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Instructional Aide II, Chemistry
Mt. San Jacinto College in San Jacinto, California
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Date Posted 02/11/2020
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Salary $21.68 - $23.00 Hourly -  
Employment Type Part Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Under the general direction of the Director of Instructional Laboratory Operations, or designee, the Instructional Aide II prepares the laboratories for class session activities. The incumbent responds to student questions and maintains a supportive and professional relationship with students, instructional aides and instructors.

Under professional academic/student services supervision, the Instructional Aide II performs discipline-specific technical tasks relating and involved with students' educational and support services processes. Incumbents may not move from one position to another unless he/she meets the minimum qualifications specific to the discipline.


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements and duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Prepare all reagents necessary for the experiment that will range from simple mixtures to solutions that require standardization by titration
  • Isolate hazardous solution and/or solids
  • Neutralize acids and bases for safe disposal
  • Precipitate and filter out solids from solution that contain hazardous materials such as heavy metals
  • Clean up acid or base spills that may occur
  • Order and maintain an inventory of all required supplies and materials, including chemicals and reagents
  • Assist higher level Instructional Aides in coordinating assigned lab materials and supplies for all chemistry labs
  • Clean and maintain all lab equipment and furniture
  • Assure that lab equipment is in working order at all times by scheduling periodic maintenance and coordinating repair work
  • Respond to students' general questions
  • Provide leadership and individual tutoring in labs as needed
  • Proctor quizzes and laboratory practicum
  • Duplicate quizzes, class handouts, etc., as needed
  • Collect, organize and prepare students' assignments for grading and assessment by instructors
  • Record assessment grades into grade-book and oversees return of assignments to students
  • Insure and promote safe laboratory techniques

The incumbent should possess knowledge of:
  • Student educational processes and needs specific to an instructional program (discipline) or student services function, computer programs and software, and instructional support materials 
  • Computer programs and software
  • Instructional support materials

The incumbent should possess skills in:
  • Working effectively as a team member
  • Meeting schedules and timelines
  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing
  • Maintaining documentation and records
  • Handling multiple assignments simultaneously and set priorities based on customer needs

The incumbent should possess the ability to:
  • Operate basic laboratory equipment
  • Perform individual and small group tasks, as assigned by the faculty member
  • Set up and operate audio-visual equipment
  • Operate a computer or mainframe terminal with minimal instruction (limited to on-the-job training)
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others, including those from a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff


  1. An Associate's degree in Chemistry (or a related field) (*attach transcripts)

Substitutions for meeting the minimum qualifications for the college-level education requirement are allowed, as follows:
  • Forty (48) semester units of college-level coursework; AND
    • nine (9) semester units in the discipline; OR
      • one (1) year of directly related experience in the classification's typical activities; OR
  • Credit instructional programs; AND
    • two (2) years of directly related experience in the classification's typical activities may be substituted up to twenty (24) semester units; OR
  • Career education instructional programs/disciplines; AND
    • three (3) years of directly related experience may be substituted for up to forty-eight (48) semester units 

  1. Possession of, or the ability to obtain within 60-days of hire, a valid California driver's license with a driving record acceptable to the District.
    1. If selected, employment commencement is contingent upon successful enrollment in the District's DMV Pull Program.  Employees enrolled in the DMV Pull Program MUST continuously maintain a driving record that meets District requirements set forth in the current policy as it relates to allowable types of infractions and points.
  1. 1.  A Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry
  2. 2. Two (2) years of professional experience working in an academic lab environment 

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a laboratory or classroom setting and may travel from site to site.  The incumbent may be exposed to or be tasked to handle hazardous chemicals.  Knowledge of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to minimize exposure to hazards is essential.

Physical: Primary function requires sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a laboratory or classroom; 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 up to 30 pounds; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movements and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents; and to operate assigned equipment.

HearingHear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Initial salary placement for this position is from Step 1 to Step 3 depending on the amount of reasonably related experience.  The job is a Classified position, Level 18, working full time, 29 hours per week, 11 months.  The position serves District-Wide; applicants may be assigned to any district facility.  The current work schedule is Monday & Wednesday 1:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and Friday 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Work hours are subject to change depending on department needs.

