Job Details

Contra Costa Community College District
  • Position Number: 2774998
  • Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research

Science Laboratory Coordinator, Senior - (Chemistry)

Posting Number: 0001599
Location: Diablo Valley College
Salary: $5,762.00 - $7,019.00/mo. See special instructions for initial step placement.

Position Definition:
To plan and organize laboratory activities for multiple science disciplines and/or large laboratory departments; to organize, schedule and assist in evaluating a variety of laboratory activities; to assist in department budget preparation and administration; to order and maintain laboratory equipment and instruments; and to coordinate the operation of department facilities and respond to critical laboratory health and safety emergencies.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Positions in this classification are responsible for the planning, organization and preparation of large science department laboratory operations for two or more disciplines or operations with larger scope and complexity.

Examples of Duties/Essential Functions:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Plans and coordinates large department laboratory operations for a variety of science disciplines.
Maintains and stores a sufficient inventory of scientific supplies and equipment in laboratory facilities; procures supplies and equipment; researches products and analyzes bids; identifies need for repair or external assistance and requisitions as necessary; assembles, tests and installs new equipment and instruments.
Provides technical lead support and serves as a resource to faculty, students, and staff.
Directs or performs the timely preparation, set-up and issuing of materials, equipment and lockers for use in student laboratory demonstrations, experiments, exercises and exams.
Performs complex skilled technical duties to ensure efficient lab operations.
Develops and implements new or modified laboratory policies, as required.
Recommends environmental, health and safety-related improvements and modifications in laboratory procedures and operations; establishes and enforces laboratory safety procedures; routinely inspects and/or tests safety equipment and supplies.
Monitors production of, collects, and appropriately processes hazardous waste materials and toxic chemicals resulting from laboratory classes; collects and properly stores biohazard waste.
Maintains material safety data sheets for all department chemicals and products.
Provides appropriate student safety training; maintains records of training.
Assists in developing and monitoring department budgets in coordination with management and faculty; prepares cost estimates for budget recommendations; submits justifications for budget items; maintains student billing records.
Coordinates workload of multiple or large department laboratories; monitors assignments of other assigned staff.
Collaborates with management and faculty to identify part-time staffing needs.
Conducts statistical review to analyze and assess the service effectiveness in assigned laboratories.
Assists in the selection of student assistants and/or tutors; provides training, functional and technical supervision, and evaluation of student assistants and/or tutors; reviews and approves student assistant and/or tutor timecards for accuracy and submits to a departmental supervisor or manager.
Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Three (3) years of responsible experience coordinating a laboratory in a college, public health, hospital, clinical or research setting performing discipline-specific tests and processes, including experience in workplace safety.
Possession of a Bachelors degree from an accredited college in a discipline relevant to assigned areas, or equivalent.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Red Cross First Aid and CPR certificate.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, Cal OSHA Certification.

Knowledge Of:
Methods, techniques and procedures used in the planning, development and delivery of a science laboratory program.
Subject matter and theoretical principles of assigned disciplines.
Scientific laboratory equipment, materials, supplies, methods, practices and techniques.
Methods of gathering and presenting general statistical data.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems and/or other student tracking software.
Tools, materials and equipment used in the repair, calibration, and maintenance of science laboratory equipment and instruments.
Principles, practices, and environmental health and safety regulations necessary to use and dispose of hazardous materials or work with laboratory equipment.
Modern software applications (Microsoft Office Suite, etc.).
Principles of record keeping and budget administration.

Skill To:

Ability To:
Work independently with minimal supervision.
Organize, coordinate, and prioritize laboratory activities for large laboratory departments and multiple assigned disciplines.
Research, adapt, and apply laboratory methods, practices and techniques common to assigned department.
Perform routine and analytical work needed to prepare equipment and materials for laboratory assignments.
Effectively and safely operate, adapt, and maintain scientific equipment.
Understand the function of, operate, demonstrate, maintain, troubleshoot, repair and calibrate technical instruments.
Perform administrative work accurately and efficiently, including budget monitoring and budget preparation.
Interpret and apply policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Lift, move and manipulate objects and equipment within laboratory.
Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
Stay current with changing environmental health and safety regulations.
Safely handle, store and dispose of hazardous materials.
Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, and religious background of all students, faculty and staff, and with all individuals encountered in the performance of required duties.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience in developing and maintaining an inventory for supplies and chemicals.
  • Demonstrates strong project management skills and attention to detail
  • Experience supervising employees and/or student workers
  • Experience in laboratory safety and hazardous waste disposal

Special Instructions:
Diablo Valley College inspires, educates and empowers a diverse community of students to transform their lives and their communities. To help further this work, DVC seeks a Senior Science Laboratory Coordinator for the Chemistry department that will support the operations of science labs within the department. The position will collaborate closely with faculty and staff to support laboratory classes in the Chemistry Department. We are looking for a colleague who will show sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic backgrounds and abilities of community college students. We are looking for employees who share a strong commitment to social and racial justice and to closing equity gaps by recognizing, understanding and respecting the perspectives of all students. We strongly encourage those with historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities to apply, including people of color, non-binary and transgender individuals, women, veterans, and Indigenous people. Examples of the classes in the Chemistry department can be found at:
Note: New employees will be placed at the first step which is $5,762.00 per month, second step $6,054.00 per month or third step at $6,361.00 per month (depending upon experience). Based on current salary placement guidelines, all step increases for which an employee becomes eligible shall take place on July 1st of each fiscal year. These increases will occur, on annual basis, until the maximum step of $7,019.00 per month is reached on the salary schedule.

Job Close Date: 2/14/2022
Open Until Filled: No

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