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Terrestrial Animal Care Services (TeACS) Director

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Natural Science, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Terrestrial Animal Care Services (TeACS)
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA09-Fiscal Year 2019-2020
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
August 7, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please provide your resume and cover letter with your completed application.

Department Summary
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) promotes excellence in research at the University of Oregon. OVPRI oversees sponsored research, research compliance, technology transfer, and research development. Additionally, OVPRI holds administrative responsibility for numerous high-profile research centers and institutes and core research facilities. These units provide opportunities for faculty across the university to collaborate on research efforts that are inherently interdisciplinary, and of significant societal importance. OVPRI is committed to fostering equity and inclusion in a welcoming and respectful environment that recognizes the value of all members of our community.

Terrestrial Animal Care Services (TeACS) is a research core facility under OVPRI that manages and administers a centralized program of laboratory animal care which is in compliance with the federal Animal Welfare Act, the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research and Training. The primary functions of TeACS are daily animal care, veterinary care, provision of research services, surgical assistance and patient monitoring, purchase of live vertebrates, disbursement of controlled substances, and training of research and technical personnel who use live animals for research or teaching.

Position Summary
The TeACS Director is the primary fiscal manager and administrative leader of TeACS and reports to the Assistant Vice President for Research Facilities (AVPRF). The TeACS Director is responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations for TeACS to support UO researchers primarily using terrestrial vertebrate animals for their research. The director is expected to balance financial and scientific needs and goals through close collaboration with the TeACS Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) and OVPRI leadership. This position is responsible for TeACS budgeting, expenditure tracking, and safeguarding UO assets associated with TeACS by running the facility in a financially compliant manner. This position directly supervises animal care personnel assigned to care for the animals; supervises administrative functions related to animal care; maintains security of animal facilities; coordinates and provides training for research and technical staff; assists in monitoring regulatory compliance and protocol oversight; assists the attending veterinarian to observe, examine and care for sick or injured animals; oversees physical plant and equipment maintenance; provides animal-related technical assistance; and performs husbandry activities such as feeding, watering and changing cages.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Certified as a Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) with the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), or equivalent.
• Five years of experience managing and/or directing a laboratory animal research program in an academic environment.

Professional Competencies
• Knowledge of humane care, management and housing of animals with understanding of standards and guidelines as established by federal and state regulations and AAALAC International.
• Demonstrated strategic budget and accounting skills to produce a budget plan and rates, forecast revenue and expense trends, conduct periodic cost analyses of operations, and share per diem costs with clients.
• Demonstrated management skills to hire, train, develop, mentor and effectively manage employees and ensure smooth day-to-day operations.
• Highly developed interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and a commitment to transparency and active engagement, as well as diplomacy, discretion and professionalism.
• Commitment to advancing the university’s research goals in creating a facilitative environment for research while navigating an increasingly complex research compliance environment that requires specialized skills and abilities in satisfying federal, state and university regulations.
• Ability to work effectively with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds, including students of color, international students, non-traditional students and returning learners, and to foster sensitivity to and competency regarding diverse issues in a university community.

Preferred Qualifications
• Advanced degree in Animal Science or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Ten years of experience working in an AAALAC-accredited laboratory animal facility.
• Thorough knowledge of animal welfare laws and regulations, vivarium methodology, experience designing or renovating laboratory animal facilities, biomedical techniques for teaching and research for a variety of laboratory animal species.
• Demonstrated familiarity with the diverse needs of investigators involved with the field research use of animals.
• Previous experience as a researcher on funded research studies relevant to TeACS activities.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

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