Laboratory Technician (Chemistry)

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Laboratory Technician (Chemistry)

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 2014655S
Department: Mathematics & Science CSM (DEPT)
Location: College of San Mateo
Position Number: 4C0371
Percentage of Full Time: 100%
FLSA: Non-Exempt (accrues overtime)
Months per Year: 12
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Salary Range:
Min Salary: $61,344 (annual)
Max Salary: $78,396 (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 College 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:
Reporting to the Dean of Math and Science, this position involves technical work related to organizing, coordinating, and maintaining the division's chemical hygiene plan and supporting laboratory courses in chemistry, which includes chemical inventories and storage. Experience with chemical hygiene safety and control measures is highly desirable. Training as required will be provided. In addition, under general supervision, the employee uses subject-matter knowledge to set up laboratory experiments, prepare, and organize solutions and laboratory materials as needed. The Laboratory Technician demonstrates safe use of chemicals, supplies, and equipment, including the 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 high degree of independent judgment is required to apply safety and other policies and procedures to the storage, set-up, handling, and disposal of chemicals, flammable liquids, laboratory equipment, and other supplies, and to resolve problems that arise.

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. Directs and participates in preparing experiments, demonstrations, and presentations for students; delivers and sets up materials, equipment and supplies for laboratory classes; prepares standardized solutions; validates chemicals and equipment as safe and suitable for student use.

2. Maintains laboratory environment in a safe, clean, and orderly condition in compliance with safety procedures and state and federal regulations; researches and implements a variety of current laboratory occupational safety procedures and regulatory policies.

3. Inventories equipment, supplies, and required laboratory materials to maintain adequate quantities of stock; sets up and maintains online and manual files of laboratory equipment, supply and material purchases, equipment maintenance and usage, storage, and disposal. Collaborates with faculty to ensure faculty materials needs are met.

4. Working with faculty, division dean and District personnel develops and maintains chemical safety, waste management, hygiene protocol and practices. This work is mostly related to proper labeling, safe handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals purchased and/or generated within the division. Maintains, organizes, and coordinates chemical hygiene plan for the Math/Science Division.

5. Exchanges information with faculty, students, staff, vendors, other educational institutions and subject-matter resources concerning laboratory operations, inventory, safety issues, equipment, and supplies; confers with, and provides support to faculty regarding development and modification of curriculum and laboratory teaching materials, laboratory and classroom set-ups, student safety, planned experiments and other laboratory activities; attends meetings, professional development, and other events to obtain current subject-matter information and resources.

6. Recommends the purchase of new equipment as needed; researches vendors, pricing, delivery timelines, and selects vendors as appropriate; orders new equipment, supplies, and materials as needed.

7. Liaises with vendors and the District Office to ensure smooth delivery, installation, and operation of purchased equipment. Tracks and maintains records of warranties and equipment repair history. Performs routine maintenance and minor repairs on laboratory and demonstration equipment; contacts vendors for major repairs.

8. Uses a variety of computer software to track laboratory expenditures, usage schedules and logs, laboratory resources, vendor lists, and other data; compiles data for, and prepares special and regular reports as assigned.

9. Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• A combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biology• Successful training and work experience in laboratory operations and implementation of state-of-the-art equipment, supplies, and materials (chemistry laboratory experience preferred)• Demonstrated knowledge of applicable regulatory and other safety policies and procedures• 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• Experience with the organization and maintenance of electronic and manual files, inventories, and records• Demonstrated skill in administrative protocols such as purchase orders, accounts management, and record keeping• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff

Physical Requirements:
This classification requires standing for extended periods of time, bending, stooping, pulling, pushing, reaching overhead, moving objects of moderate weight, kneeling; exposure to chemicals, fumes, dust, and odors; 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 and supplies, chemical hygiene safety and control measures, preparation of laboratory experiments in a teaching environment.

2. Highly organized and has ability to work and plan independently. Communicates clearly and concisely in a timely manner.

3. Knowledge of state regulations regarding hazardous waste labeling, management, and disposal.

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

5. Demonstrated skill in oral communication, including giving clear and concise instructions.

6. Demonstrated skill in organizing, sorting, categorizing, and accurately retrieving a variety of materials, supplies, and equipment.

7. Demonstrated skill in directing the work of others and in working as part of a team.

8. Demonstrated skill in working accurately and safely under deadline pressure.

9. Demonstrated skill in scheduling, coordinating, and performing specialized and technical duties to assure efficient laboratory operations.

10. Skill in following detailed oral and written instructions.

Preferred Qualifications:

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 08/29/2018
First Review Date: 10/03/2018
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:
Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit: 1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position). 2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience. 3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, 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. For questions related to this posting, please contact: SMCCCD Office of Human Resources 3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402 Tel.: (650) 574-6555 Fax:(650) 574-6574 Web Page:

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 is now available. The Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. You can 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: 9/13/2018
Application Due: 11/5/2018
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