Sierra College is seeking a full-time Instructional Assistant—Biological Sciences in the Sciences and Mathematics Division. Sierra College is a Community College located near Sacramento, California where a heavy emphasis is placed on academic excellence and student success. Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the evolving needs of the students and communities that it serves. The Sierra Community College District covers more than 3,200 square miles and serves the Northern California foothill counties of Placer and Nevada, as well as parts of El Dorado and Sacramento. We serve over 18,000 students throughout the region in both on-ground and online courses, including students at our main Rocklin Campus as well as at three centers located in Grass Valley, Tahoe/Truckee, and Roseville.
Sierra College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and students and values the rich, diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. A strong candidate for this position must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds. This includes persons with disabilities, various gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as individuals from historically underrepresented communities and other groups. Our District is committed to providing strategies for success and proactive student-centered practices and policies focused on eliminating equity gaps.
As an institution, Sierra College is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, learner-centered practices and policies that fully engage the college community. The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives. Currently, Sierra College enrolls 18,300 students per term: 26% of Sierra College’s students are Latinx, 3% are African-American, 2% are Filipino, 5% are Asian-American, 1% are Native American, 6% are multiracial and 57% are White. As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Sierra College understands that it has a great responsibility to the educational attainment and economic well-being of our students.
The successful candidate will join a College dedicated to the use of culturally responsive strategies and methods that meet the varying needs of our students and ensure a successful learning environment. Sierra College demonstrates its commitment to equity by supporting ongoing professional development for students, faculty, and staff. These opportunities include trainings and workshops on equity and inclusion, SC4 (Sierra College Community, Creativity, Culture, and Collaboration Training), active Academic Senate standing committees concerned with student success and equity, a Presidential Equity Advisory Committee (PEAC), culturally responsive student engagement centers, support for our undocumented and AB540 students, campus-wide equity summits, a robust set of programs, events, and conferences related to equity-mindedness and supporting the success of our diverse students.
Under supervision of the assigned manager, the Instructional Assistant—Biological Sciences provides a full range of specialized and technical duties in the operation and maintenance of Biological Science Educational laboratories requiring in depth knowledge of the subject areas, including: maintains, inventories, and organizes the Biological Sciences stockroom; assures availability of supplies, materials and equipment needed for laboratories; prepares and issues materials and equipment for Biology laboratory protocols adhering to established documents; and cleans, inspects, and performs minor repairs to laboratory and stockroom equipment. The Instructional Assistant—Biological Sciences must possess familiarity of occupational hazards and standard safety practices including methods and techniques of handling, storing and disposing of hazardous chemicals.
EXAMPLES OF FUNCTIONS AND TASKS
Representative Duties - 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.
Researches and purchases assigned contracts, materials, and supplies; inventories existing supplies and instructional materials; determines future needs; discusses new products or special needs with vendors; prepares and submits requisitions for approval; works with District staff to obtain laboratory, lecture, or other supplies; maintains expenditure records and prepares reports.
Maintains, inventories, and organizes the Biological Sciences Prep-Lab facility including stockroom and project center; locates, identifies, collects, preserves, prepares, labels, cleans, maintains and otherwise curates biological collections and specimens; arranges for timely receipt of purchases of living and perishable specimens; inspects incoming shipments and distributes or stores in proper locations; designs, organizes, and maintains departmental storage facilities; prepares listings of unneeded hazardous materials and arranges for their pick up and removal from District premises.
Prepares, monitors, and cleans-up materials and supplies for laboratory protocols; collects laboratory schedules from, interacts with, and coordinates timely laboratory preparation for activities with departmental faculty members; cultivates, maintains cultures, and prepares living specimens and microbial, fungal, and bacterial specimens as specified in laboratory protocols; provides care and observes protocols for humane treatment of living specimens; prepares preserved animal dissection materials; prepares specialized and/or bio-technical microscopic materials for classroom/laboratory use; prepares chemical solutions.
Provides instructional support for all Biological Sciences Departmental instructional activities; provides technical and other assistance to departmental faculty with special projects, field trips, and classroom/laboratory presentations; assists with curriculum planning and coordination; assists with layout and production of departmental instructional materials including graphics; researches, learns, and shares information regarding new laboratory techniques and methods with other staff.
Sets up/takes down, tests, maintains, cleans, inspects, calibrates, makes minor repairs to, or arranges for maintenance and repair of departmental facilities and specialized technical equipment including apparatus, equipment, models, and other instructional materials; monitors proper use of laboratory equipment and materials; participates in processes to upgrade or replace departmental equipment as authorized within budget(s) parameters and program needs.
Provides a variety of administrative support; responds to inquiries regarding departmental operations or refers to appropriate staff; coordinates sharing of departmental resources; assists in the maintenance of assigned natural area(s); monitors departmental facilities for appropriate access and security; coordinates use of departmental facilities and collections; prepares or assists with preparation of departmental reports and correspondence; performs other clerical tasks.
Participates in the preparation and administration of assigned budgets; provides input regarding budget(s) development; monitors budget expenditures and coordinates purchasing to meet needs within budget(s) parameters; coordinates budget(s) transfers.
