Dir Animal Res/Attending Vet

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 191300 - Lab Animal Veterinarian
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
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Salary Grade:  

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The core purpose of the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is to advance Mississippi State University's preeminence in research and spur economic growth. ORED provides services to support research and strategically leads the university's economic development activities. ORED's functions range from supporting the identification of new research funding opportunities and submission of grant proposals to post-award financial management and research regulatory affairs. The office directs research commercialization, including patenting and licensing, and serves as a central point for industry access.

The position of Animal Resources and Attending Veterinarian director is a 12-month administrative position and a 100% appointment. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Research and Economic Development. The incumbent is expected to collaborate with administrators, faculty, staff and students throughout MSU, as well as other universities and State and Federal agencies in Mississippi.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following examples are intended as illustrations only of the various types of duties assigned in positions allocated to this classification. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position.

1. Management of veterinary and animal care and support teams composed of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, an animal facility manager, team leaders and animal support staff.
2. Oversight of veterinary care of a wide range of animal species used in biomedical research across the university.
3. Directs and oversees training of staff in the care and use of research animals.
4. Provides oversight and direction of activities of veterinary and husbandry management staff and monitors compliance.
5. Provides and ensures veterinary support and assistance to investigators in protocol and animal model development, advising them in experimental design regarding animal welfare and adequate veterinary care issues.
6. Serve as the Attending Veterinarian on the Mississippi State University Institutional Animal Care and Use committee (IACUC).
7. Provides strategic input and participates in the ORED leadership team as necessary.
8. Oversees and administers the laboratory animal care and use program in accordance with established institutional policies, animal welfare laws, granting agency requirements and standards for accreditation by AAALAC International.
9. Plans, initiates and coordinates activities within the animal research facilities and between the facilities and other units. Meets with department heads and management staff as needed.
10. Participates in national and international meetings and serves as a subject matter expert in the field on behalf of the University.
11. Keeps abreast of all pertinent federal, state and MSU regulations, laws and policies as they presently exist and as they change or are modified.
12. Prepares reports concerning the animal care and use program and facilities for the Institutional Official and federal agencies, as required by regulations and accreditation standards, and in cooperation with the Office of Research Compliance.
13. Participates in compliance assessment and in visits by federal regulatory and accreditation personnel and communicates findings to the Chair of the IACUC, the Office of Research Compliance, and to the Institutional Official.
14. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent and a license to practice in at least one state. If degree is not attained in the U.S., a certificate (e.g. Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG)) of equivalent training accepted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is required.
2. A minimum of four (4) years of experience in laboratory animal medicine which includes institutional veterinary research (academic, industrial or government), including a minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience.
3. Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Progressively advanced experience in a diverse AAALAC accredited laboratory animal research program, including biomedical and agricultural research.
2. Experience with an animal program in a USDA registered facility.
3. Significant experience developing, leading and managing a diverse AAALAC accredited program encompassing agricultural, laboratory, biomedical, companion, fish and wildlife species.
4. Ph.D. or MS in a field of biomedical research.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Demonstrated ability to manage people and act as a mentor to junior staff.
2. Excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, diplomacy and the ability to effectively interact and build trusted relationships.
3. Proven ability to effectively organize and prioritize conflicting priorities, meet deadlines, and be "change" agent to adopt new practices and procedures.
4. Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality with discretion.
5. Results driven, accepts and acts on all forms of feedback to effect change.
6. Demonstrates patience, reliability, composure and stability under pressure.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
• Frequent - Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one's control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; irregular hours may be required; meeting of deadlines and coordination of related activities are key to position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.
• Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands.
• Job requires standing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 10 pounds.
• Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online and attach a Resume and cover letter. 

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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