Director Animal Welfare

Req ID #:  223119


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

This position will directly support corporate driven animal welfare and 3Rs initiatives related to responsible animal use, care and production across global business units.  It will directly assist the Executive Director (ED) in their responsibilities of assessing animal welfare risk and in defining, steering, and coordinating the CRL animal welfare programs globally across all divisions. This position will support the roles of CRL Animal Welfare Specialists (AWS) and company stakeholders on the CRL global animal welfare program and will act as a key contact for animal-welfare related issues.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Primary responsibility (>70% job function) implementation of the Humane Care Imperative (HCI), specifically, responsibility for reviewing, analyzing, and reporting animal welfare data as well as incidents of animal welfare non-compliance through day-to-day oversight of all events including:

  • Notify ED and other pertinent personnel and stakeholders of high risk events, including gathering background information from sites.
  • Input and process events received through the NAVEX/Humane Care Hotline, Humane Care Email, and other sources, as needed.
  • In conjunction with the Corporate Animal Welfare Specialist, engage with site AWS on a regular basis to ensure timely attention to animal welfare events.
  • Finalize events (in conjunction with the Corporate Animal Welfare Specialist) including assuring appropriate CAPA and accurate event classification.
  • Conduct and appropriately document follow-ups with key stakeholders for high risk/sensitive events, in collaboration with ED, GAW.
  • Collaborate with the Corporate Animal Welfare Specialist on cursory preparation of reports and charts/tables/data for animal welfare trend calls.
  • Oversight and delivery of AWETS trend calls including preparation, delivery, and summaries of the presentations and post call surveys.
  • Evaluate animal welfare event trends over time as well as between and within sites and business units.
  • In conjunction with ED, GAW, support animal welfare-related onboarding for new acquisitions.
  • Conduct site visits to evaluate programs and procedures, facilities and equipment, etc. in terms of standards and conditions for animals, including preparing pre and post visit reports.
  • Develop, analyze, and manage day-to-day animal welfare risk management tools, assist with report preparation, as requested.
  • Support the GAW&T team members and IT personnel in maintaining the software database including development of new reports and troubleshooting.
  • Support development of animal welfare related training materials and other animal welfare-related training materials, including internal workshops, AWN calls, webinars, and training shorts.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Assist the ED, GAW to manage high level projects related to animal welfare programs at CRL.
  • Provide support for GAW&T operations, as needed.
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders to discuss, investigate, prioritize, and monitor uptake of new and ongoing animal welfare initiatives.
  • In conjunction with the ED, investigate confidential animal welfare concerns.
  • Review and assess corporate animal welfare risk factors at a business unit and site level and assisting with documentation and reports.
  • Assist with establishing internal policies and standards on animal welfare at CRL.
  • Develop and support animal welfare-related content for external audiences, e.g. Charles River Short Course, national AALAS meetings.
  • Participate in in-house animal welfare-related studies and information-sharing to determine best practices.
  • Prepare supporting summaries and content to support ED for BOD meeting.
  • Periodically provide material for internal and external communications, e.g., newsblast, Eureka blog and Sales and Marketing.
  • Direct activities of assigned group(s) to ensure effective performance of function.
  • Interview and select qualified departmental personnel.  Recommend, review and approve personnel actions, including hiring, promotions and raises.  Partner with Human Resources in the handling of disciplinary issues.  Prepare and/or approve appropriate personnel action paperwork.  
  • Lead on talent management so training and development needs of direct reports are identified and addressed to support succession planning.
  • Monitor performance of direct reports against established annual goals and development plans.  Provide regular coaching and counseling.  Prepare and deliver salary and performance reviews; review and approve performance and salary appraisals initiated by direct reports.
  • Monitor and determine appropriate levels of departmental overtime.  Review and approve vacation/time off requests for direct reports.  
  • Develop short- and long-range operating objectives, organizational structure, and staffing requirements.  
  • Develop and recommend departmental budget.  Authorize expenditures in accordance with budget.  Approve budget and expenses of subordinates.
  • Ensure optimum performance of group function.  Recommend and implement techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs, take advantage of opportunities, and maintain state-of-the-art practices.
  • Direct the development and communication of departmental systems, SOPs, policies and procedures.  Partner with Human Resources to develop and approve departmental job descriptions; ensure communication of duties and responsibilities to employees.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

  • Education:  Doctoral degree (D.V.M./V.M.D.) in Veterinary Medicine is required. It is highly desirable to have an additional Master’s degree (M.S.) or higher in a discipline relevant to laboratory animal medicine.
  • Experience:  5-15 years related experience.
  • Certification/Licensure:  Current license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state or country.
  • Other:  ACLAM Diplomate Status required.  ACAW Diplomate status is a plus. Excellent public speaking skills required.  Excellent writing skills required.  Ability to direct scientific evaluation of literature and publication of research data.
  • An equivalent combination of education, experience and certification may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Physical Demands:

  • Must regularly operate a computer and occasionally operate other common office equipment.
  • Must regularly communicate with employees/customers; must be able to exchange accurate information.

Workplace Requirements:

  • This position is remote-based and requires dedicated work-space equipped to support this environment.
  • This position requires regular (30%) domestic and international travel.

Compensation Data

The pay range for this position is $189,000/yr. - $211,000/yr. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.


Care - We show we care when we respect each other, our animals and the communities where we work and live, when we create a positive healthy workplace, when we are mindful of our compliance standards, and when we choose to do the right thing.
Own - We act like owners when we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, when we respond to internal and external client needs with speed and accuracy, when we set and achieve meaningful goals, and when we strive towards continuous improvement.
Lead - We lead when we advocate our purpose and model our values, when we deliver innovation, when we embrace change, and when we appreciate and celebrate the great work of others.
Collaborate -We collaborate when we partner with each other and promote teamwork, when we communicate clearly and effectively across the hall or around the globe, and when we welcome all forms of diversity and encourage inclusiveness.

About Corporate Functions 
The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.


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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