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Director, Animal Facility Business Operations (Veterinary Medicine & Surgery)

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Jun 3, 2022

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The Veterinary Medicine and Surgery department exists to serve MD Anderson research programs. Our primary mission is to provide the best possible veterinary care, facilities and services in support of the institutional animal care and use program, in keeping with all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) accreditation standards. The department's capabilities are broad based and flexible to accommodate a variety of research interests while remaining in compliance with required standards. The basis of our program is centered on the well being of all animals, the best interests of our researchers, and the best interest of MD Anderson and its animal care and use program.

Veterinary Medicine & Surgery


Departmental Financial Management:
  • Monitors income and expense to ensure compliance with approved budgets. Sets rates based on evaluation and analysis of income and expense projections. Ensures compliance with all applicable guidelines and regulations.
  • Prepares annual budgets according to institutional guidelines.
  • Prepares Core Grant non-competing and competing renewals. Responsible for compiling all Research Animal Support Facility (RASF) documentation.
  • Works closely with Chair in developing long range projections and financial requirements of the department.
  • Maintain close working relationship with Department of Veterinary Sciences for issues related to animal facility management.

Administrative Oversight:
  • Manages the Business Office Staff and provides functional supervision on administrative, fiscal, budgetary, data management, and operational matters to all employees within the department/core.
  • Directs and ensures institutionally compliant and efficient purchasing, receiving, and inventory control responsibilities to include the procurement, storage, and maintenance of the Core's general use equipment and supplies; plans and coordinates facility space use/needs.
  • Directs the personnel administration of all classified employees including employment, salary actions, disciplinary actions, payroll, position descriptions, and administrative supervisory activities.
  • Oversee all departmental recruitment activities including Faculty, Trainee, and Classified.
  • Ensure all institutional training is completed according to all applicable requirements and deadlines.
  • Coordinates the Core's OLAW, USDA, AAALAC, and other regulatory compliance documentation and other related activities. Works with the IACUC to ensure accurate and timely report submissions.

Operations Management of Security, Facilities, Projects, Construction and Emergency Preparedness:
  • Maintain working knowledge of animal resources management integral to the department's daily operations including, but not limited to, colony management, quality assurance, healthcare, pathology laboratory, and materials management.
  • In coordination with the Department Chair/Core Director, participates in short-term and long-term strategic planning impacting all Core operations.
  • Provides support and assistance with on-site management oversight of the entire Center campus to include security, facilities services, construction and emergency management. Serves as an Alternate Incident Command Officer in the Vet Med Unit.
  • Participate on the departmental Governance Committee. Maintains all departmental policies including writing new policies and annual review of all existing policies.
  • Work closely with Associate Director, Operations, on selection and purchase of capital equipment, space needs projections, space programming for new and renovated space, review of construction related documents, and space activation.
  • Work closely with University of Texas Police - Houston on issues related to animal facility security. Serve as backup for Associate Director, Operations, for security approvals.
  • Serve as a member of the Animal Care Communications Committee, a joint security and public relations activity between MD Anderson and UTHealth.
  • Perform Space Survey according to institutional guidelines.
  • Serve as Policy Governor for institutional animal related policies.
  • Maintain departmental intranet and internet websites.
  • Coordinates the implementation of ad hoc special projects as directed by the Department Chair/Core Director.
  • Participate on institutional committees and task forces as applicable.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • May include, but not limited to, emergency recall and/or requirement to remain onsite or work extended hours during emergency situations.


Required: Bachelor's degree in Animal Science or related field.

Preferred: Master's degree in Business, Healthcare Administration or related field.


Required: Ten years of research animal facility management experience. Successful completion of the LEADing Self Accelerate program may substitute for one year of required supervisory or management experience.

Preferred: Experience in supervisory or management role in academic animal facility business administration.


Required: None.

Preferred: Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR).

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.
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