Instructional Support Assistant - Temporary (Non-Exempt), Recruitment 3162

Carson, California
The salary range for this classification is: $2,755 - $4,562 monthly
Oct 05, 2017
Recruitment #3162
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Information

This is a full-time (temporary) position. 

** Successful candidates in these temporary appointments may be appointed from a few days up to one year depending on the assignment.  Temporary appointments must end on or before the end of the fiscal year (June 30th of the following year), with the possibility of renewal.  

Salary Range and Max Salary  

The application deadline is: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The salary range for this classification is: $2,755 - $4,562 monthly   Conditions of Employment   Possession of a valid Driver's License is required.  Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.

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 CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Due to the nature of this position, the successful candidate is required to complete a background check prior to assuming this position.  

Campus Marketing Statement  

California State University, Dominguez Hills, was established in 1960 and is one of the 23 campuses that comprise The California State University system.  CSU Dominguez Hills is an urban, comprehensive public university that serves a culturally rich, diverse student body of over 12,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Located on a 346-acre site in the South Bay portion of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, CSU Dominguez Hills has a highly pluralistic student body, which includes a significant number of non-traditional, working adult students as well as approximately 2,000 students enrolled in distance learning programs statewide.  The University, with its five Academic Colleges, has more than 300 full-time faculty members and is situated in an area characterized by an extraordinary heterogeneity of people, and an extensive array of high technology industries and professional services.  

Department Marketing Statement  

Department: Biology - College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

The Biology Department is an academic unit within the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences.  The fundamental mission of the Biology Department is to provide an intensive, progressive, and balanced learning experience in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, and environmental biology to serve a student population that is highly diverse, both in educational and ethnic background, and in academic and career goals. To accomplish this mission, the department offers three baccalaureate programs, an M.S program, and two Minor programs. Recognizing the crucial role of research in science education, the Biology Department is committed to offering research opportunities to all interested and qualified students. The department also offers courses that satisfy General Education Section B2B, and service courses for majors in Clinical Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Studies, Physical Education, and Human Services.  

Major Duties  

Under general supervision, this position is responsible for support services for a variety of kind of courses in an instructional program by providing materials, supplies, equipment and related logistical support to lecture, laboratory, research or other activities; prepares materials, supplies and equipment using special methods and procedures related to the discipline to which assigned. Responsibility for providing support at the time and place appropriate to faculty and student needs. The support provided is for a variety of kinds of courses with differing needs and frequently for the full discipline; plans and schedules; use of judgment and skill in logistics related to meeting a variety of needs simultaneously; material preparation requiring learning methods and techniques related to course work; knowledge of equipment operation, ability to perform simple repair and/or identify malfunctions requiring technical repair.  Plans the layout of support; develops work schedule; prepares a variety of materials and equipment using specialized methods,  techniques requiring skills to learn the techniques and the application of judgment to evaluate the suitability of the materials; maintains records; prepares requisitions for purchases; unpacks and checks materials; maintain stock, stock room, and records of stock; takes periodic inventory; maintains catalogs of equipment and supplies; sets up various sites for student use; performs minor construction, repair, and maintenance; operates and maintains equipment.  Responsibilities include Biology laboratory set-ups for Biology 103L, 121L and 123L, which will include ordering, picking up, and collecting materials, including living specimens, organization and preparation of experimental materials, assisting and advising faculty and students on the correct conduct of laboratory experimental protocols, and clean-up after the conclusion of experiments.  In addition, the position will assist in the set-up of other Biology laboratories as required. The general responsibilities also include care of plants for use in instructional laboratories and general upkeep of the greenhouse and garden, and the care of animals for use in instructional laboratories and general upkeep of the vivarium.  


Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred  Education: A Bachelor's degree in Biology or related life science.

