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MiraCosta College

Instructional Associate - Photography

Location: Oceanside , CA
Posted: April 28, 2021
Application Deadline: May 31, 2021


MiraCosta College
Oceanside , CA, 92056

Instructional Associate - Photography

MiraCosta College

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Type of Assignment:

Assignment Category: Regular Position

Position Details:

One regular, part-time position (non-teaching), 18 hours per week, 10 months per year (August through May), on the Oceanside campus. The anticipated work schedule will be variable per the needs of the department. All working hours will fall during weekdays, to be scheduled any combination of hours on Mondays - Fridays, from 8 am - 6 pm, but may vary from semester to semester depending on class schedules. The instructional associate works in and around the hours of instruction and supervises open lab hours for students outside of class times. The position currently requires a combination of remote and in-person work (to handle lab maintenance, equipment checkout, etc.). However, when the college fully reopens, employees may be required to return fully to in-person work. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation.

Salary Range: 25

Compensation: Starting at $2,636.20 per month (range 25, step 1).

Employees must make arrangements for the direct deposit of paychecks into the financial institution of their choice, via electronic fund transfer.


Membership in a retirement plan; vacation and sick leave, earned on an accrual basis; District-paid holidays.

Position Term in Months: $Term

Application Procedure:

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number:

1. Application on which you list all relevant experience.

2. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and experience.

3. A cover letter addressed to the "Screening and Interview Committee" specifically describing how your experience aligns with the Essential Duties, Other Duties and Desirable Qualifications.

4. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications as stated in this job posting. Unofficial or legible photocopies are acceptable. If a degree(s) was earned, the transcripts must state that the degree was awarded. Any degree/coursework used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.

If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. To view a list of agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, go to Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials for up to three to four weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.

Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 2) submission of a current tuberculosis test clearance; 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; 4) fingerprint clearance; and 5) approval by the Board of Trustees.

Retired STRS members are not eligible for this position.

Basic Function:

Under general supervision, assist within an instructional program by performing complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex vocational or academic subject area; exercise judgment and initiative in coordinating labs and other instructional facilities and materials of the assigned area of learning; oversee the work of other support staff and student workers; and perform related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

An Instructional Associate is distinguished from an Instructional Assistant in that an incumbent in the former class assumes greater responsibility for more technical aspects of a learning program, performs at a skilled level with a considerable degree of independence and operates various and complex apparatus, equipment and machines. An Instructional Associate must possess extensive technical or academic training and experience in the field of specialty and provide work direction and training to student workers and Instructional Assistants.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

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

1. Develop, set up, explain and demonstrate learning exercises and instructional materials to aid in student comprehension of course work; present information to students and instructional personnel in a logical, accurate and interesting manner; provide information on available learning resources.

2. Assist instructors, staff and students in the use of a variety of technical and specialized equipment, materials and supplies in an instructional laboratory setting, including computer hardware and software applications and hand and power equipment and tools applicable to an assigned instructional area; design, modify and enforce lab procedures and policies; issue and check in tools and equipment to students and others.

3. Monitor students in class work procedures; encourage student participation; check student work; demonstrate safety and emergency procedures in classroom, lab and workshop situations; ensure security of lab materials, equipment, machinery and computers.

4. Establish and monitor lab schedules; set up and supervise labs; prepare and issue materials; dispose of materials, check in tools, equipment and materials; maintain appropriate records.

5. Provide work direction and training to Instructional Assistants and student workers or interns; verify payroll records; ensure that Instructional Assistants and student workers possess applicable licenses or certifications required to perform duties to be assigned.

6. Develop or assist in developing department budgets; research and interview vendors; coordinate purchases and other expenditures; monitor accounts and request transfer of funds as appropriate; maintain records and prepare related reports.

7. Order, receive, catalog and store instructional supplies, materials and equipment; direct and participate in inventory of equipment and materials, ensuring that adequate quantities are available for use, as required; mark equipment with approved identification; provide technical assistance in the preparation of specifications for equipment and material purchases; research vendors to assess new equipment and supplies and recommend selections as requested.

