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Supervisor -Comparative Medicine

Los Angeles, California
Closing date
31 Aug 2024

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Health Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Job Description

Job Summary: Key Job Responsibilities
The Supervisor, Comparative Medicine - Husbandry is responsible for the supervision of animal care staff under the Animal Laboratory Technician series and the coordination of all daily operations of the animal facility. The Supervisor is responsible for managing the personnel, maintaining the vivarium areas under their care in compliance with the rules and regulations that govern the use of laboratory animals, promote a culture of collaboration and transparency within Comparative Medicine as well as between the department and other internal departments and clients.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• The Supervisor is responsible for all tasks associated with supervision of husbandry technicians including hiring, onboarding, training, coaching, work assignments, time off approval, performance evaluations, employee development plan, performance improvement plans and in partnership with the Executive Director, disciplinary actions when needed. • Oversees the development, implementation and/or updates of the training program for husbandry technicians including animal care, animal health, safety and record keeping. • Establishes and maintains performance metrics to continuously assess technician productivity and needs. Produces performance reports and presents recommendations to Executive Director and other department leadership. • Manages assigned projects for husbandry program development including scope, timeline, task-oriented assignments/delegation to animal staff and continuous follow-up. • Responsible for maintaining records which provide necessary data used to complete annual reports for the USDA, IACUC, AAALAC, etc. Reviews and assesses daily reports from each direct report and identifies gaps and process improvement opportunities. Provides updates to the Executive Director on progress and issues. • Create, review, revise and participates in the creation of documents pertaining to husbandry tasks and processes, including but not limited to: Standard Operation Procedures (SOP’S) including those related to hazardous agents, working instructions, safety posts, equipment and study-specific guideline documents, animal holding and procedure room maintenance logs, feed and bedding orders, consumables inventory, usage and ordering, etc. • Assures that SOPs for the processes pertaining to husbandry technicians are current and accurate. Collaborate with other groups on campus, Supervisors and technicians in Comparative Medicine to develop SOPs that involve multiple groups/departments. • Establishes and maintains productive relationships with Research Facilities Operations, Facility Management, and external vendors to develop equipment and facility repairs and preventive maintenance processes. • Makes recommendations to the Executive Director and takes action to improve infrastructure, systems and outcomes. • Assesses equipment assigned to their areas (individually ventilated caging racks, Animal transfer stations, Biosafety Cabinet, Fume hoods, etc) to ensure safety standards are maintained with preventive and corrective maintenance to support appropriate animal care. Coordinates with other facilities departments and/or contractors for escalated maintenance. • Oversees software implementation and utilization in the vivarium (e.g. Animal Operations software), provides feedback to the vendors and training to Comparative Medicine lab staff as needed. • Maintains Comparative Medicine space inventory and assigns animal holding and procedural space to investigators in consultation with the Comparative Medicine Attending Veterinarian and Research Facilities Operations. • Develops, conducts and/or oversees vivarium walkthrough training sessions for investigators and their laboratory staff. • Oversees animal census collection procedures including reconciliation. • Coordinates/interfaces with other CSMC Organizational units (IACUC, EH&S, HR, EIS, etc.) to ensure regulatory and CSMC policy compliance and efficient Department operations. • Serves as a backup for other Comparative Medicine supervisors. • Stays current with the regulations that govern the use and care of laboratory animals and applies them in the care of the animals housed in their assigned area(s). • Knows and understands the regulations that govern the use of biohazardous agents in the vivarium. Develops and/or follows appropriate work routines for employees, preserving and promoting their safety.

Team Lead/Supervisory/Management Responsibilities
Supervises the day-to-day work of employees, assigns work, ensures tasks are completed and deadlines are met. Responsible for hiring, onboarding, managing schedules, personnel actions, performance reviews, and performance improvement plans. Plans, leads, and directs work of staff to ensure goals and objectives are completed within established budget and deadlines are met. Acts as a team lead to include overseeing the work of others, assigning or allocating work to team, and ensuring tasks are completed according to deadlines and quality standards.



High School Diploma/GED - Required

Bachelor’s Degree in related field - Preferred

Work Experience:

8 years of Laboratory Animal Science

2 years of team leadership of animal care staff in AAALAC accredited animal research facility

Technical Abilities:

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Webridge, PeopleSoft

CommunicationAbility to communicate expectations and priorities, and clarify roles and responsibilities

Excellent Communication Skills

Time Management - Ability to demonstrate time management and priority setting skills

Must be able to prioritize duties and work efficiently

Licenses & Certifications:

Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) Upon hire required

Req ID : 3473
Working Title : Supervisor -Comparative Medicine
Department : Comparative Medicine
Business Entity : Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Job Category : Academic / Research
Job Specialty : Animal Care
Overtime Status : EXEMPT
Primary Shift : Day
Shift Duration : 8 hour
Base Pay : $31.13 - $52.92

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