Training Coordinator - Laboratory Animal Services

The Stowers Institute has an opening for a Training Coordinator in the Laboratory Animal Services Facility (LASF) who will assist and be responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive training program for all staff members working in mammalian lab animal research. 

The LASF Training Coordinator will work closely with the department’s management staff to develop a program providing quality and compliance with regards to the Institute’s core values and animal research. The selected candidate will be responsible for designing and delivering curriculum and learning materials, performing training needs assessments, coordinating all phases of training interventions, and maintaining accurate training records. Objectives should be met with minimal supervision and with good time management.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing specialized programs, conducting and/or coordinating employee participation in programs to train staff in mammalian animal husbandry and technical tasks
  • Conferring with LASF management and/or employees to determine training objectives
  • Assisting with writing a training program including outline, text, handouts, tests, and design of training exercises
  • Developing or overseeing the production of classroom handouts, instructional materials, aids and manuals
  • Conducting orientation sessions and acclimating new hires to the team
  • Scheduling training with individual staff members, lab members, or groups
  • Directing structured learning experiences and monitoring their quality and results
  • Observing trainees and answering their questions
  • Coordinating with mentors to plan and schedule continued training of staff and confirmation of proficiency with tasks
  • Administering written and practical exams and writing performance reports to evaluate trainees' performance
  • Participating in meetings, seminars, and training sessions to obtain information useful to training staff and integrating information into training program
  • Assessing training effectiveness to ensure incorporation of taught skills and techniques are being applied into employees work behavior
  • Working closely with supervisors and staff to assess required skills and knowledge
  • Maintaining training documentation for all staff members
  • Planning and coordinating refresher training with staff annually
  • Identifying training needs by evaluating strengths and weaknesses then developing training modules to refresh training
  • Translating requirements into trainings that will prepare employees for the next step of their career path
  • Periodically evaluating ongoing programs to ensure that they reflect any changes
  • Staying abreast of the new trends and tools in employee development

 

The successful candidate will have meticulous attention to detail, proficiency with Microsoft software and databases (i.e. Access and Teams), excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be adept at all forms of social media.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology or a related field. Experience with developing staff training programs, experience with small animal surgical techniques and husbandry, and AALAS Certification at the LATG level or above is also required.

Additional preferred skills include in-depth knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models; understanding of basic genetics; experience with small animal reproduction and development; understanding of laboratory techniques such as gavage, injections, perfusion, PCR, flow cytometry; and knowledge of governing bodies such as IACUC, AAALAC, and OLAW.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a current CV to careers@stowers.org or to Administration Department, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.