Technical Manager - Animal Holding Facility

Job Locations US-VA-Manassas
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ATCC Federal Solutions - BEIR
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The Technical Manager - Animal Holding Facility is responsible for overseeing and performing work within the ATCC vivarium. The Technical Manager oversees the activities of staff according to established policies, monitors the care of animals, equipment, and facilities to ensure operations of laboratory practices. The Technical Manager plans and conducts training for facility staff in the proper use and maintenance of animals and serves as a resource to investigators, colleagues, and IACUC members for the use of animals in research.


The Technical Manager is responsible for overseeing and directing the activities of a scientific group. They coordinate the production and transfer of organisms and related products. The Technical Manager may identify, audit, and select contractors and then oversee, manage, and report their work to produce reagents, organisms, and services to support contract research and development.


The Technical Manager manages the costs, methods, and staffing within the applied contract and makes decisions within organizational policy on how best to utilize resources to achieve goals. They make recommended changes to policy and procedure, when appropriate, and work on issues of diverse scope where analysis of situation or data requires evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of current business trends.


  1. Oversee the husbandry, ordering and delivery of the animals, and routine animal protocol activities. Collect and analyze data on animal behavior and health.
  2. Ensure care and maintenance of animals in the facility, conduct scheduled inspections to ensure maintenance of required sanitation standards and remain current on topics of care and use of research animals and facilities through trainings and courses.
  3. Ensure Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and protocols are maintained and adhered to. Coordinate laboratory animal protocol review drafts, approvals, and documentation with facility investigators, monitor review cycles, and ensure investigator work is performed only under current, non-expired protocols.
  4. Work closely with other departments to ensure proper transfer of materials both internally and externally. Ensure all safety protocols are followed and equipment is properly maintained and supplied.
  5. Communicate cross-functional progress, updates, and challenges to Senior Management, integrated project staff and customers. Generate reports and monitor stocks inventory in ERP system.
  6. Conduct and collaborate with others on basic research and development relevant to long-term objectives and concerns.
  7. Develop strategies and goals to ensure the effective achievement of scientific objectives and timely delivery of products and documentation to internal and external customers.
  8. Monitor and evaluate completion of tasks and projects. Make final decisions on administrative or operational matters.
  9. Manage the activities of supervisors and individual contributors. Monitor performance, development, and staffing of department incumbents within organizational policy. 


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree and 7 or more years' experience, including 2 or more years' supervisory experience or equivalent experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Guide and assist investigators and facility staff on various technical procedures, e.g. blood withdrawal, surgery, necropsies, and inoculation techniques.
  • Manage quality checks on cleanliness of laboratories and animal rooms. Manage controlled substances and keep accurate record keeping of receipts, usage, and disposal of regulated materials.
  • Maintain well-organized facility documentation for quick access for inspections by the USDA and the Department of Drug Enforcement.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Coordinate animal protocol reviews and approvals, animal program review, and semi-annual facility reviews with the ATCC IACUC and the IACUC chairperson; arrange, facilitate, record, and maintain documentation of IACUC meetings.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations concerning the use of animals in research activities i.e. USDA, OLAW, PHS, DEA, and AAALAC. Ensure facility and program compliance with the PHS Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
  • Coordinate preparation of all facility and program reports to regulatory agencies i.e. OLAW, PHS, USDA, AAALAC. Represent the facility in all audits and implement corrective actions and improvements.
  • Certifications: AALAS certification (Laboratory Animal Technician level or higher).

Other Duties:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Founded in 1925, ATCC is a non-profit organization with a mission to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge.


ATCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.



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