Jun 02, 2017
Institution Type
Community College


MiraCosta College

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Discipline or Department: Chemistry

Position Type: Staff/Classified

Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary: Starting $32.00 per hour

Working Hours: One regular, part-time, classified staff (non-teaching) position, 18 hours per week, 11 months per year spread over 12 months, on the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses. This is an "extended day" position, subject to possible fluctuations in daily working hours, and may be exempt from compensation for overtime in excess of 8 hours in one day. Hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a week period shall be compensated on an overtime basis. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply and submit application materials through MiraCosta College's online application system at Once you are in the system, we strongly advise you to read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and the information on "How to Apply" before starting the application process.

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following items directly in the online application system, finish applying, and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date:

1. Application for Classified Employment. All experience relevant to this position must be listed on the application form.

2. A cover letter addressed to the "Screening and Interview Committee" describing how you meet the desirable qualifications (2 page limit).

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and experience.

4. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications as stated above. Unofficial or legible photocopies are acceptable. If a degree(s) was earned, the transcripts must state that the degree was awarded. Any degree/coursework used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.

If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. To view a list of agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, go to Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

NOTE: Do not submit any additional documents as they will be removed.

NOTE: When you "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING," you will eventually be asked to answer the additional question(s) listed below. Your answers will appear toward the bottom of the application form.

- MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. Describe your own commitment to diversity and how you will meet the minimum qualifications of "sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic background of community college students."

- Do you have experience tutoring high school and/or college chemistry students? Yes or No.

- Is your chemistry tutoring experience mainly working one- on- one with individual students or tutoring in a group setting? If you have experience in BOTH settings, please provide an approximate percentage of time spent in each setting (i.e. 90 % one- on- one, 10% Group setting).

- Please list the different COLLEGE chemistry courses tutored, the approximate summed time (hours) spent tutoring each course, and the type of tutoring session (individual or group).

- Please list the different HIGH SCHOOL chemistry courses tutored, the approximate summed time (hours) spent tutoring each course, and the type of tutoring session (individual or group).

- Briefly describe the extent of your experience with (a) through (i) below: a) working with and training a diverse group of people b) having multiple supervisors and working within a large department c) tutoring many students at once d) assessing your effectiveness in tutoring chemistry students e) working with web-based learning applications f) developing a website g) working with at-risk, under-prepared students h) teaching others how to be a successful tutor i) inspiring student success in the sciences.

- Do you have a tutoring certificate? If yes, please list the title of the certificate. If no, please type "N/A". The screening and interview committee will review application materials three to four weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.

Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon the following: successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; submission of a current tuberculosis test clearance; proof of eligibility to work in the United States; fingerprint clearance; and Board of Trustees approval.

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation with the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources office at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the application deadline.

Retired STRS members are not eligible for this position.

Basic Function and Other Details:
Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, assist within an instructional program by performing complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex vocational or academic subject area; exercise judgment and initiative in coordinating labs and other instructional facilities and materials of the assigned area of learning.

Representative Duties:
(E = essential job function)

Instructional Duties
1. Support the instructional activities of the chemistry department, such as tutoring, supplemental instruction, review sessions, workshops, and outreach. (E)
2. Tutor students in individual and group settings for all chemistry courses taught at MiraCosta College. (E)
3. Prepare, develop and organize learning activities and workshops to support on-ground and online chemistry classes. (E)
4. Increase student success through positive student engagement in learning activities, workshops, problem solving, critical thinking and study skill development. (E)
5. Provide information on available resources to students. Encourage student participation in available resources. (E)
6. Assist in the grading of projects and tests from an answer key; monitor and meet program goals and expectations related to faculty, staff and students.

