Manage the daily operation of the Johns Hopkins University Research Farm according to standard operating procedures to ensure a quality animal care and use program to support research and teaching at Johns Hopkins University. Responsible for managing a breeding colony of 450 rhesus and pigtailed macaques. Must have interest and experience with non-human primates and non-human primate enrichment as well as having skills in managing a 100-acre farm. Supervise the activities 6 or more full-time staff with authority to hire, evaluate performance, coach, discipline and terminate.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
Maintain the animal facility to meet the standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and other state, federal and local animal welfare laws and regulations.
Responsible for management of all aspects of the breeding colony and resource management related to non-human primates: monitor production, morbidity and mortality, animal census, project housing needs to include animal movements, assist in acquisitions and sales, planning and forecasting resource needs for the production colonies.
Develop and implement non-human primate breeding protocols.
Monitor the health status of research animals and arrange for veterinary care if needed.
Perform routine procedures including bleeding, anesthesia, restraint, euthanasia, vaccination, etc.
Review and maintain weekly and monthly animal census records.
Develop and implement computerized record keeping for breeding and non-human primate enrichment.
Order feed, bedding and supplies and maintain sufficient inventories to meet the needs of the animal care area.
Suggest changes to improve the efficiency and quality of animal care. Identify problems and develop and implement solutions.
Provide leadership and direct supervision of technicians in colony surveillance and preventative medicine, assist in clinical treatment, project assignments, and reproductive group formations.
Plan and coordinate the activities of the animal care technicians. Develop and implement staffing schedules to ensure that the farm has staff coverage seven days a week and on holidays.
Interpret and communicate standard operating procedures to the staff and hold staff accountable for following standard operating procedures. Take corrective action if standard policies are not being followed.
Conduct on-the-job training and orientation for new farm staff. Evaluate the performance of the farm staff.
Ability to perform the duties of all staff working under his/her supervision.
Develop and implement schedules for routine building maintenance and plumbing, heating and electrical repairs.
Maintain the farm grounds and buildings.
Make recommendations for capital equipment purchases and repairs.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule including rotating weekends and holidays.
Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
Bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry or biological science required.
Five years’ experience in an animal research facility required.
Additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Research farm management experience preferred.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of animal husbandry, non-human primate breeding, non-human primate enrichment.
Supervisory skills, leadership ability, knowledge of personnel management and animal facility administration.
Good communication and problem solving skills.
Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:
Certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician or Laboratory Animal Technologist’s level is preferred.
Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level must be obtained within 15 months of employment
Supervisory responsibility (indicate the number and type of persons supervised by incumbent): 4
Classified Title: Animal Facilities Manager Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME Starting Salary Range: $60,945-$83,865 annually Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:00-4:30 Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10003430-SOM Admin Research Animal Resources Personnel area: School of Medicine
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