Sciences Laboratory Manager, Biology

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Sciences Laboratory Manager, Biology

SALARY: $3,773.00 - $4,831.00 Monthly
OPENING DATE: 06/12/19
CLOSING DATE: Continuous

*** PRIORITY SCREENING DATE - July 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ***

Open until filled.
Applications submitted after the priority screening may be considered.

Job Summary
The Sciences Laboratory Manager position for the Biology Department in the Life Sciences Division will work closely with faculty to provide a rich learning experience for our students. This position will primarily support the microbiology lab and other classes such as biology, marine biology, environmental sciences, anatomy, and physiology. May include additional responsibilities throughout the Life Sciences Division.

Job Description
Under general direction, coordinate technical laboratories and lab equipment. Prepare technical laboratory demonstration, and study materials for assigned area. Receive limited supervision from faculty of assigned area within a broad framework of standard District policies and procedures. Perform varied support activities, and related work assignments as required.

Desirable Qualifications
Knowledge of aseptic technique, maintaining microbial cultures, preparing growth media and experience with techniques commonly used in cell and molecular biology is essential; administering, maintaining, upgrading, and trouble-shooting computer systems, printers, and technical laboratory equipment; excellent communication and organizational skills; maintain inventories, ensure lab safety, monitor budgets, and facilitate long term planning.

Essential Functions
Prepare and set up equipment for laboratory sessions and class demonstrations according to the instructions of the faculty; return equipment from laboratory sessions and class demonstrations in a timely fashion.

Acquire, control, safely store, operate, maintain, and, repair inventory of laboratory equipment, and materials. This may include hazardous materials.

Ensure appropriate storage, handling and disposal of hazardous materials and equipment; provide appropriate documentation as required by government agencies.

Keep records related to operation of the labs and stockroom, including hazardous waste storage and disposal records, MSDS information, Air/Water Pollution Control data and chemical usage.

Coordinate, train and supervise student employees; provide appropriate student safety training; maintain records of training.

Perform regular inspections of all laboratory equipment, storage areas, and safety equipment in stockrooms and labs.

Perform and/or arrange for maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment; design/construct special equipment or models as needed; perform complex fabrication, repair, and maintenance of instruments, machinery, electromechanical, and electronic devices and other lab equipment.

Maintain accurate inventory of equipment, supplies and materials (including chemicals and specimens.

Perform software and hardware computer tasks including but not limited to: set-up computers and peripherals, ready them for specific purposes, ready computer projectors and monitors for class use; check for viruses; research, order, and install software programs for assigned labs.

Perform complex software and hardware repair and maintenance of networked and freestanding computers, peripherals and data acquisition equipment.

Assist instructors with technology and computer use in the classroom.

Specify, order, set-up, and maintain servers with client computer, staff, and student accounts.

Coordinate the scheduling and use of facilities and equipment with other technicians and faculty.

Promote safe laboratory conditions and practices; follow all standard safety procedures during work; recognize/help rectify any potential safety problems by performing routine inspections of equipment and the laboratory environment . Report safety concerns to the Chemical Hygiene Officer.

Create/update observation field trip lists and instructions as required; organize field trip logistics; transport students, student aides, field observational or experimental equipment to field sites if necessary to the assignment.

Monitor laboratory plumbing, utilities, ventilation, and fume hoods; report problems promptly to Maintenance Supervisor.

Participate in division meetings and assist department faculty in writing Action Plans, Instructional Equipment Requests, and Program Review.

Develop and maintain laboratory budgets in coordination with faculty.

Serve as curator of department museum, if applicable; maintain bulletin boards and displays as instructed.
Education and Experience:
Any combinations of education, training, and experience which would indicate possession of the required knowledge and abilities listed herein. For example, Bachelor's degree in academic area of assignment or a closely related field, and two years of recent experience which provided specific demonstrable knowledge of and skills in the academic area assigned.

