The animal facilities include species of dairy and beef cattle, swine, horses, sheep, goats, avian, aquatic and laboratory animals. Animal facilities include 60 buildings including a feed processing mill, a USDA/CDFA inspected meat facility and 2 CDFA inspected dairy (cattle and goat) operations. Approx. 4800 acres are intensively farmed or grazed. Facilities located up to 600 miles from UCD with beef cattle herds managed at five off-campus sites: Desert Research and Extension Center, Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center, Russell Ranch, Vacaville and Folsom.
This position manages and directs the extensive organization and operations of all animal facilities and their ancillary units under the purview of the Department of Animal Science (ANS). Develops programmatic goals that advance the departmental objectives. Serves as the liaison for all external and internal stakeholders, donors, and industry relations for this highly visible program. Develops strategic, long-term planning for the animal program and, in consultation with the Chair, directs the coordination and execution of those plans. Sets the strategic direction in consultation with the Chair for the animal facilities to best meet the needs and expectations of the departmental research, teaching, and outreach program.
Broad management responsibilities for policies/procedures affecting a wide range of administrative activities. Review/disseminate University policy and procedure governing these activities. Provide oversight management of the varied animal populations supporting teaching, outreach and multidisciplinary research activities that requires exquisite coordination. Assign and manage animal space to accommodate teaching, research and outreach needs. Establishes relationships with industry partners to advance the research and teaching program. Directly oversees $2M in operating budgets and approx. $1.9M in animal inventory.
Manages the accountability and stewardship of the program. Responsible for budgetary programming for the diverse animal facilities. Manage resources strategically to optimize animal production, meet research needs of investigators, oversee animal acquisitions and sales, management and development of long-term plans for animal production in consultation with the Chair. Develops innovative solutions to emerging challenges. Provide management direction, supervision, and goal setting/achievement for direct reports/supervisors/indirect reports. Responsible for corrective action and performance management including termination.
Direct and manage animal research and teaching program regulatory compliance of animal facilities with campus, state and federal regulatory agencies to ensure accreditation essential for continued operation: IACUC, AAALAC, USDA, CDFA, and FDA. Represent the organization during regulatory inspections and inquiries. Liaison with campus to provide input and guidance on Animal Facilities Program Management, AAALAC compliance, and respond to animal- and facility-related emergencies to provide oversight and contingency operation plans. Coordinate and create regulatory reports, annual progress reports, and other documents as required by the department, College, University, sponsors and other entities.
Animal contact. Perform diversified tasks that may require squatting, kneeling, and bending, stooping, standing. Be able to move and handle a variety of animals. Wear protective clothing including apron, gloves, boots, goggles, hats, lab coats, head covers, shoe coverings, face masks and hearing protection. Must be able to sit at a computer for extended periods of time. Occasionally lift, push/pull and/or move heavy objects weighing up to 50lbs, including feed sacks, animal carcasses, equipment and cages, etc.
Work occasional evenings and weekends, usually on short notice, to meet operational, project and deadline needs. Limited vacation during busy periods. Valid CA drivers license to drive to and transport animals on campus, to off-campus facilities. Work with frequent interruptions. The Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy is intended to provide a healthier, safer, and more productive work and learning environment for the entire UC community. The University of California prohibits smoking and tobacco use at all University owned or leased properties, or facilities operated by UC staff or faculty. Smoking and tobacco use are strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces, parking lots, residential space, and University vehicles. https://ucdavispolicy.ellucid.com/documents/view/271
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.
The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy (ucop.edu) covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.