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Science Laboratory Coordinator

Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana
Closing date
Jul 15, 2021

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Science Laboratory Coordinator

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Salary Range: Grade 13: $56,945.78 - $59,774.54 - $62,766.24 - $65,950.48 - $69,238.35 - $72,733.60/yearGrade 13: $59,223.61 - $62,165.52 - $65,276.89 - $68,588.50 - $72,007.88 - $75,642.94/year

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: CL21-00101

Location: Santa Ana, CA

Division: Science, Mathematics & Health Sciences Division

Closing: 7/14/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Description

Under direction from academic and administrative staff, performs skills technical duties in the operation and maintenance of science laboratories; performs related duties as required.

Prepares materials and sets up equipment for use in student laboratory demonstrations, experiments, exercises and exams; prepares and issues materials and equipment for student use; performs specialized skilled and technical duties to assure efficient lab operations; assists in the operation and maintenance of instructional labs; participates in the planning and implementation of lab exercises and experiments; implements new or modified policies and procedures as required; analyzes changes in laws and new regulations governing hazardous materials, health and safety, water and air quality, and waste disposal as a basis for new and revised laboratory procedures; and subsequently recommends improvements and modifications in laboratory procedures and operations; implements procedures to comply with federal, state and local hazardous wastes, and security; responds to lab emergencies including injuries and chemical spills; orders and maintains inventory of chemicals, materials, supplies, and equipment; maintains proper rotation and storage of materials; receives shipments and verifies contents; assembles and tests new equipment; performs routine maintenance and minor repairs on lab equipment; arranges for major repairs according to established procedures; participates in budget preparation and administration; prepares cost estimates for budget recommendations; submits justifications for budget items; monitors and controls expenditures; acquires, handles, and maintains live animals, plants and other organisms; routinely inspects and/or tests safety equipment and supplies in each laboratory; prepares special instructions for non-routine and complex assignments; prepare and maintains various records and reports related to lab operations and activities as required; provides general support for the laboratory rooms including observing and submitting work orders on leaks, hazards, lighting levels and overall appearance; keeps current on matters concerning safety, hazardous materials management, and waste disposal in academic institutions use of maintenance of equipment, and purchasing management; selects, trains, schedules and supervises paid student workers and other personnel as assigned; assigns duties and evaluates job performances; responds to inquiries and requests for information; maintains current computerized inventory and other files as required by regulatory agencies.

This Science Laboratory Coordinator receives direction from academic and administrative staff and exercises functional and technical supervision over student and part-time assistants. The Science Laboratory Coordinator serves as liaison between the department and vendors of materials for science laboratories

Job Qualifications

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCEBachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biological or a physical science or equivalent, and two years of experience in a biological or a physical science laboratory. KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIESKnowledge of: Subject matter and techniques related to assigned laboratories; principles, practices and methods of laboratory operations; principles and practices of hazardous materials management, health and safety, and hazardous waste disposal; operational computer skills; functional characteristics of modern laboratory apparatus, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratories; advanced mathematical principles and scientific concepts; care and maintenance of live animals, plants, and other organisms. Ability to: demonstrate correct laboratory methods, practices and techniques; correctly and efficiently set up lab equipment and prepare materials used in exercises and experiments; stay apprised of current regulations relating to health and safety, hazardous materials, and hazardous waste disposal; interpret regulations, rules, material safety data sheets, and other standards relating to laboratory procedures and practices; generate computerized inventory report and files; understand the mechanical function of and perform routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment in assigned laboratories; handle, care for, and display living organisms; interpret and apply administrative policies, procedures, rules and regulations; select, train, assign work to, and evaluate assigned staff (student assistants and instructional aides); communicate clearly and concisely in English, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
SELECTION CRITERIA Application Screening In addition to the requirements and responsibilities listed, the following criteria will be considered in selecting candidates for interviews:
  • Education experience (breadth and depth)
  • Work experience (breadth and depth)
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Bilingual ability (if needed)
  • Demonstrated experience in working with diverse socio-economic communities
  • Professional growth activities
  • Specialized skills training
  • Leadership skills
  • Written and/or oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem Solving
Based upon the information presented on the application materials, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a written test and oral interview. Interview Applicants selected for an interview may be required to take additional tests or assessments and will be notified of such prior to the date of the interview. During the oral session, those selected for interviews will, in addition to the above, also be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem solving skills
A predetermined set of questions will be asked of all applicants interviewed. Applicants are requested to provide thorough yet concise information on their related experience to ensure correct evaluation of their qualifications. Evaluation criteria will be applied consistently to all applicants. Method of Application For consideration in the selection process, interested persons must complete the RSCCD application and upload all required documents online by the specified closing date for the position. Please upload the following application materials in the appropriate boxes with your online application by the closing date:
  • Resume (Required)
  • Unofficial transcripts showing that the minimum qualifications are met (Required)
This applicant pool may be used for vacancies in the same classification occurring within the next six months. Pre-Employment Requirements Candidates selected for employment will be required to provide current verification of a negative TB test or chest x-ray, complete the district's fingerprinting process, and bring proof of their legal right to work in the United States. Cost of TB testing, fingerprinting and the fee for criminal record check will be paid for by the candidates. The Rancho Santiago Community College District is an equal employment opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment based on ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicant should contact the Human Resources Office for assistance.

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Working at Rancho Santiago Community College District

In the heart of Orange County lies Rancho Santiago Community College District, home of one of the state’s oldest community colleges, Santa Ana College, and also one of its newest, Santiago Canyon College. Centered in a growing and dynamic area, the district serves a population of more than 700,000 residents in the communities of Anaheim Hills, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park.

Encompassing 24 percent of Orange County’s total area (193 square miles), the district maintains eight facilities. Rancho Santiago Community College District is home to two colleges and four continuing education centers throughout the Central Orange County area. In addition, the college district presents convenient community education courses in many other locations in cooperation with its education and community partners.

Santa Ana College founded in 1915, is a comprehensive community college preparing students for the workplace as well as to transfer to four-year higher learning institutions. Students may earn an associate degree certificate. For those willing to commit to high academic achievement, honors courses are offered. The college also assists students in gaining basic skills and technology proficiency so they can pursue other goals. It is located at the corner of West 17th Street and Bristol in Santa Ana on about 58 acres.

Santiago Canyon College, one of the state’s newest community colleges, offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes university transfer as well as associate degree programs. Honors courses are offered to those with high academic achievement goals. In addition, the college provides community services, technical certificate programs, non-credit courses and basic skills instruction. Situated on 82 acres, the college is located in Orange at the corner of Chapman Avenue and Newport Drive.


We are always seeking qualified, energetic and committed people to join the RSCCD team. Our goal is to provide the highest quality educational opportunities for all students. Each job in this district is important to the learning process for all our students. Because we serve a diverse student body, we seek employees who possess a genuine interest in serving others. If you share this student-centered philosophy, we invite you to submit an application.

RSCCD has a reputation as an excellent employer. Whether employees work at one of our college campuses, the district headquarters, or one of our off-campus education centers, employees feel a sense of connection to each other and work to achieve common goals as part of the "Rancho family."

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