Vivarium Manager


Position Information

University Code 34034 University Title Vivarium Manager 1 University Job Family Research & Innovation ORP Eligible No For more information on ORP, visit: Retirement Plans
Recruitment Pool All Applicants Recruitment Type Job Series Scope of Search Local Working Title Vivarium Manager Position Number 546480 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Staff Job Status Full-Time FLSA Indicator Exempt Employee Group University Employee Department Animal Care Facility Organizational Overview

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Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities

The Divisions of Animal Resources seeks to hire a Vivarium Manager. Responsible for the day to day management of a rodent facility in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) so as to minimize the chances of colony infections. Ensure animals are cared for and maintained in accordance with the Animal Welfare Regulations, U.S. Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Direct daily activities of animal care technicians ensuring that husbandry tasks are completed correctly and in a timely fashion. These will include receiving animals, feeding and watering, sanitation and cleaning, handling and restraint, health surveillance, equipment maintenance, supply inventories/ordering. Ensure appropriate staff technical training, supervision and evaluation. Develop and revise animal facility SOP’s in conjunction with the Assistant Director – Operations. Ensure adherence to SOPs, quality assurance guidelines and protocols. Communicate needs for facility equipment, logistical support and management supervisors. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Hiring Standards

The ideal candidate will meet the following minimum qualifications:
Significant experience working in an animal care facility.
They must be able to direct technicians and investigational staff in the proper techniques required to maintain disease free rodent colonies.
They must be able to communicate with their staff, investigators and their supervisors effectively both orally and in written fashion. They must be proficient in the use of Windows based PC’s – especially in Word, Excel and email clients.
Must have experience in rodent facilities management, biohazard containment to include ABSL2 operations, data management and personnel management. Experience with facility start up – a plus.
High school diploma or equivalent required. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so at VCU .

Preferred Hiring Standards

he ideal candidate will also meet the following preferred qualifications:
Have experience managing an animal care facility preferred.
Some level of post-secondary education is also strongly preferred.
Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science as a Laboratory Animal Technologist( LATG ) preferred.

Required Licenses/ Certifications Anticipated Hiring Range 58,000-62,000 Application Process/Additional Information Campus MCV Campus Hours/Week 40+ Normal Work Days/Hours M-F, some Weekend and Holiday work Job Open Date 05/14/2021 Posting will close on or before 05/21/2021 Open Until Filled No Job Category Is this a restricted position? Yes Is this position eligible to participate in alternative work arrangements? No Sensitive Position Yes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will be required. Resource Critical Yes Quick Link https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/106068 Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Describe your feeling concerning the use of animals in research

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. This position requires interaction with animals. Do you have any criminal convictions that would preclude you from being considered for this position? This may include crimes of moral turpitude such as animal abuse, animal neglect, animal fighting, etc. (A conviction will be judged on its own merits with respect to time, circumstances, seriousness, and the extent to which it is related to the job for which you are applying.)
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Are you familiar with animal care regulatory guidelines?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. Do you have experience working with research animals?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. This position requires long periods of standing in order to perform the job duties; are you able to stand for long periods of time?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. Trades: Are you capable of lifting and carrying at least 40 lbs.?
    • Yes
    • No
Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume


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