The Animal Care Facility Supervisor will ensure that assigned Harvard Center for Comparative Medicine (HCCM) facilities and personnel are compliant with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, and the standards set forth in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Public Health Service Policy, and AAALAC International. The Animal Care Facility Supervisor reports to the Senior Manager of Animal Care Operations and collaborates with HCCM colleagues to develop, implement, and confirm adherence to standard operating procedures for animal care and cage wash operations.
The Animal Care Facility Supervisor directly supervises the Animal Care Assistant Supervisor and Cage Wash Assistant Supervisor assigned to their facility; indirect reports include roughly 20-25 Animal Care and Cage Wash Technicians. This position requires communicating effectively at a variety of levels ranging from tenured faculty, senior administrative staff, and clinical veterinarians to animal care and cage wash staff.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage HCCM Animal Facility Staff to ensure outstanding animal care, safe and efficient operations, and a collaborative work environment.
Under the guidance of the Senior Manager of Animal Care Operations, oversee personnel management for Animal Facility Staff, including performance management, corrective and disciplinary action, and involvement in the new hire selection process and onboarding.
Work with the Assistant Supervisor(s) to establish work assignments, monitor workflow, and maintain an adequate inventory of animal feed, bedding, enrichment, and other facility-related supplies.
Provide customer service to researchers to support their research needs as they relate to animal husbandry, supply requests, facility orientation and access, space needs, etc.
Assist in the development, review, and implementation of SOPs relating to animal care and cage wash operations.
Provide training to Animal Facility Staff to ensure proficiency in areas of responsibility and adherence to standard operating procedures.
Develop and maintain records and reports for multiple areas of responsibility, including animal husbandry, animal census, equipment validation, equipment inventories, and attendance.
In collaboration with the Senior Manager of Animal Care Operations, work with Environmental Health and Safety staff to ensure a safe work environment and promote a culture of safety.
Provide oversight to assigned HCCM satellite areas.
Work closely with HCCM Veterinary Staff and Procurement to coordinate the movement of animals and assist with colony health surveillance.
Oversee and coordinate animal facility repairs and renovations in collaboration with the Senior Manager of Animal Care Operations and Facility Support Manager, building manager, project managers, and others to ensure minimal impact to HCCM personnel, operations, research colonies, and ongoing studies.
Other duties as assigned
A minimum of 4 years work experience in animal care facilities management with an increasing level of responsibility in work history.
Minimum of 1 year in a supervisory role. Experience working with rodents required.
Specialized education beyond high school may count toward work experience.
Must be eligible for LATg certification.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
A Bachelor's degree with a concentration in Life Science (animal, biological or physical sciences) preferred.
LATg certification preferred.
Experience working in an ABSL-2 facility and/or with non- human primates preferred.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task required.
Successful candidate will be self-motivated and able to work independently making sound judgments and using discretion with confidential information.
Must be proficient in a variety of software programs (word processing, spreadsheet and/or database applications). The successful candidate must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
Must be able to lift 50 pounds and push/pull 300 pounds, routinely.
Must be able to walk or stand for a full 7-hour shift.
Must be able to perform in an environment with exposure to animals, animal dander, animal byproducts and bedding materials for prolonged periods of time.
Must be able to wear appropriate respiratory personal protective equipment, i.e., N95 mask, PAPR, etc.
This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston.
This position is considered to be essential personnel for Harvard Center for Comparative Medicine. Weekend and holiday work may be required as well as attendance during school closures during inclement weather and/or other emergencies.
Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.
The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.
Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
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