Animal Care Services Training Coordinator

Animal Care Services Training Coordinator
Training/Development Coordinator, UCP VII

The Office of the Vice President for Research, Animal Care Services (ACS), is actively recruiting for an Animal Care professional with technical training experience to develop, deploy and manage a comprehensive, hands-on and didactic program of training to support the care and use of animals in programs at the University of Connecticut.

Under the direction of the Attending Veterinarian and Director of Animal Care Services, and in coordination with ACS, the Animal Care Services Training Coordinator will contribute to best practices, oversee the creation and maintenance of ACS standard operating procedures, develop and write new SOP’s, develop training modules and train new ACS staff, faculty and others in surgical, anesthesia and hands-on technical tasks, act as principal investigator for the training program IACUC protocol, and conduct IACUC protocol reviews as requested.

Characteristic duties and responsibilities will include:

1. Management of Global In-Vivo Training Program including creation and development of Global In-Vivo training materials and modules.

2. Plans, organizes, directs, monitors and participates in ongoing comprehensive program of specialized training and development including:

• Development of On-line training modules for ACS
• Development of ACS Employee On-boarding and Training Program
• PI/Staff- On-boarding and training

3. Determines, analyzes and identifies immediate and long range training needs.

4. Reviews IACUC protocols for completeness and compliance; creates protocol-related educational material. Work with the IACUC to ensure compliance and timely feedback.

5. Supervises, reviews, tracks and coordinates ACS SOPs, policies/guidelines, training procedures, manuals and other training needs to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local animal welfare regulations.

6. Instructs training staff in training techniques.

7. Supervises the development and maintenance of training library of manual, books, ACS web-site, curricula, publications/videos, and training supplies.

8. Maintains the ACS Program Description Compliance Manual.

9. Other responsibilities as assigned (i.e. departmental and group meetings, ordering, technical writing, breeding, etc.)

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:

1.a. Masters degree in related field with 4 years of experience in hands-on in-vivo work with two years of supervisory/management level; or
1.b. BS in biological science and 5-7 years of hands-on in-vivo research experience with experience in training and development, with two years of supervisory/management level and minimum of Laboratory Animal Technican (LAT) certification; or
1.c. BS in biological science with 3 years of hands-on in vivo research experience with experience in training or development with a Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) or Surgical Research Technician (SRT) or Surgical Research Specialist (SRS) certification.

2. 3-7 year experience in academia or industry.

3. Experience in the development and execution of in-vivo training programs.

4. Prior experience with organizing, setting-up and executing in-vivo studies as well as willingness to learn new skills and to train employees.

5. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and commitment towards achievement of goals.

6. Considerable ability to work effectively with individuals, groups, and other organizational units to carry out the goals of the training function.

7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including writing of standard operating procedures.

8. Self-motivated, able to work independently, highly organized with a strong attention to detail.

9. Knowledge of care, handling, biology and veterinary standards in laboratory animal species.

10. Ability to keep current, accurate, and complete records.

11. Knowledge of animal welfare and IACUC rules and regulations.

12. Knowledge of training program development; experience conducting hands on training of staff.

13. Competency with database, spreadsheet, training development, and presentation applications (i.e. Excel, Articulate, PowerPoint).

14. Good laboratory experience is strongly desired in both in vivo (mice, rats, rabbits) and various surgical techniques.


This is a 35-hour per week, full-time, 12-month permanent position, with an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and dependent tuition reimbursement at the University of Connecticut (outlined here:


Applications must be submitted through the UConn Jobs website,, Staff Positions, and include a cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references. Screening of applicants will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2020___) This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on September 3, 2019. All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

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