This position is in the California School Employees Association bargaining unit.  For more information, please visit their website http://www.csea.com/web/chapter767 .  

A twelve-month probationary period must be successfully completed before the selected candidate is considered a permanent employee of the District.  The District provides a contribution towards medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.  Vacation and sick leave are provided.  PERS participation is required for retirement eligible employees.  As a condition of employment candidates will be required to complete a live scan for fingerprint clearance and a Tuberculosis (TB) test/Tuberculosis Risk Assessment form developed by the State Department of Public Health.



  1. Applications must be submitted through our online job board; creating a profile is required 
  2. Before scanning attachments, remove/redact sensitive, confidential information such as date of birth, social security number, personal photograph, etc. 
  3. Attach a current resume (do not include sensitive, confidential information such as date of birth, social security number, personal photograph, etc.)
  4. Attach transcripts of ALL college-level coursework (*see transcript tips below) 
  5. MSJC application must include details regarding how you satisfy the job requirements; including a statement of your philosophy regarding education and how you meet the qualifications (thoroughly answering supplemental questions "Personal Qualifications Statement" and "Diversity Statement"on the MSJCapplication is acceptable, or a separate document may be included in your submission)
  6. Attach or include on MSJC application; certification, training, vocational, or related program(s) if applicable 


  • For positions that require education, transcript(s) must be attached to your application submission to verify completion of college-level coursework 
  • Carefully review the Application Procedures and Tips for Applying to ensure your submission meets the minimum qualifications If selected for an interview, a presentation and/or teaching demonstration may be required as a part of the interview process.  If applicable, presentation instructions will be included in the invitation to schedule a formal interview.
  • The documents attached to your online application must satisfy the Minimum Qualifications listed for this job 
  • Before scanning attachments, remove/redact sensitive, confidential information such as date of birth, social security number, address, photograph
  •  If you are employed by the District, it is still the applicant's responsibility to upload the required attachment(s) to each application submission.  The hiring committee does not have access to personnel files.  The hiring committee only has access to evaluate the documents included with your application submission.  You may contact HR to schedule an appointment to view your personnel file if you'd like access to the original transcript documents in your file. 
  • Your application may be marked as incomplete due to an error with your transcript(s).
      • Only transcripts from an accredited college or university will be accepted
      • Only a scanned/saved copy or photo of transcripts will be accepted***
      • Applicant must provide transcripts; which must include required authenticating factors: college/university seal or watermark, registrar signature, print or issue datename of student, list of all coursework, degree conferral date, and degree major
      • Transcripts copied and pasted from a website, blurry, unreadable or cut off will not be accepted
      • Transcripts copied and pasted into a program where the text can easily be manipulated cannot be authenticated and are not accepted
      • Electronic/digital transcripts sent by a college are typically official, certified, and restricted electronic documents; and therefore, it's recommended to print and save this type of official transcript to a separate file before attaching to your online profile - otherwise we may be unable to open or view the attachment
      • Foreign transcripts are not considered unless accompanied by an official United States clearing house evaluation report, see Foreign Transcript Tips
      • If you attach documents that contain a personal photograph, it will be deleted from your submission
      • If hired, you must submit official, unopened transcripts prior to employment commencement
  • You must attach all the required documents before submitting your online application; otherwise it will be marked as incomplete
  • If you receive notice that your application was marked as incomplete, you are welcome to reapply as long as the position is still open
  • We do not accept documents submitted separate from the NEOGOV online application system
  • Any documents you want considered as part of your application profile MUST be included at the time you apply through NEOGOV
  • Hiring committees do not allow applicants to share documents during the formal interview (resume, portfolio, reference letters, etc.).  The only exception would be if there are documents explicitly related to instructions included in a demonstration or presentation task.
Substitutions for meeting the minimum qualifications are allowed for a majority of our job postings.  If substitutions are allowed, they will be listed under the Minimum Qualifications section of the job posting.  Substitutions are allowed for education and professional experience.  Substitutions will be processed as follows:
  • 24 semester units equates to one (1) year of college level course work; OR
    • One (1) year of professional experience
  • 48 semester units equates to two (2) years of college level course work; OR
    • An Associate's degree; OR
    • Two (2) years of professional experience
  • 96 semester units equates to four (4) years of college level course work; OR
    • A Bachelor's degree; OR
    • Four (4) years of professional experience
  • Professional Experience:
  • One (1) year of professional experience equates to 24 semester units of college level course work
  • Two (2) years of professional experience equates to 48 semester units of college level course work; OR
    • An Associate's degree
  • Four (4) years of professional experience equates to 96 semester units of college level course work; OR
    • A Bachelor's degree 



