ID# 000856

Laboratory Technician - Art (Temporary)

San Bruno, CA 94066
United States


Job Description

Laboratory Technician - Art (Temporary)

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 2014846S

Department: Social Science / Creative Arts SKY (DEPT)

Location: Skyline College

Position Number: TBD

Percentage of Full Time:

FLSA: Non-Exempt (accrues overtime)

Months per Year: other

If other, please specify: Through 6/30/2020

Salary Range:


Min Salary: $24.44 per hour

Max Salary: $31.22 per hour

Position Type: Classified, Temporary

Who We Are:

The San Mateo County Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:

Skyline College is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI ), enrolling approximately 16,000 students each academic year. Skyline College has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on website.

Who We Want:

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:

This is technical work at the action level involved in organizing, coordinating and maintaining supplies, equipment and instructional support services for a college art program including: ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and general art courses. Under general supervision, the employee will monitor the art labs, keep the labs and storerooms clean and organized, clean and maintain equipment, clean and load gas and electric kilns, lift and load kiln shelves (approximately 35 pounds each), mix clay and glazes as needed, handle student work through the firing process, demonstrate safe use of chemicals, enforce safety practices, store and safely dispose of a variety of supplies, assist faculty in maintaining laboratory operations, and other tasks within the art program as needed. Public contact is extensive, primarily involving faculty and students for the purpose of providing safety and procedural information concerning laboratory operations and supplies. A moderate to high degree of independent judgment and creativity are required to apply safety and procedures to the storage, set-up, handling and disposal of chemicals, equipment and other supplies, and to resolve frequent minor and occasional major problems that arise. Consequences of errors in judgment could be costly in student and employee safety, employee time and money; however, clearly prescribed procedures and other controls limit the risk of serious errors. A Laboratory Technician can direct the work of student assistants as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Exchanges information with faculty, students, staff, vendors, other educational institutions and subject-matter resources concerning laboratory operations, inventory, safety issues, equipment and supplies; confers with, and provides support to faculty regarding development and modification of curriculum and laboratory teaching materials, laboratory and classroom set-ups, student safety, laboratory activities; attends meetings, workshops, and other events to obtain current subject-matter information and resources

2. Directs and participates in preparing demonstrations and presentations to students; delivers and sets up materials, equipment and supplies for laboratory classes; mixes chemicals; tests chemicals and materials for a variety of measurements and safety precautions in preparation for student use

3. Maintains laboratory environment in a safe, clean and orderly condition in compliance with safety procedures and state and federal regulations; researches and implements a variety of current laboratory occupational safety procedures and regulatory policies, in conjunction with faculty

4. Inventories equipment, supplies and required laboratory materials to maintain adequate quantities of stock; sets up and maintains online and manual files of laboratory equipment, supply and material purchases, equipment maintenance and usage, storage and disposal

5. Recommends the purchase of new equipment as needed; researches vendors, pricing, delivery timelines, and selects vendors as appropriate; orders new equipment, supplies, and materials as needed

6. Uses a variety of computer software to track laboratory expenditures, preventive maintenance, and other usage schedules and logs, laboratory resources, vendor lists, and other data; compiles data for, and prepares special and regular reports as assigned

7. Performs routine maintenance and minor repairs on laboratory equipment (pottery wheels, kilns); contacts vendors for major repairs

8. Checks out, and checks in, equipment to students as needed

9. Supervises and/or assists faculty and students with student exhibits

10. Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

• A combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio arts, fine arts, or a related field• Successful training and work experience in laboratory operations that has included research and implementation of state-of-the-art equipment, supplies, and materials• Demonstrated knowledge of applicable regulatory and other safety policies and procedures• Demonstrated skill in oral communication, including public speaking• Experience using spreadsheets and a variety of computer software to track, format and report on a variety of data• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff• Experience with inventory, setup, and maintenance of detailed records

Physical Requirements:

This classification requires standing for extended periods of time, bending, stooping, pulling, pushing, and reaching overhead, moving objects of up to 35lbs., kneeling; and exposure to chemicals, fumes, dust, and odors in order to perform the essential functions.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of technical laboratory/studio operational procedures, protocols, equipment, materials, and supplies related to a ceramics and sculpture lab

2. Knowledge of required laboratory/studio policies, procedures, and regulations related to subject-specific occupational safety, cleanliness, and sanitation

3. Skill in oral communication, including giving clear and concise instructions

4. Skill in organizing, sorting, categorizing and accurately retrieving a variety of materials, supplies and equipment

5. Skill in directing the work of others

6. Skill in working accurately and safely under deadline pressure

7. Skill in scheduling, coordinating and performing specialized and technical duties to assure efficient laboratory/studio operations

8. Skill in following detailed oral and written instructions

9. Skill in using spreadsheets and a variety of other computer software to track, format and report financial, statistical and other detailed data

10. Skill in communicating respectfully and sensitively with people who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

11. Skill in detailed electronic and manual record keeping

12. Ability to work effectively as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:


Due to the temporary nature of this position, benefits are not included.

Open Date: 10/29/2019

First Review Date: 11/12/2019

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:

Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax:(650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment:

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report:

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD ) 2019 Annual Security Report (ASR ), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD ; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD . Our 2019 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2019 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2019 is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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Contact Information

Human Resources
San Bruno CA 94066
United States

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