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MiraCosta College

Instructional Assistant, Art (Photography)

Location: Oceanside , CA
Posted: April 11, 2023
Application Deadline: May 02, 2023


MiraCosta College
Oceanside , CA, 92056

Instructional Assistant, Art (Photography)

MiraCosta College

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Type of Assignment: Full Time

Assignment Category: Regular Position

Position Details:

One regular, non-benefited, part-time position, 18 hours per week, 10 months per year (August 1 to May 31) on the Oceanside campus. The position schedule is subject to change by semester, per the needs of each semester's course offerings. A typical schedule is arranged as 3 shifts of 6 hours per week within the following hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Examples: Monday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. & Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; or Tuesday & Thursday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Friday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation.

IMPORTANT: MiraCosta College requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to promote a safe and healthful workplace for employees and to promote the health and safety of our campus community. Unvaccinated employees are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe disease. This causes greater risk to their personal health and unnecessary disruption to the college community that depends on college programs and services. As of August 23, 2021, all employees must submit proof of vaccination or request and receive approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. For more information, please visit

Salary Range: 16

Compensation: Starting at $21,350.25 or $22,521.37 per year ($27.37 or $28.87 per hour), salary range 16, step 1 or 2 on the 2022-2023 classified salary schedule. Initial step placement will be determined based on directly related experience, with annual salary step increases up to step 5. In addition, after five years of district service, employees earn a longevity stipend that increases over time.

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


• Vacation, sick leave, and up to 18 paid holidays
• Retirement benefits
• Free and confidential employee assistance program
• Wellness Program
• Participation in the District's Early Retirement Program
• Professional Development Opportunities
• Tuition fee reimbursement

Position Term in Months: 10

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 by 11:59 PM on the closing date:

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/first screening 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) proof of being fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 or requesting and receiving approval for a medical or religious exemption; 2) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 3) submission of a current tuberculosis test clearance; 4) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; 5) fingerprint clearance; and 6) approval by the Board of Trustees.

*Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson and Johnson [J&J/Janssen]).

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 a highly technical or complex vocational or academic subject area; assist in the preparation of instructional materials and demonstrations; exercise judgment and initiative in coordinating labs and other instructional facilities and materials of the assigned area of learning; operate, distribute and demonstrate the safe use of specialized and sometimes hazardous equipment, tools and supplies; maintain the instructional labs in a safe and orderly manner; tutor students and correct their work; oversee the work of student workers; work collaboratively with instructors and other support staff and perform related duties as assigned. This position supports the Photography Program in the Art Department. Duties include the maintenance and upkeep of both digital and film / darkroom labs, including a full lighting studio. Management of the labs includes inventory and care of digital and analog photographic and lighting equipment, computer labs with scanners and inkjet printers, support of classes and instructors, and support of students during open lab hours.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

An Instructional Assistant is distinguished from an Instructional Associate in that an incumbent in the latter 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 specific to a field. Associates also oversee and train other Instructional Assistants and student workers working in their labs, studios or shops.

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. Assist instructors in curriculum preparation and implementation including preparing media equipment, software applications and materials for classroom use; set up lab demonstrations and equipment for instructor use; maintain equipment in sound working order, issue and check in equipment, tools and materials for student use.

2. Monitor student progress and provide tutoring to students individually and in small groups; assist in explaining/demonstrating learning exercises and instructional materials; assist students in planning for and completing projects; answer student questions on class and assignment concepts, objectives, learning points and techniques; provide information on resources available to students in completing their work; help students to prepare and exhibit work; check in student work.

3. Demonstrate and describe the safe operation, use and care of equipment, instruments and supplies used in a lab, studio or shop, some of which may be potentially hazardous such as kilns, glazing tools, automotive shop equipment and sculpture and woodworking equipment; monitor student use and provide guidance to ensure sound techniques and safe operations; answer technical questions; enforce lab/studio/shop procedures and policies; maintain an inventory of materials and supplies for instructional use.

4. Assist in the preparation of equipment and supplies budgets; examine literature on new equip­ment for purchase recommendations; consult with vendors as necessary.

5. Proctor tests and assist in the grading of tests and projects from an answer key; return testing materials to a secure location; may notify students of test results.

6. Maintain and perform minor repairs and adjustments to equipment and hand and power tools; maintain equipment and work area in a safe, clean and organized condition; stock and organ­ize supplies, tools and equipment used in the classroom and lab settings.

7. Maintain lab/studio/shop records and prepare periodic reports.

Other Duties:

1. May oversee and train student workers assigned to their lab, studio or shop.

2. Notify students of lab schedules and hours; assist students in completing applications, forms and records; enter data in systems and generate standard and ad hoc reports.

3. Maintain attendance records; correct exams and record grades.

4. Store and dispose of hazardous materials in accordance with established district policies and procedures.

5. Perform general clerical duties related to the maintenance and efficiency of the instructional program.

6. May serve as a tutor in a designated language other than English.

7. May serve as a scribe or reader for students with various disabilities and learning styles.

8. Attend departmental and college-wide meetings.

9. Attend professional growth activities to update and increase knowledge in the field.

10. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:

1. Basic college-level subject matter applicable to the assigned subject area.

2. Basic math.

3. Recordkeeping techniques and procedures.

4. Proper methods, materials, tools and equipment used in an assigned learning laboratory.

5. Operation, use and care of equipment applicable to assigned subject area including power and hand studio and shop tools that are potentially hazardous and require instruction in their safe use.

6. Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.

7. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.

8. Uses and functionalities of instructional technology including Blackboard and other district applications.

9. Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work.

10. Written and oral communication skills including correct English usage, grammar, spell­ing, punctuation and vocabulary.

Ability To:

1. Provide instructional assistance to students in assigned subject area.

2. Properly set up, operate and demonstrate the correct and safe operation and use of tools, materials and equipment used in assigned subject area.

3. Operate and perform minor and routine repair and maintenance to equipment used in the assigned laboratory.

4. Perform basic college-level work in the assigned subject area.

5. Make arithmetic calculations quickly and accurately.

6. Prepare and maintain records and files.

7. Plan and organize work.

8. Work independently with little direction.

9. Observe legal and defensive driving practices.

10. Work cooperatively with others.

11. Lift, carry or move objects weighing up to 50 pounds or more as required by the position.

12. Meet schedules and timelines.

13. Train and provide work direction to others.

14. Complete work with many interruptions.

15. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

16. Understand and follow written and oral instructions.

17. Operate a computer and standard business software.

18. Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and disability issues.

19. 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:

An associate degree in the assigned subject, discipline or related field and one year 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:

Previous experience managing photographic facilities including, but not limited to, the following: darkroom maintenance (black & white chemistry and alternative processes); digital computer oversight; inkjet printing systems maintenance (Epson); full lighting studio management; and 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.
Some assignments may require a forklift operator's license.

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: S22/23049P

Human Resources Contact Information: or 760.795.6854

Job Close Date: 5/2/2023

Open Until Filled:

First Screening Date:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

MiraCosta College is committed to creating a racially just campus climate. Individuals and their diverse cultures and identities are welcomed, nurtured, and validated. MiraCosta College takes institutional responsibility for closing the equity gap for disproportionately impacted populations including Latinx and Chicanx communities, Black and African American communities, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, Native American communities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities, veteran communities, former foster youth, adult students, and students from low socioeconomic statuses. MiraCosta will continue to serve all constituents with values rooted in equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.MiraCosta College's Mission, Vision, Commitment, and Institutional Values & Goals –

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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