animal Facilities. The Laboratory Animal Facilities (LAF) consists ofthree animal housing units, including conventional housing areas and quarantinefacilities, a necropsy area, biomedical waste disposal, and experimental animalsurgical and medical treatment facilities. LAF supports the operation,management, research, and teaching of the students, interns, residents, andother personnel. The primary purpose of this position is to manage LAF staffand facilities, including personnel management, safety and animal health andwelfare compliance, fiscal management, and building oversight.
General Duties &Responsibilities:
Provides supervision and day-to-day work direction for 5non-exempt staff. Hires and trains staff, creates work schedules, approves timesheets, provides disciplinary action as necessary, conducts annual reviews,provides guidance on workers compensation and Family Medical Leave, andadvocates for staff development through promotions and career ladderadvancement.
Upholds UT fiscal responsibilities with regard to purchasingand contracts. Requests University and Departmental contracts for bid or solesource. Provides invoicing of per diem for animal housing recovery. Understandsbudget and makes requests for future needs. Reconciles ledger and procurementcard.Oversees supply inventory and purchasing.Meets with vendors to scope out better products/services/pricing.
Collaborates with the Office of Laboratory Animal Care(OLAC), Institutional Care and Use Committee (IACUC), university facilitymanagers, other departments, principle investigators, and students both withinthe College of Veterinary Medicine and across the Knoxville campuses. Advisesand refers investigators and staff to IACUC for proper guidance, conducts newinvestigator orientation of facility, grants access permissions, conductspre-study consultations, and orders and tracks animals for principleinvestigators. Upholds safety regulations for Biosafety, Chemical, Radiationsafety.
Ensures compliance with regulations and guidelines as setforth by USDA, AAALAC, PHS, IACUC, and the University of Tennessee, as well asFederal, State, and local regulations.Oversees welfare and husbandry as set forth in the Guide for the Careand Use of Laboratory Animals, USDA regulations, IACUC and OLAC guidelines, andstandard operating procedures. Performs health and compliance rounds daily,provides treatments as directed, administers preventive medicines, submitsdiagnostic samples, and quarantines new arrivals. Maintains USDA log book andanimal inventory. Maintains USDA animal records for three years after theanimal leaves. Tracks animal numbers and use per approved protocol. Tracksanimal transfer requests, animal transportation, temperature and humidity, airflow, and individual animal records. Sign off on daily husbandry duties.Monitors inclement weather and other events that may require emergency/incidentresponse and manage as needed to maintain animal care.
Ensures compliance with regulations regarding temperature,humidity, light, sound, air exchange rates, pressure relationships, spacerequirements, and cleaning intervals. Ensures equipment maintenance iscompleted for calibration, programmed maintenance, caging, cage washers, carts,shelves, fax/printers, and transport truck with lift gate function. Overseesstructure and function of the building facilities.
Determine if animal evacuation needs should occur due tophysical plant issues and mobilize resources. Oversees transport ofequipment/caging associated with research, teaching, or relocation of animals.
Knowledge, Skills,and Abilities Needed:
Knowledge of relevant regulatory and accreditation agenciesand documentation requirements involved in research and teaching for anacademic institution. Knowledge of basic medical terminology. Knowledge ofanimal anatomy, physiology, and behavior.Knowledge of bio-exclusion and bio-containment.Knowledge of safety rules and regulations.Basic algebra skills. Computer skills. Strong communications skills and theability to interact with a diverse group of people in a professional manner. Leadershipskills. Ability to multi-task and remain flexible in adapting and responding tochanging and uncertain circumstances. Ability to maintain confidentiality andsecurity. Ability to drive a truck. Ability to use basic tools such as screwdriver, hammer, ladder etc.Ability toactivate a basic first response to containment spills, fires, etc. Ability tooperate HVAC controls and provide backup power and emergency lighting. Abilityto supervise staff and understand core human resources policies, procedures,and laws. Ability to care for multi-species in a laboratory environment.Ability to train adults effectively.
Knowledge of IRIS and fiscal policies and procedures isdesired.
Internal Number: 159105
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