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Job Summary The Office of Laboratory Animal Resources (OLAR) at the California Institute of Technology is responsible for administration of the Institute's comprehensive laboratory animal care and use program and ensures that animals used in teaching and research are cared for in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.
The Director of OLAR reports to the Institutional Official (IO) and oversees all aspects of the animal care program, ensuring the Caltech maintains the highest standards in animal care. The Director is responsible for management of OLAR business, leadership of OLAR personnel, strategic planning for new and existing animal facilities, maintenance of a safe and regulatory-compliant program, and active participation in the Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) Committee.
Job Duties - Managerial Responsibility:Responsible for the compliant and cost-effective administration of OLAR.Supervises a clinical veterinarian and up to 50 veterinary and facility staff.Ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations and maintenance of AAALAC accreditation.Develops and maintains OLAR policies and communication, including maintenance of an OLAR webpage.Works closely and collaboratively with the IO, IACUC, Division Chairs, and Facilities management to ensure a cohesive animal program. - Veterinary Responsibility:Oversees veterinary husbandry, medical care and services for all species used in research and teaching programs at the Institute. With the clinical veterinarian, creates, implements, and updates standard operating procedures for all aspects of routine animal care and emergency plans in accordance with federal, state and local regulations. - Teaching/Training Responsibility: Develops and oversees online and hands-on training for researchers using animals and all OLAR staff. Serves as a resource for researchers with technical questions or concerns regarding use of lab animals in their research. - Regulatory Responsibility: Serves as the attending veterinarian and member of the Institute's IACUC.Collaborates with the IACUC to develop and implement internal policies involving the care and use of laboratory animals used in teaching and research at the Institute.Participates as a member on the Institute's Biosafety Committee.Ensures OLAR compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulatory agencies. Ensures OLAR compliance with the Institute's Occupational Health program.Works with the Office of Research Compliance to provide assurances, documentation and reports to the USDA, PHS/NIH, AAALAC, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Drug Enforcement Agency, the California State Department of Health Services, and the California Department and Fish and Wildlife. - Facilities Responsibility:Responsible for working closely with administration and facilities staff during development and construction of new animal facilities and renovation or repair of current facilities.Must maintain up-to-date knowledge of current and prospective Caltech animal facility construction.Assists in new facility commissioning. Devises and executes plans for transition between current and renovated/new facilities. - Professional Development Responsibility: Participates in and leads organized professional meetings, conferences and workshops to stay abreast of new regulatory requirements, animal care techniques, and experimental design. Represents the Institute at professional meetings and through participation in the activities of local and national organizations affiliated with improving the care and use of laboratory animals.
Basic Qualifications - Candidates must have a DVM/VMD from an AVMA accredited institution or its foreign equivalent, current licensure in at least one state, preferably California, and USDA accreditation. - They must also be a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) - At least 10 years of experience in a research- intensive academic environment, preferably in a leadership role (e.g., director or assistant director of veterinary services). - Candidates must have experience successfully managing an AAALAC-accredited animal care and use program in an academic environment.
Preferred Qualifications - Excellent skills, knowledge, and ability in general laboratory animal techniques, including clinical, surgical, and anesthesia techniques, as well as knowledge of special diagnostic procedures related to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease in laboratory animals in an academic environment. - Thorough knowledge of animal welfare laws and regulations, vivarium methodology, biomedical techniques for teaching and research for a variety of laboratory animal species. - Highly developed interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of stakeholders, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills and a commitment to transparency and active engagement. - Willingness to promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a dedication to quality and excellence. - Excellent managerial skills, including budget preparation and demonstrated ability to recruit, hire, manage and train new staff and an ability to motivate and retain professional staff. - A proven record of accomplishment facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing and changing organization. - A passion for the highest animal welfare standards in scientific research and education. - Experience serving AAALAC in a voluntary or professional basis.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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