Laboratory Coordinator (Part-time)

San Mateo County Community College District

Laboratory Coordinator (Part-time)
San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 20141816S
Department: Sciences / Math / Technology SKY (DEPT)
Location: Skyline College
Position Number: 2C0305
Percentage of Full Time: 48%
FLSA: Non-Exempt (accrues overtime)
Months per Year: 10
If other, please specify:
Salary Range:
Min Salary: $34,238.40 (part-time annual)
Max Salary: $43,694.40 (part-time annual)
Position Type: Classified Positions

Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community College 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 San Mateo County Community College District team, 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 and 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 a college Simulation Laboratory. Under general supervision, the employee uses subject-matter knowledge to set up 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. A moderate to a high degree of independent judgment and creativity is required to apply safety and other policies and procedures related to laboratory 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. The Lab Coordinator position is distinguished from the Lab Technician position by responsibilities for leading the work of teams or individual staff and/or assisting supervisory staff as the designated technical resource for the resolution of more complex operational issues. The Lab Coordinator can lead the work of other staff and student assistants as assigned and can perform the routine functions of the Lab Technician.

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. Sets up, schedules, and coordinates the use of laboratory and demonstration equipment for various courses
  2. Ensures laboratory environment is in compliance with safety procedures and State and Federal regulations
  3. Prepares and maintains advanced lab equipment and materials specific to discipline/course syllabus
  4. Creates and maintains an inventory of lab supplies using a computer database and restocks supplies as needed
  5. Recommends and assists faculty in the purchase of new equipment as needed; researches vendors, pricing, and delivery timelines and selects vendors as appropriate; orders new equipment, supplies, and materials as needed
  6. Communicates with department faculty regarding scheduling labs and the use of equipment and supplies
  7. Supervises student assistants as needed
  8. Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of a Bachelor’s degree in the specific discipline or subject matter
  • Experience in laboratory techniques specific to discipline/course syllabus
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable regulatory and other safety policies and procedures
  • 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, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff

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.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of technical laboratory operational procedures, protocols, equipment, materials, and supplies related to a specific discipline or subject matter, 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 training and leading 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, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds
  11. Skill in detailed electronic and manual record-keeping
  12. Ability to work effectively as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. Optional tax-deferred flexible benefit 403(b) and 457 plans are available. Classified employees may participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California.

Open Date: 06/12/2024
First Review Date: 07/12/2024
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 requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2022 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 2022 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 2022 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2022 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. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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