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Assists the OLAR Director in ensuring the program of animal care and use within assigned areas of responsibility (to include all animal housing and procedure rooms and other areas as assigned) at Caltech is in accordance with federal, state and local laws, PHS policy and AAALAC accreditation standards. Demonstrates accurate knowledge of relevant laws, policies, regulations and standards affecting decisions within assigned work area.
- Perform biweekly animal facility rounds in assigned areas of responsibility to ensure compliance with USDA, NIH and AAALAC guidelines. Communicate findings and corrective actions taken to the OLAR Director in a timely manner. - Perform administrative duties within assigned area of responsibility including but not limited to: preparation of animal resources technical staff time sheets and entry into the Kronos database; create standard operating procedures and revise as necessary; provision of data and review of monthly animal facility budget reports to determine accuracy of accounts in assigned area of responsibility; and providing data/input in developing pricing and categories for income generating services. - Provide timely and accurate input to the OLAR Support Staff Supervisor to ensure timely procurement and maintenance of inventories of all supplies necessary for animal housing and procedure area operation including but not limited to animal food and bedding, sanitation supplies, laundry services, safety items, etc. - Coordinate timely receipt of animals and placement in the facilities. Ensures day-to-day implementation of the rodent health surveillance program and provision of veterinary treatments as prescribed by the veterinary staff. - Coordinate timely and accurate implementation of technical service requests. Clarify requests as necessary with research staff; assign work to animal resources technical staff, and follow-up to ensure that requests are accurately performed in a timely manner. Encourage effective communication between the technical staff and research personnel. Conduct periodic review of breeding colonies and records to ensure efficient colony management and accurate maintenance of record keeping systems. - Communicates effectively with supervisor, research personnel, OLAR staff and other Caltech employees. Maintains a helpful, friendly attitude. Maintains confidentiality as appropriate. Maintains a high level of quality. Is thorough and accurate and pays close attention to detail. Work reflects professionalism, integrity and leadership. - Ensures implementation of the environment enrichment program as required per species. - Responsible for the day to day management and operation of assigned OLAR animal housing areas including support of animal husbandry and technical procedures in multiple satellite animal facilities. Includes identification of physical plant problems and initiation and oversight of corrective action through interaction with physical plant personnel and/or equipment maintenance contract personnel. - Place work orders for physical plant problems in assigned areas of responsibility; effectively communicate needs to physical plant personnel and OLAR Director; obtain cost estimates for projects as requested; log work orders into the OLAR work order tracking system; follow-up to ensure timely completion of projects. - Ensures that animal housing room environmental parameters including temperature, air exchange, light cycles, etc. are in accordance with SOPs. Initiates work order to make corrections as necessary. Demonstrates knowledge of housing requirements, environmental parameters, and health and sanitation standards appropriate to individual species and research projects. - Responsible for oversight of service and maintenance of major pieces of equipment maintained by the animal resources technical staff for example: ventilated racks, BSL 2 and Class 100 hoods, VCR and television for the NHP environmental enrichment program, etc. Troubleshoots problems to determine best option for resolution. - Monitors facility security standards and makes recommendations to the OLAR Director in assigned area of responsibility. Communicates security standards to animal resources technical staff. Informs supervisor of security breaches or related problems. - Direct supervision of animal resources technical staff including provision of daily work assignments; participate in hire/fire decisions; employee performance evaluations, and disciplinary actions. Emphasis is on efficient and effective management of animal resources technical staff. Instructions to staff must be clear and complete. Reviews records including work assignment logs to ensure that work is completed in an accurate and timely manner. - Develops priorities and sets goals in assigned areas of responsibility consistent with organizational goals and develops effective action plans for their achievement. Conducts meetings with animal resources technical staff to facilitate attainment of work group objectives.
Fosters a teamwork environment: - Provides training for animal resources technical staff in assigned area of responsibility (e.g., animal husbandry, technical services, use of equipment items such as ventilated racks and HEPA filtered hoods and work stations, aseptic technique, management of mouse breeding colonies). Provides follow-up as necessary to ensure that work is conducted in accordance with OLAR SOPs. Ensure that training covers issues of personal safety and regulatory requirements. Assist the OLAR Director in development of an effective training plan for new employees; ensure that the plan is effectively implemented and documented. - Organize and implement an employee-training program to prepare animal care staff for AALAS certification examinations. The OLAR Support Staff Supervisor will provide assistance. - Ensure animal resources technical staff adhere to Caltech personnel, safety and security policies, emergency plan, and standard operating procedures. Ensures compliance with quality assurance policies. - Assumes the day-to-day duties of the OLAR Support Staff Supervisor in the event that the OLAR Director is unable to do so. Coordinates resources during staff shortages and weekend and holiday assignments with the OLAR Support Staff Supervisor. - Performs special projects or other duties as assigned or requested.
- BA/BS in related field or equivalent experience, with AALAS certification at the Technologist level (RLATG) - At least 1 year of demonstrated lead or supervisory experience - Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds and maintain a valid California Drivers License - A background investigation and post-offer physical exam are required - The successful candidate should have thorough knowledge of animal husbandry techniques, including but not limited to: management of genetically altered mouse breeding colonies, research conducted with hazardous agents, animal laboratory operations, relevant statutes/guidelines and at least one year of related animal care experience - Excellent oral/written communication and organization skills along with demonstrated proficiency with a PC is essential - The successful candidate will have demonstrated good judgment, initiative, tact, consideration and emotional maturity - Must be able to meet deadlines and sanitation standards for this position
- BA/BS with 5+ years of supervisory experience is a plus. CMAR certification is preferred
- Cover letter (optional) - Resume
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