ORS Job Opening
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Chief and Deputy Director, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Facility Management Branch
Office of Research Services (ORS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Join our dynamic team as the Chief and Deputy Director of the Veterinary Medicine and Animal Facility Management Branch (VMAFM), in the Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR).
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world’s largest medical research facility, has a challenging position available requiring leadership and management skills including expertise in both laboratory animal medicine and facility management. The VMAFM Team: (1) provides veterinary care to research animals and technical support to investigators utilizing animals; (2) consults and collaborates with the intramural community and their veterinary staff on the veterinary aspects of protocol design; (3) provides oversight of animal imports into NIH facilities while maintaining biosecurity of existing colonies; (4) provides a pharmacy for the NIH laboratory animal community; and (5) manages and maintains a centralized surgical, intensive care and diagnostic imaging service for NIH intramural animal protocols. The VMAFM Team is also responsible for managing the DVR animal holding facilities and oversight of the contracts for animal care and husbandry by ; 1) Ensuring proper operation of the facility and equipment; 2) Ensuring the proper care and husbandry for all research animals within DVR; 3) Serving as the Contracting Officers Representative (COR) on the task orders to ensure compliance with the contract SOW and the DVR SOPs; 4) Serving as the point of contact for DVR customers, ensuring their needs are met; and 5) Procuring proper supplies, feed and bedding for the facility operations.
The successful candidate will be responsible for serving as DVR Deputy Director and overseeing the VMAFM staff in DVR-managed facilities on the Bethesda and Poolesville campuses by planning, managing, and coordinating veterinary and facility resources and clinical/technical programs to ensure high quality veterinary care, research support, regulatory compliance, and AAALAC accreditation. The Deputy Director must possess leadership skills to have oversight of and to guide a large team of veterinarians and animal facility managers to effectively support the NIH intramural research mission. The VMAFM Chief and Deputy Director works with and reports to the DVR Director to ensure the success of the mission of DVR: “…to contribute to the advancement of NIH biomedical research programs by providing excellence in animal care, customer service, and specialized research services to support intramural research efforts. DVR’s diverse and dedicated staff emphasizes accountability to the NIH researcher’s needs in areas including humane animal and veterinary care, animal behavior and enrichment, diagnostics and health surveillance, surgery, pharmacy, procurement, nutrition, and animal transportation.”
Qualifications for the VMAFM Chief and Deputy Director include a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Councilon Education.
Graduates of veterinary schools not AVMA accredited must have Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates certification. Candidates must be Diplomates of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state. Candidates must also have experience as a supervisor/leader of at least one component of a laboratory animal medicine program. Experience in overseeing animal facilities and/or possession of a certification such as CMAR and/or graduate degree in Business Administration is favored.
A full package of federal benefits will be provided including leave, health, and life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent). Appointees may be US citizens or resident aliens. Applications from women, persons from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. The position is subject to a background check. At the NIH, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees in the biomedical research community. Within NIH, the Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR) embraces diversity and strives to create and maintain an inclusive environment for all DVR employees. Applications must be received between May 12 – June 12, 2021. Candidates must submit a cover letter, a current CV, and names of 3 references to the DVR Director at