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 Single Title Scope of Search Local Working Title Vivarium Manager Position Number 569920 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? No Position Type Staff Job Status 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 two Vivarium Managers. Duties include:

Supervise daily activities within assigned vivarium / vivaria, following applicable federal, state, local and university policies in order to minimize pathogen introduction into animal colonies.
Ensure that animals are cared for and maintained in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, U.S. Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and other relevant federal, state and local regulations.
Direct daily activities of animal care technicians ensuring that husbandry tasks are completed correctly and in a timely fashion (e.g., receiving animals, feeding and watering, sanitation and cleaning, handling and restraint, health surveillance, equipment maintenance, supply inventories/ordering).
Ensure appropriate staff technical and Standard Operating Procedure ( SOP ) training, supervision and evaluation.
Communicate needs for facility equipment, logistical support and management supervisors.
Participate in staff training and employee health and safety programs.
Follow the VCU Code of conduct to offer a consistently high quality of customer service.

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

The 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 $48,400-$56,000 Application Process/Additional Information

Please note the department is hiring to fill two Vivarium Manager. Additionally, current and previous supervisor references are required of finalists.

Campus MCV Campus Hours/Week 40+ Normal Work Days/Hours M-F, some Weekend and Holiday work Job Open Date 05/28/2021 Posting will close on or before Open Until Filled Yes 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 No Quick Link https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/106490 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 guidlines?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * This position requires occasional lifting and moving items that weigh up to 50 pounds. Are you able to perform this duty?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Are you able to do an extensive amount of standing and/or walking?
    • No
    • Yes
  6. * Please give a brief summary of your supervisory skills.

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Other Document
  3. Resume


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