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Instructional Associate - Chemistry

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Golden West College


Instructional Associate - Chemistry

Job# G-014-18

Salary: $47,978.00 - $64,684.00 Annually

Deadline:  11/22/17


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Under general supervision of the Dean, the Instructional Associate (Physical Science Dept.) provides instructional assistance and support tasks to instructors and students in Chemistry and other physical science (geology, physics, astronomy and physical science) 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; maintains lab operations; prepares chemical solutions, chemical reagents, unknown samples, and equipment for the teaching laboratories; arranges disposal of hazardous waste in accordance with health and safety regulations; provides instructional support for students enrolled in Chemistry classes/labs that require technical competence in basic math, chemistry, use of instructional equipment and software, and basic academic skills; orders and stocks chemicals, supplies and equipment; maintains and updates a chemical database and inventory; and maintains currency in applicable health and safety policies and regulations.


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 in the coordination, operation, set up, and maintenance of labs and classrooms for chemistry, geology, physics, astronomy and physical science; including preparation of solutions, dispensing chemicals, setting up equipment, and disposing of chemicals and waste.

Assist in the preparation of instructional manuals, handouts, and training/teaching materials.

Set up and maintain specialized instruments and equipment and provide appropriate, accurate, and detailed demonstrations on use and safety.

Exercise personal initiative to prioritize and schedule work to ensure that instructional materials are ready when needed and all duties are executed in a timely fashion.

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

Assist students with technical difficulties regarding assignments.

Issue equipment and supplies to students, and monitor their return at the end of laboratory periods.

Respond to student questions and provide information regarding laboratory practices.

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

Make recommendations for hiring and assist in scheduling, training, and overseeing hourly employees and student assistants and maintain employee records.

Keep records and documentation on equipment, instruments and supplies necessary for labs and determine where to obtain them when needed.

Demonstrate and enforce proper laboratory health and safety procedures and regulations.

Use and store chemicals and equipment in compliance with OSHA regulations.

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

Assist in the development of the equipment and supply budget; monitor expenditures; provide lists and reports on equipment and supply needs and costs as requested.

Maintain a chemical and equipment inventory; clean and stock glassware, equipment, chemicals, supplies and student instructional areas.

Perform routine maintenance and calibration to laboratory equipment, including electronic balances, pH meters, UV/VIS spectrophotometers, gas chromatographs, FT infrared spectrometers, Vernier instrumentation and NMR spectrometer; and arrange for necessary repairs of equipment.

Maintain accurate records.

Obtain information and quotations from vendors regarding supplies, materials and equipment as needed.

Use current technology to order materials and equipment needed to maintain offices, labs, and/or classrooms.

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

Work cooperatively with supervisor, faculty and staff during the course of work.

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.



Education and Experience:

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

Knowledge of: 

Basic math and chemistry at the community college level.

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

Knowledge of computer use and Microsoft Office.

Ability to:

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.

Protect the confidentiality of student educational records in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), California law and college policies.


Education and Experience:

A Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and/or course work in geology, physics or astronomy.

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

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

Knowledge of: 

Supplies and equipment of 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.

Experience working in Banner (Ellucian).

Principles and procedures of record keeping.

Tools, techniques, equipment, basic study skills, and applicable technology used in the science 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 chemistry and other physical science laboratories.

Work safely with 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.

Oversee the work of hourly employees and 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 instructional assistance to students enrolled in chemistry and other physical science classes.

Present and demonstrate instructional materials.

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.

Demonstrate and describe instructional materials and equipment.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Perform basic clerical duties and work with financial and statistical data.



Some positions in this classification may require a valid California driver's license and/or possession of a certificate of completion from an accredited college or agency relative to the assigned area.Continuing education, training or certification may be required.

Conditions of Employment

This is a regular, full time, 12-months per year position. The normal hours of work will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; some flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekend hours may be required to meet the needs of the department. The effective date of employment is to be arranged with the supervisor.


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. Individuals 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.


Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer




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Job No: G-014-18
Posted: 11/10/2017
Application Due: 11/22/2017
Work Type:
Salary: $47,978.00 - $64,684.00 Annually