Technical Duties
7. Develop ongoing discipline-specific tutor training for continuing student tutors. (E)
8. Be able to set up computers with proper software and learning resources. (E)
9. Assist instructors, staff and students in the use of a variety of equipment, materials and supplies in an instructional setting, including computer hardware, software applications, online homework and resources. (E)
10. Be able to utilize the internet to identify, assess and organize appropriate chemistry learning materials for allied health, nursing, general education and science majors. (E)
11. Develop a program website for online learning resources, such as YouTube videos, webinars, chemistry content and online quizzes. (E)
12. Develop and present (in person and online) workshops that include topics such as science internships, chemistry degree programs, scholarships, scientific research, industry and college applications. (E)
13. Assist faculty in developing and implementing recruitment ("bridge") programs for prospective and continuing science students. (E)
14. Create specialized learning tools and instruments, as needed. (E)
15. Attend conferences, classes and workshops to maintain, update and increase knowledge and skills in chemistry, science education and student success. Administrative Duties
16. Attend Chemistry Department meetings; participate in departmental outreach and campus committees. (E)
17. Prepare, distribute and explain orientation materials for instructional personnel and students. (E)
18. Supervise student tutors and the tutoring facility, setting up and issuing equipment, materials and models, checking student work, checking in equipment and materials, disposing of consumables, and enforcing procedures and policies. (E)
19. Assist the department chair in developing departmental tutoring budget. (E)
20. Using campus PeopleSoft Financial system, coordinate (order, receive, catalog and store) purchases and other expenditures with other departmental instructional associates; monitor accounts and transfer funds as appropriate; maintain records, prepare related reports. (E)
21. Interview vendors to assess new equipment and supplies; make purchase recommendations to department.
22. Direct and participate in inventory of equipment and materials, assuring that adequate quantities are available for instructional use. (E)
23. Establish and monitor schedules for tutors and student workers; provide work direction; train and informally evaluate the work of tutors and student workers; sign tutors' and student workers' time records. (E)
24. Assist in the hiring of CHEM Drop-In Tutors. (E)
25. Maintain monthly records of Drop-In Tutoring program and share semester usage reports with the department. (E)
26. Work with faculty and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to gather and help analyze tutoring, workshop and other programmatic data to assess effectiveness.

Facility Duties/Maintenance
27. Maintain learning environment in a safe, clean and orderly condition. (E)
28. Maintain and assure security of all equipment, supplies, software and computers, including online learning resources. (E)
29. Keep models and small instruments in good working order and make minor repairs and adjustments to learning equipment. (E)
30. Update computer-based equipment inventories. (E)
31. Operate District vehicles as required.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Type of Benefits:
Vacation, sick leave, holiday pay, and enrollment in a retirement system.

Minimum Qualifications:
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

1. Education equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry (preferred), or in a closely related field such as Biology, Chemical Engineering, or Environmental Science, with successful completion of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry college coursework AND one year of related work experience; OR

2. Education equivalent to an Associate degree in Chemistry with successful completion of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry college coursework AND four years of related work experience

(IMPORTANT: for work experience, a "year" is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours.)

To view MiraCosta College's equivalency guidelines for classified positions go to d_Positions.pdf

Desirable Qualifications:
Please note: The cover letter must describe how you meet the following desirable qualifications. 1. Bachelor's degree in chemistry or biochemistry; 2. At least one year of experience tutoring chemistry, preferably in an instructional setting at the college level; 3. Ability to create a positive learning environment, where all college students have the opportunity to successfully learn science, despite academic preparedness; 4. Ability to nurture and actively engage students in the learning process through the use of effective and varied tutoring approaches; 5. Ability to lead student tutors and teach them to be more effective tutors; 6. Ability to actively contribute and increase student success within the department; 7. Experience working with PC computers for inventory systems and to create a program website which contains a variety of effective web-based learning activities to students; 8. Strong organizational skills in inventory and facility management, preparing a variety of learning activities to increase student success, maintaining student tutor lab schedules, providing informal evaluation of student tutors, preparing and implementing ongoing training for chemistry tutors; 9. Ability to assess program data and work with the department to increase program effectiveness; 10. Supplemental instruction, CRLA or other tutoring certification; 11. Ability to improve personal tutoring effectiveness through reflection and professional development; 12. Ability to perform minor repairs of small equipment and models; 13. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other job-related software; the ability to learn PeopleSoft financials system; 14. Ability to work and communicate effectively with instructors, staff, students and the community; 15. Ability to be patient, work well under pressure and deal with unexpected situations; 16. Experience and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an instructional associate.

Licenses and Other Requirements:

Closing Date: 6-22-2017

First Screening Date:

Human Resources Contact Information: or 760.795.6854

About MiraCosta College
The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 112 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley.

MiraCosta offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.

The district consists of three campus sites and a robust online education program. The Oceanside Campus, serving about 12,000 credit students, has been located since 1964 on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains. The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, on 48 acres below the bluffs overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve. The San Elijo Campus opened in September 1988, and now attracts about 3,000 credit students. The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 4,000 students in the college's noncredit classes including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes as well as some college credit classes.


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