Allied Health - Staff/Administrative, Staff/Administrative
Essential Functions: •Maintain a pleasant and positive working environment for crew, staff, students, faculty and event clients. •Responsible for the care, feeding and housing of the Teaching Horse Herd (THH) and horses housed at UMEC for research studies (RH).. •Maintain the outdoor paddocks, Dudley barn, indoor and outdoor arenas •Work closely with the principle investigators (PI) on the protocols for the THH and individual research protocols to ensure that animal use, record maintenance and housing is compliant with the approved protocols. •Coordinate use of horses and facilities for teaching, research and rental events based on departmental priorities. •Provide client support before, during and after use of UMEC facilities for events, including regular review of client satisfaction •Supervision of other staff and volunteers involved in management of horses and facilities at UMEC
Duties and Responsibilities
35% Oversight of care for teaching herd and research horses: •Assure high quality animal care for non-clinical horses (teaching and research) housed at UMEC •Hire and train volunteers and student workers involved in horse care •Trin and supervise daily workers and maintain daily worker schedules •Monitor condition of horses and make adjustments in diet as necessary in collaboration with PIs •Coordinate preventative care program in collaboration with PIs and VMC clinicians •Schedule and monitor farrier care •Notify PIs in case of horse injury and illness •Ensure appropriate care provided to injured or ill horses by coordinating with treating Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) clinicians •Maintain records on each horse and ensure that they are compliant with Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) regulations •Maintain and be available on an on-call schedule (with assistant manager) for any major horse crises that occur after working hours •Keep inventory records on overall fee consumption, costs and equipment maintenance and purchases •Ensures coordination of ordering for feed and bedding, storage and monitoring •Monitor amounts of feed and bedding used
20% Facilities management •Ensure functional waterers and fencing •Provide/ensure regular paddock and arena maintenance •Follow appropriate sanitation and disease control plans established for the THH, RH and Dudey barn •Coordinate facility repair and maintenance. •Work with the Piper Clinic manager to maintain shared space and facilities •Prepare facilities for scheduled events (clean seats, drag arena, clean stalls)
15% Event Management •Schedule events and maintain the event calendar for collegiate and external events at UMEC, including collection of appropriate documents and billing. •Maintain and be part of the on call schedule to manage any major facilities crises that occur after regular working hours. •Coordinate scheduling of Dudley barn, arena and Nutrena conference room and follow up with clients on facility satisfaction •Provide a VPM presence for all events scheduled at UMEC, including scheduling open doors, greeting clients for set up and demonstration of AV equipment, mid-event check-in for problems, and end event facility assessment.
10% Regulatory and Compliance •Serve as the PI or Coinvestigator (based on University criteria) for the facility’s Standard Operating Procedure •Work closely with all PIs to ensure that all research and teaching horse use, record maintenance and housing is compliant with approved SOP and IACUC protocols •Contact individual protocol principle investigators immediately to notify if non-compliance occurs and work with the investigator to address any issues •Ensure that UMEC employees and volunteers maintain compliance with University and departmental occupational health and safety requirements •Work with the Piper Clinic manager and Infection Control advisors to maintain appropriate biosecurity measures to minimize the risk of disease spread between different populations of horses housed at UMEC
10% Finance and Budgeting •Maintain records for all costs associated with the herds for quarterly review with the PI’s on THH and RH. •Report and be accountable to the designated VPM departmental representative, the VPM departmental accountant, and the VPM Department Chair for financial, research, teaching, animal usage certification/documentation and animal unit personnel for above responsibilities. •Demonstrate fiscal responsibility in expenditures while maintaining goals of animal health and facility function.
10% Direct Teaching Assistance •Schedule horses for teaching laboratories in collaboration with VPM faculty and in accordance with VPM priorities. •Assist in preparation of animals and facilities for DVM teaching laboratories •Assist in instruction in selected laboratories •Provide training for student, volunteer and barn staff in basic horse handling and grooming skills.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Required Qualifications (must be mentioned on application/resume):
BS or BA degree and at least 2 years of equine facility management experience; or a combination of related education and experience to equal six (6) years.
1 year of experience in event management.
Experience teaching equine handling, care and riding to students with different levels of equine experience and comfort
Business administration and accounting experience
Experience in management of a multi-horse facility with multiple employees
Experience teaching horse handling skills to students with a range of experience
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities/Selection Criteria: •Ability to work in an environment with exposure to dust, hay, shavings and large animals (primarily horses) •Ability to be creative, resourceful and use innovation to implement solutions •Ability to project a positive and welcoming attitude towards visitors, volunteers, staff and veterinary students •Ability to provide excellent customer service to the public as well as to veterinary personnel in person, on the phone and by email. •Ability to use time efficiently; takes initiative to take care of departmental and center needs •Ability to communicate effectively (speak, listen, write and respond) •Ability to organize and prioritize workload, foresee problem areas, and initiate appropriate solutions •Ability to work as a team member •Ability to supervise others and delegate tasks effectively •Ability to be persistent and determined in the face of challenges •Ability to manage funds in a way that conserves departmental assets while ensuring necessary horse and facility care. •Displays enthusiasm, is energetic and has the willingness to be flexible and entrepreneurial •Displays a sense of humor and creates an attractive environment for volunteers and the staff •Flexibiity to adjust to varying workloads and schedules (multi-task) •Familiarity with basic computer record keeping systems (Excel, Google, Word)
Physical Requirements (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.): •While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, push, pull; use hands to finger, hold, handle or feel animals or objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; restrain animals with both hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, knee;, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. •The employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 50 pounds with assistance. •Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Internal Number: 341188
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