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Instructional Lab Technician-Science and Allied Health (Evening)

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REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIAL: Submit a valid certificate as a First Responder in Handling Hazardous Materials Incidents, if applicable, under Other.
October 2 – October 13, 2017 Position advertised; District receives applications October 13, 2017 Initial screening deadline for guaranteed consideration. Position is open until filled. October 30 – November 3, 2017 Search Committee interviews candidates (first level interviews) November 15, 2017 Employment start date pending Governing Board approval and passing pre-employment physical.

Posting Details

Posting Details (Default Section)

Posting Number: 0600737
Open Date: 10/02/2017
Position Title: Instructional Lab Technician-Science and Allied Health (Evening)
Working Title:
Department: Higher Education Center at National City & Crown Cove Aquatic Center
Position Type: Classified Bargaining
Months of Service: 12 months




RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the appropriate administrator, oversee and coordinate the operations of the complex sciences and allied health stockroom; perform complex technical work related to sciences including prioritize, distribute, and coordinate lab assignments; and train, assign, and review work assigned to students and lab technicians.

1. Assign locker equipment and explain locker responsibility to students; check students out of assigned lockers; clean up lockers from students that dropped class; clean and prep lockers for the following semester; prepare assessment of charges and place holds on students not checked out of locker.
2. Prepare and issue materials and equipment for student use; ensure that all supplies, equipment, and chemicals are presented in a safe and orderly fashion for each specific lab according to the schedules of faculty for both day and evening labs; prepare chemical solution, reagents, unknowns and other laboratory materials, supplies, and equipment; dismantle and clean up labs.
3. Maintain stock rooms, laboratories, prep areas and other assigned areas in a safe, clean and orderly condition; encourage awareness of and oversee the proper use of facilities and safe practices; assume responsibility for the security of the building, chemicals, equipment, and supplies; store, handle, treat, and dispose of hazardous chemicals as necessary for all instructional programs in the Center/School according to applicable safety laws and regulations.
4. Rewrite and update lab experiments to meet need; perform newly introduced experiments before presentation to students; identify problems and advise instructor.
5. Maintain state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation; test, adjust, maintain, use, and perform minor repairs including necessary calibrations to apparatus and equipment to ensure optimal operation; monitor gas levels; send equipment out for major repairs; coordinate usage of instrumentation with other departments.
6. Assist instructional staff; provide safety training to part-time instructional staff; demonstrate departmental procedures in the lab.
7. Work cooperatively with, and coordinate activities with other District staff and service areas including maintenance, purchasing, computer services, warehouse, cashiering, and other offices throughout campus.
8. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
9. Pass a pre-employment physical if selected for position.

Knowledge & Abilities:

MUST HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF: Principles, practices, procedures and equipment used in science labs at the community college level; technical aspects of field of specialty; operational characteristics of state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation and equipment used in the science; biotechnology instrumentation; occupational hazards and standard fire safety practices; proper methods and techniques governing the storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals and materials; principles and practices of record keeping; modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications; correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary; oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy; pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations.

MUST HAVE ABILITY TO: Prepare and set up laboratory equipment, models, reagents and other teaching aids for class exercises, experiments and demonstrations; prioritize and coordinate experimental laboratory set-ups; use and operate a variety of technical laboratory equipment and measuring devices; ensure the proper operation, care and security of assigned equipment, specialized materials and supplies; assemble, maintain and repair lab equipment for safety and functionality including state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation; demonstrate competence in the areas of science; issue, present, and receive equipment, supplies, and chemicals in a safe and orderly fashion; adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new instruments, equipment, and systems; assist instructors in planning demonstrations; prepare chemical solutions, reagents, unknowns, and other laboratory materials, supplies, and equipment utilized by chemistry, instructors, and students; plan and organize work; train, select, evaluate and provide work direction to student workers and lab technicians; work independently with little direction; meet schedules and time lines; maintain records and prepare reports; understand and follow oral and written instructions; work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, disabled, sexual orientation, and cultural populations of community college students; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education & Experience:

Any combination equivalent to: completion of two years of college with major course work in science, medical lab technology, phlebotomy, and/or medical assisting or a related field; and two years of work experience that demonstrates knowledge in assigned areas.

