BIOLOGY LABORATORY COORDINATOR - San Jose Evergreen Community College District in San Jose California

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San Jose Evergreen Community College District

San Jose, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

San Jose City College


Math and Science

Position Purpose

Under the direction of assign administrator, coordinates and supports the operations of a large biology laboratory instructional program including a combination of administrative and instructional support activities.  Responsibilities include being the primary individual responsible for carrying out the administrative aspects of biology laboratories. Administrative duties include assigning and overseeing the day to day work of the other biology lab technicians, hiring and scheduling of student help, overseeing the biology supply budget including ordering and handling of biological materials and establishing the technical protocol for all laboratory preparations. 

Duties and Responsibilities


  1. Track budget expenses for the program working closely with faculty and the Dean to identify all related expenses and appropriate accounts.
  2. Coordinate the workload of the laboratory including directing and reviewing the day-to-day work assignments of the Instructional Laboratory Technicians.
  3. Work with biology faculty to establish and maintain laboratory procedures and protocols. 
  4. Provide technical guidance, assistance, and training to laboratory personnel in technical procedures and equipment usage.
  5. Schedule, maintain and oversee the use of the computer laboratory and/or natural science museum.
  6. Identify part time staffing needs, working with faculty and the Dean.  Hire, schedule, train and supervise student help.  Make hiring recommendations regarding other temporary employment needs. Establish and maintain program standards for tutor and student help, maintaining a consistency in delivery of instructional support. 
  7. Perform routine administrative functions related to data entry, filing and processing paperwork related to temporary employees and student use of the lab and classroom.  Maintain and process attendance records for temporary employees.  Ensure that student attendance is documented.
  8. Collects data related to program activity for reporting and budgeting purposes.  Assists the Dean with preparation and administration of budgets governing the program and makes budget recommendations.
  9. Monitor, maintain and order supplies as needed, and make purchase recommendations for equipment and instructional material needs.

     Instructional Support:

  1. Confer with instructors to determine laboratory needs and anticipated activities.
  2. Prepare and arrange for the preparation of a variety of living cultures, solutions, reagents, and specimens to be used in science laboratory experiments, exercises, practices and demonstrations.
  3. Analyze and resolve, or assist instructional laboratory personnel in solving problems of inconsistent results in classroom exercises.
  4. Utilize proper safety precautions and procedures in handling all types of laboratory specimens, reagents, chemicals, and hazardous waste.
  5. Schedule and prepare laboratory facilities for anticipated experiments, demonstrations, exercises, and other activities.
  6. Order, procure, pick up, and issue materials, instruments, and equipment maintaining proper procedures and controls.
  7. Meet with vendors and suppliers as necessary; prepare purchase requisitions.
  8. Maintain inventory of capital and consumable supplies.
  9. Provide for the maintenance, testing and calibration of science laboratory equipment and instruments and requisition repairs as necessary.
  10. Maintain security and ensure the safe and proper handling, storage, and labeling of hazardous materials and hazardous waste which may include performing any departmental inspections as required by regulatory agencies.
  11. Obtain and maintain Material Safety Data Sheets.
  12. Provide orientation to students and new faculty on laboratory equipment, facilities, procedures and safe practices.
  13. Recommend measures to improve laboratory procedures and use of the equipment.
  14. Perform other duties reasonably related to the job classification.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  1. Laboratory management techniques including staff scheduling, project planning and task prioritizing, file maintenance, inventory control and communication methods and procedures, and budget tracking procedures.
  2. Common office applications like MS Office Suite and Internet tools. Effective use of technology and computer applications for providing instructional support.
  3. Hiring, interview, and selection techniques.
  4. Administrative processes such as payroll and student records.
  5. Learning styles and learning disabilities.
  6. Range of courses offered within the assigned instructional area including general biology, molecular biology, environmental science, microbiology and physiology.
  7. Effective time management and organizational skills.
  8. Principles including aseptic techniques, practices, materials, nomenclature, equipment, and instruments used in physical and/or life science laboratories.
  9. Planning, organizing, and scheduling techniques necessary to efficiently operate a large laboratory facility.
  10. Record keeping and statistical calculation methods.
  11. Proper safety precautions and procedures utilized in handling all types of laboratory hazardous waste.

Ability to:

  1. Apply language skills to read, analyze, interpret and follow laboratory manuals, periodicals, reference manuals, technical procedures and governmental regulations.
  2. Write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  3. Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of faculty and students.
  4. Apply mathematical skills to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, proportions, percentages, concentrations and volume.
  5. Apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  6. Utilize reasoning skills to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  7. Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  8. Effectively communicate and interact with persons of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  9. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contracted during the course of work.
  10. Monitor expenditures and identify budgetary problems or needs.
  11. Develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  12. Independently solve subject-related problems in assigned area.
  13. Communicate effectively in spoken and written English, and follow oral and/or written instructions.
  14. Oversee lab users, administer tests, and perform general clerical tasks.
  15. Operate computer hardware and utilize software applications including those dedicated to biology laboratory.
  16. Demonstrated sensitivity to a diverse population of students and staff in terms of academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic background.

Minimum Qualifications


1. Education equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience which includes college level courses in the life sciences.

2. Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender, gender identity, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the students we serve ;and sensitivity to and knowledge and understanding of groups historically underrepresented, and groups who may have experienced discrimination.

3. Success integrating diversity as appropriate into the major duties outlined in the job description and in the duties listed in the District's hiring policy; or demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to do so.

Desired Qualifications

1. Bilingual abilities, desirable.

Salary Range

$51,535- $62,891 Annual Salary (Range 90: Classified Salary Schedule Fiscal Year 2014-2015). Starting placement is generally at Step 1.

About San Jose/Evergreen Community College District

The District is represented by dedicated and talented employees who are passionate about providing our student population with the best educational experience possible. The District recognizes that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive roles models for all students, and creates an inclusive and supportive educational and work environment for its employees, students, and the community it serves.

The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve as colleagues to an existing diverse faculty consisting of 14% Hispanic/Latino, 22 % Asian/Pacific Islander, 7% Black/African American, 1% American Indian/Native American, 52% White/Caucasian, and as well as encouraging applications from all qualified, outstanding applicants.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

San Jose/Evergreen Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, immigration status, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and physical or mental disability consistent with applicable federal and state laws.

Keyword Phrases

  • Math and Science
  • cultural diversity promotes academic excellence
  • two campuses in Silicon Valley
  • modernization initiative
  • Biology
  • Laboratory and Research
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Not Specified
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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