Instructional Assistant-Biological Sciences (In-House Only) – Coast Community College District – Costa Mesa, CA

This position is open to internal permanent Coast Community College District (CCCD) employees to apply. External candidates, short-term, professional experts, student assistants, and part-time faculty are not eligible to apply. If you are not a current employee with CCCD, please do not apply at this time.

About Orange Coast College (OCC)

Orange Coast College’s 164-acre campus is located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern California’s beautiful beaches. Founded in 1947, with classes beginning in 1948, OCC has grown into one of the nation’s largest – and finest – community colleges. OCC has an unwavering commitment to equitable outcomes; inclusive practices; and rich racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC’s devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC’s devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. We currently enroll 18,705 students, the majority of whom are from racially minoritized populations: 34% of OCC’s students are Latinx, 2% are African- American, 25% are Asian, less than 1% Native American, 30% are White, and 5% are multiracial. OCC engages in a variety of professional development opportunities and partnerships so that we can serve disproportionately impacted groups. Student-centered activities that support OCC’s mission include campus-wide student success projects funded by the Office of Student Equity; partnerships with local Hispanic Serving four-year institutions; active programs that work to improve the academic achievement of racially minoritized students, such as PUENTE and UMOJA; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS).

This position will provide support to courses offered in the Biology department, with a focus on the organismal biology areas including Anatomy, Physiology, and the non-majors Biology courses. The position also supports courses offered in the summer and providing additional support to other areas in Science as needed.

Orange Coast College Employee Demographic Information:
Direct Link: OCC Employee-Student Demographics


Provides tutorial, technical assistance, and/or lab support to students either in a classroom or walk-in laboratory setting, who are usually but not limited to, pre-college, non-credit certificate, or non-transfer course work. Tasks performed require technical competence in the subject taught.

Distinguishing Career Features

The Instructional Assistant – Biological Sciences is the first level in a career path for the classroom, walk-in and scheduled labs, and tutoring. The Instructional Assistant – Biological Sciences will demonstrate subject matter competency in pre-college or first-year academic courses and other occupations that result in a certificate. Instructional Assistants may also be assigned as the second position in more advanced and scientific courses.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Specific duties may vary among departments, divisions, and jobs. Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following types of duties, as assigned:

  • Works with faculty/instructional administrator to design, construct, troubleshoot, modify or rebuild equipment, modules, experiments that will be used in the classrooms/ laboratories in a division comprised of various related but different subject areas.
  • Assists in laboratory preparation for all assigned Biological Sciences classes.
  • Creates written instructions for use of lab services and computer equipment, as necessary. Creates answer keys for sample materials for all materials in instructional materials files.
  • When performing setup, calculates amounts and portions such as mass, volume, length, percentage, concentration levels, angles, etc. Safely keeps and properly disposes and/or takes down the experiments and simulations.
  • Makes repairs to equipment and learning assistance devices. Checks out and maintains control over tools, equipment, supplies, materials used by students. May be required to maintain contact with appropriate vendors.
  • Maintains records of laboratory activity, including typing forms or inputting data, or otherwise retaining information regarding the acquisition, maintenance, and distribution of tools, equipment, materials, supplies, and/or written materials.
  • Provides for the general cleanliness, safety, and security of the laboratory or shop work area. Handles and disposes of harmful or hazardous materials according to specific instructions relating to their disposal. Participates in providing a safe environment for the conduct of the laboratory. Reports maintenance problems as they occur.
  • Attends training as necessary to maintain currency of knowledge and communicates safety concerns and necessary updates to supervisors.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned that support the objective of the position.
  • Required to abide by all District policies and procedures including Board Policy 3050 – Code of Professional Ethics.

Qualifications and Physical Demands

Knowledge and Skills

  • The position requires working knowledge of principles and properties of general and analytical chemistry, biology, chemistry, or physics, and general sciences including marine science, geology, engineering, and/or astronomy.
  • Requires working knowledge of chemical reactions.
  • Requires working knowledge in the use of basic-to-advanced scientific and laboratory equipment.
  • Requires in-depth knowledge of laboratory or workshop procedures, organization, equipment, tests, experiments, and simulations.
  • Requires knowledge of safe and proper handling of harmful chemicals, substances, and hazardous wastes.
  • Requires a well-developed knowledge of instructional methods and techniques.
  • Requires advanced mathematics skills to make calculations for the preparation of chemical solutions and compounds, including statistical confidence limits, algebraic computations, weights volumes, and percentages.
  • Requires sufficient knowledge of computers to use common desktop and specialized applications used in education.
  • Requires sufficient knowledge of the English language to prepare correspondence and materials suitable for classroom presentations.
  • Requires sufficient human relation skills to facilitate learning and to convey technical concepts to others.
  • Requires sensitivity to the needs of students of diverse backgrounds and abilities.


