The Associate Director of Laboratory Animal Resources serves as second-in-charge to the Director of Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) and as the ranking administrator during the Director's absence. Assists the Director in every aspect of the responsibilities of the Director; is responsible for personnel management in the facility, including recruiting, training and administrative supervision of the staff; is responsible for the preparation and administration of the facility budget. Ensures the highest standard of care, daily needs and monitoring for all vertebrate laboratory animals housed in institutional vivaria.
This position is classified as Essential and Critical as per the Binghamton University Policy-Essential and Critical Employee Program.
Serve as the Science V Building Administrator, the primary liaison with the University's Police Department, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Department of Physical Facilities and other related offices.
Serve as the Team Leader for the Emergency Preparedness Plan for Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) program and facilities.
Serve as the primary resource and respondent for establishing per diem rates.
Responsible for administration of all departmental funding according to Institutional and Research Foundation practices and policies.
Serve as the primary purchasing agent for LAR. Identify and evaluate vendors and resources for animals, animal transportation, animal equipment and supplies.
Serve on the Science V Space Committee and assign all animal holding room space, and key/access to individual holding and procedure rooms.
Serve as the primary contact for all facility and equipment upkeep, repairs, and improvements, and maintenance contracts.
Provide information and guidance regarding the development, renovation and/or construction and use of institutional space intended for vertebrate animal use.
Monitor and analyze new legislation, federal or State and local regulations, guidance documents, and program initiatives. Maintain knowledge of current trends and changes to inform the Director of effective strategies of dissemination.
Assure best practices for compliance with regulatory, accrediting and funding agencies. Continually review and evaluate facility(ies) for compliance with AAALAC, USDA, NY State Department of Health and the US Public Health Service. Make/coordinate corrective/restorative action with appropriate departments.
Recruit, hire, inspire, motivate, instruct and supervise employees working in LAR to provide optimal animal care with respect to the current standards for housekeeping, safety, regulations, developments and trends in animal care, certification programs and continuing education. Attend, participate, and/or lead LAR staff meetings.
Provide professional consultation for faculty, academic staff, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in connection with research involving the use of laboratory animals. Supervises research by graduate and professional students as required.
Write, maintain, review, and uphold compliance of all SOPs for facility maintenance, LAR equipment use and maintenance, and animal husbandry procedures.
Continually assess efficiency and effectiveness of internal policies, processes and records to inform decisions regarding operational effectiveness and improvement opportunities.
Identify and review the accuracy and completion of facility and animal care records (procurement, care and use, euthanasia, daily activity, water quality, equipment, etc.), and coordinate/retrieve records and findings with Physical Facilities, Environmental Health and Safety, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and regulators/accreditors.
Coordinate, communicate, and work with the Attending Veterinarian and Veterinary Technicians regarding: animal health concerns, equipment, animal vendors, vivarium space/animal room allocating/scheduling, diet and bedding procurement, detergent and sanitizers, preventative medicine scheduling, facility improvement renovations, animal health and environmental monitoring programs. Perform husbandry/other related duties when necessary.
Resolve questions or conflicts and provide clarifications regarding regulatory policies, and/or procedurals matters related to LAR.
Collect and organize information for, and participate in inspections, visits and writing reports for accreditors and regulators, including: USDA, AAALAC, NY State, and OLAW.
Collaborate in the interview/recruitment process for all faculty hires that intend to use animal models in their research and/or teaching by providing insight into the LAR support structure and function.
Collaborate with, and assist authorized personnel using the facility(ies) to install equipment in compliance with biosafety and operating procedures.
Communicate facility information to occupants regularly during renovations, improvements and repairs.
Serve as a knowledgeable resource for best practices, procedures, and facility information for the IACUC with full knowledge of all research and teaching protocols, IACUC policies and reports.
Collaborate with the Division of Research staff and administration to ensure an integrated research support effort.
Bachelor's degree in animal husbandry, or one of the biological sciences.
Significant experience (5+ years) in the administration of laboratory animal facilities.
Demonstrable professional demeanor and ability to work independently and as a team member collaborating with partners in research from a wide range of constituencies.
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; attention to detail; and organizational and prioritization skills to address a variety of projects simultaneously.
Strong computer skills and competencies in Microsoft Office.
Master's degree in animal husbandry or laboratory animal science or in one of the biological sciences.
Certified Manager of Animal Resources.
Significant experience (5+ years) in the administration of laboratory animal facilities at a Doctoral University, or an Institution with very high research activity.
Experience in the practical application of genetics, nutrition, and sanitation in the use of laboratory animals for research and teaching.
Additional Salary Information: Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.
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