The Animal Care Assistant 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 Assistant Supervisor reports to the Animal Care Facility Supervisor, and collaborates with HCCM colleagues to develop, implement, and confirm adherence to standard operating procedures for animal care operations.
The Animal Care Assistant Supervisor, along with the Animal Care Facility Supervisor, directly supervises approximately 12 Animal Care Technicians (ACTII). This position requires communicating effectively with multiple groups within HCCM, including animal care, cage wash, and veterinary staff, as well as research staff, other departments (e.g. Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities / Operations), and various service groups and subcontractors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the direction of the Animal Care Facility Supervisor, manage HCCM technicians to ensure outstanding animal care, safe and efficient operations, and a collaborative work environment.
Assist with personnel management, including performance management, corrective and disciplinary action, and involvement in the new hire selection process and onboarding.
Establish work assignments, monitor workflow, and maintain an adequate inventory of 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, etc.
Assist in the development, review, and implementation of SOPs relating to animal care operations.
Provide staff training to ensure proficiency in areas of responsibility and adherence to standard operating procedures.
Help maintain records and reports for multiple areas of responsibility, including animal husbandry, quality assurance, throughput data collection, equipment and supply inventories, and attendance.
Help ensure a safe work environment and promote a culture of safety with the support of Environmental Health and Safety.
Work closely with HCCM Veterinary Staff, Procurement, and Census Management Specialists to coordinate the movement of animals and assist with colony health surveillance.
Assist with coordination of animal facility repairs and renovations in collaboration with the Animal Care Facility Supervisor and Manager, building manager, and others to ensure minimal impact on HCCM personnel, operations, research colonies, and ongoing studies.
On-call responsibility for designated facility 24/7 to help manage emergencies.
Other duties as assigned.
High school graduate or equivalent with at least 3 years' experience in laboratory animal care
Specialized education beyond high school may count toward work experience.
Experience working with rodents is required.
Experience working in ABSL-2 facilities or a willingness to learn is required.
Must be eligible for LAT certification.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required; must be able to communicate effectively with and relate to various personnel throughout the University.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task are required.
Successful candidate will be self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
Must be proficient in a variety of software programs (word processing, spreadsheet, and/or database applications).
Familiarity with cage wash equipment and management/supervisory experience are strongly preferred.
Experience with lean management and process improvement preferred.
Experience working with non-human primates or a willingness to learn is preferred.
Must be able to lift 50lbs and push/pull up to 300lbs routinely.
Must be able to walk or stand for a full 7.5-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 personal protective equipment, including respiratory equipment (e.g. N95 mask or PAPR), if/when necessary.
This position is considered to be essential personnel for the Harvard Center for Comparative Medicine. Weekend and holiday work may be required as well as attendance during school closures (due to inclement weather and/or other emergencies).
Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.
This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston.
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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