Oregon Health & Science University

Director, Animal Care & Use Program

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Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
Animal Care & Use Program
Salary Range
$114,234 - $194,189
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The OHSU Research Integrity Office (ORIO) is charged with protecting and assuring compliance under the laws that govern the rights and welfare of human and animal subjects, and the oversight of basic and applied scientific research at OHSU.


This position requires the ability to work remotely, and the ability to report to the OHSU Portland or West campus on short notice.


Please submit a Cover letter with resume, please list work experience on resume in months and years.

Function/Duties of Position

Role of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).  The IACUC is a federally mandated board charged with oversight and approval authority for animals used in research, testing or teaching. The role of the IACUC is to: (a) review and approve, withhold approval, modify, monitor and otherwise take action on proposed use of animal subjects for research, testing or teaching; (b) develop policies, standards and procedures governing the conduct of care for animals used for research, testing or teaching; (c) ensure that best practices are established for the use of animals in research , testing or teaching; and (d) take action to assure that researchers comply with laws and regulations regarding animals used for research, testing or teaching. The IACUC reports to the Institutional Official, who is the Vice President for Research.


This position is responsible for the development, coordination, implementation, maintenance, and oversight of an integrated Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP), comprising oversight of animals used for research, testing or teaching on the OHSU West Campus (WC) and Central and Waterfront Campuses (CWC). In fulfilling the responsibilities of this position, the Director will collaborate with a broad spectrum of organizational partners, including but not limited to: OHSU faculty and department leadership; the OHSU Institutional Official; the Chief Research Officer and other executive leadership; directors and managers; Legal; Human Resources; research administration; other various committees throughout OHSU. This position facilitates integrity at OHSU by providing leadership related to animal care and use  and related areas as follows:

  • Implementing, revising, and maintaining applicable policies and procedures (program-specific and OHSU-wide) to maximize integrity, compliance, effectiveness, efficiency, and reflect current trends;
  • Developing, implementing, and maintaining training and communication programs for the OHSU community;
  • Serving as an expert resource for animal care and use issues to the OHSU community;
  • Continuous process improvement related to animal care and use; and,
  • Serving as a management representative on assignments for both internal and external constituencies.

Specific areas of responsibility include:

  • Responsible for the direction and oversight of the OHSU ACUP.
  • Monitors the effectiveness of the OHSU ACUP.
  • Periodically revises the ACUP due to changes in federal/state regulations and the needs of OHSU.
  • Collaborates with OHSU leadership to effectively incorporate the ACUP within OHSU operations.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of audit, monitoring, and training processes to ensure that areas of risk are identified and addressed.
  • Ensures timely and appropriate corrective action is taken when necessary.

Successful leadership attributes for this position include:

  • A solid leader with exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, who manages work groups by inspiring and advising team members, facilitating goal accomplishment. Has effective time management skills, the ability to prioritize projects for self and teams. Evaluates performance of self and others to ensure success.
  • A collaborator and consensus builder capable of maintaining and cultivating successful working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. A person who proactively establishes/develops strong relationships with key stakeholders across the organization.
  • A resourceful professional who stays current with information, technology, trends, and developments in the field and implements applicable and reasonable policy and process changes as a result of industry trends.
  • • A well-organized leader with the ability to manage a variety of complex projects while charting a course of action that effectively and efficiently assists the organization and department in fulfilling goals and objectives.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or above)
  • Seven years of IACUC program management experience in an academic medical center or large multi-disciplinary system.
  • Exceptional people skills.  Ability to interact in a positive, productive manner with providers, administrators and leadership (demonstrating sensitivity, tact, and professionalism).

  • Extensive knowledge of best practices for animal care and use compliance at an academic medical center and/or medical institution and understanding of risk assessment methodologies and systems thinking. 

  • Expert knowledge in federal and state laws, regulations, and guidance relating to animal care and use compliance.

  • Ability to deal effectively with difficult situations.

  • Ability to analyze information and construct an action plan to resolve issues.

  • Ability to collaborate effectively and work both independently and in a team environment.

  • Effective organizational abilities, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to operate and communicate effectively while meeting multiple deadlines and completing projects simultaneously

  • Advanced proficiency with electronic systems and software. 

  • IACUC experience in an academic medical center

Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree or additional emphasis/training/education in related field.
  • Ten years of management experience in an academic medical center or large multi-disciplinary system.
  • Application of risk-based decision making in furtherance of organizational efficiency and compliance.

  • Demonstrated leadership and formal/informal influence skills.

  • Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA)

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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