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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.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


  • Coordinate the daily operation of one or more complex facilities. Ensures all daily work is done in a timely fashion and in accordance with all standard operating procedures and regulations.    
  • Train, evaluate, schedule, and direct the activities of the husbandry, AFSCME and temporary workers
  • Coordinate and assign work schedules for animal husbandry and cage wash staff to ensure balanced workloads and efficient work flow
  • Evaluate staffing needs to ensure appropriate staffing levels are maintained to meet departmental goals
  • Coordinate and deliver required training for 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 to prevent and mitigate repeat inspection citations
  • Participate in area IACUC inspections to prevent and mitigate repeat inspection citations
  • Confer with researchers regularly regarding day-to-day operations as well as special handling, treatment and experimental needs.
  • Perform monthly Quality Assurance inspections
  • Under the guidance of the Animal Care Manager the supervisor will be responsible for staff performance management, which includes providing timely feedback, coaching/counseling and progressive discipline. 
  • Promote and support a positive working environment within unit
  • Oversee disposition of animals
  • Assist in departmental planning and development, review and revise standard operating procedures for animal use
  • Provide facility orientations to internal and external customers
  • Regularly review the maintenance of unit records
  • Maintain inventory of equipment, instruments, and supplies.
  • Support and assist animal care managers
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree and at least 4 years of paid animal experience (with 3 years in a laboratory animal setting), or an equivalent combination of certification, education and experience providing animal care.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Certification of American Association of Laboratory Animal Science – Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification within 6 months of being eligible
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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.