Facility Manager - Office of Lab Animal Resources

West Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Sep 25, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
West Virginia University seeks a Facility Manager who will work for the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources (OLAR) at WVU in Morgantown WV.  OLAR provides animal care for all animals used in biomedical research at WVU. The Office of Laboratory Animal Resources (OLAR) Facility Manager, under direction of the OLAR director, is responsible for the overall operation and management of the animal facilities to ensure that animal care and housing are provided in accordance with state, federal, and university polices and regulations, and AAALAC standards. The position directly manages husbandry staff.


In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:

  • Development of policies, procedures and processes related to animal husbandry;
  • Oversight of procurement and inventory management of essential supplies such as feed, bedding, and personal protective equipment, caging, cage wash supplies, etc.
  • Oversight of training and implementation of standard operating procedures related to animal husbandry Verify animal care staff are trained and adhere to all university and OLAR operating procedures.
  • Manage animal care staff,
  • Duties include assigning daily work tasks, disciplinary actions, evaluations. 
  • Maintain appropriate records and files related to facility operation and maintenance.
  • Formulate budget proposals, selection, negotiating, and purchase of major equipment, and participating in strategic planning of new or renovated animal facility space.
  • Provide guidance, design input, planning and oversight of construction projects involving animal facilities/spaces.
  • Oversight of the quality assurance program for verification of sanitization effectiveness.
  • Assists with oversight of operation and maintenance of the High Containment (A/BSL-3) facility.
  • Assist investigators in solving issues related to use of the animal facility and establishes a customer service approach with the research community. This position supports research endeavors funded by extramural and intramural sources that depend on the quality of the animal care and use program and the effective management of the animal facilities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in laboratory animal science or equivalent;
  • Five (5) years experience managing or supervising a laboratory animal facility. 
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and provide guidance to a group of workers
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to develop collegial relationships with researchers, are essential to this position.
  • LATG certification
  • Valid driver’s license 
  • Medical Monitoring
  • CMAR certification or eligibility is preferred.
  • Cover letter describing your background, work philosophy, why you are interested in this position, and your future career plans
  • Current resume
  • Contact information for three professional references

  About WVU  At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at http://hr.wvu.edu/.

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

  Job Posting: Sep 14, 2020 Posting Classification: Non-Classified Exemption Status: Exempt Benefits Eligible: Yes Schedule: Full-time