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Teaching Laboratory Assistant

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Dutchess Community College
Location
Poughkeepsie, NY

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Category:: Academic Support
Department:: Physical Sciences
Locations:: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posted:: Aug 28, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Position ID:: 136009

About Dutchess Community College:


Located in the heart of New York's beautiful and historic mid-Hudson Valley, just 90 minutes north of New York City, DCC is part of the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive public higher education system in the country. A winner of the 2015 HEED Award for inclusiveness, DCC is dedicated to respecting individuality, embracing diversity and partnering with the community to achieve shared goals. The College welcomes applications from faculty and staff who share and are anxious to support the institution's values of Excellence, Access, Diversity, Collaboration and Accountability, and who are passionate about engaging with both students and the community



Job Description:


Incumbents in this paraprofessional position are responsible for the safe, secure and efficient operation of a specific laboratory at the Community College. Based on their prior training and experience, incumbents specialize within a specific laboratory discipline such as engineering, business technologies, physical sciences, biology, chemistry or studio art. The incumbent has the responsibility for planning and organizing the set-up, use, maintenance and break-down of equipment and laboratory facilities. Work is performed according to written lab formats and verbal directions. In addition, the employee maintains inventory and assists in the preparation of purchase orders for equipment and supplies and in the budget process. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Teaching Laboratory Supervisor and/or faculty member with leeway allowed for planning priorities and order of tasks within the framework of the lab schedule and the budget process. Supervision may be exercised over student aides and work-study aide students.


TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:


  • Coordinates and performs the set-up and break-down of a variety of tools and equipment in one or several concurrent laboratories for faculty and student use;
  • Distributes and maintains the security of and collects laboratory equipment;
  • Maintains storeroom and laboratory areas in a safe, orderly and operating capacity;
  • Maintains an inventory of supplies and materials;
  • Assists with and makes recommendations on the preparation of the departmental capital budget as it relates to laboratory supplies and equipment;
  • Assists in the preparation of purchase orders and bids, and justifies the need for equipment, repairs or changes within a specific laboratory area;
  • Anticipates the need for supplies and materials and requisitions them as necessary;
  • Trains and supervises work-study aides and student aides in laboratory procedures such as washing glassware and dispensing equipment;
  • Performs simple maintenance and repairs of laboratory equipment;
  • Assists students and faculty in the technical use of laboratory equipment and supplies;
  • Keeps records on purchase orders, inventory and budget;
  • Prepares and disposes of cultures and chemical solutions for laboratory use where applicable;
  • May care for laboratory animals, plants and cultures where applicable;
  • May administer laboratory quizzes and examinations and assist in correcting objective
  • examinations;
  • May build equipment or lab set-ups and may demonstrate the use of equipment to faculty and students;
  • Does related work as required.


Requirements:


FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:


Good knowledge of the equipment and procedures used by the specific laboratory discipline in an educational setting; working knowledge of the principles and terminology of the specific discipline, i.e. engineering, business technologies, physical sciences, biology, chemistry or studio art at the first and second year collegiate level; working knowledge of the care of laboratory animals, if applicable; working knowledge of budgeting principles and practices; skill in repairing and maintaining laboratory equipment used in the specific discipline; ability to effectively coordinate more than one activity at one time; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to follow oral and written directions; ability to read and interpret technical material within the specific laboratory discipline; ability to keep simple records; clerical aptitude; mechanical aptitude; manual dexterity; patience; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:


Either:


(A) Completion of two years at a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with major in the specific field required, i.e., engineering, physical science, biology, business technologies, chemistry or studio art;



or (B) Completion of one year of college or technical training with work in the specific field required and one year of full-time work experience as a laboratory assistant in the specific field required;



or (C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as indicated in (A) and (B) above.




Additional Information:


The Teaching Laboratory Assistant - Physical Sciences position is a Civil Service competitive title, Grade 10, with the starting hourly rate of $20.04.. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, 12-month position.


DCC is an AA/EOE employer. Dutchess Community College (College) as part of The State University of New York, in its continuing effort to seek equity in education and employment, and in support of federal and state anti-discrimination legislation, has adopted a policy to provide an educational and employment environment free from unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.



Application Instructions:


To apply, please visit www.sunydutchess.edu/employment


Please submit resume, cover letter and professional staff application


In order to be considered for this position your will also need to complete the Examination or Employment Application (.pdf). This application is used to apply for a civil service examination or job opening that has been announced. The candidate should read the examination or recruitment announcement prior to completing this application to determine the required minimum qualifications for the position. Please read the instructions carefully. Further information can be found under "General Exam Info" and "Important Exam Info" under Dutchess County Department of Human Resources.


Dutchess Community College is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


Organization

Working at Dutchess Community College 

Dutchess Community College has been in Dutchess County for more than 50 years. We have the reputation of being the best community college in the state for academic excellence and the success of our graduates. Students who transfer to a four-year school after Dutchess do better and graduate at a higher rate than students who transfer from other colleges. Plus, we currently have the lowest tuition of any college or university in the state.

Our main campus is in Poughkeepsie, with a major extension site in Wappingers Falls. Students can also take DCC classes at high schools throughout the county.

We offer associate degrees and certificates in more than 60 program areas. Some of these programs are occupationally-oriented, designed to provide the skills students need to enter the job market immediately upon graduation. Other programs are designed to provide the first two years' of study toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. The certificate programs provide a condensed program in a particular field of study and usually can be completed in one or two semesters of study.

There are three different types of degrees from which students can choose:

The Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) is used primarily for transfer programs that lead to the bachelor of arts degree at a four-year college or university. It may be used for general liberal arts programs.

The Associate in Science Degree (A.S.) may be used for certain occupationally-oriented studies, but is primarily designed to serve science or professionally-related programs that lead to transfer to a bachelor of science degree at a four-year college or university.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) is structured as an occupationally-oriented degree. However, it may be appropriate as a transfer degree to certain types of specialized baccalaureate program such as the bachelor's of technology.

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