This position is responsible for the daily oversight of three cage processing facilities and direct oversight of cage wash technicians (12- 15) for all VUMC Animal Facilities. Responsible for coordinating all caging, equipment, sanitation/decontamination supplies, and equipment maintenance for all VUMC Cage wash facilities.
Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Scheduling Staff: Establish work hour for employees, assign responsibilities amongst staff, and monitor work.
Schedules the Washroom staff and assigns duties as deem fit.
Define expected outcome and time of completion clearly to the employee.
Communicates the objective of the assignment to the employee.
Institute appropriate follow-up with the employee to ensure that the desired outcome is reached.
Assign work in order to accomplish goals in a timely fashion and makes all allowances for individual initiative.
Allocates resources appropriately so that task can be accomplished and distributes assignments equitably.
Monitors manpower and efficiencies; makes necessary adjustments and reassignments according to workload demands.
Completes and maintains all timekeeping records.
Supervision Staff: Evaluates and documents staff performance, records and reports personnel counseling.
Recognizes the need to counsel subordinates and reports it to their supervisor.
Explains to the employee clearly what his/her responsibilities are and the standard of performance.
Offers guidance for improving performance to the employee.
Brings to the employee's attention areas of performance improvement as soon as recognized with a plan and time frame for correction.
Approaches the evaluation process constructively and conducts it in accordance with Human Resources, departmental guidelines and procedures.
Staff Development: Trains the staff in departmental procedures and encourages staff development.
Writing of Standard Operating Procedures for all Husbandry areas.
Ensures that policies and procedures are up-to-date, well organized, and easily accessible.
Encourages staff to pursue higher education, Certifications and seek professional growth. AALAS certification at various levels.
Distributes educational material/literature to the staff as it becomes available.
Trains staff effectively and maintain detailed records of performance and training status.
Physical Environment: Monitors the animal research housing and support areas for safe environment, conduct of research, and proper/safe disposal of materials involved in research.
Complete understanding of Security System and compliance with VUMC standards.
Provides a safe working environment for all employees, investigators, and their staff. Monitors safety records on an ongoing basis, investigates accidents, and correct safety hazards.
Oversees the maintenance of major equipment such as rack washers, autoclaves, tunnel washers, automatic watering systems, Ventilated racks, etc.
Plans and monitors caging sanitation to ensure compliance with departmental standards.
Maintenance of Physical Plant: Monitors and maintains the physical plant for Animal Cage Wash Facilities.
Maintains a current awareness of regulatory requirements pertaining to environmental and plant conditions for facilities housing animals.
Reports all environmental and plant conditions that is inappropriate in a timely fashion.
Meets with Plant and Maintenance Representatives and outlines needs and/or necessary repairs.
Establishes or maintains Maintenance Contracts for all cage wash equipment in the facility.
Inventory Files: Maintains inventory levels for all husbandry supplies in the assigned facility.
Determines appropriate level of food, bedding, cage wash, chemicals, caging accessories, etc. as needed.
Evaluates existing equipment to assess feasibility: makes recommendations for modifications or upgrade as needed.
Determines appropriate level of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as needed.
Regulatory Compliance: Oversees the maintenance of documentation for animal maintenance to ensure compliance with all regulatory agencies.
Maintains a current awareness of governmental regulatory and peer review requirements and guidelines.
Maintains physical plant according to department, USDA, NIH, AALAC, and related federal, state and local guidelines. Initiates corrective action, if necessary.
Liaison with principal Investigators: Interacts with Principal Investigators to provide timely support services.
Alerts the Veterinary Staff of animal health related matters as needed.
Provides assistance to investigators with specific problems on equipment and caging.
Responds to changes as they occur in research testing schedules. Provides timely, high quality, and other complex responses on short notice to meet quality, and other complex response(s) on short notice to meet research needs.
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