The Animal Care Assistant Supervisor, Non-Human Primate (NHP) will ensure that assigned Harvard Center for Comparative Medicine (HCCM) facilities and personnel are compliant with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, and the standards set forth in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Public Health Service Policy, and AAALAC International. The Animal Care Assistant Supervisor (NHP) reports to the Animal Care Facility Supervisor, and collaborates with HCCM colleagues to develop, implement, and confirm adherence to standard operating procedures for animal care and cage wash operations.
The Animal Care Assistant Supervisor (NHP) directly supervises 5-10 Animal Technicians. This position requires communicating effectively at a variety of levels ranging from tenured faculty, senior administrative staff, and clinical veterinarians to animal care and cage wash staff.
Manage HCCM Animal Technicians to ensure outstanding animal care and a collaborative work environment.
Under the guidance of the Animal Care Facility Supervisor/Manager, oversee personnel management, including performance management, corrective and disciplinary action, and involvement in the new hire selection process and on-boarding.
Work with the Animal Care Facility Supervisor to establish work assignments, monitor workflow, and maintain adequate inventory of animal feed, bedding, enrichment, and other facility-related supplies.
Provide customer service to researchers to support their research needs as they relate to animal husbandry, supply requests, facility orientation and access, space needs, etc.
Assist in the development, review, and implementation of SOPs as relating to animal care operations.
Provide training to Animal Technicians to ensure proficiency in areas of responsibility and adherence to standard operating procedures.
Develop and maintain records and reports for multiple areas of responsibility, including animal husbandry, animal census, equipment validation, equipment inventories, and attendance.
In collaboration with the Animal Care Facility Supervisor and Manager, work with Environmental Health and Safety staff to ensure a safe work environment and promote a culture of safety.
Work closely with HCCM Veterinary Staff and Procurement to coordinate the movement of animals and assist with colony health surveillance.
Oversee and coordinate animal facility repairs and renovations in collaboration with the Animal Care Facility Supervisor and Manager, building manager, project managers, and other to ensure minimal impact to HCCM personnel, operations, research colonies, and ongoing studies.
Other duties as assigned.
This position is considered to be essential personnel for Harvard Center for Comparative Medicine. Weekend and holiday work may be required as well as attendance during school closures in the event of inclement weather and/or other emergencies.
Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.
Salary Grade: 054
Union: 98 - Non-Union Non-Exempt incl GF
High School Diploma and certification from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science at the ALAT level (or must obtain within 1 year of hire). A minimum of 3 years work experience in animal care facilities with an increasing level of responsibility in work history, with at least one year performing or supervising the husbandry and/or handing of non-human primates. Related education beyond high school may count toward work experience.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing 15 - 30 pounds, push and pull heavy equipment. Must be able to walk or stand for a full 7.5 hours shift. Must be able to perform in an environment with exposure to animals, animal dander, animal byproducts and bedding materials for prolonged periods of time. Must be willing to work under ABSL-2 conditions and able to wear appropriate respiratory personal protective equipment (e.g. N95 mask, PAPR).
Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Life Science (animal, biological or physical sciences) preferred. LAT certification strongly preferred. Previous supervisory experience is desirable. Greater than 1 year of prior experience with NHP animal handling, sedation, general anesthesia and aseptic technique preferred. Familiarity with physical and chemical restraint for common laboratory animal species. Successful candidate will be self-motivated and able to work independently making sound judgments and using discretion with confidential information. Must be proficient in a variety of software programs (word processing, spreadsheet and/or database applications). The successful candidate must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written), and the ability to effectively multi-task.
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