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Coordinator, Colony Management Program

City of Hope
Duarte, CA
$25.27 - $39.17 / hour
Closing date
Mar 21, 2023

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Life Sciences
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About City of Hope

City of Hope's mission is to deliver the cures of tomorrow to the people who need them today. Founded in 1913, City of Hope has grown into one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the U.S. and one of the leading research centers for diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses. City of Hope research has been the basis for numerous breakthrough cancer medicines , as well as human synthetic insulin and monoclonal antibodies. With an independent, National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center at its core, City of Hope brings a uniquely integrated model to patients spanning cancer care, research and development, academics and training, and innovation initiatives. City of Hope's growing national system includes its Los Angeles campus, a network of clinical care locations across Southern California, a new cancer center in Orange County, California, andtreatment facilities in Atlanta, Chicago and Phoenix. City of Hope's affiliated group of organizations includes Translational Genomics Research Institute and AccessHope TM . For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , YouTube , Instagram and LinkedIn .

City of Hope's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Animal Breeding Program Supervisor, plans, implements, and monitors the breeding of animals for biomedical research. Assists the Breeding Supervisor with training, task assignment, and monitoring the performance of technicians assigned to breeding activities. May also assist with husbandry and other technical support functions.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Acts as liaison between CCM (breeding, husbandry, and cagewash staff) and Principal Investigators/research staff to determine most appropriate breeding plan to meet production goals. Coordinates and leads the breeding teams to develop new colony projects and produce animals as requested by research groups.
  • Manages breeding colony maintenance including selection for mating, phenotype, genotype, breeding performance, weaning and replacement. Is responsible for primary communication with research groups to ensure their breeding projects succeed as desired.
  • Interprets and applies the National Institute of Health (NIH) "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals", City of Hope Laboratory Animal Care and Use Policies and Program, and all relevant Federal, State, and local regulations
  • Provides training and assistance to breeding, husbandry, and research staff on the breeding and production of research animals. Helps breeding staff trouble shoot breeding issues when needed.
  • Introduces researchers to the COH Animal Breeding Program and the use of the breeding database. Facilitates the import, development, and expansion of new projects. Oversees foster projects for quarantine and research purposes.
  • Establishes, maintains and manages database of breeding records. Is responsible for keeping database records up to date/accurate and for training research groups on the use of the database as needed.
  • Establishes and updates Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)/guidelines as required and appropriate for the program.
  • Provides high-level technical assistance to research staff as required.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • A.S / A.A degree or extensive course work in animal science, biology, veterinary technology, or a related field.
  • 2 additional years of experience plus the minimum experience requirement may substitute for minimum education.
  • Refer to the certification requirement below for experience requirements.

Required Certification/Licensure:
  • AALAS Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATg) certification with 4 years of related animal care experience which includes breeding colony management and animal husbandry

  • Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification with 5+ years of animal breeding experience

  • Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification with 10+ years of animal breeding experience managing breeding colonies.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
  • B.S / B.A degree or extensive course work in animal science, biology, veterinary technology, or a related field.

Additional Information:
  • The estimated pay scale represents the typical [salary/hourly] range City of Hope reasonably expects to pay for this position, with offers determined based on several factors which may include, but not be limited to, the candidate's experience, expertise, skills, education, job scope, training, internal equity, geography/market, etc. This pay scale is subject to change from time to time.
  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

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