MANAGER, ANIMAL RESOURCE OPERATIONS Animal Care Services (Contractual Position to August 13, 2021; with possibility of extension)
BACKGROUND Animal Care Services is responsible for overseeing the animal care and use program at Memorial University, its medical school and affiliated institutes, and ensuring program compliance with the federally-regulated guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). Three core facilities associated with the St. John’s campus along with four satellite facilities deliver program services to support mammalian and aquatic-species research.
DUTIES Reporting to the Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing strategic operational management, coordination, and planning for facility and technical programs. Duties include providing technical services management; supporting research and teaching; supervising senior technical and quality assurance staff; managing facility operations including maintenance programs for ACS facilities and equipment; ensuring operational integrity meets regulatory standards; ensuring biosecurity, and compliance with federal regulations and guidelines; developing, implementing and assessing staff and research personnel training and professional development programs; managing husbandry operations; working with the Clinical Veterinarian to ensure appropriate treatments, procedures, records, and reports are in place and evaluated on a regular basis; supporting members of the academic community with the operational requirements of research programs; developing, coordinating and overseeing occupational health and safety, emergency preparedness, and response plans; liaising with the Department of Health and Safety’s occupational health and bio-safety officers to ensure appropriate procedures are in place to address occupational health and bio-safety issues; reviewing, analysing and making recommendations for operational needs; developing facility and husbandry policies and standard procedures; providing operational guidance to the University’s Animal Care Committee; reporting on the monitoring and application of regulatory standards; and performing other related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS Experience (5-7 years) in veterinary technology with experience in a management or leadership role; graduation with a diploma in Veterinary Technology or possession of an Animal Health degree from a recognized institution; or any equivalent combination of experience and training. Proven ability in personnel and operations management; a solid understanding of animal care facilities and species requirements; demonstrated experience and aptitude in current surgery, anesthesia, and medical management in multiple species; a solid understanding of research procedures and techniques used in animal research models; experience with bio-containment and husbandry of small, large and aquatic species; and knowledge of legislation, policy, and guidelines is required. Certification from CALAS or AALAS in Laboratory Animal Technology is also required. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational, communication, and analytical skills; be a motivated self-starter who can assess processes, and create and implement programs as required; be able to solve problems creatively; work collaboratively; and build consensus. Coursework towards MRLAT or CMAR diplomas would be considered an asset. The position involves occasional travel to satellite facilities, and exposure to animal allergens. A pre-employment medical assessment and valid driver’s licence are required.
SALARY $69,055 - $89,514 per annum (Management and Professional) CLOSING DATE September 30, 2020
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities and racialized people; and people with disabilities.
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About Memorial University of Newfoundland
Memorial University Animal Care Services (ACS)
The veterinary professionals and technical team work with the Institutional Animal Care Committee, faculty and students to provide the highest standard of care. Excellence in animal care is a requirement for excellence in research and teaching and to promote the 3R's of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.
The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) has accredited Memorial University with a certificate of Good Animal Practice. Oversight for the animal care and use program is governed by federal and provincial laws, guidelines, memoranda of understanding and the Canadian Council on Animal Care, whose standards and guidelines that are recognized by public and private institutions across the country.
Memorial University is committed to the highest standards of animal care, building top-quality Animal Care Services programming, and to the renewal of its animal care facilities.