Instructional Laboratory Coordinator, Horticulture Unit

Pleasant Hill, CA
Jun 02, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Position Definition

To supervise an instructional laboratory; to organize, schedule and assist in evaluating a variety of laboratory activities; to provide tutoring services to students in the discipline assigned; to assist instructors with laboratory teaching exercises; to provide a wide range of technical, clerical, and other assistance to students, faculty, and tutors; and to perform related duties as required.

Position Title
Instructional Laboratory Coordinator, Horticulture Unit

Diablo Valley College

Posting Number

$3,943 - $4,803 per month

Distinguishing Characteristics

Incumbents in this class perform a variety of technical and tutorial assistance in an instructional laboratory and provide general instructional assistance in a specified instructional area. Specific tasks may vary according to the subject area and discipline to which assigned. Work is performed within a framework which may or may not require the physical presence of an instructor.

Examples of Duties/Essential Functions

Essential duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: coordinate and supervise the laboratory activities. Supervise and tutor students in the use of laboratory facilities and in the areas in which the students need assistance; provide students, faculty, and tutors with assistance and training in the operation of computers and other laboratory equipment. Identify student needs and determine remediation plans for students with weaknesses in the assigned subject area. Advise students on study methods and learning strategies. Assist students on study methods and learning strategies. Assist in developing and monitoring the budget for the laboratory; develop and maintain record keeping systems and statistical reports as assigned. Select, train, supervise, and evaluate student assistants and/or tutors; review, approve and submit student time cards. Assist in the administration of laboratory assignments, exercises, and tests under the direction of an instructor or other certificated staff member. Meet with faculty to become familiar with their lesson plans and expectations for student competencies. Monitor computer software and hardware to ensure all are in proper working order, perform minor maintenance when necessary; report and document equipment problems or failures. Maintain a reference library and files of resource material for faculty and student use. May create and maintain student and faculty computer files; ensure that only authorized persons are using computer and other laboratory equipment. Assist in the design, development and implementation of forms, software, and other methods to monitor and improve the effectiveness of the laboratory; assist in the preparation of instructional aides used by students and faculty in the laboratory. Assist with the orientation of part-time faculty.

Minimum Qualification-Education/Experience
Any combination of experience and training that likely would provide the required knowledge and skill is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skill would be: education: equivalent to a Bachelor's degree with course work related to the assigned discipline. Experience: work experience in the operation and maintenance of a laboratory in the assigned discipline. Work experience as a tutor in the assigned discipline at the level taught at the college. Experience as an Instructional Assistant in the assigned discipline at a community college with a comparable program to that in the District.

Minimum Qualification-Knowledge Of
Laboratory equipment, materials, supplies and procedures as used in the subject area laboratory. Principles, practices, and applications of the assigned subject material at the level of the courses taught in the District. Principles and operations of the computer equipment and software used in the laboratory.

Minimum Qualification-Ability To
Select, train, supervise, and evaluate student assistants and/or tutors. Perform a variety of instructional assistance, tutoring, and related support function with the academic subject area assigned. Assist students in understanding the basic fundamentals of the subject area assigned. Operate, set up, troubleshoot, and demonstrate the use of computer and other equipment in the laboratory. Analyze laboratory procedures and make constructive suggestions for improvement. Develop and maintain record keeping systems for the laboratory. Communicate effectively and tactfully, both orally and in writing. Organize, coordinate, supervise and schedule a variety of laboratory activities. Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Desirable Qualifications
•Maintenance of growing grounds and facilities, and familiarity with all tools, equipment & instruments used in Horticulture and the skills and ability to maintain them in good condition, repair and/or arrange for service, as needed.
•Skilled in plant propagation methods, plant watering and feeding, Integrated Pest Management practices, and monitoring greenhouse and field operations with experience in a retail or wholesale nursery setting caring for plants and plant sales.
•Trained in organic plant production practices, soil sterilization, composting, pruning, weeding, drainage and other sustainable growing practices and/or demonstrated mechanical skills to ensure greenhouse heaters, fans and misters are well maintained and operable.

Special Instructions to Applicants
The department is hiring two positions. Each position will have different concentrations as far as job role and responsibility. One position will be overseeing the Horticulture unit's operations, be responsible for ordering and budget, work with faculty and students to assure lab equipment and supplies ready for classroom use. The other position will maintain equipment and hardware, maintenance of the unit infrastructure (non M&O functions).

If you do not possess the required bachelor's degree in Horticulture, please upload an equivalency form in the attachment section of the online application.

Note: New employees will be placed at the first step which is $3,943 per month. Based on current salary placement guidelines, all step increases for which an employee becomes eligible shall take place on July 1st of each fiscal year. These increases will occur, on an annual basis, until the maximum step of $4,803 per month is reached on the salary schedule.

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled

The Contra Costa Community College District does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, or sexual orientation. This prohibition against unlawful discrimination extends to any person who is perceived to have any of the above characteristics or who is associated with someone who has, or who is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.


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