Associate Director - Genetic & In Vitro Toxicology

at Charles River Laboratories in Skokie, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Associate Director – Genetic & In Vitro Toxicology

Req ID #: 217310


Skokie, IL, US, 60077

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


Manages assigned scientific staff and provides direction, oversight, guidance, and training related to scientific, regulatory, and client-facing aspects of the role. Works closely with other departments to ensure client timelines are communicated internally and deliverables are tracked and ensures proactive communication to clients related to study deliverables. Serves as study director, as necessary. Develops and maintains client relationships.


- Directs activities of assigned group to ensure effective performance.

- Monitors performance of direct reports. Provides regular coaching and counseling. Prepares and delivers salary and performance reviews.

- Identifies training/development needs of reports. Develops and oversees the implementation of scientific/client communication training programs and monitors training programs to ensure effectiveness.

- Provides scientific oversight of study design, preparation of protocols, interpretation and reporting of data.

- Guides the planning/execution of scientific research and critical development strategies.

- Contributes to problem resolution of scientific/technical study issues.

- Responsible for regulatory compliance/quality analysis of study data.

- Recommends/implements techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs, takes advantage of opportunities, and maintains state-of-the-art practices.

- Develops/maintains client/sponsor relationships including proactive departmental communication on study deliverables.

- Directs the development and communication of departmental SOPs, BOPs, policies and procedures. Partners with Human Resources to develop and approve departmental job descriptions; ensures communication of duties and responsibilities to employees.

- Interviews/selects qualified departmental personnel. Recommends, reviews and approves personnel actions, including hiring, promotions and raises. Partners with Human Resources in the handling of disciplinary issues.

- Serves as initial contact for new contracts and provides project outlines and pricing in collaboration with client services/account management.

- May recommend new capabilities, technologies, and techniques. Ensures all appropriate parties (e.g. client services, account management, field sales, company management) are aware of/involved in client/sponsor negotiations.

- Authorizes expenditures in accordance with budget. Approves budget and expenses of subordinates.

- Performs all other related duties as assigned.

The pay range for this position is $130k-$160k. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.

Job Qualifications


- Education: Master’s degree (M.S./M.A.) or equivalent required, Ph.D. and/or D.V.M. in scientific related discipline preferred.

- Experience: At least 7 – 10 years of experience in the contract research or pharmaceutical industry conducting scientific research. Experience with financial business planning and project management experience preferred.

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


- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear and work/type at a computer.

- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.


- General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

- While performing the duties of this job the employee may occasionally be required to wear protective clothing (goggles, face shield, surgical mask, cap, gloves, scrubs, boots), work near toxic or caustic chemicals, work with biohazards, and/or work with live animals with risk of exposure to allergens and/or zoonotic diseases. The employee may occasionally be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, unpleasant odors, and/or wet, humid and/or extreme temperature conditions.


- This position may require occasional travel.

About Safety Assessment

Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market. Each year approximately 300 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.

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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Job Posting: JC240021026

Posted On: May 11, 2023

Updated On: Jul 26, 2023

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