Provides initial technical assistance to faculty, and staff for technical interfaces and audio-visual equipment; requests or arranges for assistance, servicing, and/or repair of departmental computer equipment from District information technology staff or other technology resources.
Oversees student assistants and other temporary work forces; compiles work specifications and coordinates work requests and needs; recruits, interviews, hires, and provides orientation and training to new student/temporary employees; assigns projects and daily work; evaluates work performed; monitors student/temporary workers hours worked and budgets.
Performs related duties as required, including advocating for the needs of the department.
Salary & Benefit $23.24 hour, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year. Current work hours are subject to change in accordance with pertinent provisions of the collective bargaining agreement. Family coverage health, dental and vision insurance, P.E.R.S. retirement system, income protection, life insurance, sick leave, vacation, and holidays as provided according to District policy.
Please include a self-assessment that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications listed on the job announcement, including:
The transferable experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to serve as an Instructional Assistant—Biological Sciences.
Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice in the campus community.
Candidates must submit a Sierra College Online Application available at:
DEADLINE: Applications must be received by the Sierra College Human Resources Department no later than
FRIDAY, MAY 3rd, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Cover letters and resumes are not required but may be included if applicant so desires. Please note that letters of reference may be utilized during the reference checking process, but will not be provided to the hiring committee.
TRAVEL EXPENSES BORNE BY THE CANDIDATE
Persons with questions regarding reasonable accommodation of physical and other disabilities should contact the Sierra College Human Resources Department at (916) 660-7105.
Other terms and conditions of employment are specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreements on file in the District Human Resources Department. Position description of record on file in the Human Resources Department.
*Sierra Community College District currently operates campuses in Rocklin, Roseville, Truckee and Grass Valley. In its management of a multi-campus environment, the District reserves right of assignment including the right to change assignment locations and shift assignments based on District need. Although this position may currently reside at the Rocklin campus, the assignment location may be subject to change as needed. Additionally, the district reserves the right to cancel, revise or re-announce this position as well as any and all positions at any time.
Sierra College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination and the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.
SIERRA COLLEGE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
5100 SIERRA COLLEGE BOULEVARD
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QUALIFICATIONS- 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.
EducationandExperienceGuidelines:Any combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Two years of college with major course work in biological sciences or a closely related field. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is desirable.
Two years of increasingly responsible biological sciences laboratory experience.
License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Hazardous Materials Awareness Training Card.
Theories, concepts, principles, and applications of biological sciences and related scientific discipline.
Mathematical principles and scientific concepts.
Biotechnology, PCR, and recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) techniques and protocols.
Biological collecting and preservation techniques including techniques for care of living specimens.
Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment, and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject area.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including applicable computer hardware and software applications such as word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, database management, Web/database server and page design, and network administration management.
Basic budgeting and bookkeeping concepts and techniques.
Basic inventory processes and procedures.
Principles of lead supervision and training.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices including methods and techniques used in handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals.
Locate and identify regional plants, animals, and other specimens in the field.
Assemble, utilize, test, calibrate, clean, and make minor repairs to various biological sciences laboratory apparatus and other equipment; instruct others in the use of scientific apparatus.
Prepare chemical and other solutions, extracts, and dilutions to specifications.
Aseptically transfer and isolate pure cultures of bacteria.
Prepare electrophoresis gels and DNA laboratory samples.
Cultivate various living organisms.
Identify, maintain, and prepare microscopic slides.
Identify human and other animal skeletal structures.
Assist in the identification of regional fossils.
Observe laboratory protocols and ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
Assist with instructional tasks including to administer tests and tutor students.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, database management, network management, desktop publishing, and Internet navigation applications.
Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
Read and understand laboratory manuals, technical manuals, and laboratory procedures.
Make arithmetic calculations of average to above average difficulty.
Hire, train, and supervise student and/or other temporary help.
Work independently and collaboratively.
Maintain accurate records.
Organize storage facilities.
Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.
Apply scientific principles to practical applications; analyze data and solve problems.
Learn and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations as well as administrative and departmental policies and procedures.
Preserve and otherwise prepare animal skins for study.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICALDEMANDSANDWORKINGENVIRONMENT- 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 indoors in a classroom/laboratory setting and outdoors in the field; exposure to dusts, mists, fumes, wet/damp surfaces, extremes of heat or cold, moderately high levels of noise, chemicals and caustics, allergenic plants and materials; risk of insect and animal stings and bites; risk of exposure to blood borne and/or other pathogens; work with laboratory equipment and apparatus. Moderate exposure to risks controlled by safety precautions.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office and/or indoor/outdoor education center/classroom/laboratory setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally walk, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate laboratory and office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information; and requires the wearing of personal protective equipment including safety glasses or goggles, lab coats, rubber or plastic gloves, respirators, or face shields.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents; and to operate assigned equipment.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
About Sierra College
Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the needs of the communities that it serves.With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to 4 year Universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region.Our award-winning faculty members enhance their teaching with research, authorship and industry expertise. We are also recognized nationally for excellence in our athletic programs.