Minimum Qualifications:
Desired Qualifications:

Maintenance of cadavers and preserved animal specimens; operation, procedures, and basic maintenance of autoclaves; preparation and maintenance of microbiological cultures and sterile technique. Bachelor degree preferred.

Licenses and Other Requirements:

Possession of a valid certificate as a First Responder in Handling Hazardous Materials Incidents, or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment.

Working Conditions:

ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed primarily in an instructional lab setting with frequent contact with student and staff; exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, fumes, dust, gases; work in or with water. PHYSICAL: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an instructional lab 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 office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; operate a variety of laboratory equipment; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. VISION: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; distinguish color. HEARING: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


Range 27 (includes 1 range increment for evening shift), Steps 1-6, $4,529.00-$5,514.00. Initial placement for external applicants is Step 1. An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation, generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents.

Salary Schedule: Classified Bargaining Unit
Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday: 1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (Approximately). Work schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the department, which are subject to change every semester.

Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Start Date: As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.
Screening Deadline:

All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review. Extended deadline date of Friday, November 17, 2017.

Open Until Filled Yes
Required Applicant Docs Cont'd Southwestern College Online Application
Supplemental Questionnaire: ILT-Science and Allied Health Supplemental Questionnaire
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit a valid certificate as a First Responder in Handling Hazardous Materials Incidents, if applicable, under Other.


October 2 – October 13, 2017 Position advertised; District receives applications
October 13, 2017 Initial screening deadline for guaranteed consideration. Position is open until filled.
October 30 – November 3, 2017 Search Committee interviews candidates (first level interviews)
November 15, 2017 Employment start date pending Governing Board approval and passing pre-employment physical.


If you do not possess the exact degrees listed above under MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS or if you anticipate receiving the required degree prior to the start of the assignment, please complete a “Supplemental Equivalency Application” available from the SWC Human Resources Web page ( You will need to complete and upload this form with your online application.

Foreign Degrees:

Foreign degrees require an evaluation for United States equivalency from an agency having membership with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc.

Transcripts issued outside the United States of America require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached to your online application at the time of applying.

For your convenience, we have provided the NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) membership list to assist you in complying with this requirement; click on the Helpful Job Tips link on the navigation bar. You may use any other certified transcript evaluation service at your disposal.

Additional Information:

We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials. Only complete application materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To complete and submit your application for this position, please visit our online employment website at All required information must be submitted online before the review date and time indicated on the job posting.

A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Clery Act – More information about the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, including the Annual Security Report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) – More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

Selection Procedure:

A screening committee will evaluate applicants, taking into account the breadth and depth of relevant education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.


We reserve the right to re-open, re-advertise, delay or cancel filling this position.

If additional positions become available in this classification, applications received in response to this posting may be considered for those additional positions for up to 90 days after final board approval.

HR Contact Information:

Southwestern Community College
Human Resources (Room 1670)
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910

(619) 482-6395

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn about this career opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Craig's List
    • Diverse, Issues in Higher Education
    • Ed-Join
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing
    • Latinos in Higher Education
    • San Diego Union Tribune
    • SDSU Aztec Career Connection
    • SWC Website
    • The Registry
    • Tribal College Journal
    • UCSD Job Listing
    • Women In Higher Education
    • Other (Please Specify if not listed above)
  2. If Other, please specify.

    (Open Ended Question)

Required and Optional Documents

Required Documents
  1. Letter of application (Cover Letter)
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial copies of college transcripts showing supplemental coursework
  4. Supplemental Questionnaire (See Supplemental Questionnaire section on posting)
Optional Documents
  1. Licenses & Other Requirement (See Special Instructions)