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Laboratory Technician, Liberal Arts

Company: Saddleback College
Location: Mission Viejo
Posted on: August 3, 2022

Job Description:

Saddleback College

Laboratory Technician, Liberal Arts

Job Category: CSEA

Job Opening Date: July 07, 2022

Locations: Saddleback College

Pay Grade, for more information click on this link: http://www.socccd.edu/humanresources/hr_salary.html

Pay Rate Type: Monthly

Work Days: Monday - Thursday

Work Hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Schedule and shift are subject to change in accordance with department needs)

Hours Per Week: 26

Percentage of Employment: 65%

Months of Employment: 11

Salary: $2,975.05

Required Documents: Cover Letter and Resume

Job Description:

C.S.E.A. Classified Bargaining Unit Salary Range 122

Initial Screening Date: August 18, 2022

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


Under direction from an appropriate level assigned supervisor or administrator, assist in the preparation of materials and demonstrations for an assigned instructional area; operate and demonstrate the use of specialized equipment, supplies, and materials; provide assistance to students within the assigned subject area including, but not limited to, Reading, Writing, International Languages, English as a Second Language, Journalism/New Media, or Student Success, and maintain the general cleanliness and safety of the assigned laboratory.


Positions in the Laboratory Technician class are distinguished from the Senior Laboratory Technician by the level of responsibility assumed, as well as size and complexity of the lab. In comparison to the Senior Laboratory Technician, positions at this level are assigned to less complex labs, provide technical and functional direction to fewer hourly staff, and have limited involvement in budget activities and ordering of supplies and equipment. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Assist in the recruitment and retention of Liberal Arts students; may design and distribute promotional materials and assist in promotional events on- and off- campus; plan and organize student participation in local, regional, and national contests, competitions, and conferences.

Assist in the selection of student workers; provide functional and technical direction and training to student workers assigned to the program. Track student workers and other assigned temporary employees' days and hours worked to ensure compliance with District guidelines.

Assist instructors in developing instructional materials; prepare study sheets, visual instructional aides, sample exercises and exams, and laboratory experiments; may assist in evaluating exams and maintaining related records related to the laboratory.

Maintain a clean and safe learning environment; clean tabletops, desks, and furniture; troubleshoot and perform routine and minor repairs on a variety of equipment; maintain, clean, and test assigned equipment; requisition major repairs to equipment as needed. Liaison and place work order or service tickets with Technology Services and Facilities departments to maintain equipment and facilities functioning within the laboratory.

May assist students in following writing and editing standards, print and digital design, computer usage for graphic creations, photography, and use of computer software for print, video, audio, and other new media tools.

May assist in planning and producing banquets and other events for Liberal Arts as directed.

May check out software systems, video cameras, still cameras, laptop computers, recording devices, and other accessories to students; inspect equipment and materials for proper condition upon return.

May oversee production of student publications and broadcasts; assist with physical and digital distribution and production of student-produced content.

May train students on the operation of a variety of equipment including cameras, copiers, printers, scanners, computers, and emerging technology.

Monitor student work; distribute, explain, and collect lab assignments; maintain records of student laboratory hours and positive attendance; administer diagnostic tests and make-up exams; process computerized scoring of exams; verify test scores for placement.

Welcome, orient, and provide general assistance to students within Liberal Arts; distribute and explain assignments and laboratory use; demonstrate use of instructional computers and related software programs, features and equipment to students and staff; demonstrate use of digital audio listening and recording processes.

Participate in the ordering and maintenance of supplies, materials, and equipment; store, discard and rotate materials according to standard procedures; receive, assemble and test new equipment; assist in the procurement of new software and technology as it becomes available.

Prepare for laboratory demonstrations; set up laboratory apparatus, i.e. computers and related software and peripheral equipment; assist students in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments; ensure student compliance with laboratory policies, procedures and safety precautions; demonstrate proper care and cleaning procedures for laboratory equipment.

Provide a supporting role in assigned lab with budget development and administration; may assist with student led projects and publications with the tracking of contracts, billing, and deposit of revenues.

Provide a supporting role in assigned lab with creating and implementing an effective learning environment in the laboratory that affirms diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Provide assistance to students on a variety of laboratory and course related matters; review student work in progress and assist in resolving problems.

