The Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) at Northwestern University (NU) is seeking a Director of Facility Operations. Job ID 40961.
The Director of Facility Operations is responsible for Chicago and Evanston campus facility operations and personnel required for cage wash and husbandry care of laboratory animals. This position directs all staff in the above positions, ensures compliance with the University’s Human Resources policies and practices, assists with strategic and budgetary planning as well as ensures regulatory compliance with all federal, state and local laws and policies pertaining to animal use in research. Provide direction and oversight of facility construction; coordination and management with FM of all projects and those especially of large scope and budgets; coordinate and develop with FM and NUPD, security and emergency planning.
Husbandry Operations: Direct and coordinate campus-wide facility operations related to husbandry and cage wash. Ensures husbandry coordinates effectively with Procurement, Receiving, and Census. Direct animal care to ensure CCM meets or exceeds all pertinent laws, regulations, and policies. Direct the activities of the Facility Managers and Supervisors/Group Leaders responsible for the various areas. Serve as a strong, proactive leader of CCM’s facility operations, that anticipates and solve problems, and inspires staff. Interact with various CCM offices in regard to finances, capital equipment purchases, preventative maintenance contracts, security, procurement, receiving and census, training, and regulatory issues. Interface with vendors and internal/external service providers to assure that operations meet or exceed all safety and animal welfare regulations and policies. Conduct facility tours and participate in program inspections as required. Participate in emergency planning and evacuation drills and interface with emergency response groups as necessary.
Cagewash and Husbandry Staffing: Set clear expectations for cage wash, husbandry, and support staff, review progress, provide feedback and guidance, hold staff accountable for following SOPs and meeting performance standards. Provide direction on recruiting, hiring, disciplinary actions, terminations, evaluation of job performances, promotions, and assignment of workloads. Support training for cage wash, and husbandry personnel, including management of these areas. Directs staff and advises faculty in laboratory animal care such as feeding, watering, cage cleaning, safety, and environmental controls. Assists and supports planning and implementation of on-the-job training and formal animal care training programs such as American Association of Laboratory Animal Science courses. Supports the development, writing, and implementation of cage wash and husbandry Standard Operating Procedures. Assure adequate staffing to support operations, including weekend/holiday coverage. Assemble staff in the event of an emergency and interface with emergency responders.
Customer Service: Advises faculty and staff on procurement of animals, supplies, and equipment. Direct the allocation of animal housing space and support areas, in collaboration with CCM management. Organize and implement communications to research staff on issues pertaining to the facilities, staffing, security, and operational changes as necessary. Consult with laboratories regarding special requirements and assist with research issues as they pertain to cage wash and/or husbandry care. Participate in IACUC and Committee for Animal Resources events as required. Strive to build and maintain positive and effective relationships with NU research staff.
Physical Plant: Direct staff to ensure maintenance of the physical plants and ensure repairs are done in a timely manner. Ensure facility condition meets or exceeds all pertinent regulations, policies, and local codes. Support the collection of physical plant data required for the AAALAC Program Description and for other metrics as needed. Ensure proper monitoring of building system alarms. Direct staff to ensure effective coordination of repairs, upgrades, and maintenance of equipment and physical plants. Take a lead role in supporting and directing CCM renovation and construction projects.
Regulatory Compliance: This position ensures regulatory compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and policies related to animal care and husbandry. Assist with and support USDA, AAALAC, and IACUC inspections, including organizing responses to reports and writing the AAALAC program description. Interface with the Office of Research Safety.
Additional: Perform other duties as assigned by CCM Executive Director.
BA/BS, LATg, CMAR and/or ILAM graduate
8 years direct experience in managing an animal research facility with a clear progression in overall responsibility and scope.
Proven track record in effectively managing a staff of 25+ staff, strategic planning, fiscal responsibility, and improvement in operational efficiencies.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
12 years direct experience in managing an animal research facility with a clear progression in overall responsibility and scope; at least 2 years of the 12 in a higher-level leadership role of directing operations.
7 years’ experience in animal facility renovation and/or construction.
3 years’ experience in business administration
Proven track record in effectively managing and/or directing staff of 50+ staff, strategic planning, fiscal responsibility, and improvement in operational efficiencies.
Management experience in a large academic institution.
Active participation in local/national AALAS/LAMA.
Please Note: Work will require regular travel between the Evanston and Chicago campuses. This position requires enrollment in the CCM occupational health program.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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About Northwestern University - Center for Comparative Medicine
The Center for Comparative Medicine is a core service, teaching, and training unit dedicated to supporting humane animal care and use in research and education at Northwestern University. We provide quality animal care and promote animal welfare and regulatory compliance through efficient operations and positive collaborations with faculty, students and staff.
Northwestern University is a private research university with 12 schools and more than 21,000 students across three campuses. Beyond being a dynamic learning organization, research thrives at Northwestern University, with teams working to solve society's problems and facilitate clinical and commercial use of their innovations.