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Job Req ID:  13004

Animal Facility Supervisor

Classified Title: Animal Facility Supervisor 
Working Title: Animal Facility Supervisor ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CE 
Starting Salary Range: $36,041-$49,566
Employee group: Full-Time 
Schedule: Working 37.5 hours per week; Monday-Friday 8-4:30pm Every 3rd weekend, Sat/Sun/rotating holidays 8-12
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10002956-SOM Onc Animal Research Services 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


General Summary:

Directs the daily operation of animal care areas according to standard operating procedures to ensure a quality animal care program to support research and teaching at Johns Hopkins University.  Directs the activities of two or more full-time staff with authority to evaluate performance, discipline and recommend termination. 


Duties and Responsibilities


  1. Maintains the animal facility to meet the standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and other state, federal and local animal welfare laws and regulations.
  2. Develops and implements schedules for equipment maintenance, cage changing and sanitizing equipment, rooms and corridors.
  3. Orders feed, bedding and supplies and maintains sufficient inventories to meet the needs of the animal care area.
  4. Interprets and communicates standard operating procedures to the staff and holds staff accountable for following standard operating procedures.
  5. Suggests changes to improve the efficiency and quality of animal care.  Identifies problems and develops and implements solutions.
  6. Collects and maintains weekly and monthly animal census records.
  7. Plans and coordinates the activities of the animal care staff.  Schedules the unit's work after consulting with the Animal Services manager and takes responsibility for its completion.
  8. Conducts on-the-job training and orientation for new animal care staff.  Participates in training sessions both as a student and teacher.
  9. Evaluates the performance of the animal care staff.  Takes corrective action if standard policies are not being followed.
  10. Has knowledge of animal husbandry and the ability to perform the duties of all staff working under his/her supervision
  11. Monitors the health status of research animals and arranges for veterinary care if needed.
  12. Performs routine procedures including bleeding, anesthesia, restraint, euthanasia, vaccination, etc.


Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or GED required.  Minimum of three years’ experience in an animal research facility required.


B.S. or A.A. degree or college credits in animal science preferred, but experience may substitute for a degree. Three to five years’ experience in an animal research facility preferred


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  1. Supervisory skills, leadership ability, knowledge of personnel management and animal facility operation.
  2. Good communication and problem solving skills.



Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level must be achieved within 15 months of employment.  Certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician level is preferred.


Additional Information:   Must be able to work a flexible schedule including rotating weekends and holidays.






The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


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