8. Maintain learning environment in a safe, clean and orderly condition; make complex or technical repairs and adjustments to equipment and tools, some of which may be potentially hazardous such as kilns, automotive shop equipment and sculpture, woodworking and foundry equipment; monitor student use and provide guidance to ensure sound techniques and safe operations; answer technical questions; enforce lab/studio/shop procedures and policies; create specialized tools, instruments, equipment or facilities as needed.

9. Operate and instruct others in the safe and effective use of a variety of technical or specialized equipment related to area of specialty including computers, specialized equipment and software, and hand and power tools and equipment, as required.

10. Demonstrate safety and emergency procedures in a lab/studio/shop setting; ensure the safe storage, use and disposal of hazardous and toxic materials; post and update Materials Safety Data Sheets to ensure compliance with district safety policies and procedures, as required.

Other Duties:

1. Stay abreast of trends and advancements in applicable subject area and make recommendations to faculty on instructional changes and new technologies and equipment that should be considered to ensure continued relevance of learning programs.

2. Participate in the planning, design and construction of department instructional facilities.

3. Assist in developing recruitment programs for prospective and continuing students; assist in recruiting students for assigned programs through industry organizations, committees and area high schools as assigned.

4. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:

1. Subject matter areas at an advanced level applicable to area of assignment including, where applicable, concepts, work methods and processes, tools and equipment used in the subject area.
2. Advanced methods and practices of student instruction and tutoring.
3. Methods and procedures for diagnosing and resolving minor computer hardware/software and equipment problems in a classroom or laboratory environment.
4. District policies, practices and procedures for budgeting, purchasing and materials management.
5. Basic reference materials and library research techniques.
6. Recordkeeping methods and techniques.
7. Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
8. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
9. Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work, including those applicable to an assigned lab/studio/shop including the safe mixing, storage, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals and biohazards.
10. Written and oral communication skills including correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.

Ability To:

1. Provide effective instructional support to faculty and guidance to students in subject matter areas applicable to area of assignment.
2. Organize, set priorities and exercise sound, independent judgment within areas of responsibility.
3. Read, understand, interpret and apply department or college rules, policies and technical materials relating to assigned field.
4. Instruct or tutor students effectively to foster enthusiasm for learning; accurately, thoroughly and clearly answer students' subject matter, equipment use and technology questions.
5. Properly set up, operate and demonstrate the correct and safe operation and use of tools, materials and equipment used in assigned subject area.
6. Train, demonstrate, inspect, enforce and monitor safe work practices and safety compliance by instructors, staff, student employees and students in a lab/shop/studio environment with potentially hazardous equipment and toxic substances.
7. Plan, schedule, train and review the work of student assistants.
8. Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action.
9. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
10. Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
11. Operate a computer and standard business software.
12. Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and disability issues.
13. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

Education & Experience:

To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

A bachelor's degree in art, photography, or a field related to this position and one year of related work experience;

OR an associate degree and four years of related work experience;

OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

NOTE: For work experience, one "year" is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours.

Desirable Qualifications:

1. Previous experience managing photographic facilities including, but not limited to, darkroom maintenance (black & white chemistry and alternative processes); digital computer oversight; inkjet printing systems maintenance (Epson); and full lighting studio management.

2. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite software.

Licenses & Other Requirements:

A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district's vehicle insurance program.

Physical Effort:

The physical efforts described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Frequent standing, walking, bending and stooping; frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing 50 pounds or more; ability to operate equipment and hand and power tools applicable to assigned areas of responsibility; ability to work at a computer, including repetitive use of a computer keyboard, mouse or other control devices; ability to travel to a variety of locations on and off campus as needed to conduct district business.

Emotional Effort:

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving interactions and communications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis; ability to work effectively under pressure on a variety of tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.

Working Conditions:

Primarily indoor office, classroom, instructional lab/studio/shop environments; may be subject to equipment and chemical hazards, fumes, loud noise, dust, extreme temperatures; subject to frequent contact and interruptions by individuals in person or by phone; intermittent exposure to angry and/or verbally aggressive individuals; may be required to work during day and/or evening hours on an as-needed basis; may work at any college location.

Posting Number: S_20/21_035_P

Human Resources Contact Information: or 760.795.6854

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

First Screening Date: This position is open until filled, applications will be reviewed as they are received

About MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more details, please visit our website at

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