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Animal Care Supervisor

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: March 16, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID354079
LocationTwin Cities
Job FamilyAnimal Health
Full/Part TimeFull-Time
Job Code7192LC
Employee ClassCivil Service
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Animal Health Supervisor
Job Family: Animal Health
Full/Part Time: Full-Time, Regular
Job Code: 7192LC
Employee Class: Civil Service
Department: Research Animal Resources Mpls

About the Job
This is a Civil Service position responsible for the care of a variety of laboratory animals in accordance with applicable safety, sanitation, and research requirements, and the supervision of personnel, facilities, and equipment needed to carry out these work requirements.

Ongoing tasks may include the following:
(30%) Employee supervision. Has authority to perform or to effectively recommend the following actions: hire, transfer, suspend, promote, discharge, assign work, reward, manage performance, direct the work of other employees, address grievances, and create and maintain the records pertaining to these activities.

(30%) Equipment and Facilities. Supervises and performs the tasks of ordering, maintaining, and making minor repairs on equipment and facilities. Performs other duties as assigned, including being a part of the on-call team.*

(15%) Animal Care. Supervises and participates in cleaning, disinfecting, feeding and care of mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other laboratory animals, and trains employees in these tasks.

(10%) Procedures and Protocols. Writes, reviews, and edits Standard Operating Procedures. Coordinates and monitors the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures in animal facilities.

(10%) Provide Information. Responds to written and oral requests for information from investigators and RAR staff.

(5%) Teamwork. Supports and backs up other RAR area supervisors as needed to provide additional supervisory presence, which may require driving to another area of the University. Works with laboratory animals - cleaning, feeding, monitoring.

*This position's responsibilities include assignment to on-call status, to conduct after-hours monitoring and emergency response when needed outside of typical business hours.
* Share on-call responsibilities for emergency response with other RAR on-call team members.
* Respond to facility alerts (e.g. phone calls, text messages, and security and/or building alarms).
* Differentiate between critical and non-critical facilities alarms, and interpret their significance. Understand when, to whom, and how to report in the event of a critical facility equipment failure.

Some work assignments will involve exposure to animal allergens, high levels of noise, and/or disinfectants and sanitizing agents. To protect employees, the University of Minnesota will ask that you wear personal protective equipment, some of which may require medical monitoring and fit testing. All required protective equipment, testing, and medical evaluations will be provided by the University.

All offers of employment for this position will be conditioned on the completion of a medical questionnaire, evidence of current tetanus immunization, and/or a fitness for duty examination to ensure the applicant's ability to work in an environment that may present occupational health and safety hazards associated with the work.


Required Qualifications: (must be documented)
* Bachelor's degree and 2 years related lab animal experience, or combination of related education and work experience to equal at least 6 years

Preferred Qualifications:
* Experience in Research Animal Resources facilities at the University of Minnesota
* ALAT or higher certification through AALAS
* Supervisory experience in lab animal industry
* Hands-on experience working with multiple lab animal species
* Understanding of cagewash and vivarium sanitation operations
Selection Criteria:
* Supervisory experience - hire new employees, and manage employee performance.
* Demonstrated ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions in English. Able to read detailed laboratory instructions in English to complete work. Demonstrated writing skills. Good computer skills.
* Good conflict management skills.
* Good organization and planning skills.
* Valid driver's license.
* Must be able to lift/push up to 50 lbs of equipment and sanitizing agents.

About the Department

Research Animal Resources (RAR) provides the University of Minnesota research community with animal care, procurement services, veterinary knowledge, and maintenance of housing facilities for animal-related research activities.

Working at the UniversityAt the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the for more information regarding benefits.
    How To Apply

    Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.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:
    Employment Requirements

    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.

    Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University's Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:
    About the U of M

    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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