Receive, process, circulate and store educational media materials; record and edit recorded materials for specialized use; duplicate recorded assignments; create cataloging system for recorded materials.

Respond to inquiries and requests for information; answer phones and emails; relay messages for faculty and staff.

When assigned, schedule tutorial sessions for students using scheduling software; create tutor schedules under guidance of instructional or higher level staff; establish discipline details in scheduling system and monitor online scheduling; monitor and assist in the submission of time entry for assigned temporary staff, as required.

Maintain and update website related to area of assignment, as needed.

Perform related duties as required.


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

--- Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment, and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject area.

--- Operational characteristics, services, and activities of the functions, programs, and operations of the assigned project or program area.

--- Theories and applications of the assigned subject matter.

--- Principles and practices of laboratory operations.

--- Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.

--- Work organization principles and practices.

--- Effective written and oral communication skills including accurate academic English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

--- Diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, linguistic, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and creating a culturally inclusive and affirming laboratory environment.

--- Principles and practices used to establish and maintain files, attendance tracking, and information retrieval systems; basic principles and procedures of business letter writing and report preparation.

--- Current office practices, procedures, methods, and computer equipment, software, and applications related to the work, including word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, and databases.

--- Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.

--- Techniques to facilitate effective interaction with people on an individual or group basis.

--- Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including FERPA and the Americans with Disabilities Act; confidentiality requirements when dealing with personal and sensitive student information; other legal requirements related to area of assignment.

--- Occupational hazards and standard safety policies and procedures.

--- Principles and practices of providing training and guidance to temporary staff and student workers.

Ability to:

--- Assist in the preparation of instructional materials and demonstrations for an assigned subject area.

--- Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments.

--- Operate and demonstrate the proper use of specialized equipment, supplies and materials.

--- Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.

--- Operate, understand the mechanical function of, and perform routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment within assigned area, as well as liaison with the Technology Services and Facilities departments, as necessary.

--- Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructional programs.

--- Learn and understand the organization and operation of the assigned department as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities; understand, explain, and apply administrative and office policies and procedures as well as pertinent laws, regulations, and ordinances; work within the policies, functions, and requirements of area of assignment.

--- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing in English; use accurate academic English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary; understand and follow oral and written directions in English; listen actively and effectively.

--- Develop, maintain, and foster effective working relationships involving interactions and communications personally, by phone, online, and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis.

--- Interact extensively with and respond to requests and inquiries from students, faculty, staff, and the public; effectively present information in person, online, in writing, or on the telephone to students, staff, or the public; provide excellent customer service.

--- Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, linguistic, and disabilities populations of community college students.

--- Work effectively under pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public and student contact on a variety of tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities; concentrate on detailed tasks for extended periods of time; work confidentially, independently, and collaboratively.

--- Exercise good judgment, discretion, and personal initiative in resolving confidential, difficult, and sensitive situations, according to established policies and procedures; use sound judgment in recognizing scope of authority; maintain critical and sensitive information, records, and reports confidentially.

--- Provide training and work direction to assigned temporary and student staff.

--- Effectively utilize computer applications and equipment in the performance of duties; adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.

--- Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.

--- Maintain the cleanliness, safety, and organization of assigned area; ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures; monitor activities in assigned area and enforce policies for proper use and behavior.

--- Participate in trainings, meetings, and conferences on-site, online, and off-site as required.


--- Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


--- Equivalent to two years of college level coursework in English, Education, World Languages, Liberal Arts, Journalism/New Media, or a related field.


--- Two years of increasingly responsible instructional assistance experience.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting; may be exposed to noise, dust; work with laboratory equipment and apparatus. At least minimal environmental controls to assure health and comfort.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a laboratory setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate computer and laboratory equipment and apparatus requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.

The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. The Board of Trustees voted to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, employees, and volunteers with allowances for medical exemptions and sincerely held religious beliefs as defined by law. More information can be found on our District website by visiting https://www.socccd.edu/about/about_covid-19.html.


The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.


A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS


If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to hrinfodesk@socccd.edu.


Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.


Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can be found at www.saddleback.edu or www.ivc.edu. Paper copies are available in the District Human Resources office upon request.


The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds.

Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District's mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Keywords: Saddleback College, Mission Viejo , Laboratory Technician, Liberal Arts, Professions , Mission Viejo, California

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