UNIV – Agricultural Animal Associate II – DLAR


Job title: UNIV – Agricultural Animal Associate II – DLAR

Company: Medical University of South Carolina

Job description: FLSA: Hourly

Job Summary: Supervise and coordinate the daily husbandry of the animal facility to ensure compliance with existing regulations and departmental SOP’s.

Job Duties:

  • 30% – Oversee and Manage Husbandry Operations. Weight 30% Empower personnel to provide consistently high standards of animal husbandry and step-in to cover husbandry gap when required. Examples of required husbandry tasks to accomplish this objective include: • Ensure all subordinates, husbandry and cage wash, duties are completed as outlined in the employee job descriptions and the DLAR SOPs. • Coordinate animal transfers/imports with diagnostic lab and other facility supervisors. • Coordinate with the diagnostic lab for sentinel testing and environmental monitoring • Fill in as needed to complete animal care, animal husbandry and cage wash procedures. – (Essential)
  • 25% – Perform Administrative Duties. Weight 25% Maintain the accuracy of a variety of records for animal census, animal room activities related to husbandry operations, and facility maintenance. Examples of required tasks to accomplish this objective include: • Enter Census Data in animal management software • Record keeping of animal, equipment and facility documents • Maintains Inventory of caging, equipment, and supplies for facility. • Coordinates animal husbandry schedules with other facility supervisors. • Participate in SOP development and review. • Attend and participate in weekly management and supervisor meetings. • Updates facility contact list as needed. • Participates in USDA, IACUC and AAALAC inspections as needed to include document review. – (Essential)
  • 20% – Leadership Duties. Weight 20% Promote and administer a positive and supportive working environment for subordinates and personnel working within DLAR facilities. Examples of tasks required to accomplish this objective include: • Demonstrate respect and professionalism in interactions with MUSC and DLAR staff, students, and visitors. • Manage subordinate files. Keep track of leave balances, attendance accruals, and training documents. • Available and open to questions from subordinates about how to best perform job role. • Demonstrate effective email and verbal communications to all MUSC staff and students • Make work assignments within the facility for subordinates. • Ensure subordinates are aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding health, safety, and benefits. • Evaluate performance of subordinates through the MUSC electronic system. • Provide and document actionable feedback to subordinate for performance improvement. • Provides disciplinary actions when required and as directed. • Conduct regular staff meeting with subordinates. • Participate in the hiring process for new employees as needed. • Facilitate problem-solving among subordinates and other members of the DLAR team. – (Essential)
  • 15% – Facility Maintenance. Weight 15% Maintain facility, equipment, and documentation to regulatory and accreditation standards. Examples of required tasks to accomplish this objective include: • Facilitate all physical plant maintenance, repairs, and renovations to assure compliance with USDA, NIH, and AAALAC standards. • Communicate with Program Manager for all DLAR equipment repair and maintenance, as needed. • Promptly report facility problems using physical plant software. • Promptly report all DLAR equipment repair needs to Program Manager. – (Essential)
  • 5% – Personnel Training. Weight 5% Provide personnel with opportunities to attend and complete training necessary for them to successfully perform technical procedures, husbandry tasks, and function as an effective team member. Examples of required tasks to accomplish this objective include: • Work with subordinates to identify training goals and opportunities. • Coordinate and assign new employees to knowledgeable staff for hands on training. • Ensure completion of mandatory/required training. • Prepare and coach staff on AALAS test certification preparations. • When required, clearly and accurately explain and demonstrate work procedures, expected performance, and basic knowledge to perform husbandry operations in accordance with DLAR SOP. • When required, train new employees and PIs on basic techniques pertinent to each species. • When required, conduct training of investigative staff and subordinates on appropriate PPE, equipment, safety-related SOPs, and OSHA safety standards. • Ensure employee understanding of existing DLAR SOPs and SOP updates. – (Essential)
  • 5% – Perform Other Duties as Assigned. Weight 5% Under the guidance of the Program Manager, DLAR Director, provide assistance during unusual and/or unanticipated circumstances. • Provide back-up for supervisors when required. This can include sending email notifications/communication and monitoring of animal rooms and other duties as requested. – (Essential)

Preferred Experience & Additional Skills: **Note: AALAS Certification at the level of Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) is preferred.

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: An associate’s degree in animal husbandry, agriculture or a related field and three years of work experience that is directly related to the area of employment. Work experience that is directly related to the area of employment may be substituted for the associate’s degree on a year-for-year basis. Certification in an animal care technology field may be required for positions overseeing the care of laboratory animals. Veterinary Technician Certification may be used in lieu of the years of experience.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Preferred:

**Note: AALAS Certification at the level of Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) is preferred.

Physical Requirements: Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Continuous) Ability to climb using step stool. (Infrequent) Ability to work in temperature extremes (32? F to 100 ? F) when required due to assignments in cold rooms and/or foreign countries. (Infrequent) Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Continuous) Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function. (Continuous) Ability to lift and carry 4 liter waste material bottles a distance of 30 feet, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. to 30 lbs. jugs of liquird a distance of 100 feet, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to file boxes from floor level to counter tops, unassisted. (Frequent) Abiilty to lift materials up to 20 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift 25 lbs. boxes from floor level to a maximum height of 72″. (Infrequent) Ability to lift 40 lbs. centrifuge rotors, from floor level to a height of 40 inches, then down 20 inches into centrifuge drum. (Infrequent) Ability to push/pull file boxes from one location to another at floor level, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to maneuver heavy equipment on bench tops (Frequent) Ability to reach, stretch, bend, while moving items/materials from both sitting and standing positions. (Frequent) Ability to conduct a variety of hand pipefitting operations. (Continuous) Ability to maintain 20/40 vision in both eyes, corrected. (Continuous) Ability to match or discriminate between colors. (Continuous) Ability to hear and recognize various alarms emitting from work area systems. (Continuous) Ability to work in a darkroom for processing film, etc. (Continuous) Ability to qualify for the use of cartridge respirators. (Continuous) Ability to work in dusty areas. (Infrequent) May require working with animals of various sizes.

Physical Requirements (DLAR Specific):

Must be able to lift 50 lbs. above waist routinely.

Must be able to work with animals.

May be exposed to animal allergens.

May be exposed to zoonotic diseases.

Must be able to work in dusty environments.

May have to work in wet areas.

Must be able to properly wear DLAR issued PPE.

Must be able to work in reverse light cycle rooms.

May have to work in confined spaces.

Must be able to understand safety requirements for autoclave, rack washer and tunnel washer

The Medical University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MUSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by state laws and/or federal regulations. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment based upon applicable qualifications, merit and business need.

Opening date: 10 May 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close:

Expected salary: $34332 – 63525 per year

Location: Charleston, SC

Job date: Thu, 12 May 2022 07:25:59 GMT

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