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Job ID: 135139

Instructional Assistant (Biological Sciences)
Coast Community College District

Date Posted Dec. 17, 2019
Title Instructional Assistant (Biological Sciences)
University Coast Community College District
Costa Mesa, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory
    Educational Services
About Orange Coast Colleg(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. 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).

Position Background:
This position will provide primary support to the Anatomy and Physiology area in the Biology department, with secondary support to the non-majors Biology courses.   Each semester, approximately 600 students are served through 7 Human Anatomy lab sections; 10 sections of Anatomy-Physiology laboratory and 3 sections of Physiology laboratory.  The position will also provide support as needed to assist the rest of the team in the non-majors Biology laboratory, of which there are about 16 sections per semester.  The position also supports courses offered in the summer as the primary summer employee.  The position also has a role in maintaining our human cadaver lab and our plastination laboratory.
Provides tutorial, technical assistance, and/or lab support to students either in a classroom or walk-in laboratory setting, who are usually but not limited to, pre-college, non-credit certificate, or non-transfer course work. Tasks performed require technical competence in the subject taught.
Distinguishing Career Features
The Instructional Assistant Biological Sciences/Chemistry is the first level in a career path for the classroom, walk-in and scheduled labs, and tutoring. The Instructional Assistant Biological Sciences/Chemistry will demonstrate subject matter competency in pre-college or first-year academic courses and other occupations that result in a certificate. Instructional Assistants may also be assigned as the second position in more advance and scientific courses.
Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesSpecific duties may vary among departments, divisions, and jobs. Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following types of duties, as assigned:
* Works with faculty/instructional administrator to design, construct, troubleshoot, modify or rebuild equipment, modules, experiments that will be used in the classrooms/ laboratories in a division comprised of various related but different subject areas.     
* Assists in laboratory preparation for all assigned Biological Sciences/Chemistry classes.     
* Creates written instructions for use of lab services and computer equipment, as necessary. Creates answer keys for sample materials for all materials in instructional materials files.     
* When performing setup, calculates amounts and portions such as mass, volume, length, percentage, concentration levels, angles, etc. Safely keeps and properly disposes and/or takes down the experiments and simulations.     
* Makes repairs to equipment and learning assistance devices. Checks out and maintains control over tools, equipment, supplies, materials used by students. May be required to maintain contact with appropriate vendors.     
* Maintains records of laboratory activity, including typing forms or inputting data or otherwise retaining information regarding the acquisition, maintenance and distribution of tools, equipment, materials, supplies, and/or written materials.     
* Provides for the general cleanliness and security of the laboratory or shop work area. Handles and disposes of harmful or hazardous materials according to specific instructions relating to their disposal. Participates in providing for a safe environment for the conduct of the laboratory. Reports maintenance problems as they occur.     
* Attends training as necessary to maintain currency of knowledge and communicates safety concerns and necessary updates to supervisors.     
* Performs other related duties as assigned that support the objective of the position.     
* Required to abide by all District policies and procedures including Board Policy 3050 – Code of Professional Ethics.

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