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Assistant Director of Animal Resources

Hiring Organization:
Tulane National Primate Research Center

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Tulane National Primate Research Center has a national mission to improve human and animal health through basic and applied biomedical research. Within the TNPRC the Division of Veterinary Medicine is critical, as this division has responsibility for care of the animals that make all research possible.

The Assistant Director for Animal Resources (ADAR) is a full-time position reporting to the Associate Director for Veterinary Resources and Chair, Division of Veterinary Medicine. The position is directly responsible and accountable for all aspects of the administration and operation of the Unit of Animal Resources within the Division of Veterinary Medicine. The ADAR is responsible for approximately 85-100 FTE (direct and indirect reports) that comprise the Unit of Animal Resources and provide direct and indirect animal care.

The ADAR will have demonstrated capacity for leadership, employee development, employee performance evaluation, managing a diverse workforce, goal-setting, conflict resolution, employee coaching and training for optimum performance so that effectiveness and efficiency of operations are maintained at a high level. The ADAR provides mentorship to managers and supervisors in the Unit of Animal Resources with the goal of insuring they are technically competent and develop into superior leaders in their own right. The ADAR has responsibility for assuring that the Unit of Animal Resources is in compliance with all local, state, federal and accrediting agencies. He/she will ensure compliance through continuous assessment of the institutional animal care and use program, and implementation of process improvements to attain and maintain operational excellence. The ADAR is deemed “essential”, is subject to the TNPRC Drug and Alcohol Policy and will be expected to carry a cell phone for contact during emergencies.

The ADAR is an integral member of the Division’s and the Primate Research Center’s leadership team and acts as the principal advisor to the Associate Director for Veterinary Resources/Chair of the Division of Veterinary Medicine on administrative issues related to animal resources. As such, the ADAR plays a critical role in administration, development, growth management, strategic planning and master planning for the division of Veterinary Medicine. The ADAR will work closely with other senior management personnel across the Center for finance, facilities services, planning, human resources management, and staff training and development within the Division of Veterinary Medicine.

Minimum qualifications:
B.S. degree in Animal Science, Biological Science, Management, Public Health, Business Administration, or
Industrial Psychology. Five years progressive management and/or operations experience is required.
Must have a broad understanding of human resource management and management of personnel.
Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills, conflict management skills, and ability to work independently.
Strong management, listening and decision-making skills are required with an ability to maintain collegial
relations with everyone contacted in course of work.
Must have demonstrated team leadership abilities including an ability to attract, develop and retain top/diverse talent.
Must have demonstrated ability to motivate and lead others to create a goal-focused environment in a diverse workforce.
Ability to implement changes to processes and procedures, foster team development, and build strong partnerships across all functions.
Must have basic computer skills.
Must pass a US Department of Justice Security Risk Assessment for access to select biological agents and toxins.
Ability to perform job duties while wearing respiratory protection.
Must participate in drug and alcohol program and be in compliance with TNPRC drug and alcohol policy.

Preferred qualifications:
AALAS certification at the LATG level, and CMAR and/or ILAM certification are highly desirable.
Knowledge and experience in nonhuman primate and rodent husbandry and breeding colonies, under ABSL2 and ABSL3 containment is highly desirable.
Experience in an institution that utilizes animals in research highly desirable.
Knowledge of applicable animal welfare regulations, policies, guidelines and accreditation requirements to include the responsibilities and functions of the IACUC is highly desirable.

Tulane University is an EEO/AA employer and encourages diverse individuals to apply for this position.

Contact Information:
Shannon Aicklen
18703 Three Rivers Road
Covington, LA 70433

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