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Job Summary

The Animal Care and Use Office (ACU Office) fosters and supports the oversight of the responsible and humane care and use of animals used in research and instruction at the University of Michigan (U-M) through its support of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).  The IACUC oversees, evaluates, and reviews the animal care and use program, procedures, and facilities to ensure compliance with applicable standards, policies and regulations.  The ACU Office reports to the Vice President for Research in the U-M Office of Research.  



The University of Michigan is currently seeking an Assistant Director to serve within the Animal Care and Use Office. The Assistant Director, reporting directly to the Assistant Vice President/Director of the Animal Care and Use Office provides essential leadership and oversight within the ACU Office.  Within this capacity, duties include:

·      Oversee and lead one of the primary divisions (Quality Assurance or Compliance Administration) within the ACUO.

·      Directly manage regulatory compliance associates (4 FTEs) or the quality assurance specialists (3 FTEs), including training, performance evaluations, fostering professional development, as well as planning, assigning, and reviewing work of each.

·      Oversee and participate in IACUC functions such as committee meetings, facility inspections, program reviews, and policy development and reviews.

·      Serve as a member of the ACU Office leadership team in support of the animal care and use program.

·      Assist in developing and implementing institutional animal care and use policies, programs, and standard operating procedures.

·      Maintain knowledge of current information and issues regarding laboratory animal science, and engage in professional development activities.

Required Qualifications*

·      Bachelor degree in animal science, education, or related disciplines or equivalent combination of education and work experience. At least 5-10 years experience related to regulatory compliance oversight or research administration in a University setting.

·      Extensive knowledge of the IACUC review and approval of animal use activities.

·      Previous experience as a quality assurance specialist or in the pre-review and evaluation of animal use protocols preferred.

·      Five to ten years experience with animals used in laboratories or regulatory compliance oversight. 

Desired Qualifications*

·      Effective management and interpersonal skills, including personnel management.  Demonstrated ability to hire and train new staff and an ability to motivate and retain professional staff.  Two to five or more years of supervisory experience required, preferably within an academic environment.

·      Ability to mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate results.

·      Knowledge in issues pertaining to the use and care of animals in research, testing, and instruction.

·      Working knowledge in regulations, policies, and nationally accepted standards regarding the care and use of animals in research, testing, and instruction.

·      Certification for Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA) strongly desired or attainment of certification within one year of eligibility.

·      Strong commitment to the welfare of animals used in research.

·      Ability to work productively with minimal supervision and as part of a team.

·      Strong organizational skills, including priority setting, time management, planning and follow-up, and attention to detail.

·      Strong communication skills, including written, verbal, and presentation skills, and the ability to overcome language barriers.

·      Strong interpersonal skills, including teamwork, customer service oriented, motivational, negotiating skills, professional demeanor, and ability to overcome adversarial interactions in a firm but diplomatic manner. 

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.