Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Asst. Mgr., Animal Facilities in New York, New York

Asst. Mgr., Animal Facilities

Job Posting Number: 23716


New York,NY

June 29, 2018

Company Overview:

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.

For the 28th year, MSK has been named a top hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to be on Becker’s Healthcare list as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2018, as well as one of Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Best Place to Work for 2018. We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.

Job Details:

Assists in the oversight of the administrative and operational activities of the MSKCC/WCMC RARC Husbandry and Facility Section as assigned by the Manager, Husbandry and Operations.

Responsibilities are performed with minimal direction to ensure efficient and effective operations, adherence to regulations and policies, and quality care for animals.

You will:

Staff Management-

  • Supervises the daily functions and activities of all levels of animal care staff in cooperation with the Facility Manager and Senior Leadership.

  • Participates in hiring, orienting, evaluating, and disciplinary action of animal care staff.

  • Responds to employees’ questions and provides guidance on how to proceed.

  • Provides oversight of the animal facility when a Facility Manager is on vacation or out sick.

  • Approves vacation requests and assesses overtime needs with justifications.

Operations Management-

  • Assists with oversight of the daily operations of the assigned animal facilities or the logistics and equipment section.

  • Ensures maintenance of quality control programs related to animal care to ensure proper practices are consistently followed.

  • Assists in the assessment of staffing levels and preparation of justifications for change.

  • Develops staff schedules to ensure appropriate coverage at all times.

  • Oversees staff responsible for the maintenance and care of cage washing equipment, specialized equipment, including, but not limited to, individually ventilated cage racks, animal transfer stations, biosafety cabinets, autoclaves and departmental vehicles used for transport of animals and equipment.

  • Coordinates the movement and inventory of RARC owned equipment between the vivaria and storage facilities.

  • Oversees the receipt and transfer of animals in accordance with established polices.

  • Interacts with investigative staff addressing questions and concerns pertaining to all aspects of animal facility operations.

Quality Assurance-

  • Participates in the development and implementation of written protocols (SOPs) for animal care, sanitation, equipment maintenance, animal receiving and environmental monitoring.

  • Ensures adequate space for animal housing.

  • Directs animal care staff in procedures necessary to ensure disease control and treatment programs as determined by the veterinary staff.

  • Coordinates the reporting of animal health problems from the animal care staff to appropriate paraprofessional and professional staff.

  • Communicates and ensures compliance with institutional and regulatory agencies’ regulations and policies.

  • Addresses, in a timely manner, issues raised during semiannual facility inspections conducted by the IACUC and those cited by regulatory authorities.

Information Management-

  • Responsible for the collection and accurate input/upload of census scans, animal receiving records and miscellaneous charge orders into EnCCoMPass.

  • Assists in managing payroll and approval for staff (e.g., time-off cards).

  • Approves e-transfers between facilities.

  • Monitors and approves charges for corporate credit cards issued to employees. Maintains required documents and information pertaining to departmental owned vehicles.

  • Serves as a resource for the EnCCoMPass Census and Animal modules.


  • Ensures all levels of animal care staff are appropriately trained in husbandry, receiving, equipment maintenance, and transfer procedures.

  • Reviews staff training needs with leads.

  • Assists in the planning of, delivery to, and record keeping of individual or group training sessions.

  • Performs audits to ensure staff is properly trained and compliant with established SOPs.

Inventory Management-

  • Assist in the oversight of food receipt and distribution along with orders for other capital and non-capital supplies.

  • Ensures accuracy of animal receiving data EnCCoMPass and that animals are delivered to the correct rooms

  • Assist in the oversight of receiving for both RARC and investigative staff based at the LIC Facility including garbage removal, vending machines, gas delivery and pick up, medical waste removal, and laboratory orders.

Professional Development-

  • Maintains and enhances professional growth and assists with quality improvement initiatives through participation in various management projects.

  • Keeps abreast of current activities in the area of animal husbandry and animal care.

Project Management-

  • Manage, develop and implement projects assigned by the Facility Manager, or Senior Husbandry Leadership. Other duties as assigned and needed.

You have:

  • 2-4 years supervisory experience with additional prior experience in the capacity of a lead in an animal care and use program or Associate’s Degree / Certified Vocational Training in a related field

  • REQUIRED Certification by AALAS as a Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT)

  • PREFERRED Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification


MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.

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