College/Division: CAFES-College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Salary Range: CSU Salary Range: $3,748 - $6,582 per month (Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,500 - $5,200 per month)
Cal Poly is seeking an Instructional Support Technician II in the Food Science and Nutrition department.
The Position: Under the general direction of the FSN Department Head and in coordination with the FSN Operations Manager, the Instructional Support Technician II (IST II) will provide technical support for faculty and students in the kitchen/culinary lab, in the teaching and research laboratories and in the pilot plants. The IST II implements, monitors and enforces departmental safety and hygiene policies, and contributes to their further development and improvement. The IST II schedules and plans technical and scientific equipment and provides training in the use of culinary, laboratory and pilot plant equipment and instruments and partners with faculty to develop, refine, and implement activities that incorporate the latest scientific knowledge into the teaching and research programs and projects.
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The Benefits: As part of the CSU system, Cal Poly offers a very generous benefits package, including the following: - Enrollment in CalPERS (Public Employee Retirement System) - Health, dental, and vision insurance at competitive rates or no cost to employee - Life insurance at no cost to employee - Program to allow employee or select family members to attend classes at any of the CSUs for reduced fees - Federal Loan Forgiveness Program
Minimum Qualifications (Staff Only):
Three years experience providing instructional support services in a related discipline, acting as a student assistant, or in producing materials or supplies related to the discipline. (two years of college with 16 semester units in courses in the related specialty area discipline may be substituted for one year of required experience OR four years of college with 16 semester units in courses in the related specialty area discipline may be substituted for two years of required experience.)
Knowledge of the common principles, methods and techniques related to the Food Science and Nutrition program areas.
Knowledge of the materials, supplies, and equipment, and the ability to evaluate the materials and supplies commonly used in labs for Food Science and Nutrition. Ability to prepare specialized materials and samples for use in food science and nutrition teaching and research.
Ability to operate scientific, culinary lab, and technical equipment and instruments and to interpret results.
Ability to adjust and make minor repairs on scientific and technical culinary lab equipment.
Ability to respond quickly and appropriately in emergencies due to the presence of dangerous situations or hazardous materials; knowledge of and ability to read and understand Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and other hazardous property reference materials.
Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
Ability to independently handle multiple work unit priorities and projects and/or training and guidance to others.
Ability to analyze operational, procedural, and technical problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions; ability to evaluate, recommend, and implement proposed solutions using reasoning and judgment.
Ability to manage laboratory space, and to organize and store supplies so they may be accessed quickly and easily.
Ability to manage purchasing credit card, keep organized records and create reports from those records.
Ability to learn and apply safe and proper handling procedures for food processing, food preparation, and food chemistry laboratory equipment and utensils.
Knowledge of safe and sanitary food handling methods.
Knowledge of and ability to establish work place security and safety.
Knowledge of hazardous materials and chemical handling methods and regulations.
Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.
Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.
Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing. Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Ability to interpret, communicate and apply policies and procedures.
Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University infrastructure, policies and procedures.
Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science, Nutrition, Chemistry or related field.
Completion of two years of course work in Food Science, Nutrition, Chemistry or related fields.
Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service-centered attitude.
***THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED***
Must be able to move heavy (up to 50 lbs.), and/or awkward, equipment into and out of lab rooms from various shelf heights to bench top and back.
Must be able to occasionally work with hazardous materials/chemicals while instructing/overseeing student assistants.
Must be able to work with knives and other potentially dangerous food preparation equipment/utensils.
Must be able to work in a noisy, crowded, busy environment during production labs.
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work overtime, occasional holidays, and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
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 CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check.
This position classification has been defined as non-exempt and is subject to overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Retired CalPERS members selected for this vacancy must request and be approved for reinstatement from retirement prior to the start date. Employment of retired CalPERS members will typically be for 90 days or less and must be for work requiring specialized skills or for a bona fide emergency to prevent stoppage of business.
Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.
Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.
For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.
About Us Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university. Founded in 1901, the 6,000-acre campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, along California's scenic central coast and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With a budget of $168.5 million, the university has a student enrollment exceeding 17,000 students and employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff members. Cal Poly is part of the 23-campus California State University system.
At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.
Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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About California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university, with approximately 17,500 undergraduate, 120 post-baccalaureate, and 900 graduate students. The Cal Poly community fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a learn-by-doing environment where students, staff, and faculty are partners in discovery. Cal Poly has built an exemplary reputation on its learn-by-doing approach to the preparation of undergraduate and graduate students. It is a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today's scientific and technical world. Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master's universities in the western United States for 24 consecutive years. The University values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. As a campus, we welcome and nurture a rich array of different perspectives, ideas and cultures. We encourage international an...d multi-cultural education in order to prepare students for successful participation and competition in a diverse world and a global workforce. We believe that diversity of our students, faculty, and staff enlivens and enriches Cal Poly’s educational environment.