Instructional Laboratory Technician - Art - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Santa Clara, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Art Department of Mission College is seeking a talented individual to fill the position of Instructional Laboratory Technician.

Mission College is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate the college for its friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.

Under direction of an assigned supervisor, operate an instructional art laboratory and maintain equipment, tools, materials and supplies; facilitate student learning by providing assistance to faculty and students; tutor individual and small groups of students in technical aspects of the instructional program.

Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


100% of full time, 37.5 hours per week, 12 months per year, with an anticipated start date of August 19, 2015. Schedule may change to include some evening or weekend hours, as needed. This position is a member of the West Valley-Mission Classified Employees Association (WVMCEA), Office, Technical & Business Services Employee Unit.

Work Location: Mission College, Santa Clara, CA.

We have begun a district-wide classification study of all regular, non-faculty staff positions. A classification study is a process of studying, analyzing, and describing the nature and level of work performed by employees. This classification study will ultimately produce uniform job descriptions for every employee.

The classification study will also include a compensation study that will provide information on what other employers pay employees who are performing similar duties. The District will use this information to ensure that our employees are adequately compensated.

The classification study started in November 2014 and is expected to take approximately 9-12 months to complete. As a result of this study, it is possible for the job description and/or compensation to change in this position opening.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination equivalent to:
1. Education – Two years of college course work in art or closely related fine arts discipline;


2. Experience – Two years of experience in an art- related field of work;


3. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous experience operating an instructional art lab.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

  • Operate an instructional art laboratory; provide learning opportunities in a practical setting in which students receive instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, metal casting and other areas.
  • Order, receive, store and inventory equipment, supplies and materials for laboratory use; issue and distribute instructional materials for student use in the art lab.
  • Set up, operate and demonstrate the use of specialized equipment typically found in community college art, craft and sculpture laboratories.
  • Provide instructional guidance and assistance to individual and small groups of art students; reinforce concepts, techniques and practical applications presented by the instructor.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of records, logs and files related to equipment inventory and purchases, locks, keys, sale of supplies, and various student records.
  • Maintain a clean and safe learning environment in the art laboratory; maintain equipment and schedule repairs as needed.
  • Operate specialized equipment used in an art laboratory including tools, brushes, chalk and paint media, foundry equipment and other devices and materials.
  • Communicate with instructors, vendors and suppliers regarding art laboratory purchases, operations and equipment.
  • Prepare, duplicate and distribute study aids, handouts, examinations, laboratory assignments and exercises and related instructional materials.
  • Train and provide work direction to student assistants.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Laboratory equipment, supplies and materials typically used in community college art, craft and sculpture labs.
  • Oil and water-base paints, chalk, charcoal and other paint media.
  • Sculpting and metal casting techniques.
  • Health and safety precautions used in an instructional lab.
  • Instructional principles, practices and methodology.
  • Operation and maintenance of an instructional art laboratory.
  • Record keeping methods.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Operation of microcomputers, peripheral equipment, office machines and audio-visual equipment.

Ability to:

  • Operate and maintain an instructional art laboratory at a community college.
  • Operate, maintain and demonstrate the use of specialized equipment, supplies and media used to create artistic materials.
  • Provide instructional guidance and assistance to art students in a learning laboratory environment.
  • Plan and organize work.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Meet schedules and time lines. *Maintain timely and accurate records and reports.
  • Perform clerical work using modern office practices, procedures and equipment, including a microcomputer.
  • Learn instructional methods and techniques.
  • Train, schedule, supervise and evaluate student workers if assigned.
  • Perform work in compliance with health and safety regulations.
  • Facilitate learning activities and opportunities for students.
  • Prepare instructional materials for laboratory activities.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly laboratory environment.
  • Relate effectively with people of varied academic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds using tact, patience and courtesy.

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,734–$4,057 monthly (WVMCEA Salary Schedule, Range 54, Steps A-C).
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse, and/or dependents.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • Up to 22 days vacation leave accrued annually.
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Educational growth incentive program from $40 to $200 monthly.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 15 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 20 years of service.
  • CalPERS retirement.
  • Position is union affiliated with required dues.
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

  • Instructional Laboratory Technician - Art
  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume