Instructional Assistant, Math Department

Pleasant Hill, CA
Sep 11, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Position Definition

To perform a wide variety of responsible instructional assistance and support tasks in accordance with assignments and directions from a classroom instructor or other academic personnel.

Position Title
Instructional Assistant, Math Department

Diablo Valley College

Posting Number


Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a very broad classification in the instructional assistance area. Positions assigned to the class of Instructional Assistant are assigned one or more sets of related duties in the assistance and support of a classroom Instructor or other academic personnel. 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. Positions in this class may exist in any of the instructional departments or divisions except in biology, chemistry, or physical science areas where positions are normally allocated to an appropriate Science Laboratory Technician class. Incumbents in the class of Instructional Assistant 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 name of the department or division to which assignment is to be made in the position vacancy announcement. Examples would be headings such as "Instructional Assistant (Art)" or "Instructional Assistant (Math)" at the top of the announcement.

Examples of Duties/Essential Functions

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: assist in the conduct and administration of classroom and laboratory assignments, exercises, and tests under the direction of an instructor or other academic personnel. Monitor individual progress of students and discuss problems and improvements with instructor. Provide students with assistance and training in the operation of various laboratory and classroom equipment, materials, and machinery. Advise students on improved study methods; explain concepts, principles and terminology to students as needed. Prepare, operate, and maintain laboratory testing and instructional equipment and supplies; may operate word processors and/or microcomputers. Orient students and new faculty on the procedures used and equipment available within a learning laboratory facility. Assist in the administration and scoring of tests, examinations, and practicals. Develop and maintain records, logs, files, and statistical information as assigned. Make referrals to remedial or tutorial programs as necessary. Assist in the preparation of instructional materials and study aids to be used by students or faculty in classroom, laboratory and individual study situations; perform photocopying and duplication duties as necessary. Issue instructional materials and equipment to students; maintain inventory of supplies and equipment used; assist in procuring new or replacement materials as necessary. Maintain attendance and enrollment records of assigned class or laboratory. Assist with the development and monitoring of the budget. Suggest appropriate learning materials to be used by students, in accordance with instructor's approval; provide basic tutoring in subject area. May be required to plan, coordinate and schedule events, activities, shows, displays and related demonstrations. May select, train and supervise student assistants. Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualification-Education/Experience
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be: education: equivalent to completion of an associate degree in the subject area or discipline to which assigned. Experience: one year of work experience instructing, tutoring or assisting in the instruction or tutoring of adult students in the subject area or discipline to which assigned. License or Certificate: possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license.

Minimum Qualification-Knowledge Of
Principles, practices, and applications of subject matter or discipline to which assigned such as art, business, hotel and restaurant management, child development, math, reading and writing, and social and behavioral sciences. Principles, methods, and procedures of instructing and providing learning opportunities to students. Administration, scoring, and interpretation of exams and practicals in the subject matter area or discipline to which assigned. Modern office and laboratory equipment used in an educational setting. Methods and procedures used in standard record keeping and statistical compilation. Classroom and laboratory procedures and rules of conduct.

Minimum Qualification-Skill To
Perform a variety of instructional assistance and support functions within a specific subject matter area or discipline. Monitor student progress and identify problem areas and areas of relative learning progress. Learn to prepare, operate, maintain, and demonstrate classroom and laboratory equipment and materials. Prepare and maintain accurate and up-to-date records, files, and other documentation. Operate standard office equipment and perform clerical work of average difficulty. Communicate effectively and tactfully in both oral and written form. Understand and carry out both oral and written directions. Respond to questions and inquiries with tact and courtesy. Learn and impart classroom or laboratory procedures to students and new faculty. Calculate and score written and practical exams. Work with a significant degree of independence and judgment. Organize work and set priorities. Supervise and train student assistants as assigned. Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties, including the skill to work with disabled individuals.

Desirable Qualifications
Has successfully completed, and be able to tutor, multivariable calculus, linear algebra and differential equations.
• Has successfully completed, and be able to tutor, an introductory statistics course.
• Has experience tutoring students in basic skills mathematics.
• Has strong communication and organizational skills.
• Has the ability to multi-task and to work with a significant degree of independence and
• Has the ability to supervise student tutors as assigned.
• Has the ability to monitor student progress and identify problem areas and areas of
relative learning progress.
• Has the ability to prepare and maintain accurate and up-to-date records.
• Has the ability to understand and carry out both oral and written directions.
• Has the ability to respond to questions and inquiries with tact and courtesy.
• Demonstrates sensitivity to issues of equity and diversity.

Special Instructions to Applicants
The DVC Mathematics Department is seeking one (1) Instructional Assistant; the main focus will be participating in the daily operation of the DVC Math Lab including the supervision of tutors and being a liaison between the Math Lab and all instructors in a designated area of math courses.

Serve as a specialist and be a liaison between the Math Lab and all instructors in a designated area of math courses such as (i) basic skills, (ii) post-intermediate algebra (including statistics), or (iii) precalculus and above. Participate in the daily operation of the math lab, including opening or closing the lab. Provide on-site supervision to tutors and students. Work with math lab personnel, math instructors, tutors, and students to support the students in building math study skills, forming study groups, presenting focused review sessions of select topics, answering math homework questions, and connecting with tutoring and other student support services at DVC.

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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