Manager, Husbandry

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Pennsylvania, United States
26 Aug 2020
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26 Oct 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Description Summary

That Manager of Husbandry will manage the daily operations of the animal facility from a husbandry/facility and regulatory perspective. Provide direct oversight of husbandry staff including, hiring, disciplinary action and performance evaluations. Responsible for safety and all physical plant matters including the monitoring of environmental and husbandry systems, and plant equipment. Utilizing computer software, maintain and perform census, receiving, and records management. Interface with investigators and researchers to troubleshoot and resolve problems related to husbandry, facility, and animal procurement. Serve as the key interface for establishing a “customer service orientation” attitude within husbandry services towards the research community. Facilitate research activities of research personnel by providing routine orientation for new users of the facility, and assisting other users with services or information.

Work closely with and provide backup to the billing department in regards to ordering of supplies, caging, repair and service of facility equipment, and the purchase of new equipment in a fiscally responsible manner. Assist in the development, management, and the implementation of appropriate Standard Operating Procedures in compliance with the AWA, AAALAC, FDA, USDA, and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Assist in the writing and implement measurable evaluation of staff quantity and quality of work.

Job Description


  • Manage the daily operations of the animal facility from a husbandry and regulatory perspective.
  • Oversee the activity of the animal care staff, including but not limited to scheduling of daily activities, hiring of new employees, discipline of existing employees, and performance evaluations.
  • Interface with primary investigators and research staff to troubleshoot and resolve problems related to facilities, husbandry, and animal care. Provide orientation and training for existing and new users of the facility, providing information, and services.
  • Maintain and archive records related to facility activities, census, and animal procurement using computer-based software.
  • Order feed, bedding, supplies, and equipment in support of animal facility.
  • Maintain a working relationship with Penn facility maintenance, service contract providers, and vendors for repair and service of the facility, and the equipment.  Report problems to appropriate office(s); follow-up if repairs are not made in timely fashion or done correctly.
  • Assist in developing, revising, implementation and training of staff on Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Manage and archive employee records regarding training and occupational medicine.
  • Perform husbandry duties when short staffed, which may include scheduling of transportation truck
  • Perform other duties as required


Graduation from a vocational or technical school plus 5-7 years related experience or equivalent combination of education & experience; AALAS certification at the LATG level; if not will be required to gain certification within 6 months; previous experience managing a laboratory animal facilities or equivalent experience; previous supervisory experience; experience handling small animals, including rodents; experience handling larger animals may be required or preferred; ability to use computers; excellent customer service skills; excellent oral and written communications skills; ability to solve problems.  Ability to read, write and comprehend English. Ability to follow both written and verbal  instructions. Ability to explain problems/issues/solutions. Must be service oriented and able to work as a team member. Able to repetitively lift 50 lbs. Ability to stand for long periods. Must pass pre-employment physical examination before starting work. Ability to work weekends/holidays/overtime as required. May be required to pass FBI background check.  Computer skills a plus.

*** REQUIRED , Please include a resume and cover letter as one attachment when applying***

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Provost's Center

Pay Range

$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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