Associate Director, Large Animal Patient Care and Patient Facilities

University of Pennsylvania

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Job Type Full Time

Associate Director, Large Animal Patient Care and Patient Facilities

Locations: New Bolton Center

time type: Full time

Posted 10 Days Ago


University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Associate Director, Large Animal Patient Care and Patient Facilities

Job Profile Title

Associate Director D, Animal Health

Job Description Summary

Are you an animal health expert specializing in infection prevention, audit, quality assurance, and safety? We have an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to join our amazing team at the New Bolton Center campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Kennett Square, PA.

As the Associate Director, you will report to the Director of Imaging and Clinical Services and manage a team of 7 Clinical Care Technicians and 10 Patient Care Attendants. Your expertise in animal health will help us continue to provide exceptional care to our patients, and your leadership skills will enable you to build a high-performing team that delivers consistent quality results. This is a challenging and rewarding role that will allow you to make a significant impact on the lives of animals and their owners.

Please note that no public transportation is available at our New Bolton Center campus. Free on-site parking is available.

Job Description

This position falls under the management of the Director of Imaging and Clinical Services and includes managing a team of 7 Clinical Care Technicians and a team of 10 Patient Care Attendants. The job requires oversight of 6 barns, which involves maintaining 100 stalls. To excel in this job, you must possess a solid understanding of horse handling and animal husbandry, as well as the ability to guide staff through difficult and sometimes dangerous situations while maintaining patient facilities and equipment.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Manage the Clinical Care Technicians and Patient Care Attendants.
  • Maintain all patient housing with the help of the Director of Facilities, including disinfecting between patients, and stall and barn maintenance.
  • Maintain and repair all equipment used by staff.
  • Keep a record of all patient care supplies, feed, and bedding material.
  • Provide necessary training to staff on biosecurity standards, radioactive materials, and biohazard waste.
  • Ensure coverage 7 days a week by creating a monthly schedule.
  • Responsible for employee recruitment, performance management (including improvement plans), and scheduled PTO using Workday software.
  • Provide onboarding and training for employees as needed.
  • Provide teaching to Veterinary students and Harcum students.
  • Perform any additional duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience managing staff, with 10 years preferred.
  • Experience working in a Large Animal Hospital is preferred.
  • Ability to work with the HR department in staff management, including hiring, termination, and disciplinary actions.
  • Exceptional leadership skills are required.
  • Great communication skills are necessary.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills are a must.

If you are ready to take on this exciting role, apply now and take the next step in your animal health career!

Job Location - City, State: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Department / School: School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range: $61,046.00 - $103,900.00 Annual Rate

Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.​

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