Laboratory Technician (Biology Department) (Part-time)

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Laboratory Technician (Biology Department) (Part-time)

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 2014577S
Department: Mathematics & Science CSM (DEPT)
Location: College of San Mateo
Position Number: 4C0399
Percentage of Full Time: 48%
FLSA: Non-Exempt (accrues overtime)
Months per Year: 12
If other, please specify:
Salary Range:
Min Salary: $28,264.32 (part-time annual)
Max Salary: $36,120.96 (part-time annual)
Position Type: Classified Positions

Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:
College of San Mateo, which was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2014, is part of the San Mateo County Community College District, which currently enrolls approximately 23,000 students, the majority of whom are from minoritized populations. Of the students at College of San Mateo, 3.0% are African-American, 0.1% are American Indian, 19.8% are Asian, 6.8% are Filipino, 19.9% are Latinx, 2.2% are Pacific Islander, 28.1% are White, 17.6% are Multi-Ethnic, and 2.5% are unknown.

Who We Want:
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:
The Biology Laboratory Technician performs technical work involved with organizing, coordinating, and maintaining supplies, equipment, and instructional support services for a college laboratory. Under general supervision, the employee uses subject matter knowledge to set up laboratory experiments, prepare and organize solutions and laboratory materials as needed and demonstrates the safe use of chemicals, supplies and equipment, including storage and disposal of a variety of supplies, and assists faculty in maintaining laboratory operations. Public contact is extensive, primarily involving faculty and students for the purpose of providing safety and procedural information concerning laboratory operations and supplies. A moderate to high degree of independent judgment and creativity are required to apply safety and other policies and procedures related to laboratory equipment and other supplies and to resolve frequent minor and occasional major problems that arise. Consequences of errors in judgment could be costly in student and employee safety, time, and money; however, clearly prescribed procedures and other controls limit the risk of serious errors. A Laboratory Technician can direct the work of student assistants as assigned.

The work schedule for this position during the academic year is: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 2:30-8:30 pm.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Exchanges information with staff, faculty, and students concerning laboratory operations, inventory, safety issues, equipment, and supplies

2. Provides support to evening faculty regarding laboratory and classroom set-ups, student safety, and planned experiments

3. Participates in preparing experiment and demonstration materials

4. Delivers and sets up materials, equipment, and supplies for evening laboratory classes, for student use

5. Ensures laboratory environment is in a safe, clean, orderly condition as well as in compliance with safety procedures and state and federal regulations

6. Implements a variety of current laboratory occupational safety procedures and regulatory policies, in conjunction with faculty

7. Prepares media and cultures for microbiology, using aseptic techniques

8. Prepares reagents for various labs

9. Contact with human cadavers, for purposes of prosection

10. Inventories equipment, supplies, and required laboratory materials to maintain adequate quantities of stock

11. Maintains online and manual files of laboratory equipment maintenance and usage, storage, and disposal

12. Performs routine maintenance and minor repairs on laboratory and demonstration equipment

13. Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
• A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in biology• Successful training and work experience in laboratory operations that has included research and implementation of state-of-the-art equipment, supplies, and materials• Demonstrated knowledge of applicable regulatory and other safety policies and procedures• Demonstrated skill in respectful and sensitive communication with people who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds• Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication, including public speaking• Skill in the use of a variety of computer software to track, format, and report on a variety of data and to compose and prepare spreadsheets, reports, presentations, databases, and other written materials• Experience with the organization and maintenance of electronic and manual files, inventories, and records

Physical Requirements:
This classification requires manual dexterity; bending, stooping, pulling, pushing, reaching overhead, moving objects of light to moderate weight up to 30 pounds; handling live animals; exposure to chemicals, fur, dust, odors and fumes in order to perform the essential functions.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of technical laboratory operational procedures, protocols, equipment, materials, supplies, and preparation of biology laboratory experiments in a teaching environment

2. Knowledge of required laboratory policies, procedures, and regulations related to subject-specific occupational safety, cleanliness, and sanitation

3. Knowledge of human anatomy

4. Experience with dissection

5. Skill in use of the Microsoft Office Suite and a variety of other computer software to track, format, and report detailed data

6. Skill in respectful, tactful and sensitive interaction with people who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

7. Skill in organizing, sorting, categorizing, and accurately retrieving a variety of materials, supplies, and equipment

8. Skill in oral communication, including public speaking and in giving clear and concise instructions

9. Skill in written communication

10. Skill in training and leading the work of others

11. Skill in organizing data, setting up, tracking, and maintaining data in electronic and manual files

12. Skill in working accurately and safely under deadline pressure

13. Skill in scheduling, coordinating, and performing specialized and technical duties to assure efficient lab operations

14. Ability to coordinate, anticipate, and resolve workload issues and problems

15. Ability to follow detailed oral and written instructions

16. Ability to work effectively as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. Optional tax-deferred flexible benefit 403(b) and 457 plans are available. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California.

Open Date: 03/30/2018
First Review Date: 07/18/2018
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:
Required application materials, including the cover letter, will be screened on the basis of Requirements and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed in this announcement. Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

Conditions of Employment:
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:
The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.

Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2017 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2017 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2017 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2017 Annual Security Report is now available at You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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Posted: 4/2/2018
Application Due: 7/23/2018
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