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Allan Hancock College
  • Position Number: 1142103
  • Location: Santa Maria, CA
  • Position Type: Computer and Information Technology

Laboratory Assistant, Writing Center

Department: Writing Center
Category: Technical
Posted: 12/21/2017
Closing Date: 1/22/2018

Laboratory Assistant, Writing Center
Allan Hancock College is accepting applications for a part-time, 19 hours per week, 10 month position supporting the Writing Center and reporting to the Dean, Academic Affairs. The successful candidate must pass a Department of Justice clearance and a pre-employment health and physical before the start date. The desired start date is March 2018.

*This position is contingent upon continued funding

Work Schedule:
Monday - Thursday 4:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The salary is range 13, $1,386 to $1,685 (pro-rated for 19 hours) per month on the classified bargaining unit salary schedule plus 2.5% shift differential.

Bargaining unit employees who regular work schedule requires work after 6:00 p.m. and before 6:00 a.m. for two (2) or more days per week shall receive a shift differential according to the following schedule:
Two-and-one-half percent (2.5%) above their regular rate of pay for all hours worked provided the shift includes two (2) hours between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Allan Hancock College serves more than 20,000 students in northern Santa Barbara County. Located on the central coast and just minutes from spectacular beaches and rolling vineyards, AHC operates three campuses – the main campus in Santa Maria, a state approved center in Lompoc and a center in Solvang. As one of the largest employers in Santa Barbara County, the college is an integral part of the community and enjoys strong support from local leaders and industry.

AHC, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, is proud to serve underrepresented students. The college has twice received recognition from the Aspen institute as one of the top colleges in the country. If you are looking for a position where you can have a direct impact on our students, AHC may be the place for you!

To learn more about Allan Hancock College and the Central Coast, visit our Human Resources page at and click on the Welcome to AHC video.

Allan Hancock College Classified – Technical
Human Resources Range 13


Under supervision of the Dean of Academic Affairs, performs a wide range of responsible instructional support, tutorial, and clerical duties related to the operation of the Writing Center; value and promote the mission and vision of the college.

Under general supervision, incumbents in this position work closely with faculty members and classified staff in providing instructional assistance for students enrolled in programs of study. The incumbent must have knowledge of basic computer usage and must demonstrate competency in English grammar. In addition, the incumbent must exercise sound judgment and demonstrate initiative in aiding and tutoring students. It is important that the incumbent provides a calm, efficient, and effective lab environment.

1. Assists students individually with computer use, lab sign-in procedures, and distributes and explains instructor and staff prepared directions and instructions.
2. Tutors students and assists in checking students' written and computer work and in identifying sources where a student can obtain help through computer aided software tutorial applications.
3. Maintains materials and instructs students in word processing and computer-assisted learning.
4. Assists in maintaining orderly conduct in the Writing Center.
5. Assists with and presents group orientations.
6. Enters data, including attendance, and maintains files and records for program reporting and development as required.
7. Tallies student surveys and end of semester data for the laboratory.
8. May develop posters, handouts, and other informational materials regarding the laboratory and its services.
9. Performs clerical functions as receptionist for lab environment as necessary.
10. Assists with coordinating and directing the work for student workers.
11. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:
Correct English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation;
Computer hardware and software as appropriate for the lab.

Demonstrated ability to:
Assist and tutor students in English and Reading;
Exercise initiative and sound judgement in a variety of procedural situations;
Communicate effectively, orally and in writing;
Locate resource materials;
Keyboard at 40 words per minute;
Work closely with students and faculty in a lab setting.

Education and Experience:
Associate degree or higher with experience relevant to English, English As A Second Language, or foreign languages, or graduation from high school, and three years of responsible experience relevant to the position.

Working Conditions:
Duties are primarily performed at the front counter, at a desk or at a computer.
The incumbent will experience interruptions while performing normal duties during the regular workday.
The incumbent will have contact, in person, by email, or on the telephone, with staff and the general public.

Physical Demands:
Typically sits for extended periods of time;
Operates a computer;
Communicates over the telephone, via email, and in person;
Regularly lift, carry and/or move objects weighing up to 15-20 pounds.

Special Qualification:
A sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students and to staff and students with disabilities.

A committee will give priority review of application materials submitted by Monday, January 22, 2018. This position is open until filled. Meeting minimum qualifications does not insure the candidate an interview. Therefore, it is important that the application be thorough and detailed. Applicants will be assessed on the breadth and depth of education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. A limited number of applicants will be invited for an interview at the college at their own expense. Interviewed candidates may be asked to complete written and job-related exercises. The district reserves the right to extend time limits, reinitiate or withdraw the recruitment-selection process at any point. Final candidates may be required to pass a pre-employment drug screening.

To be considered as a candidate for this position, please submit the following application materials to the college human resources office by 3:00 p.m., Monday, January 22, 2018:
Signed district application for classified positions
Transcripts (Copies are acceptable for the application process). Official transcripts are required if hired.
A current and complete resume of education and professional experience
Cover letter

APPLICATION: For application materials please visit our Web site at or contact:
Human Resources, Building B
Allan Hancock College
800 South College Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454-6399
(805) 922-6966, extension 3338
(805) 922-9196, FAX

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