Supervisor, Animal Care Program

City of Hope

Duarte, CA

ID: 7115097 (Ref.No. 10019085)
Posted: December 23, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope’s specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Animal Care and Facility Operations Manager, this position is responsible for the direct supervision of a team of animal care/cage wash technicians and specialists including assigning work, monitoring and assessing work performance, and recommending hiring and termination decisions. ACP supervisors may also assist with husbandry, cage wash, and/or Other technical support functions as required.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Supervises support staff employees directly including selection, training, performance appraisal and work allocation.
  • Schedules and assigns work to individuals and inspects upon completion. Oversees efficiency and effectiveness of work assigned to direct reports.
  • Interprets and applies the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" published by the NIH, and all relevant City of Hope, Federal, State and local rules/regulations/guidelines.
  • Ensures that records are maintained in conformance to institutional policies, as well as regulatory agency and government directives. This includes facility and equipment maintenance logs, autoclave, RO and cage wash records, and other records as required.
  • Provides investigators assistance with animal housing/procedure rooms set up, fogging, equipment set up, specialized water and caging requests as they pertain to individual species and research projects.
  • Provides technical services to investigators including mixing and dispensing special diets, medicating drinking water or assisting with specific restraint and handling procedures.
  • When supervising animal care staff: Assists in establishing, initiating and overseeing animal room environmental parameters including temperatures, air exchange, light cycles, etc., as they pertain to individual species and research projects.
  • When supervising operations staff: Responsible for overseeing ACP daily cagewash operations, including preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and in-house repairs of cagewash equipment, RO watering systems, watchdog facility access, animal transfer stations, biosafety and fume hoods, and rack and caging systems.
  • When supervising animal care staff: Maintains accurate census and initiates orders for, husbandry supplies and equipment as indicated.
  • When supervising operations staff: Maintains accurate inventories in cagewash and initiates orders for, caging and housing supplies, facility maintenance disposables, and equipment as indicated.
  • Identify, report and coordinate physical plant or equipment repairs. Monitor central plan operations - steam, water softeners, domestic water as they relate to ACP equipment and reports service issues promptly. Communicates with campus maintenance personnel to troubleshoot, identify and resolve issues and restore facility operations.
  • Ensures personnel compliance with health and safety regulations.
  • Recommends employment and termination decisions.
  • Monitors facility security standards and makes necessary recommendations to the Manager.
  • Interviews/selects animal care and operations staff, manages and evaluates performance, ensures compliance with COH policies and procedures and initiates and/or makes recommendations for personnel actions.
  • Participates in and/or conducts teaching activities by demonstrating techniques or procedures. Writes SOPs to ensure consistency in training, documents training sessions and maintains training records.
  • Provides information needed for annual budget projections by tracking use of materials, supplies, and equipment repairs throughout the year and provide an estimate on quantity or funds needed for the upcoming year.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

  • Associate degree relevant to areas of responsibility.
  • High school or equivalent and >5 years relevant experience may substitute for Associate degree.
  • Four years of related animal care experience ideally with demonstrated supervisory ability.

Required Certification/Licensure:

  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification (or possess a current LAT certification with LATG certification obtained within 6 months of hire) or completion of an equivalent certification or degree program.
  • Valid California Driver License.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in animal science, biology, or related field.
  • LATG, Six Sigma Certification.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

Additional information:

  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

Salary / Pay Rate Information:
Pay Rate: $32.76 - $54.71 / hour

The estimated pay scale represents the typical [salary/hourly] range City of Hope reasonably expects to pay for this position, with offers determined based on several factors which may include, but not be limited to, the candidate’s experience, expertise, skills, education, job scope, training, internal equity, geography/market, etc. This pay scale is subject to change from time to time.



City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.