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Manager, Animal Care & Facilities
Job Number: 2022-39359
Category: Research
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Chan Medical School
Department: School - Animal Medicine - W407200
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 45
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Sept. 6, 2023


Under general supervision of the Associate Director, Animal Care & Facilities or designee, the Animal Care and Facilities Manager manages the day-to-day operations of all animal husbandry and care activities.  The Animal Care & Facilities Manager is responsible for managing the husbandry and animal care activities in a major research animal program.


  • Supervise direct reports, as assigned by the Associate Director, Animal Care and Facilities
  • Assist in the development and modification, as needed, of animal care policies, procedures and practices which promote the high quality, cost-effective operation of the animal facilities.
  • Coordinate the training of animal care staff for their animal care responsibilities; help prepare staff for AALAS certification.
  • Interact with faculty and staff to provide high quality, responsive animal care services; advise on technological changes affecting laboratory animal research and care.
  • Provide and support a quality assurance program to monitor effectiveness of animal care and animal welfare.
  • Help ensure continued program accreditation.
  • Help ensure compliance with federal, state and local animal regulatory requirements.
  • Execute performance valuations by determining the competency and performance of subordinate staff.
  • In concert with the Associate Director for Animal Care and Facilities, initiate and approve personnel actions including hiring, transferring, promoting, suspending and termination of employees.
  • Work with Veterinary Services staff to coordinate training and provision of technical services to research groups animals in the facility.
  • Review annual budget projections for equipment and supplies for accuracy and completeness.
  • Assist with identifying equipment and supplies needed and provide an estimate on quantity needed for the upcoming year.
  • Weekend and holiday work may be required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors degree in business management or any of the life sciences (e.g., animal science, biology, microbiology) or equivalent
  • Or, graduation from the Institute for Laboratory Animal Management and 6 years laboratory animal science experience
  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification at the Technologist level.
  • Successful completion of the examination for certified Manager, as administered by AALAS ; AALAS certification as a Certified Manager of Animal Resources is preferred.
  • At least 5 years experience in an AAALAC accredited laboratory animal facility including at least 3 years as a Supervisor or Manager (including hiring or interviewing to hire, managing, and disciplinary action; experience)
  • Able to undergo and receive approval for access to select agents: a Security Risk Assessment by the Criminal Justice Informational System to obtain FBI/CDC clearance, and an internal Suitability Assessment.
  • Budget development and oversight experience preferred
  • Demonstration of the functioning of barrier animal facilities
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of common laboratory animals
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Good organizational skills and be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations


Work is performed mainly with the animal facilities, which are located in different buildings on the several campuses.  Although preventive safety measures are enforced, hazards in the workplace include:

  • exposure to animal odors, fur, hair, diseases, bites, scratches, cuts, dust, disinfectants, infectious agents, radioisotopes and toxic chemicals.
  • Danger of falls on wet floors or from ladders and exposure to steam, heat, and humidity will occasionally be part of the work environment.


  • Normal manual dexterity; some prolonged walking, standing.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, and lift.
  • Ability to don Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Restraint of animals, including farm species.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodation.
  • May require work near infectious agents, radioisotopes, toxic chemicals.
  • Development of allergy to certain animals may occur.


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