Animal Facility Supervisor

LOC_COLKET-Colket Translational Research Req ID: 82511

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

Reporting to the Associate Director of Operations, the primary responsibilities of the Animal Facility Supervisor will be to provide oversight of daily facility activities and respond to issues that arise within the facilities. This position will serve as a departmental liaison for research faculty and vendor relationships in the current expanding research program.

Job Responsibilities


  • Oversee daily operations of animal facility (Colket Translational Research Building) and husbandry staff (changing cages, writing health reports, sanitizing facilities).
  • Oversee daily cage wash operations of cage wash staff.
  • Train, assign, schedule, monitor, and evaluate all tasks for husbandry and cage wash staff personnel, according to all applicable SOPs and policies.
  • Oversee husbandry of various rodent colonies (immunocompromised, biohazard, barrier, quarantine, etc.).
  • Oversee cage wash operations and maintenance (schedules, equipment maintenance, quality control procedures).
  • Oversee collection of the animal census, animal transfers between vivaria, receipt of animals and equipment into facility.
  • Understand and ensure personnel follow all applicable SOPs and regulations.
  • Work within Department of Veterinary Resources [DVR] management to address investigator concerns.
  • Ensure animal environment is compliant with the Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and all other federal, state, and local regulations and policies.
  • In collaboration with the Associate Director the supervisor will implement decisions regarding space allocation or reallocation.
  • Oversee all equipment maintenance programs.


Space Allocation and Management

  • Provide recommendations for animal and laboratory space allocation and planning.
  • Implement leadership decisions regarding space allocation or reallocation.



  • Advise investigators and program staff regarding procedural issues.
  • Interpret relevant policies and procedures for incoming staff and investigators.
  • Provide training and development of prescribed policies, SOPs, etc. to assigned staff.
  • Serve as a resource to investigators in the preparation and conduct of their approved protocols.


General Administrative

  • Implement policies and procedures to ensure accreditation and compliance with federal laws.
  • Serve as a liaison for vendor relationships, and other groups with CHOP (Office of Research Safety, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Facilities, etc.).
  • Oversee equipment maintenance programs.
  • Support quality assurance and compliance program as needed.
  • Order and receive facility supplies and monitor inventory (food, bedding, PPE, cleaning supplies, etc.).
  • Maintain records in accordance with relevant agency guidelines to include the state of Pennsylvania, Public Health Service, the USDA, and AAALAC.
  • Assist with conduct of and preparation for USDA inspections and AAALAC accreditation site visits.
  • Foster and maintain a customer service focus, utilizing professionalism and courteousness in responding to requests and/or concerns, and assisting research personnel.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations AALAS ALAT certificationRequired Education and Experience

Required Education: High School/GED


Required Experience: Six (6) years of experience in supervisory role in an AAALAC-accredited laboratory animal facility.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Bachelors degree                                                                       


Preferred Experience: Ten (10) years of experience in an AAALAC-accredited laboratory animal facility.

Additional Technical Requirements
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with all levels of personnel
  • Able to balance multiple priorities
  • Ability to receive, handle and maintain confidential information
  • Advanced knowledge of regulatory and compliance requirements related to animals care/use in research.
  • Direct experience with regulatory processes and associated audits.                                                                                                                                                                

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

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Salary Range
$47,000.00 - 103,000.00
per Year
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Philadelphia, PA 19104, US