ABOUT POMONA COLLEGE: Located near Los Angeles, California, Pomona College is widely regarded as one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona College is known for small classes, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of student research and leadership opportunities. Pomona is a member of The Claremont Colleges.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Animal Care Operations Manager is responsible for overseeing protocols, regulatory issues, student training for animal care facility equipment use and performing routine and non-routine procedures for the well-being of research and teaching animals. The Animal Care Operations Manager develops and implements preventive maintenance protocols for equipment. The position is on call 24 hours a day to respond to alarms indicating equipment failure, and problems with environmental controls in the animal facility. This position is responsible for directing and overseeing student employees and their activities and services inside the animal care facility.
Reporting directly to the Biology Department Faculty Chair, the Animal Care Staff member works independently and collaboratively to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities:
Oversee live animal care activities.
Serve as the first responder on all emergencies in the Animal Care Facility.
Direct supervision and inspection of the Animal Care Facility and animals at the farm.
Maintain animal protocol records to ensure compliance with all Federal and State regulations in consultation with the IACUC Chair and attending veterinarian.
Train all students, staff, and new faculty using the Animal Care Facility.
Assist in preparing the semi-annual reports for the IACUC in consultation with the committee Chair.
Oversee maintenance of environmental conditions and record keeping.
Prepare for and lead inspections of the Animal Care Facility by State and Federal agencies.
Assist in preparing applications for renewal of the facility's accreditation with the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), and the Office of Laboratory and Animal Welfare (OLAW) license in consultation with the committee Chair.
Attend periodic training in AAALAC and OLAW regulatory policy and animal care safety issues.
Receives animals from vendors, inspects animals, cages new animals, and completes all required animal paperwork.
Transport deceased research animals to the Inland Valley Humane Society to be incinerated.
Serve on the College's Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and help coordinate communication between the other departments with inspections.
Provide clear direction and oversight of all department activities relating to animal care staff and student employees to develop and achieve proper animal care.
Responsible for monitoring and evaluating student employees, including performance and daily assignments, and administering required personnel paperwork.
Maintain an efficient, collegial, and proactive work environment within the Biology and Neuroscience and collaborating departments.
Coordinate routine and special projects/tasks and assist as assigned.
Provide information about needed improvements in department labs for animal care.
Supervise installation of all equipment and cage equipment moving into or within the animal facility.
Record keeping for distributing keys to individual animal rooms and outer doors for the animal facility.
Oversee the management of expenditures on animal care building maintenance, service contracts, food, bedding, equipment repairs, new equipment purchases, and animal care needs.
Monitor the animal facility's electrical and security systems.
Oversee the maintenance of environmental conditions, sanitation, and ATP testing records.
Maintain inventory of animal care equipment and facility safety equipment.
Conduct shutdown procedures to secure electrical systems when College switches to generator power for the animal facility and the backup animal chiller system.
Monitor HVAC temperature recorders within animal rooms and on the BMS.
QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or GED is required, or an equivalent
combination of education and experience. Bachelor's degree is preferred. A valid driver's license is required or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events. Management experience is required. Animal care experience in an enclosed facility at an academic institution is preferred.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND CRITICAL SKILLS: This position must possess the
knowledge, skills, and abilities to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the
position or be able to demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without
reasonable accommodation, using other skills and abilities not listed below.
Deploy professional skills in facilities management and animal care, in collaboration with colleagues, to best promote the College's strategic interests.
Demonstrate effective, accurate, and clear communication with excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, reading, and leadership skills to supervise, facilitate, motivate, and inspire ahighly diverse group of employees or student employees, temporary employees, volunteers, and stakeholders follow all written and verbal instructions, asking questions as needed for clarification of projects/tasks/duties/assignments.
Operate computers proficiently with basic Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, Outlook) and associated professional software. Use assigned technology/devices/equipment to achieve annual goals and maintain confidentiality.
Handle all activities and highly confidential information with patience, discretion, good judgment, courtesy, and tact while working with people from various backgrounds.
Prioritize and perform multiple projects/tasks, meet deadlines/timelines, respond to others in a timely manner, and work both independently and as a collaborative member of the College with a high standard of integrity and ethics in support of the College's strategic vision and the division's/department's annual goals.
Use exceptional organizational and time management skills to complete work with accuracy and keen attention to detail.
Able to work around and with live animals maintained in the facility and at the farm.
Can safely reach above shoulder level to maintain equipment and lift/carry/push/pull up to 50 lbs.
Operate the College's vehicles safely for campus-related work and meet all insurance-related requirements.
REQUIRED HOURS: The regular hours for this full-time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday â“ Friday. Holiday, weekend, evening, and on-call work hours will be required. Travel may be required. Regular hours may vary due to the needs of the College or division.
ADDITIONAL POSITION DETAILS: Regular, full-time, exempt position. The salary for this role is between $5,373.33 to $5,546.66 per month, with a competitive benefits package. The specific factors that the organization will consider when offering a salary to an individual will include education, training, prior experience, and performance in prior role. All staff positions are ineligible for visa or permanent resident card sponsorship. As a California employer, Pomona College requires all employees to be residents of California.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.