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 at $5,547.50 per month

Working Hours: Two regular full-time, classified staff (non-teaching) positions, 40 hours per week, 10 months per year. 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. May work day and/or evening hours with occasional weekends on an as-needed 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:
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 documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date:

1. Application for Classified Employment. All experience relevant to this position must be listed on the application form.
2. Cover letter addressed to the "Screening and Interview Committee" describing how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, representative duties, and knowledge and abilities as described in the job posting.
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." 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 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 2) submission of a current tuberculosis test clearance; 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; and 4) fingerprint clearance.

Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the closing date.

Retired STRS members are not eligible for these positions.

Basic Function and Other Details:
Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, assist the chemistry instructors by performing complex technical work and preparation for the chemistry teaching laboratories; exercise judgment and initiative in coordinating labs and other instructional facilities and materials of the assigned area of chemistry.

Representative Duties:
(E = essential job function)

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Support the instructional activities of the chemistry faculty within the Chemistry Department. ((E)

2. Prepare laboratory experiments and demonstrations supporting both inorganic and organic classes; set up and calibrate analytical instruments. Set up and supervise experiments, mixing and dispensing chemicals, issuing materials, setting up equipment, checking student work, disposing of chemicals and materials, checking in tools, equipment and materials and maintaining appropriate records. (E)

3. Conduct tests of experiments to determine expected results and possible problems.

4. Assist instructors, staff and students in the use of a variety of equipment, materials and supplies in an instructional laboratory setting, including microcomputer hardware and software applications; design, modify and enforce lab procedures and policies; calibrate scientific equipment, hand and power tools and large machinery as required. (E)

5. Provide assistance and guidance in the maintenance of required safety practices as mandated by OSHA and other regulatory agencies, including proper laboratory and stockroom safety procedures and proper collection, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes. (E)

6. Order, receive, catalog and store supplies, materials and equipment by managing the program's budget and assets through the campus PeopleSoft Financials system; direct and participate in inventory of lab equipment and materials, assuring that adequate quantities are available for instructional use; mark equipment with approved identification. Keep and update computer-based chemical and equipment inventories. (E)

7. Maintain equipment, including computer-based laboratory equipment and analytical instruments, in good working order. (E)

8. Establish and monitor lab schedules for tutors and student workers; provide work direction, train and informally evaluate the work of tutors and student workers; sign student workers' time records. (E)

9. Attend faculty meetings, participate on committees and attend conferences, classes and workshops to maintain, update and increase knowledge and skills in the chemistry field.

10. Provide information on available resources to students; encourage student participation and advise students regarding learning materials available. 11. Operate and instruct others in the use of a variety of technical or specialized equipment related to area of specialty including microcomputers and related computerized equipment. (E)

12. Prepare, distribute and explain orientation materials for instructional personnel and students. (E)

13. Monitor students in class work procedures; demonstrate safety and emergency procedures in class and workshop situations; assure security of lab materials, equipment, machinery, computers and software. (E)

14. Participate in the planning, design and construction of department instructional facilities. (E)

15. Develop or assist in developing department budgets; coordinate purchases and other expenditures; monitor accounts and transfer funds as appropriate; maintain records and prepare related reports. (E)

16. Maintain learning environment in a safe, clean and orderly condition; make minor repairs and adjustments to learning equipment; perform more complex or technical repairs and create specialized tools, instruments, equipment or facilities as needed. (E)

17. Provide technical assistance in the preparation of specifications for equipment and material purchases; interview vendors to assess new equipment and supplies and recommend selection as requested. (E)

18. Assist in developing recruitment programs for prospective and continuing students; assist in recruiting students for assigned programs. (E)

19. Operate District vehicles as required.

20. Perform related duties as assigned.

Type of Benefits:
A full benefit package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; other optional coverages; and membership in the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).

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 or a closely related scientific discipline AND one year of related work experience; OR

2. An Associate degree 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:
1. At least two years' experience working in a chemistry laboratory, preferably in an instructional setting. 2. Experience in the following: preparing experiments and prep sheets for chemistry lab course; chemical stockroom organization, upkeep and inventory; maintaining and operating instruments for chemical analysis, such as FTIR, NMR, UV-VIS spectrometers, liquid chromatography and gas chromatography. 3. Working with PC computers, especially computer-based control of instruments and inventory systems and Vernier LabPro. 4. Strong organizational skills in inventory management, budgeting, ordering chemicals and supplies, preparing experiments, maintaining lab schedules, etc. 5. OSHA HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) certification. 6. Ability to perform simple mechanical and/or electronic repairs. 7. Proficiency with MS Word, MS Excel, and other job-related software and ability to learn PeopleSoft Financials system. 8. Ability to work and communicate effectively with instructors and students. 9. Ability to work well under pressure and deal with unexpected situations. 10. 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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