Knowledge of: the subject matter, terminology, properties, nomenclature, laboratory techniques, specialized instruments, equipment and materials to be used in the assigned area; response methodology to chemical spills and other laboratory accidents, and the current regulations and recommendations for the safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous chemicals as applicable to assigned area; basic needs and requirements of students in the area to which assigned; methodology for individualized instruction; computer applications including word processing and database management as required to fulfill the requirements of the job.

Ability to: work with little supervision; prioritize tasks and multitask; carry out oral and written instructions; use specialized instruments and equipment; perform experiments and demonstrations in assigned area; communicate satisfactorily in both oral and written form; demonstrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude toward student learning; use appropriate and correct English spelling, grammar, and punctuation; perform mathematical calculations with speed and accuracy; accurately and effectively use word processing and database management and other software programs as needed to fulfill the requirements of the job; learn and successfully use new software programs as required to fulfill the requirements of the job; establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties; demonstrate an understanding of, sensitivity to and appreciation for, the academic, ethnic, socio-economic, disability and gender diversity of students and staff attending or working on a community college campus.

Life Science: Ability to collect and maintain live and preserved specimens.

Moderate to heavy physical effort; frequent standing and walking; periodic handling of parcels or supplies up to 50 lbs. Work environment includes indoor/outdoor work with periodic exposure to environmental extremes; some exposure to hazardous chemicals; occasional climbing of ladders and overhead work.

Licenses and Certificates Required
Valid California Driver's license in appropriate class for vehicle(s) used.

Work Schedule
40 hours per week/ 11 months per year
Hours Vary Monday-Friday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

$3,773 (Step A) - $4,831 (Step F) + Great Benefits Package (no additional costs)

Monterey Peninsula College provides eligible employees with valuable benefits options, including medical, dental, vision, life/AD&D and long-term disability.

*All new permanent classified employees begin at Step A

How to Apply

Visit and select "classified and other positions." Here you will find the announcement and the "apply" button in the upper right hand corner. You will be asked to log-in or create a new user account.

Complete all required fields of the application AND:

  • Attach a cover letter which describes your interest in and qualifications for the position and a review of your background with respect to the desirable qualifications of this position
  • Attach a .pdf of your resume

    Conditions of Employment
    Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Monterey Peninsula College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit proof of freedom from tuberculosis and proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Employees must sign the Oath of Affirmation of Allegiance, and submit fingerprints for California Department of Justice clearance.
    The District is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of qualified applicants. The policy of the District is to encourage applications from all persons. No person shall be denied employment because of ethnicity or race, color, sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, medical conditions, status or protected veteran status.

    NOTE Smoking Policy: Smoking on campus is limited to designated smoking areas.

    About the College
    Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) is a fully accredited California public community college. With an open admissions policy, the college is known for the excellence of its academic programs and student support services. The college has been recognized as a top military friendly school.

    Monterey Peninsula College is located on the beautiful central coast of California, approximately 120 miles south of San Francisco. The cities of Carmel, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Seaside and the unincorporated areas commonly known as Big Sur, Carmel Valley and Pebble Beach are all served by the district. Monterey Peninsula is known as a world-class destination and the many attractions of the area include an incomparable coastline, numerous state parks, the historical district of Monterey, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and several of the most famous golf courses in the world.

    Monterey Peninsula College and the Early Childhood Lab School received recognition as a Family Friendly Employer and a Child Welcoming Business in 2017 from Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Development Initiative and the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

    Our Educational and Community Partners
    A number of other institutions cooperate with Monterey Peninsula College in serving the postsecondary education demands of the Monterey Peninsula. Among those are California State University, Monterey Bay, Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, the Defense Language Institute, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey College of Law, and the Naval Postgraduate School. The College also enjoys a collaborative relationship with the Monterey County Business Council and the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board.

    MPC is partnering with Monterey Peninsula Unified School District and Pacific Grove Unified School District to offer college level coursework in both academic and vocational tracks through its College and Career Access Pathways. MPC and CSU, Monterey Bay have collaborated in enrolling students in cohort-based programs in which students take classes at both MPC and CSU, Monterey Bay while earning a CSU, Monterey Bay degree.

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