Instructional Associate - Chemistry/Biological Sciences

Fountain Valley, California
$47,484.00 - $57,780.00 Annually
Jul 14, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Coastline Community College


Instructional Associate - Chemistry/Biological Sciences

Job#  C-010-18

Salary:  $47,484.00 - $57,780.00 Annually

Deadline:  7/27/17


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***Please note: This is NOT a faculty position.***


Under general supervision of the Dean of Instruction, Arts, Mathematics, Sciences and Special Programs; provides instructional assistance and support tasks to students in the Chemistry and Biological Sciences classes in accordance with assignments and directions from a course instructor or other academic personnel;  provides technical assistance to students, faculty, and staff in the use of technology in instructional programs;  monitors and reports student progress; maintains Chemistry and Biological Sciences lab operations;  provides instructional support for the students enrolled in Chemistry and Biological Sciences classes/labs requiring technical competence in basic math, general biology, chemistry, use of instructional equipment and software, and basic academic skills.


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:  Positions assigned to the class of Instructional Associate perform duties to assist and support a classroom instructor or other academic personnel, in a tutorial program, classroom, lab, or office setting. Classification in the instructional associate area requires individual emphasis, based on the instructional assignment.  Each specialized emphasis (i.e.: Instructional Associate/ Arts) constitutes a separate classification.

Specific tasks may vary depending upon the subject area and discipline to which assigned.  Work is performed within a framework of established procedures which may not require the physical presence of the instructor or other academic personnel. 

Positions in this class may exist in any of the instructional departments or divisions.  Incumbents in the class of Instructional Associate are expected to have completed a minimum of two years of college with a major in the subject area to which their position is assigned.  Recruitment to fill a position in this class should include the instructional area of assignment, such as "Instructional Associate (Art)" or "Instructional Associate (Mathematics)".


EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Assist instructional staff with the instruction, demonstration, and presentation of course assignments and materials for groups of students in the Biological Science and Chemistry courses.

• Assist in the preparation of instructional activities.

• Assist students with assignments, course content, and study skills; evaluate student work and coordinate appropriate tutorial sessions and supplemental instruction as needed.

• Assist in the coordination, operation, and maintenance of the science laboratory set up, including preparation of solutions, dispensing chemicals, preparing specimens, setting up equipment, and disposing of chemicals and specimens.

• Set up and maintain specialized instruments and equipment and present information in a logical, accurate and interesting manner to students.

• Orient students and new faculty on the procedures used and technology available to facilitate learning.

• Monitor and record student progress and attendance; prepare and maintain related records and reports; evaluate student needs; confer with instructors regarding student progress.

• Recommend appropriate instructional materials and technology to be used by students; maintain and test instructional materials and technology to ensure instructional methods and course content are current, accurate, and relevant in accordance with instructor's curriculum guidelines.

• Demonstrate or describe the proper operation of equipment, instruments and supplies used in lab work.

• Respond to student questions and provide information regarding subject matter.

• Research and troubleshoot technical problems when students, staff, and faculty have difficulty with the instructional equipment, course management systems, or log-on procedures.

• Assist in recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising student assistants.

• Assist instructors in preparation of manuals, handouts, and training/teaching materials.

• Demonstrate and enforce proper health and safety procedures and regulations in the laboratories and ensure that students are aware of such regulations.

• Perform general clerical functions critical to the maintenance and efficiency of the laboratories.

• Participate in development of the budget and monitor expenditures.

• Make minor repairs and adjustments to laboratory equipment, such as microscopes; and arrange for necessary repairs of other equipment.

• Oversee scheduling and training of students and maintain hourly employee records.

• Maintain accurate records.

• Consult with vendors regarding supplies, materials and equipment as needed.

• Monitor inventory and order materials and equipment needed to maintain office, lab, and/or classroom.

• Participate in department meetings with instructional staff to exchange information, provide periodic reports and remain current in instructional support techniques and procedures.

• Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.



Knowledge of:

• Basic mathematics, chemistry and general biology at the community college level.

• Supplies and equipment of a life science and chemistry laboratories and record keeping consistent with inventory control.

• Proper laboratory techniques for preparation and storage of solutions.

• Appropriate safety precautions and procedures as directed by District Health and Safety Officers. 

• Instructional and tutorial methods and techniques.

• Student guidance principles and practices.

• Community college curriculum and educational requirements.

• Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

• Oral and written communication skills and correct English usage, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary.

• Computer assisted instruction, word processing software, and network applications.

• Principles and procedures of record keeping.

• Tools, techniques, equipment, basic study skills, and applicable technology used in the Biological Sciences/Chemistry laboratory.

• Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and consideration.


Ability to:

Properly set up, operate, and demonstrate the correct operation/handling of materials and equipment used in biology and chemistry laboratories.

• Work safely with biological sciences and chemistry chemicals, specimens, and related equipment.

• Perform basic math, chemistry calculations, and college level work in assigned academic field.

• Maintain chemicals and dispose of waste according to procedures specified by District Health and Safety.

• Supervise the work of student assistants and maintain hourly employee records.

• Maintain an inventory on a computer in compliance with the Office of Health and Safety.

• Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

• Provide effective instruction and assistance to students enrolled in the biology and chemistry classes.

• Assess student achievement and encourage student participation.

• Troubleshoot and maintain instructional materials and technology.

• Respond to questions and assist students as needed.

• Maintain accurate records.

• Work independently in the absence of supervision.

• Plan, organize, and schedule a variety of work and activities.

• Oversee the work of others.

• Recommend appropriate instructional materials and resources.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Perform basic clerical duties and work with statistical data.

• Travel between the learning centers and college center in a timely fashion.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including individuals from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic and disability backgrounds. 


Education and Experience:

Completion of two years of college with major course work in chemistry or biology or the equivalent (must include organic chemistry and general biology classes).

• Two years of experience in an instructional/laboratory setting in a similar position.

• Or, any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities.


Desirable Qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in science, chemical engineering or related field.



Some positions in this classification may require a valid California driver's license.  


Conditions of Employment

***Please note: This is NOT a faculty position.***


This is a regular, full-time, 12-month per year position. The normal hours of work will be 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, with some flexibility to meet the needs of the department and our students. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor. Incumbent's schedule will involve working at three different college sites. Incumbent will handle biological and chemical hazardous materials. 


Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX.  (Reference: BP/AP 5910)

The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individual's interested in advancing the District's strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.


PAY PHILOSOPHY: Starting salaries for support staff positions begin at Step-1 of the salary range. All movement on the salary schedule will occur July 1 of each year for all classified employees.


Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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