Responsible for the day to day regulatory activities pertaining to the care and use of animals for research and teaching at National Jewish Health (NJH) in conjunction with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee. Serves as the liaison with internal stakeholders (Principal Investigators, study staff, Committee Chairs, Committee members, Department Chairs, the Attending Veterinarian and Biological Resource Center (BRC) Director and staff) as well as external entities (AAALAC, OLAW, USDA, FDA, CDC, OSA). Under the direction of the Director, HRPP, ensures that animal care and use activities and institutional biosafety use are in compliance with federal regulations and Institutional Policies and Procedures. Position requires considerable exercise of professional judgement related to situations of a sensitive, confidential and technical nature.
- Supports the effective and efficient administrative operation of the Animal Welfare Program and the Institutional Biosafety Committee for NJH, including application review, regulatory reporting, record-keeping, electronic system implementation and maintenance and research compliance efforts in the Research Regulatory Affairs Office.
- Conducts independent pre-reviews and advises investigators as needed when completing application submissions. Manages grant congruence process and reviews/approves JIT submissions of new funding. Maintains Bio sketches of all IBC protocol PIs. Coordinates joint purview and collaborative review over certain types of research, including but not limited to: transgenic or cloned animals, use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules in animals, and pre-clinical studies and data assessment for human gene transfer protocols.
- Understands and applies complex performance based NIH Guidelines for recombinant/synthetic DNA Molecules, Infectious agents, Biological toxins, Human-derived tissues, Certain animal-derived tissues, fluids, cells, and Federally-regulated Select Agents, experiments with Dual Use Research of Concern potential, and research requiring BSL3 containment.
- Coordinates the IACUC and IBC meetings, including establishment of the agendas, minutes, and correspondence associated with these meetings.
- Prepares required reports to federal agencies, accrediting bodies and institutional officials, registers and files annual membership updates to the OSP through the NIH IBC Registration Management System. Updates membership in the Front Range Biosafety Association.
- Assists in the coordination Post Approval Monitoring of research activities. Ensures PI compliance with surveillance, data reporting, and adverse event reporting.
- Schedules and plans the semi-annual animal research facilities inspections, and program review. Coordinates, compiles and finalizes semi-annual reports pertaining to animal research which are submitted to the Institutional Official.
- Develops and coordinates inter-institutional IACUC review agreements for collaborative research with other universities.
- Works closely with the Institutional Official, the Chairs, and the attending veterinarian in the implementation and maintenance of policies, and the monitoring of compliance by the investigators with the regulations.
- Conducts educational programs of IACUC regulatory requirements geared to institutional research personnel and the IACUC membership, including orientation and training of newly-appointed members, develops training materials and creates presentations.
- Evaluates office efficiency and recommends improvements of office operations to the Institutional Official. Assists other Research Regulatory Affairs office staff in their areas of specialization as agreed upon with the Institutional Official.
- Familiarizes and applies knowledge pertaining to the NIH Guidelines for recombinant and synthetic DNA research, OSHA and Colorado health and safety codes/guidelines for worker health and safety, including Blood borne Pathogens (BBP), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and Laboratory Chemical Hygiene as related to the IBC, animal care and use research, funding agency requirements related to the use of biological agents, and monitoring and analyzing compliance of the IBC.
- Interfaces effectively with EH&S colleagues, the IBC, Office of Animal Welfare, principal investigators (PI) and researchers, departmental chairs and deans, research support personnel, facilities staff, animal care staff, Infectious Waste Committee, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Employee Health and HR, and the IRB.
- Assists with other Research Regulatory Affairs compliance work.
- Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to National Jewish Health.
- Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
- Attention to Detail: Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time. Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
- Collaboration/Teamwork: Cooperates with others to accomplish common goals; works with employees within and across his/her department to achieve shared goals; treats others with dignity and respect and maintains a friendly demeanor; values the contributions of others.
- Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
- Informing and Communicating: Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
- Managing Work and Time/Project Management: Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently. Effectively manages project(s) by appropriately focusing attention on the critical few priorities; effectively creates and executes against project timelines based on priorities, resource availability, and other project requirements (i.e., budget); effectively evaluates planned approaches, determines feasibility, and makes adjustments when needed.
- Problem Solving: Uses issue identification, data relation and comparison, pattern recognition and information gathering to create analyses and make recommendations.
Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility
Minimal local travel may be required.
- Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
- Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
- Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
- Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
- Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
- Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures.
- Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
- Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.
- Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s preferred. Coursework in biology, health care, public health, life science or related field preferred.
- Work Experience: A minimum of 5 years of research experience involving vertebrate animals and experience in an IACUC and IBC administrative capacity or service as an IACUC member is required.
- Special Training, Certification or Licensure: CPIA (Certified Professional IACUC Administrator) Certification is preferred.
Salary Range: $63,276 - $83,032
At National Jewish Health, we recognize that our outstanding faculty and staff are the essence of our organization. For every aspect of health care, our employees are our greatest asset.
With that in mind, we have designed a valuable, comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and their families
- Medical Plans, Dental Plans, and Vision Insurance
- Retirement Plan
- FSA and HSA
- Short and Long Term Disability
- Life Insurance and AD&D
- Voluntary Benefits, like Accident Insurance, Critical Care and Hospital Indemnity
- Sick and Vacation Paid Time Off
- Wellness Program
- Legal Plan