Instructional Assistant II -- Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS)

Oceanside, San Diego County
Jul 24, 2014

Instructional Assistant II -- Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS)

MiraCosta College

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Discipline or Department
Disabled Students Program & Services

Position Type

Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary
Starting salary $3,158.19 per month.  

Working Hours
One regular position, 30 hours per week, 11 months per year (August through June). Work schedule will normally be Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with primary work location on the Oceanside Campus. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district or authorized facility during any hours of operation. To view the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) website, go to 

Basic Function and Other Details
Under the direction of the DSPS Director, the Instructional Assistant II oversees the daily operation and maintenance of the Assistive Technology Lab, which provides computer access and specialized equipment for students with sensory, learning and physical disabilities served by DSPS. The position assesses student need related to assistive technology and instructs students individually and in small groups on the use of adaptive computer software and hardware. The position also supports the production of alternate format materials and provides liaison support for peripheral adaptive computer workstations in various campus locations.  

Representative Duties
1. Provide instructional assistance in the Assistive Technology Lab for both DSPS students and special education classes; provide assistance and training in the use of assistive technology, including computer software and hardware. Assistive technology includes but is not limited to: digital and tape audio recorders, Daisy book readers, modified input devices (keyboards and mice), Closed Circuit Television print magnifiers, Braille embossers, hearing amplification devices, tactile drawing equipment, screen magnification and reader software, voice recognition software and a variety of educational software. (E)
2. Assist in curriculum implementation, including tutoring students and proctoring exams under the direction of an instructor. (E)
3. Assist the special education instructor with student projects and classroom student learning objectives. (E)
4. Set up, operate and maintain a variety of specialized equipment including computers and assistive technology hardware and software. (E)
5. Maintain and perform minor repairs and adjustments to equipment in the lab and to peripheral adaptive workstations. (E)
6. Maintain a clean, safe and secure lab environment.
7. Assist with alternate format media production, which involves the conversion of academic materials from printed text and images to various accessible formats, including audio, digital, large print, Braille and tactile graphics for students with disabilities. (E)
8. Maintain currency regarding continual changes in technology, especially as it relates to students with disabilities. (E)
9. Assist with data collection and the preparation of reports regarding Assistive Technology Lab utilization.
10. Make purchase recommendations based on student needs and sustaining currency, and assist with the purchase of equipment and supplies for the Assistive Technology Lab.
11. Consult with the DSPS Access Specialist regarding the design, maintenance and modification of the Assistive Technology Lab and other campus labs as pertaining to accessibility of students with disabilities.
12. Maintain a resource library on computer equipment, software, and specialized equipment for students with disabilities.
13. Perform related duties as assigned.  

Type of Benefits
Sick leave, vacation, and holiday pay. Full benefit package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; other optional coverages; and membership in the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).  

Minimum Qualifications
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:
1. Education equivalent to an associate degree in a related field.
2. One year of closely related work experience. (IMPORTANT: For work experience, "one year" is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours.)  

Desirable Qualifications
1. College coursework in Computer and Information Science (C.I.S.).
2. Working knowledge of computer hardware and software on PC's and Macintosh's.

Closing Date

Special Instructions to Applicants
In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following items:

1. Application for Classified Employment. All experience relevant to this position must be listed on the application form.

2. Cover letter addressed to the "Selection Committee" describing how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications listed in this job posting, and relating your experiences relative to the representative duties, specifically including assistive technology knowledge and use.

3. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications as stated above. Unofficial or legible copies are acceptable but must indicate that the degree was awarded, if applicable. Any degree/coursework used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. If your degree/coursework is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional foreign transcript evaluation agency. To view a list of agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, go to

4. If you possess an Assistive Technology Certificate, attach a copy to the "Other Document" link.

NOTE: Do not submit a resume or any additional documents as they will be removed.  
Special Instructions to Applicants Continued
The screening and interview committee will review application materials two to four weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.

Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 2) submission of a current tuberculosis (TB) test clearance; 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; and 4) fingerprint clearance.

Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at (760)795-6854 at least five days prior to the closing date.

Retired STRS members are not eligible for this position.

About MiraCosta College
The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 112 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley.
MiraCosta offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.
The district consists of three campus sites and a robust online education program.  The Oceanside Campus, serving about 12,000 credit students, has been located since 1964 on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains.  The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, on 48 acres below the bluffs overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve.  The San Elijo Campus opened in September 1988, and now attracts about 3,000 credit students.  The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 4,000 students in the college's noncredit classes including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes as well as some college credit classes.