Assistant Facility Manager (14BS)

Req ID #:  222098

Bethesda, MD, US, 20892

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.

Job Summary


We are looking for an Assistant Facility Manager to join our Insourcing Solutions team, located in Bethesda, MD


Why work at Charles River?  
We adhere to strong values, share the same mission, that together, we create healthier lives. Our culture is one of endless opportunity, purpose and creating change. We are committed to empowering our employees with the tools and programs they need to develop rewarding careers. We offer competitive benefits and excellent training programs for all our employees.

What Impact will you have!

In this Assistant Facility Manager role, you will use existing SOPs and quality assurance standards to oversee and coordinate the daily activities of the animal facility, to include scheduling of staff.  

Your responsibilities will be: 

  • Operates and maintains equipment and supplies.  
  • Oversees all aspects of husbandry support, to include related paperwork, cage change scheduling, and supplies. 
  • Actively interacts with Project Officers, facility veterinarian(s) and investigators to solve customer requests, inquiries, and complaints.  
  • Ensure that all work is performed according to the task Statement of Work.  
  • Participates in interviewing applicants for open positions, developing performance improvement plans, and writing employee performance evaluations. 
  • Assist in assessing, developing, and presenting training for staff and investigators. 
  • Performs daily clinical observations, preliminary health exam of sick animals prior to reporting to the Clinical Veterinarian. 
  • Oversees the animal surveillance program related to the husbandry staff. 
  • Occasionally provides technical support (e.g., restraining animals, collecting blood, collecting tissues, performing injections, treatments, surgical preparation, assisting with research procedures). 
  • Occasionally provides animal husbandry and environmental enrichment for colony animals.  
  • Provides quality assurance to include animal health surveillance, monitoring of the effectiveness of facility sanitation, cage washing and autoclaving procedures, monitoring of incoming animal shipments for container integrity and animal health, monitor the HVAC, internal facility reports for monitoring deviations from pre-established parameters, other quality assurance services. 
  • Provides data entry/data base report generation for computerized systems which monitor facility internal environmental parameters, security, or other animal facility monitoring and management requirements. 
  • Prepares and submits written records, charts, logs, and inventories.

Job Qualifications

A candidate that possesses a high school diploma or GED is required, along with a minimum four years’ experience working in an animal facility, two (2) of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity, must have experience with rodents and rabbits. AALAS certification at the LAT level required; successful achievement of LATG within one year of eligibility.  


The pay range for this position is $38.00 USD per hour.  

About Insourcing Solutions
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, or 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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