Supervisor Animal Care & Health

Northwestern University Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 4 months ago

Department: Ctr for Comparative Medicine

Salary/Grade: EXS/7

Job Summary:

Supervisor, Animal Care & Health for Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) aquatics and provides direction and guidance to husbandry staff and research support and performs all tasks necessary for the care and management of the on-site Zebrafish and Xenopus colonies. Assists Facility Manager/Director of Facility Operations in interviewing process, performance reviews, disciplinary actions, etc. Reviews & recommends changes to policy & procedures to ensure that CCM & investigator's staff adhere to all NU, local, state, &/or federal rules & regulations & that all actions are completed by strictly & consistently following applicable CCM SOPs including safety procedures & guidelines. Ensures accurate & timely creation & maintenance of all associated documents & records regarding training, environmental parameters, animal health monitoring, animal medical records, equipment maintenance, quality control, etc. Oversees & manages procurement & proper storage of husbandry supplies.

Working Conditions: Weekend, holiday and off hour monitoring of building management alarms is required. The ability to respond to and coordinate off hour emergencies and repairs may be necessary. Work stations are close to each other and work space is limited. Work may require extended hours sitting at a computer terminal. Regular travel between the Chicago and Evanston campus may be required. Must be enrolled in the university's occupational health program which entails filling out a health questionnaire. The health questionnaire is submitted to the university's occupational health provider for review. Must be willing to undergo job-related background check.

Specific Responsibilities:

Manages & oversees daily operations of aquatics equipment and tank washer facilities:

  • Ensures on-going compliance with all NU, local, state, & federal rules & regulations.

  • Ensures SOP compliance by all CCM employees & investigator staff & immediately reports deviations to management.

  • Ensures that all equipment is operational & schedules on-going maintenance & repairs. Provides maintenance on rack pumps, filter systems, dispenser systems, washers, RO water operations, etc. Performs troubleshooting as needed.

  • Ensures that necessary supplies are purchased as efficiently as possible & available as appropriate in a timely fashion.

Manages & oversees daily operations of aquatics husbandry activities:

  • Ensures on-going compliance with all NU, local, state, & federal rules & regulations.

  • Ensures SOP compliance by all CCM employees & investigator staff & immediately reports deviations to management.

  • Ensures animal health checks are conducted in a timely & accurate manner and that housing densities are appropriate.

  • Ensures that all husbandry records & documents are accurately updated & maintained in a timely manner.

  • Schedules husbandry staff including rotating shifts, vacations & holidays ensuring that all activities & facilities are staffed adequately & appropriately.

  • Manage monthly census and weekly space availability.

  • Ensure water quality monitored and tested at appropriate frequencies (temperature, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, etc.).

  • Oversees inventory control process & storage of husbandry supplies, restocks supplies as needed, apply knowledge regarding methods of food preservation, rotation & or conservation.

  • Directs sanitation of primary (tanks and accessories) & secondary housing (rooms) of animals, as well as support areas as required.

  • Manages feeding and preparation of artemia.

  • Prepares for departmental, IACUC, AAALAC & USDA facility inspections ensuring that facilities, processes, procedures, documentation, etc. are in order.

Manages animal health care, research support and incoming animal activities:

  • Ensures on-going compliance with all NU, local, state, & Federal rules & regulations.

  • Ensures SOP compliance by all CCM employees & investigator staff & immediately reports deviations to management.

  • Ensures that all animal medical records & documents are accurately updated & maintained in a timely manner.

  • Ensures daily animal health observations are performed under direction of Veterinarian. Perform minor animal treatments as prescribed by the Veterinarian and maintain appropriate record keeping. Perform euthanasia as needed.

  • Ensure "sentinel" testing performed at appropriate intervals to manage colony health.

  • Provide timed and regular egg collections to support research and ensure future mating generations. Follow egg washing procedures.

  • Performs animal handling, sexing, genotyping, measurements and other research activities as needed.

  • Ensure staff document and complete tasks related to incoming animals. Staff prepares and schedules for incoming animals and interacts with procurement, receiving & census as appropriate.

Assist Facility/Husbandry Managers:

  • Interviews & recommends new hires.

  • Manages annual performance evaluation process ensuring that all husbandry staff receives reviews & that documentation regarding performance is properly maintained in a timely manner.

  • Manages staff & ensures overall supervision; ensures that inappropriate & problem behavior is identified in a timely manner & that corrective actions are implemented as needed.

  • Ensures that all physical plant buildings, areas, equipment, etc. are maintained in accordance with all pertinent regulations, policies, codes, etc.; coordinates repairs, upgrades, regular & special maintenance, etc.

  • Supports the collection of physical plant data required for the AAALAC Program Description.

  • Develops & implements CCM OJT programs and SOPs that ensure proper animal care & welfare. Participates in CCM, NU, local & or national meetings, management classes, OJTs, etc.

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent is required along with a minimum of 5 years animal husbandry or equivalent experience (with AALAS certified LATg) or 4 years' experience with AA AS BS. One year of supervisory experience is required.

  • A minimum of 5 years' experience with aquatics systems and working with zebra fish.

  • AALAS certified LATg

  • Valid state driver's license if driving animal transport van.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Quality, compliance, customer focus, communications, collegiality, initiative, efficiency, coach ability and people management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Greater than 5 years of working with aquatics systems, zebra fish and supporting zebrafish research.

  • College education

  • Experience managing multiple persons of diverse backgrounds

  • CMAR certification (preferred)

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Quality, compliance, customer focus, communications, collegiality, initiative, efficiency, coach ability and people management.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively and confidential or sensitive information.

  • Ability to meet deadlines.

  • Good working knowledge of office based software, e-mail, and building management systems.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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