The Assistant Director of Operations for RAR is responsible for promoting the mission by providing programmatic support to the department and providing and overseeing animal care and facility operations. This position directs daily operations of the RAR program to deliver flawless animal welfare at a large multi-species facility; Assures the quality of care and animal facility environment is in compliance with regulations and AAALAC guidelines; Ensures facility space, equipment, and associated resources are efficiently deployed and metrics are tracked.
This position works with the RAR Director to provide strategic planning, organizing, and direction within RAR. The Assistant Director of Operations identifies and develops broad operational goals and objectives, directs significant programs, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. This role is responsible for developing, implementing and enforcing policies, procedures, and standards as well as fostering cooperative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. This position will be a member of the RAR Senior Leadership Team (SLT).
RAR has over 150 deployed staff at facilities within the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses and provides service to several hundred investigators conducting ground-breaking research. Major units within RAR include Veterinary Resources, Technical Services, Business and Financial Management, Animal Facilities Operations, and Animal Care Operations.
RAR and the University of Minnesota provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
1. Personnel Management (30%) Develop and directly manage staff to ensure customer satisfaction, improve operational efficiency, and enhance employee competencies. Manage talent through focused career development and performance management. Identify and communicate roles, responsibilities, and delegation of authority to staff. Facilitate conflict resolution. Identify and initiate creative approaches to improving communication. Provide leadership and innovative approaches to creating staff efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Ensure consistency in adherence to Departmental guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs). Ensure appropriate management of animal care supervisors and animal care personnel.
2. Operational and Programmatic support (30%) As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, work with the RAR Director on matters involving facilities and personnel management, updating Departmental guidelines and SOPs. Work with and advise the RAR Facility Operations Manager regarding Departmental operations such as the impact on the Department during facility construction. Optimize the execution of the daily operational workload and management of a large complex group to deliver high-quality animal care and welfare, harmonize business practices, and support the RAR program. Coordinate appropriate animal facility space and resources to support University research needs. Serve as a subject matter expert in areas critical to animal facility and program support including cagewash, husbandry practices, caging, and water systems. Develop and implement appropriate quality assurance programs, evaluation of capital equipment and supplies, and effective management of resources. Lead in operational excellence by defining metrics and key indicators. Work with colleagues to share practices in managing resources and standardizing operations. Develop and implement enhanced and/or new technologies, equipment, and procedures for application to the work environment.
3. Regulatory Compliance (20%) Participate in design/review of research protocols through participation on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and the Institutional Biosafety Committee, or by request directly from principal investigators and/or their staff. Perform inspections of University animal facilities and laboratories as a veterinary member of the IACUC. Ensure that animal care, housing, transportation and use complies with all applicable federal and state laws, as well as University policy, RAR policy, USDA Animal Welfare Regulations and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Assist in preparing the USDA Annual Report.
4. Training and Customer Service (15%) Assist in creating and/or offer lectures, labs, and seminars for operational staff. Research, create and/or amend reference documents for direct use for RAR employees. Mentor, train, and support new colleagues and students regarding laboratory animal medicine, facility and personnel management, and regulatory compliance. Assist Investigators and research personnel on the development of their research protocols. Connect researchers with the resources needed to fulfill their study objectives. Respond to requests for equipment, information, space, and special care and services in a timely manner.
5. Other Duties as Assigned (5%)
About the Department
Research Animal Resources strives to advance scientific progress and promote the humane treatment of animals, in partnership with the University of Minnesota's research community, by providing exemplary service & education in animal care, procurement, health, and well-being.
How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
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The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.
Background Check Information
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.
BS/BA plus 12+ years of progressive supervisory and managerial experience in a laboratory animal setting, OR
An advanced degree plus at least 10 years of experience, OR
A terminal degree plus at least 6 years of experience.
Demonstrated excellence in discipline and understands the implications of decisions and actions on segments of the organization outside one’s immediate area.
DVM or other advanced degree
Demonstrated ability to direct a program of substantial breadth and complexity with experience in project execution.
Demonstrated skill and interest in personnel supervision and development.
Supervisory experience in a GLP setting preferred.
University of Minnesota, Research Animal Resources strives to advance scientific progress and promote the humane treatment of animals, in partnership with the University’s research community, by providing exemplary service & education in animal care, procurement, health and well-being.
Research Animal Resource (RAR) is under the Office of the Vice President for Research. RAR’s primary focus is on the service and administration of the animal care and use program at the U of MN. Laboratory Animal Medicine Veterinarians are part of a staff of over 150 employees including Academy and Professional Staff, Civil Service, Union Represented and Student Employees. RAR has a daily census of more than 24,000 rodent cages in 20 buildings split into 7 geographic teams between the Minneapolis and St. Paul Campus.