  • Requires the ability to perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the position.
  • Requires the ability to carry out the responsibilities of the position and set up laboratory assignments, experiments, simulations, and tests.
  • Requires the ability to prepare instructional equipment, solutions, and solids for laboratory experiments.
  • Requires the ability to operate, calibrate, and perform minor repairs to laboratory equipment and tools.
  • Requires the ability to conduct research on educational materials and equipment.
  • Requires the ability to maintain the lab and equipment in a safe and organized manner, including the handling of hazardous or dangerous materials and equipment as required for some labs.
  • Requires the ability to perform routine record keeping and report writing duties.
  • Requires the ability to organize and prioritize work and manage time effectively.
  • Requires the ability to communicate in both formal and informal settings with students, instructors, and other interested parties.

  • Requires motivation and organizational skills to manage the workload and work independently and interface with management and faculty as needed for creating and maintaining a lab environment that is best suited to current labs being taught.

Physical Abilities

  • The general physical demands, working conditions, and essential job functions associated with this classification will be kept on file with the Office of Human Resources.
  • Essential functions will vary by position.
  • As defined by Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), the District shall engage in a timely, good-faith interactive process with employees or employment applicants who are requesting or are in need of reasonable accommodations and, provide reasonable accommodations for employees or employment applicants who, because of their disability, are limited in or unable to perform one or more of the essential functions of their job in accordance with applicable state and federal law.

Education and Experience

  • The position requires a High School diploma or equivalent and completion of a certificate program at the college level or internship in a trade. Six months of prior experience tutoring students, supporting or setting lab exercises. Or, any combination of education and experience which would provide the required equivalent qualifications for the position.

Licenses and Certificates

  • May require a valid driver’s license.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed predominately indoors where some safety considerations exist from lifting and relocating medium-weight materials.

Conditions of Employment

This position is open to internal permanent Coast Community College District (CCCD) employees to apply. External candidates, short-term, professional experts, student assistants, and part-time faculty are not eligible to apply. If you are not a current employee with CCCD, please do not apply at this time.

This is an IN-HOUSE ONLY – permanent, full-time, 12-months per year classified position. The normal hours of work will be Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with the flexibility to occasionally work extended hours and/or weekends, if necessary, to meet the needs of the department. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor. (Salary Range EE-113)

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment. The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910 ) The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Coast Community College District, through policies, practices, and other benefit programs, delivers a fair and equitable total compensation program that promotes equal employment opportunity, inclusion, and workforce vitality. In general, it is the policy of the District to place new employees at the first step of the salary grade. All movement on the salary schedule will occur July 1 of each year for all classified employees.

The deadline to apply is October 29, 2021. Application materials must be electronically submitted online at Incomplete applications and application materials submitted by mail will not be considered.

Additional Information

Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Electronic applications may be completed by visiting Once you have completed an electronic application, you may apply to open positions within the Coast Community College District by submitting the application and all other required materials. Required materials differ for each open position and must be complete when submitted for a specific posting. Instructions for completing applications and applying to posted positions are available online or by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4714.

All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned. Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.

Application Requirements:
To be considered for employment you must submit a complete application packet. A complete application packet includes:

  • A complete online Classified/Management Employment Application.
  • A current resume. (Attached as a separate document.)
  • A cover letter highlighting your qualifications for the desired position. (Attached as a separate document.)
  • Answers to Supplemental Questions. (clear and detailed responses required as they will be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not paste your resume, or put “see resume” or “N/A”, or leave blank).

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. If you do not know an answer, please indicate so, but do not leave any space blank.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.

Any documents that you are unable to attach can be emailed to [email protected] Emails must clearly indicate the job you are applying to and your name.

Disability Accommodations:

If you require accommodations in the Application or Examination Process, please notify Human Resources by calling (714) 438-4716 OR (714) 438-4713.

The Coast Community College District is a multi-college district that includes Coastline
Community College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College. The three colleges offer programs in transfer, general education, occupational/technical education, community services, and student support services. Coastline, Golden West, and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than 60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificate programs.
Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College District has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays an important role in the community by responding to the needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population.

Coast Community College District Title IX:

This direct link 2021 Coast Community College District Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Download PDF reader) is the 2021 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. The crime statistics for calendar years 2018, 2019, and 2020 were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. A hard copy can be provided from one of the Campus Safety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices for any questions regarding the report.

Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

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