Vivaria Operations Manager
York University

The Operations Manager, Animal Care Facilities oversees the daily operations, logistics and administration of the animal care program, and ensures that the facility meets high standards of quality, is in compliance with best practices, SOPs, university policies, and CCAC guidelines governing the care and use of animals in research. This position is responsible for client service, facility inspections, project coordination, safety programs and compliance. It ensures that all animals are being treated humanely and in accordance with the Canadian Council for Animal Care (CCAC), the Animals for Research Act, Public Health, Biosafety and Occupational Health Guidelines, as well as local and institutional regulations and Animal Care Committee guidelines and SOP’s. 

Under the direction of the Veterinarian, this position oversees the budget and purchasing of routine and capital equipment items, management of facility renovations and building projects, facility security systems and Capital Asset Management duties. The position coordinates day to day service levels and discrepancies with the Veterinarian and Facilities Services. It directly manages and provides direction to facility employees and participates in their hiring, training and review and provides daily support to the Director, Veterinary Services and liaises with Sr. Policy Advisor, Research Ethics as required.

This position plays a key role in ensuring the facilities and program are in compliance and exceeds expectations of outside organizations making assessments of the program including for CCAC accreditation and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMA&RA) visits. This position must know the guiding principles behind federal, provincial and local regulations and university policies as they relate to animal care and welfare. The incumbent will be primarily responsible for staff that directly oversees animal care and welfare along with routine duties in the facilities.

Bachelor's degree required in a scientific discipline. Registered Veterinary Technician, Registered Laboratory Animal Technician (RLAT).
5 Years of related experience with CCAC and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
Diagnosing and properly defining problems and looking for solutions before seeking assistance from others. Taking pride in work. Demonstrating the ability to manage workload with existing resources, maximizing process efficiency. Striving to make process improvements. Effectively managing and meeting deadlines. Mobilizing resources and establishing priorities. Facilitating change and improvements. Being open to differences and differing viewpoints and understanding that there are more than one approach to addressing any situation. Keeping emotions under control. Knowledge of health surveillance, quality assurance, and barrier facility practices, programs, and procedures for maintaining facility's designated health status. Knowledge of proper installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of animal research equipment. Knowledge and understanding of regulations, guidelines, and standards for the care of laboratory animals.
Recruitment Checks:
This position requires the candidate to produce a verification of degree(s), credentials(s), or equivalencies from accredited institutions and/or international equivalents at the time of interview.

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