Office of Intramural Research, Office of the Director, NIH
NIH is recruiting for a Director, Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU), to oversee the entire Animal Care and Use program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Intramural Research Program. The NIH is the major biomedical research component of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Director reports directly to the NIH IRP Institutional Official, the NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research (DDIR). The OACU Director oversees policy development and program management for the 24 diverse components within the NIH Institutes and Centers that conduct animal research.
The OACU Director has responsibility for the NIH Intramural Animal Care and Use (ACU) Program as described in the Animal Welfare Assurance on file with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, the Animal Welfare Act regulations and standards promulgated by the Department of Agriculture, and the interpretations of these programs by American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). Applicants must have a proven record of leadership, management and oversight of a major animal research program and demonstrated experience with the regulatory aspects of animal welfare. The Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the OACU and staff; the Director oversees the Intramural Assurance process and the AAALAC International accreditation process. The supervisory and regulatory responsibilities of this position require the applicant to hold a veterinary degree (D.V.M., V.M.D., or equivalent) with board certification in laboratory animal medicine or veterinary pathology.
Information regarding the OACU can be found at http://oacu.od.nih.gov/. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) is available. USPHS Commissioned Officers are encouraged to apply and may be eligible for Assignment Incentive Pay. If additional information is needed, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.
To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, and names of three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include in your curriculum vitae a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. Position will close September 30, 2019.
Dave Bodine, Ph.D., NHGRI Chair, Search Committee
Director, Office of Animal Care and Use
Approved by ETFC as Title 42, SPL-2
This position is located in the Office of Animal Care and Use, Office of Intramural Research, Office of the Director. The Office: (1) administers the NIH program of Animal Care and Use; manages the Animal Welfare Assurance filed with the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, and programs of compliance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Manual Chapter 3040-2 Animal Care and Use in the Intramural Program (MC 3040-2), and Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy), U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research and Training, USDA Animal Welfare Act, International Transportation Standards and other applicable laws; requires records of compliance from NIH components; assesses compliance and coordinates assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare; (2) maintains documentation relative to accreditation status of each IC and assembles into NIH accreditation status reports, serves as liaison with American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC); (3) plans and coordinates facility and management changes necessary to attain and ensure continuing compliance; (4) administers the NIH Animal Research Advisory Committee (NIH ARAC) through which NIH ACU Program policy is developed and Program oversight is directed; (5) administers Interagency Research Animal Committee (IRAC), drafts and coordinates implementation of Federal policies and guidelines on ACU, serves as interagency liaison between member Departments and other Federal offices and International bodies and organizations, develops and administers interagency and Cooperative Agreements for the purpose of conservation and supply of essential threatened experimental animals; (6) principal advisor to the NIH Director and Deputy Director for Intramural Research (DDIR), NIH, on all aspects of animal care and use in research; (7) provides liaison through the Division of Legislative Analysis, NIH, to Presidential, Congressional and Departmental inquiries; (8) administers the Animal Program Committee (APAC), one of the NIH AAALAC accreditation committees; (9) at the request of the NIH Director and DDIR, serves on several high level Departmental and interdepartmental committees addressing various issues with animal care and use components.
Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent serves as the Director of OACU with the trans-NIH programmatic and administrative responsibility for all planning, development, organization, coordination, and implementation of the NIH Intramural Animal Care and Use (ACU) Program as it relates to the Assurance on file with OLAW, the Animal Welfare Act regulations and standards promulgated by the Department of Agriculture, and the interpretations of these programs by AAALAC. The incumbent oversees policy development for program management of 24 diverse ACU programs in the ICs, who have intramural researchers using animals.
The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day direction of the office’s mission and staff. Oversees the Intramural Assurance process and the AAALAC accreditation process, ensuring compliance of the NIH Intramural ACU Program, including its component parts, with NIH’s Animal Welfare Assurance, PHS Policy, the NIH Guide, and MC 3040-2. The incumbent reviews recommendations on resource allocations to meet the above objectives and initiates planning to implement approved changes.
Assures staff understanding of the intent and literal content of key regulatory/policy documents, such as the Animal Welfare Act and its published standards, the Endangered Species Act, the Health Research Extension Acts, the NIH Guide, PHS Policy, MC 3040-2, the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) standards for Adequate Veterinary Care, the American Veterinary Medical Association Panel on Euthanasia report, and appropriate DHHS safety publications.
The incumbent is considered the subject matter expert regarding the regulations and policies noted above, and, as such, is expected to remain abreast of proposed changes (direct or indirect), provide expert advice to the NIH Director, the DDIR, IC Directors and Scientific Directors, and other NIH staff. Prepares or reviews position papers requested for specific information or proposed changes to national or international standards and regulations.
Administers the NIH-ARAC and the IRAC. These committees establish major policies for the intramural ACU program and the Federal agencies using animal for research, testing and training respectively.
Initiates or reviews OACU activities with the IC Animal Program Directors (APD) through monthly APD Committee meetings and the NIH intramural scientists to ensure a consistent and comprehensive ACU program.
The incumbent is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to non-affirmative action objectives and by adhering to non-discriminatory employee practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.
The incumbent will maintain expertise through participation in national and international symposia dealing with biomedical research, laboratory animal science, and veterinary medical aspects of the management and conduct of life sciences research and development, teaching and testing methodologies.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments.
About National Institutes of Health
NIH is recruiting for a Director, Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU), to oversee the entire Animal Care and Use program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Intramural Research Program. The NIH is the major biomedical research component of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).