Senior Training Coordinator – Animal Resources Center

Under the supervision of the Division of Comparative Medicine/Animal Resources Center (DCM/ARC) Associate Director, this position is responsible for coordinating and facilitating training needs for DCM/ARC staff. This includes performing American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification classes, providing new employee orientation and training as well as ongoing training to DCM/ARC employees, and maintaining standard operating procedures (SOP’s) to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations, City of Hope IACUC policy, and AAALAC recommendations.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops and conducts training activities for DCM/ARC employees including: AALAS certification classes, orientation programs, hands-on training events, facility training, presentations at monthly staff meeting, and SOP training (and re-training that may need to occur). Maintains training records for DCM/ARC employees.
  • Maintains SOP’s (updating and revising them as needed). Reviews and assesses current practices, and observes DCM/ARC technician practices to ensure proficiency and compliance with department SOPs.
  • Introduces newly hired employees to DCM/ARC SOP’s, practices and basic principles of laboratory animal husbandry.
  • Maintains a library of videos, documents, presentations, etc. that demonstrates various techniques, practices, and equipment information.
  • Helps facilitate student rotations, training, and educational opportunities.
  • Acts as editor of the quarterly DCM Review publication.
  • Internal Contacts: DCM/ARC employees, IACUC
  • External Contacts: Animal Resources personnel at various institutions, AALAS management
  • Budget/Financial Administration: Provides budget projection input for DCM/ARC employee training equipment/textbooks/resources.
  • Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of applicable experience in a laboratory animal research setting
  • Associate degree and minimum 7 years of relevant experience may substitute for Bachelor’s degree.

Required Certification/Licensure:

  • AALAS LATG certification
  • Current CA driver license

Skills/Abilities:

  • Laboratory animal care and medicine
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of regulations (Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, the ILAR Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the PHS Policy), accreditation standards, SOP writing and revision
  • Demonstration of teaching and training skills preferred, observant, detail oriented, communicate effectively with a diverse group of personnel, display tact, maturity and consideration

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 4000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy. Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

City of Hope is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


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