Required Experience: Equivalent to two years of experience performing a variety of support services for an instructional program and involving such activities as preparing, producing, dispensing or storing materials, supplies,  and equipment
Equivalent to one year of experience in ordering, purchasing, accounting or in office work related to technical materials, supplies, or equipment or in an office which provided similar services to a technical function or unit may be substituted for six months of the experience.
Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline in the specialty area to which
Preferred Experience: Experience in a University Biology Education Deportment or Program

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of procedures and practices relating to providing support services.
- Knowledge of procedures and practices related to ordering, issue, and inventory.
- Knowledge of routine laboratory procedures including microscopy, dissection, preparation of chemical solutions, and general bacteriology.
- Ability to plan ahead for needed supplies and material with general supervision, and to anticipate difficulties.
- Ability to communicate with supervisors, faculty, and students.
- Ability to learn quickly the names, uses and care of common types of materials, supplies, and equipment used in the instructional programs to which assigned.
- Ability to learn to operate equipment and to make adjustments.
- Ability to maintain records and project needs
- Ability to correct and perform simple arithmetic calculations.
- Ability to read and write at a level suitable for performance on the job
- Experience in plant propagation and greenhouse maintenance, and basic animal care.
- Familiarity with laboratory set-up procedures.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

- Experience as a Teaching Assistant in Biology laboratory courses
- Experience in placing orders.
- Familiarity with the lower division courses taught by the Biology Department
- Operation of routine laboratory equipment including microscope, pH meter, preparative centrifuge, balance.
- Material preparation for laboratory science.
- Use of microcomputer and other media in the preparation of visual display material.
- Effective communication with faculty and students.

Certifications: Valid Drivers License

Specialized Materials: Microscope, preparative centrifuge, pH meter, spectrophotometer, dissection tools, bacteriological growth media and incubators, analytical and preparative balance, microcomputer.  


85% - Laboratory set-up and maintenance:
Set up, and take down, and laboratory experiments for Biology 103L, 121L, and 122L. Organize and maintain experimental materials and equipment.  Some specific duties include:
- ordering and collecting materials, including live specimens for the labs;
- maintaining and organizing preserved specimens, microscope slides, and other material;
- shopping off-campus for special materials;
- picking up items on will-call or items needed immediately;
- stocking laboratories with needed items such as paper towels, soap, disinfectants etc.;
- laboratory and prep-room maintenance and clean-up;
- repair of laboratory equipment such as bulb-replacement for microscopes

Assist in the set-up for Biology 310, 312, and 314 as necessary.  Specific duties include:
- propagating plants, preparing plant material and assisting the instructor for Biology 310;
- maintaining and organizing preserved specimens, microscope slides, and other material;
- picking up items on will-call or items needed immediately, including live specimens.

5% - Assist in the Greenhouse and garden maintenance.  Specific duties include:
- maintaining, repair, and cleaning of greenhouse air filtration, cooling, humidifying, and misting systems;
- whitewashing greenhouse glass as needed, and replacing broken glass;
- propagating, and maintaining, including watering, feeding, and weeding, all instructionally used plants in the greenhouse and experimental gardens;
- supplying all plants and plant materials needed for instructional laboratories.

5% - Assist in the Vivarium and animal maintenance:   
Supply animals when required by instructional laboratories.  Duties include:
- shopping off-campus for animals or picking up will-call animals as needed;
- feeding, cleaning, watering, transporting, and restraining animals for classroom use;
- demonstrating proper handling of animals as needed.

Animal care, if animals are present in the vivarium.  Duties include:
- cleaning and routine maintenance in the vivarium;
- feeding, cleaning, watering, transporting, and restraining animals;
maintaining feeding, breeding, medical, and behavioral records for all animals, and reporting any abnormalities to the veterinarian;
- consulting with the veterinarian, and following directions, administering medicines, quarantining, sacrificing, and disposing of affected animals;
- ordering all materials for animal maintenance.

5% - Performs other duties as assigned by Administrators and/or Supervisors.  

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Step 6: Click 'Submit'   Closing Statement   California State University, Dominguez Hills, is an equal employment opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. The University actively encourages applications of all qualified individuals.

California State University Dominguez Hills is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.   For more information or definition of these terms please visit,

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources Office at (310) 243-3771 or the Academic Affairs Personnel Services Office at (310) 243-3766.

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Upon appointment all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free.  Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property.  Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9

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