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University of Washington ANIMAL HUSBANDRY MANAGER in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 197759


Posting Date: 10/14/2021

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education.

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. (

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. The primary purpose of this position is to provide the appropriate environment to support outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues and nonhuman primate health and biology. In conjunction with our Mission Statement, these values link this position to our purpose as a Center:

  • Commitment to Research

  • Teamwork

  • Accountability – Productivity

  • Communication The Washington National Primate Research Center has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Husbandry Manager (Manager of Program Operations) at our Seattle site. This position is responsible for ensuring the husbandry care and welfare of the animals in the Seattle colony is completed in compliance with federal/ state regulations and WaNPRC policies by overseeing the Animal Facility Program Supervisors and working closely with the Behavior Management and Veterinary Services staff. In addition to the oversite of the husbandry staff, this position works closely with the Facilities staff to maintain the Seattle Colony's facilities, equipment and caging. The Husbandry Manager is also responsible for the review and revision of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) pertinent to the Seattle Colony as well as ensuring that the WaNPRC Seattle facilities maintain consistent practices. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to: Personnel Management

  • Effectively lead and manage the Seattle Colony primate resources care staff to assure proper care of the animal colony, this includes overseeing the animal transport vehicles and animal transportation.

  • Implement the WaNPRC performance management systems for colony personnel.

  • Hire, evaluate, promote, and enforce corrective actions for staff.

  • Provide general supervision of the Animal Facility Program Supervisors.

  • Develop strong teamwork within the division.

  • Determine and prioritize training needs for subordinates.

  • Assure staff are in compliance with training, regarding safety, regulatory issues, and SOPs.

  • Maintain, review and update SOPs.

  • Participate in the WaNPRC & University of Washington Emergency Operations Plans. Facility Maintenance

  • Request/tracks repairs & upgrades to equipment and facilities.

  • Ensure adequate housing space for NHPs is available.

  • Assist with design & purchase of caging and other equipment.

  • Assist with facility planning, renovations and modernization.

  • Act as a liaison between the Facilities staff and Husbandry Staff. Compliance Ensure Compliance with:

  • Federal and State animal welfare regulations

  • University of Washington and WaNPRC policies and procedures

  • Assist with regulatory agencies’ inspections & respond to regulatory recommendations. Administration

  • Review Financial Reports ( BARs/BSRs ) for accuracy, certifies payroll is accurate and submits reports within specified deadlines.

  • Assist in developing budgets, & manage colony expenditures.

  • Participate in management and leadership development training.

  • Assure staff are in compliance with training, safety, regulatory issues, and SOPs.

  • Provide support for the Training and Orientation Coordinator in developing training programs and training record databases. The Office of Research and the Primate Center shares President Cauce’s commitment to combat inequities and racism. The values of diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to the success of our research enterprise and are embedded in the culture of who we are as institution and employer. We will honor different and unique identities and nurture an accessible, welcoming and respectful environment for all staff, and students and faculty in the Office of Research Primate Center and for all members of the UW research community. We will regularly review our services and systems and adapt them to reflect the evolving environments and work styles of our employees and those we serve. We are ALL responsible for confronting bias and inequities, both individual and institutional, that persist here and throughout our society. Our call is to remove barriers and promote access, opportunity, and justice for all. We all must commit to this ongoing work. Recognizing and valuing diversity will make the Office of Research Primate Center and the University stronger, and enrich the stellar research carried out at the UW. REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelors degree in Science or related field AND 4-5 years of applicable work experience

  • Previous management experience with non-human primate husbandry staff and/or research staff

  • Ability to work effectively and with discretion in animal model research setting

  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality in sensitive settings

  • Ability to multi-task multiple projects concurrently under deadline pressure and changing priorities

  • Ability to work well independently and in team-collaborations with diverse staff and research investigators

  • Strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated computer literacy with Microsoft 365, SharePoint, and similar applications Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. DESIRED:

  • Management of staff supporting NIH/academic research, with NHPs, and previous work in AAALAC accredited programs CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: At times of high productivity, ability to work outside normal business hours to accomplish operations is required. AALAS certification at the LAT, LATG or CMAR level; or ability to attain certification within 6-months of employment. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of health assessment at the UW's Employee Health Clinic. The health assessment may include but is not limited to tuberculosis clearance, measles clearance, immunizations such as tetanus and vaccinia, physical exam and/or review of work health history, x-rays, and/or assessment to wear positive or negative respiratory protective equipment. These health assessments will be repeated periodically during work assignment. This position may be required to work with and take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially infectious agents. Specific precautions may include wearing respirators and/or protective clothing. Employee is personally responsible for following health & safety and security policies/procedures and staying current on all required training. Bloodborne pathogen training and compliance with all WaNPRC and UW security policies is also mandatory. This position involves handling nonhuman primates and human pathogenic organisms. The ability to work in an Animal Biosafety Level-3 containment facility may be required. Adhere to the WaNPRC Environmental Enhancement Plan requirements for NHPs. Participate in the Behavioral Management and Positive Reinforcement Primate Training Programs. Develop a working knowledge of classical and operant conditioning principles and how they apply to handling primates in a research environment, with positive reinforcement as the expectation. Develop a working knowledge of non-human primate behavior. Since this position is responsible for animal transportation for the Seattle WaNPRC facilities, a valid driver’s license and ability to use UW vehicles is required. Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.