About Orange Coast College OCC)
Orange Coast College's 164-acre campus is located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern California's beautiful beaches. Founded in 1947, with classes beginning in 1948, OCC has grown into one of the nation's largest -- and finest -- community colleges, enrolling more than 25,000 students each semester. OCC's has an unwavering commitment to equitable outcomes; inclusive practices; and rich racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC's devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC's devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. We currently enroll 21,498 students, the majority of whom are from racially minoritized populations: 35% of OCC's students are Latinx, 2% are African- American, 23% are Asian, less than 1% Native American, 31% are White, and 6% are multiracial. OCC engages in a variety of professional development opportunities and partnerships so that we can serve disproportionately impacted groups. Student-centered activities that support OCC's mission include campus-wide student success projects funded by the Office of Student Equity; partnerships with local Hispanic Serving four year institutions; active programs that work to improve the academic achievement of racially minoritized students, such as PUENTE and UMOJA; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS).
Provides tutorial and technical assistance to students either in a classroom or similar laboratory setting, who are involved in non-credit or pre-college course work, or who work under the guidance of student success and retention assistance.
Distinguishing Career Features
The Instructional Associate represents the second in a two-level career ladder devoted to walk-in instructional support for students engaged in basic education, student success programs, or have specialized learning support. The Instruction Assistant is the first level and provides one-on-one and small group assistance with students where the emphasis is on completing homework assignments, and on pre-college or non-credit courses. Assistants' may those new to instruction support and usually work along side an Instructional Associate. To advance to Associate, incumbents must have 2 years experience at level I and be able to independently implement learning exercises, tests, and simulations that support instruction, usually in a group setting.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Specific duties may vary among departments and jobs. Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following kinds of duties:
* Tutors and instruct individual students and small groups of peer-level students in a laboratory or classroom-type setting to develop and increase basic English skills. Reinforces and reintroduces information and materials presented in class and introduces alternative or expanded information not presented in class to enhance student understanding.
* Assesses students' current knowledge, understanding, and experience to determine what presentation will inspire comprehension of the subject matter. May use techniques such as, but not limited to analogies and examples of concepts related to current materials and/or life situations.
* Instructs students in laboratory procedures and in the purpose and use of laboratory materials, including programmed instruction, reading machines, calculators, and laboratory libraries. Instructs students in the use of computers, including computer basics and access of educational software packages/applications.
* Reviews tests with students, determine which concepts were misunderstood, and assigns additional work to help enhance understanding of course content. May advise students on techniques for alleviating test anxiety.
* Assesses and/or grades homework and adjust assignments for students to enhance learning. Maintains records of student progress and problems. Determines when referral is appropriate and the best resources.
* Recognizes possible learning disabilities and refers to the appropriate resource for assessment.
* Organizes and facilitates peer-group study and discussion sessions, taking into consideration student skill levels, learning styles, and academic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Prepares demonstrations to supplement classroom content.
* Provides ongoing support for students with special learning needs, applying alternative learning strategies suggest by faculty or others as appropriate.
* As assigned, orient and assist students in the purpose and use of various English and ESL laboratory materials, including programmed instruction, audio/visual laboratory consoles, and computer-aided instruction.
* Tutor students in laboratory procedures, providing technical assistance to students, and assisting assigned faculty members, as necessary.
* Assists students to improve and increase language skills by tutor students on an individual and small group basis in a laboratory or classroom setting to facilitate learning and understanding of concepts of the English language.
* Tutors and instruct students in learning and test-taking strategies (e.g., flash cards, study guides, test-taking techniques, coping with stress, and otherwise alleviating test anxiety).
* Performs regular and recurring clerical functions. Ensures that students sign in to the laboratory. Prepares orientation, and testing schedules. Organizes for easy access and use, and may rewrite learning materials. Maintains files of answer keys, answer sheets, laboratory instructions, modules, charts, and signs.
* Serves as a liaison between the student and instructors and tutors. Keeps instructors appraised of student progress. May assign a student tutor whose skills match the needs of the client student.
* Reads and maintains up-to-date familiarity with materials used in multiple subjects.
* May proctor tests in the absence of the instructor.
* Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.