About the position
As a Vivarium Manager, you will be responsible for supporting rodent and zebrafish research by assisting in the management of VAI’s animal facility. Your primary responsibilities will be the day-to-day animal welfare, environmental quality, supply logistics, work scheduling, training, and performance management of the animal caretaking team. You will be part of an exceptional team of experienced professional and technically skilled animal care staff as well as a key member of the leadership team that works directly with the research labs on special projects and research support. This leadership team strengthens VAI’s ability to remain in compliance with all federal and state regulations and guidelines while also maintaining the high standards of AAALAC accreditation.
Your primary responsibilities in this role will be:
• Scheduling and managing labor distribution accordingly. This includes matching skilled staff to the needs of the various labs for technical/research support.
• Overseeing husbandry, sanitization practices, and technical/research support according to internal SOPs and external regulations.
o The vivarium staff manages 95% of all breeding colonies.
o In addition, overseeing a team of ~5 technically trained staff that support researchers in their technical research needs.
• Assuring research activities follow current policies, regulations, and guidelines governing the care and use of animals, which includes writing and maintaining internal vivarium SOPs
• Maintaining inventory, equipment, facility set-up, and records relating to operations; including purchasing animals and general supplies, ensuring proper functioning of facility equipment, and coordinating equipment repair and maintenance
• Hiring, managing, and training the vivarium staff, focusing on husbandry and technical research support.
You might be the right person for this role if you have:
• Critical skillsets to motivate and lead others toward the accomplishment of individual and shared objectives
• Demonstrated ability to train staff in all areas of animal care and laboratory techniques
• Experience with managing or supporting an aquatics facility
• A strong commitment to building and maintaining a positive work environment
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• At least 3 years of supervisory experience
• A bachelor's degree in biological or animal science or a related field
• AALAS certification at a LATg level
Company Name
Van Andel Institute

How to Apply:
How to Apply
• For Online application, click below https://jobs.silkroad.com/VAI/VAICareerSite/jobs/984
• Cover Letter indicating why you are interested in this position and how your experience exhibits your qualifications for this role.
• Resume/Curriculum Vitae
• Names and contact information for 3 professional references.
E-mail Scott.Bechaz@VAI.ORG