The Director provides leadership to the Office of Animal Welfare Assurance (OAWA) to ensure compliance with federal regulations, promote the advancement of ethical principles related to the protection of animal subjects in research, and support the effective and efficient operation of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and its activities.
The OAWA Director reports to the Vice President for Animal Care and leads collaborative effort with the IACUC Chair, IACUC Members, OAWA Staff, Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP) Leadership team, and Researchers. As a member of the ACUP Leadership team, the OAWA Director helps establish policies, goals, and objectives for the program and represents Vanderbilt within the professional community.
Provide an in-depth knowledge and broad understanding of federal regulations related to IACUC and animal welfare, as well as the ability to interpret and implement applicable federal regulations.
Work closely with the Institutional Official, the Attending Veterinarian and the IACUC Chair in the monitoring of compliance by the investigators, the Division of Animal Care (DAC), and the institution.
Develop, manage, and implement IACUC policies, procedures, and guidelines.
Oversee all compliance/regulatory reports, response letters and related documents to internal and external departments/agencies (e.g., AAALAC, DOD, OLAW/PHS, USDA, VA).
Participate in cross-departmental meetings including
Working with the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Sponsored Programs Administration where IACUC protocols have associated external funding
Coordinating with the Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety Office and the Vanderbilt Occupational Health Clinic regarding the use of hazardous materials, zoonotic diseases, and general safety issues to develop training materials and/or surveillance programs
Serve as a subject matter expert regarding compliance and regulatory issues.
Provide and/or manage regulatory training programs for IACUC members, animal users, and other related institutional staff.
Act as a liaison between the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and VUMC/VU/VA researchers.
Support the effective and efficient operation of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and its services, including:
Providing oversight for protocol review process, including all reporting and record keeping requirements.
Managing post-approval monitoring and investigation of animal welfare concerns.
Scheduling and coordinating the IACUC meetings and the preparation and distribution of the IACUC agendas and meeting minutes.
Directing and participating in semi-annual program reviews and facility inspections, and required post-inspection processes (writing reports and conducting follow-up visits).
Develop a strong customer service approach for the office in dealing with Principal Investigators, research staff and other individuals within the Animal Care and Use Program .
Provide a leadership style which facilitates alliances, alignment and collaboration between team members, the program leaders, and senior management.
Demonstrate interpersonal flexibility and resiliency to effectively lead through complicated programs and/or issues.
Exemplify excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of staff, investigators, IACUC members, and other stakeholders.
Identify key service dimensions and quantitative measures for meeting and exceeding service standards.
Ensure the most effective operations of the Office of Animal Welfare Assurance through program development, process improvement and coordination/integration of processes with other sections.
Analyze and evaluate OAWA Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to identify areas where adjustments and improvements are needed.
Develop goals and objectives for the department in consultation with the Vice President for Animal Care and the IACUC Chair.
Conduct monthly/weekly staff meetings to share essential information with staff and discuss current problems and future plans.
Provide qualitative data to support evaluations and performance reviews of staff under your supervision.
Doctoral degree in a life science field (e.g. DVM, MD, PhD or other advanced degree in medicine or science).
Minimum of five (5) years of related experience working in animal research, research compliance, or IACUC management
Minimum of three (3) years of personnel management/supervision experience
Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines governing the use of animals in research
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Excellent interpersonal and listening skills
Ability to maintain a very high level of confidentiality and quality with attention to detail
Strong operational management and system improvement experience
Ability to interact effectively with all stakeholders
Ability to bring diverse groups to work together as a team
Related experience working in animal research in a large academic medical center setting
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