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  • Manage and coordinate the daily operation of one or more complex facilities. Ensure that all daily work is done in a timely fashion and in accordance with all SOPs and regulations.
  • Supervises trains, evaluates schedules and directs the activities of the animal care, AFSCME and temporary workers so as to provide for their growth and to maximize the potential of all employees.
  • Coordinate and assign work schedules for animal husbandry and cage wash staff to ensure balanced workloads and efficient work flow
  • Evaluate staffing needs for team to ensure appropriate staffing levels are maintained to meet departmental goals
  • Coordinate and oversee the training of new and existing employees in the husbandry and/or cage wash areas
  • Coordinate animal room moves to accommodate investigators, facility renovations and repairs
  • Maintain facilities to be inspection ready at all times by preventing and mitigating repeat inspection citations
  • Participate in area IACUC inspections.
  • Confer with researchers regularly regarding day-to-day operations as well as special handling, treatment and experimental needs.
  • Perform monthly Quality Assurance inspections
  • Meet with employees regularly to discuss current work performance and future goals
  • Responsible for staff performance management. This involves providing immediate, timely feedback, coaching/counseling and administering disciplinary action when needed
  • Promote and support a positive working environment within team and unit
  • Supervise disposition of animals
  • Assist in departmental planning and development , review and revising standard operating procedures for animal use
  • Participate in public outreach programs on the benefits of biomedical research, such as provision of facility tours
  • Supervise and perform the maintenance of unit records
  • Prevent and mitigate repeat inspection citations
  • Maintain inventory of equipment, instruments, and supplies.
  • Assure compliance with Affirmative Action and safety programs
  • Support and assist animal care managers
  • Obtaining LATG certification within 18 months of appointment

Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three years’ experience in a laboratory or other animal care related setting
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Eligible for certification within 18 months of being in position by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at a LATG level
  • Strong skills in communication and conflict management
  • Strong organizational skills to help with planning and opening of new vivarium facilities
  • Proficient in the use and understanding of Word, Excel, and Microsoft Office applications

Desired Qualifications*

  • Minimum one year experience supervising in a related field
  • Bachelor’s degree in Science or related field
  • Advanced knowledge of the methods, materials, and equipment used in animal care and laboratory activities
  • Skills that demonstrate the ability to communicate in a professional, positive, and helpful manner with co-workers, management and research community
  • Skills that demonstrate the ability to coordinate a projects and/or perform in a liaison role between multiple groups
  • Ability to manage change and understand multiple interpretations of procedures
  • Completion of full training for Animal Technician Associate
  • Certification as a Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG)
  • Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

Work Schedule

Full Time/40 hrs. /Day Shift/Some Weekends and Holidays

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

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.