Who We Are: 
Mt. San Jacinto Community College District is committed to achieving parity in academic outcomes by removing institutional barriers and creating an inclusive and culturally affirming learning environment. As outlined in the District's Student Equity Pledge, https://www.msjc.edu/equitypledge/documents/MSJC_Equity_Pledge.pdf  "our purpose is to celebrate diversity, instill hope, and empower our students to transform their lives and those around them by challenging our perceptions and biases through self-reflection and constant inquiry to identify and eliminate equity gaps." 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 Mt. San Jacinto Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that approaches educational justice as a means for economic and social transformation and mobility demanding the broad collaboration among faculty, classified professional staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District: 
Mt. San Jacinto Community College enrolls approximately 27,000 students each academic year and has a highly diverse student population that reflects the communities it serves. Designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), Mt. San Jacinto Community College administers an array of student affinity programs specifically focused on supporting our diverse, multicultural, and multi-racial communities. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on Mt. San Jacinto College's Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, and Research 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 professional staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The Mt. San Jacinto Community 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.

Mission: "Mt. San Jacinto College offers quality, accessible, equitable and innovative educational programs and services to students aspiring to achieve their academic, career and personal development goals.  We provide students a safe environment in which to pursue basic skills, career and general education pathways. Our programs lead to transfer, associate degrees and certificates, which meet workforce development needs in our diverse communities. Our commitment to learning and achievement empowers students to enrich our communities and participate meaningfully in today's complex world."
Vision: Transforming Learners. Transforming Communities. Transforming Lives.
Values Statement: We are students, employees and a community. We believe that the act of teaching and learning is vital to a thriving community that enriches and, at times, saves lives. We commit to opportunities that inspire the following values in ourselves:
Excellence:  We challenge students by setting high standards for learning and critical thinking, which we model with action.

Collaboration:  We believe the best results are achieved through communication and participation among students, employees, industry and the community we serve.

Relationship:  We nurture a community built on positive interactions and a genuine concern for the welfare of others.

Innovation: We cultivate a creative environment that promotes the development of new ideas for continuous quality improvement.

Relevance: We create educational experiences that have meaningful applications in a local and global context, today and tomorrow.

Access: We ensure equitable rights of all students by removing barriers to a quality education and promoting a network of support that improves learning opportunities.

Leadership: We empower people throughout the community to support and facilitate positive change.

Diversity: We respect and embrace the power of sharing our differences in thought, opinion, culture and background to optimize our collective strength.

Integrity: We believe in being true to our core values by consistently demonstrating our character and an institutional commitment to do the right thing.

The area provides a diverse geography that includes recreational lakes, mountains, desert and wide-open spaces.  MSJC is located about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 50 miles west of Palm Springs.  There is freeway access to ocean beaches, skiing and cultural offerings in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County. Weekend recreational opportunities are a few hours away in Las Vegas, Arizona and nearby mountain resorts.  Local theater productions and art galleries provide year-round entertainment, including the famous Ramona Festival and Pageant.
Applicants who need assistance in the application and/or hiring process should contact the Human Resources Department as soon as possible.  The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities.
The Board assures that all employees and applicants for employment will be provided equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or veteran status.

Equal Opportunity Employer
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In conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, requests for reasonable accommodations may be made to (951) 487-3161.   For administrative purposes, requests must be made at the time of application.
MSJC will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.  Please access the links from the drop down menu at the top left of the job board web page for further details regarding the E-Verify program. 


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