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Assistant Vice President, Laboratory Animal Resources

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Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Assistant Vice President, Laboratory Animal Resources
Job Category Staff & Executive - Executive
Department ORAd-CMR

Rutgers shares, with the public at large, a concern for the ethical use of animals in research and is firmly committed to discovery that will lead to the treatment and cure of disease and physical injury. Only once it is determined that alternative methods such as cell culture and computer models cannot effectively be used, a conscious decision is made to use laboratory animals in research as it is that both animals and humans are the ultimate beneficiaries. Laboratory Animal Services works closely with the Rutgers Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) to provide the highest quality animal care and veterinary oversight of our research animals in support of this commitment to humane animal research.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking an Assistant Vice President, Laboratory Animal Resources for the Office of Research Advancement. The Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Laboratory Animal Research Resources in the Office of Research and Economic Development reports to the Senior Vice President to provide executive level oversight of university-wide management of all animal care and use programs. The AVP is responsible for directing a leadership team that administers a high-quality program of service to faculty researchers. This individual develops, implements, and maintains animal care standards and policies to maximize university research, as well as teaching programs across a wide range of disciplines. Among the key duties are the following:

• Ensures appropriate animal care standards in accordance with federal guidelines, requirements of AAALAC International, and University policies, and partner with the IACUC as required.
• Advises the Institutional Official on all issues concerning the use of animals in research.
• Sets the strategic direction for the organization with a clear focus on minimizing administrative and regulatory burden on faculty and staff
• Ensures financial integrity in costing of all services, including per diems, in consultation with the university Finance Costing group.
• Provides executive leadership in implementing the mission of the Rutgers animal research services, including animal care, regulatory compliance, research support, teamwork and assuring the safety and well-being of personnel and animals.
• Provides oversight and direction for the university-wide activities of veterinary and husbandry management staff.
• Assures that the senior veterinarians support and assist investigators in protocol and animal model development, advising them in experimental design regarding animal welfare and adequate veterinary care issues. Understands and adheres to Rutgers’ Corporate Compliance Policy, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy.
• Ensures that the staff are trained and evaluated on their knowledge of and adherence to compliance policies and procedures specific to their jobs.
• Keeps abreast of all pertinent federal, state and Rutgers’ regulations, laws and policies as they presently exist and as they change or are modified.
• Oversees budgets for all research facilities working with the management and finance functions of each facility and the central finance operations team of ORED.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Exempt
Position Salary Salary commensurate with experience
Annual Minimum Salary 0.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 0.000
Annual Maximum Salary 0.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description Senior Administrators
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience

• An advanced biomedical research degree, proven leadership skills and at least 10 years’ experience in the administration and management of animal research facilities.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• A thorough knowledge of and experience with federal regulations and their implementation in the care and use of animals used in biomedical research.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to interact with investigators as well as with facility management and husbandry staff.
• A service-oriented outlook, diplomacy and strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.
• An appreciation for and knowledge of the use of internet, web-based and database information systems to be implemented in the increasingly web-based administration and management of animal research facilities.
• Outstanding human relations and leadership skills, and the ability to function in a team environment are required.
• Demonstrated knowledge is necessary of how to accomplish superior performance in a unionized environment.

Preferred Qualifications

• A DVM or VMD degree from an AVMA accredited School of Veterinary Medicine and at least 10 years’ experience in managing animal research operations
• A current license to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.
ACLAM Board certification or eligibility.
• Six (6) years postgraduate experience in laboratory animal medicine or completion of a residency program in laboratory animal medicine preferred.
• Knowledge and experience of transgenic mice care and use and knowledge and experience of ABSL-2 and ABSL-3 studies highly desirable.

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Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST1703
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Busch (RU-New Brunswick)
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