Operations Unit Head at Oregon Health & Science University

Posted in Admin - Clerical 8 days ago.

Location: Beaverton, Oregon





Job Description:

Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

Location: US-OR-Beaverton
Req ID: 2021-14215
Position Category: Management/Supervisory
Position Type: Regular Full-Time
Job Type: Unclassified Administrative
Department: Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC)
Salary Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Schedule: TBD
Hours: TBD, may be called upon to assist during emergencies related to ONPRC; participates in on-call rotation
HR Mission: Research


Department Overview

The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located 12 miles west of the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Our mission is to improve human health and the quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases.

Function/Duties of Position

The Operations Unit Head provides managerial oversight of Managers, Supervisors and Laboratory Animal Technicians to assure optimal animal care and research protocol support for a variety of scientific studies by maintaining a robust animal husbandry program in the Animal Resources & Research Support (ARRS). This position provides support to ARRS and research staff by interpreting ONPRC policies and guidelines, developing standard operating procedures (SOP)/guidelines (GL) in conjunction with veterinarians, updating SOP/GL documents, documenting technical training for employees within assigned work units, , and writing reports. This position ensures that quality service is consistently and effectively provided; encourages and facilitates communication and collaboration across ARRS Units and ONPRC research Divisions. In addition, the Unit Head monitors animal facilities and equipment for repair and/or replacement.

Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Five years' experience in a supervisory or managerial role in a complex organization

  • Ability to effectively work both independently and in a team environment

  • Ability to manage change, deal with situations as they arise

  • Effective organizational abilities

  • Problem-solving & decision making skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly, in both oral and written formats, with all investigative staff, technicians, and veterinary professional staff

  • Ability to teach and mentor a team

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to read and follow written and oral communications

  • Monitoring and controlling or preparing a budget

  • Proficient in writing SOPs, process improvement

  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks

  • Proficient in the use of a personal computer, especially Excel and Word, to work with the programs developed for use within the Division, i.e. PRIMe

  • Proven ability to link issues/tasks and identify interdependencies within a program

  • A valid driver's license is required

  • Work involves exposure to zoonotic agents through injury, by direct contact with animals or their tissues and body fluids, or by contact with equipment contaminated by animals or their tissues and body fluids Work involves exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals

  • Work involves exposure to wet or slick walking surfaces and sanitizing chemicals

  • Work also in both office and animal care environments including ABSL-3 facility

  • Work involves lifting animals (up to 60 lbs) and prolonged standing during processing and other procedures

  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation



Preferred Qualifications


  • AALAS CMAR or Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATg) certification;

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or commensurate degree (i.e. VMD); and/or

  • Board certification in Laboratory Animal Medicine (Diplomate ACLAM)

  • Five years' experience in a supervisory or managerial role overseeing nonhuman primates and associated facilities

  • Relevant grantsmanship skills and experience

  • Expertise in biomedical research, animal care and knowledge of housing/support facilities, to independently and effectively manage, and perform/assume any/all of the responsibilities of any subordinate position in the Division

  • Ability to complete an FBI security risk assessment



Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter, CV/resume and references.

All are welcome



As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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