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Laboratory Coordinator (Biology)
San Mateo County Community College District in San Bruno, California
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Date Posted 09/09/2020
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Salary $67,812 (annual) to $86,544 (annual) -  
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Position Title

Laboratory Coordinator (Biology)


Skyline College


Sciences / Math / Technology SKY (DEPT)

Position Number


Percentage of Full Time



Non-Exempt (accrues overtime)

Months per Year


Min Salary

$67,812 (annual)

Max Salary

$86,544 (annual)

Position Type

Classified Positions

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 “Students First” Strategic Plan 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 Skyline College’s Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) 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 involved in organizing, coordinating, and maintaining supplies, equipment, and instructional support services for the Biology and Biotechnology Departments. Under general supervision, the employee uses subject-matter knowledge to setup the laboratory, demonstrate safe use of biologicals and chemicals, supplies and equipment, store and dispose of a variety of supplies, and assist faculty in maintaining laboratory operations. Public contact is extensive, primarily involving faculty and students for the purpose of providing safety and procedural information concerning laboratory operations and supplies.

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. Under general supervision, sets up, schedules, and coordinates use of laboratory and demonstration equipment for general education, allied health, and transfer biology and biotechnology courses

2. Prepares enzymes, plasmids, and reagents for Biology courses

3. Maintains biological and synthetic cadavers, and coordinates use with instructors

4. Sets up and puts away equipment for instructors and students

5. Creates and maintains an inventory of lab supplies using a computer database and restocks supplies as needed

6. Recommends and assists faculty in 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

7. Provides care and feeding of plants and animals

8. Makes minor repairs to equipment

9. Maintains an orderly environment

10. Supervises student assistants as needed

11. Inventories, monitors, and maintains a list of instructional media used in the lab

12. Communicates with biology and biotechnology department faculty regarding scheduling labs and the use of equipment and supplies

13. Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

• A combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of a Bachelor’s degree in biology or biochemistry

• Experience in biology laboratories, including microbiologic techniques

• Successful training and experience in laboratory operations, including research and implementation of state-of-the-art equipment, supplies, and materials

• Experience with the organization and maintenance of online and manual records and reports

• Experience with computer data entry, modification and retrieval, and use of a variety of software to produce routine reports, memoranda, and other written materials

• Skill in directing the work of others

• 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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Knowledge of technical laboratory operational procedures, protocols, equipment, materials and supplies, biological and chemical hygiene safety and control measures, preparation of laboratory experiments in a teaching environment

2. Knowledge of required laboratory 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 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 from diverse 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

Physical Requirements

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


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date


First Review Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to https://jobs.smccd.edu 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: www.smccd.edu/hr

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 Annual Security Report 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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