Associate Director, Operations

Charles River Laboratories International Inc (CRL)

S. SanFrancisco, CA, US, 9408

Associate Director, Operations Req ID #:  189871 Location: 

S. SanFrancisco, CA, US, 94080 For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly. Job Summary BASIC SUMMARY:  

Provides operational leadership across Explora, a Charles River Company, for West Coast OnDemand and OnSite locations and manages vivarium operations to maintain performance levels consistent with and according to company standards and client objectives. Provides cross-site consistency in vivarium management and operations.


•    Operational oversight of multiple OnDemand and OnSite locations within assigned region (West Coast).

•    Responsible for personnel management activities

•    Serve as temporary backfill for Regional Vivarium Managers during leaves of absences, vacations, key personnel vacancies or new site startups as needed.

•    Participate in interactions with clients and prospective clients, through tours or meetings as required. Review service agreements or participate in client service activities as directed by the Director of Operations.

•    Partner to lead AAALAC Accreditations including PD review and updates. 

•    Plan, budget, and order approved capital equipment for operational sites.

•    Manage lists of site and equipment needs/improvements for all sites to assist the Director of Operations in budget management. 

•    Assist in the evaluation and implementation of new technology platforms to enhance operations and automation.

•    Assist with all vendor contracts/service agreements for operational services.

•    Responsible for ensuring appropriate SOPs are in place and reviewed pertaining to all sites. 

•    As required, respond, and facilitate the resolution of facility problems with clients, including, but not limited to the allocation of space, use of equipment and personnel, diagnosis of and control of disease.

•    As needed, assist Regional Vivarium Managers to ensure that assigned animal care staff maintain adequate care, feeding and delivery of animals; sanitation of the equipment and facilities; and the inventory, procurement, and storage of supplies at each site.

•    Periodically review staff and facility records, ensuring that detailed, accurate records and files are maintained as required by facility SOPs and policies.

•    Effectively operate the research facilities in a manner consistent with "the Guide" and all local, state, and federal requirements.

•    Ensure site staff operate and maintain equipment and supplies according to SOPs and all applicable safety guidelines. 

•    Perform purposeful presence walk throughs of sites and provide reports as to the condition of the facilities, quality, compliance, etc. to the Director of Operations throughout the year.

•    Develop processes to reduce waste and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

•    Periodically review site quality assurance procedures for monitoring of the effectiveness of facility sanitation, cage washing and autoclaving procedures (if applicable), monitoring of incoming animal shipments for container integrity, monitor the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), internal facility reports for monitoring deviations from pre-established parameters, and other quality assurance services (e.g., water cultures).

•    Comply with safety and security policies and procedures and MSDS guidelines, including those related to biohazards and radioactive substances and in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.

•    Perform other related responsibilities as assigned.

  Job Qualifications


•    Education:   Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in animal or laboratory science, business, or related discipline. 

•    Experience:  Minimum seven (7) years in a laboratory animal facility of which five (5) years is management or supervisory experience.  

•    Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) level preferred.

•    An equivalent combination of education, experience, and certifications may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate

Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We require proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ([email protected]) so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


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Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.

About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to [email protected] This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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2022-09-21 00:00:00

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