Vancouver - Hospital Site
Research & Facilitation
Research&Facilitation, Level B
Assistant Manager, ARU/PDC
Faculty of Medicine
Medical Animal Facility
$64,339.00 (minimum) - $77,237.00 (midpoint) - $92,684.00 (maximum)
Desired Start Date:
Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.
This position is expected to be filled by promotion/reassignment and is included here to inform you of its vacancy at the University.
This position is with the ARU/PDC Medical Animal Facility located at UBC Hospital within the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI).
This position is responsible for assisting with the day to day management of all ARU/PDC animal facility staff as well as indirectly overseeing and managing the activities of up to 40 Principal Investigators and their staff when working within the animal unit. This role will be critical to support the operations manager and ensure the efficient and effective operation of the ARU/PDC.
Reports directly to the Operations Manager, VCHRI Medical Animal Facility - ARU/PDC. Assists and supports animal facility Principal Investigators and their technicians, fellows, students and veterinarians. Manages senior and junior staff as well as visitors to ensure ARU/PDC to ensure it is operating in compliance with ACC (Animal Care Committee), CCAC (Canadian Council on Animal Care) and UBC (University of British Columbia) guidelines.
1. Develops protocols and programs to support new and emerging medical research and techniques for both national and international interests. Performs and troubleshoots complex protocols and technical procedures in research and teaching surgical models.
2. Responsible for operational activities and the day to day research; establishing clear definition of responsibility and workload for staff, developing and implementation of policies and procedures. Accountable for scheduling daily assignments, tracking attendance and allocating vacation time, identifying problems and make recommendations, attending meetings and committees to increasing efficiency and effectiveness of the facility.
3. Active member of the ARU/PDC Advisory Committee meetings and the ARU/PDC Users Committee.
4. Supports maintenance of accreditation for the Canadian Council on Animal Care and adherence to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations, which includes: having up-to-date Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all aspects of operations; ensures that suitable procedures and approved protocols are followed; ensures that new techniques and methodologies are researched and implemented to benefit animal management and research programs.
5. Participates in interviewing and hiring of new staff.
6. Provides education and training in specialized technical procedures as well as in all aspects of daily operations of CL1 (housing rooms for stock and breeding rats and mice), CL2 (rooms for injection and overnight housing), procedure room, a maze room and 2 OR's. Uses "roaming" manager techniques to audit performance and standards of all subordinates.
7. Acts as a liaison to investigators, users, employees, UBC departments, vendors and other industry professionals to respond to, manage and monitor any tasks or inquiries.
8. Procuring and troubleshooting complex equipment and instrumentation using UBC purchasing guidelines and tender processes.
9. Provides design of project timelines and workflow such as setting priorities and goals, project budgeting and providing expertise in the field of animal research.
10. Facilitates and manages relationships with internal and external PIs as needed.
11. On call: 24 hour support and expertise for ARU/PDC staff as well as active protocols, PIs and their technicians, and other projects.
12. Working with the Operations Manager and UBC Clinical Veterinarian, reviews and researches applications for shipping and receipt of laboratory animals.
13. Supports oversight of Health Monitoring reports, and accompanying UBC Clinical Veterinarian on site visits including independent visits, ACC inspections and CCAC inspections.
Reports directly to the Operations Manager, VCHRI Medical Animal Facilities - ARU/PDC
Position will provide management support to ARU/PDC staff and ensure all facility users are operating in compliance to ACC, CCAC, and UBC Guidelines.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
Must work independently and exercise sound and informed judgment, diplomacy and decision making based on extensive experience. Errors may jeopardize the efficiency and effectiveness of the ARU/PDC. Incorrect decisions could result in deterioration of animal health and/ or disruption or ruination of research study, loss of revenue to ARU/PDC and VCHRI/ UBC as well as animal facility non-compliance.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. AHT/RVT and RLAT certification with the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science preferred. Knowledge and understanding of animal research, teaching, and testing principles, policies, and procedures. Knowledge and understanding of the mandates, functions, and organization of the UBC Animal Care Committee. Knowledge and understanding of Canadian Council on Animal Care regulations and guidelines for the conduct, documentation, and reporting of biomedical research involving animals. Knowledge of mouse and rat breeding; knowledge of sterile procedures in a laboratory. Demonstrated knowledge of handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials and bio hazards; knowledge of the operational, procedural and mechanical requirements for large scale washing and sterilization equipment. The ability to develop and implement policies and procedures. Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Several years management experience in a research environmen preferred. Demonstrated ability to work independently, and in collaboration with, staff and faculty. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community; and the ability to exercise tact and discretion.
Employee development and performance management skills. Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to groups. Ability to identify, obtain, and effectively manage organizational resources (e.g., people, materials, assets, budgets) Ability to exercise sound judgment. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; Ability to effectively facilitate groups to achieve appropriate outcome; Must have accuracy and attention to detail; and the ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Experience in coordinating workshops, conferences and lectures. Intermediate skills in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.