Protocol Specialist/IACUC Administrator

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Protocol Specialist/IACUC Administrator

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Protocol Specialist/IACUC Administrator

Job Profile Title
Staff Veterinarian

Job Description Summary
The Protocol Specialist's primary role within the Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) will be to focus on performing and managing IACUC pre-review of protocols and amendments and providing support to researchers working with animals. In conjunction with the other members of the administrative team, the Protocol Specialist will perform protocol and amendment pre-reviews, manage the IACUC review process, and serve as the first line of support for the research community for questions about the online protocol system and protocol reviews. Additional support provided to the research community will include providing training for protocol submissions and participating in the Laboratory Animal Research Coordinator (LARC) training program. The PS will serve as an ad-hoc member of the IACUC Training Subcommittee. Additional duties may include assisting with administrative and technical tasks and IACUC meetings.

Job Description

Principal Position Responsibilities/Duties
  • Conduct pre-reviews of IACUC protocols and amendments and participate in managing the IACUC pre-review process
  • Work collaboratively with animal researchers to modify protocols and serve as a liaison between them and the IACUC during the review process
  • Coordinate and conduct in-person/virtual training sessions covering the online protocol system, protocol submission guidance, and the protocol review process
  • Serve as an ad hoc member of the IACUC Training Subcommittee to review and update animal program trainings and related issues
  • Perform or assist with other duties in a primary or backup role, including protocol-grant congruency checks, technical system operations, subawards/offsite protocol reviews and approvals, IACUC meeting management, IACUC guideline and policy updates, and semiannual report preparation
  • Perform other duties or special projects as required or as assigned by the Assistant Director of IACUC Administration

Position Qualifications
  • Veterinary degree or PhD with two to three years of experience with IACUC-related work and/or basic animal research/laboratory animal medicine required
  • ACLAM board and/or CPIA certification or eligibility preferred
  • Excellent attention to detail with strong written and verbal communication as well as organizational and administrative skills
  • Ability to prioritize workload and multi-task; flexible when working under time-constraints
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with a customer service attitude; comfortable in interfacing with all levels of the University with a high level of awareness of interdepartmental relationships
  • Professional demeanor and courteous attitude towards colleagues, customers (Principal Investigators, research personnel, IACUC members, other Penn offices), and external agency representatives (USDA, AAALAC, OLAW, etc.)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information and documents utilizing judgment, diplomacy, and discretion
  • Computer/technical proficiency (i.e., good knowledge of MS Office Packages - Excel, Word)
  • Excellent team player with good listening skills and able to complete work tasks unsupervised
  • Familiarity with various animal welfare laws, regulations, and policies

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Budgeted Pay Range:

$65,000 to $130,000 annually, commensurate with education and experience.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Provost's Center

Pay Range
$50,000.00 - $350,000.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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