Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: T0042 / Animal Care Compliance Splst
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Oversees, provides and coordinates technical and administrative review of animal research application materials prior to submission to the IACUC, providing support and guidance to investigators on content. Plans, organizes and conducts audits of IACUC-approved research to ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, policies and guidelines, to protect research animals, researchers, and the University. Develops and implements training programs, and provides advice and support in the development of University animal care policies and initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Organizes and performs on-site regulatory and compliance reviews and audits of facilities and procedures used for animal research, education, and testing; inspects, assesses, and reports on suitability of facilities, appropriateness of protocols and procedures, and training of applicable staff.
  2. Develops and implements annual training programs for faculty, staff, and students involved in the use of animals for research, education, and/or testing; conducts skills assessments in the appropriate use, handling, and maintenance of laboratory animals.
  3. Coordinates and oversees the review and processing of new research applications, and progress of and changes to ongoing research.
  4. Participates in the design and development of a comprehensive monitoring and education program designed to ensure compliance with appropriate regulations, policies, procedures and best practices among all University teaching components involved in the use of animals.
  5. Regularly researches and analyzes Federal, State, and local regulations and guidelines pertaining care and use of animals in research, training, and testing; reports changes and developments to management.
  6. Provides advice, guidance and problem resolution to research investigators and support personnel in the application of relevant Federal, State and University laws, regulations and guidelines.
  7. Provides assistance and input into the development and establishment of University policies, procedures, and best practices for the ethical care of animals in research, education, and testing.
  8. Develops and maintains records and databases pertaining to University animal care and use policies and procedures, training and skills assessments, facility inspections, and associated matters, as required by Federal, State, and local regulations.
  9. Develops, coordinates, and administers hands-on workshops for current and/or potential animal users, as needed; conducts animal handling, restraint, procedural, surgical, and other related workshops, either independently or in conjunction with other technical staff.
  10. Serves as a primary resource to the institution on animal use and care and related compliance issues; provides information and consultation to University constituencies and research partners.
  11. Manages day-to-day administrative operations of the program as assigned.
  12. Participates in and coordinates the development and maintenance of information services for the unit, to include web sites and print media.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Current knowledge and understanding of Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and standards for the ethical and humane treatment of animals in research, education, and testing.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry and the biology of common animal species.
  • Program planning and implementation skills.
  • Skill in the application of anesthetic, surgical, and related procedures and techniques to animals used in research, education, and testing.
  • Database and records management skills.
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Ability to relay technical information to both technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Investigative and problem solving skills.
  • Skill in the use of computers, to include proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Knowledge of electronic communications applications, including the internet.
  • Research, analytical, and critical thinking skills.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must obtain certification as a Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA) within 12 months of date of hire.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017