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Note: A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position; include the cover letter as the first page of your resume.  The letter should specifically address your interest in this position and outline relevant skills and experience.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan is currently seeking an Associate Director to serve within the Animal Care and Use Office. The Associate 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. 

The Associate Director is a key member of the management team and provides leadership and guidance to all members of the ACUO.  He/she will also provide guidance to all individuals conducting animal activities under the auspices of the University of Michigan.  In addition, the Associate Director will represent the ACUO across campus serving as a key member on committees, task forces, and councils relating to animal research, as well as at national meetings/conferences.

He/she ensures Animal Care and Use Program activities are compliant with international, federal and state regulations governing the use of animals in research, teaching and testing.  In this capacity, the selected candidate facilitates Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), for example, responsibilities associated with reviewing, approving and overseeing animal activities associated with approximately 1000 animal care and use protocols.  He/She ensures the institution adheres to funding agency terms and conditions, internal policies, and accreditation standards at all University of Michigan locations including the Ann Arbor, Dearbon and Flint campuses as well as research stations, and field sites.  Other responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the development of initiatives and strategic plans to address the existing and emerging needs of the animal care and use program.
  • Lead and manage special projects including analyzing, interpreting and preparing reports to support decision-making as well as driving the implementation of the changes.
  • Human resource responsibilities such as supervising select ACUO staff members, interviewing, hiring, training, conducting performance evaluations, fostering professional development activities, making salary recommendations, as well as planning, assigning, and reviewing individuals’ daily responsibilities.
  • Manage and address inquiries, problems, and concerns from faculty, staff, students, the general public, and regulatory agencies regarding the care and use of vertebrate animals for research, testing, or instruction at the University.
  • Oversee the development of relevant policies, programs, and standard operating procedures to ensure compliance with regulations, policies, and nationally accepted standards.
  • Oversee the semi-annual animal care and use program review and facilities inspections.
  • Assist in hosting inspections and site visits from outside regulatory agencies.
  • Assist in for the preparation and submission of reports to governmental and accreditation agencies.
  • Maintain knowledge of current information and issues regarding laboratory animal science, and engage in professional development activities.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Background with educational experience generally associated with a Master’s degree or equivalent years of work experience. Certification for Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA) desirable or attainment of certification within one year of eligibility.
  • Prefer 10 years experience related to the management of animal care and use programs in a University setting.
  • 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. Five (5) 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.
  • An expert understanding of ethical principles, federal regulations, agency guidelines, and nationally accepted standards for animal research; as well as other agency-specific requirements and familiarity with typical University contracts and agreements relating to the IACUC.
  • Strong commitment to the welfare of animals used in research.
  • Experience in the AAALAC accreditation process.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization

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.