Instructional Specialist - Dental Assisting

College of Marin
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 20, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time

Instructional Specialist - Dental Assisting

Salary: See Position Description
Closing Date:
Job Type: Part-time
Location: Kentfield & Indian Valley (Novato) Campuses, CA


Open Until Filled

This is a part-time, 10.5 months-per-year position.

All application materials must be received by the Priority Screening Date in order to be considered during the initial screening. Applications received after this date may be considered thereafter at the discretion of the College until the position is filled. This position performs its duties on both the Kentfield and Indian Valley (Novato) campuses, so if not already residing within the Bay Area, the successful candidate must be willing to relocate.

Due to COVID-19 applicants should be prepared that if selected to interview for a position at the College, all interviews will be held remotely.
Diversity Statement
College of Marin strives to embrace diversity in all forms: it strives to be an Inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment and demonstrates sensitivity to and respect for a diverse population.

COM serves a county population of approximately 250,000 residents. Based on 2020-2021 academic year credit enrollment data, the diversity of students at the college includes greater representation than the county with regards to enrollment by Hispanic/Latino (30% of enrollment), Asian (7%), Black/African American (3%), and Multi-racial (6%) students.

College of Marin does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, or perception of, race, ethnic group identification, ancestry, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, family and medical care leave, military or veteran status, or prior record of arrest or conviction, and is subject to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Civil Rights Act of 1991, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In accordance with Executive order 11246 (as amended), the College of Marin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Overview
The job of Instructional Specialist (Dental Assisting) is for the purpose of assisting in the development of students' dental assisting skills providing feedback to students and instructors regarding students' progress and supporting the instructors in providing record/materials and organizing the lab.

Essential Functions

  • Assesses students' progress, for the purpose of providing feedback to the instructor
  • Demonstrates skills required to perform lab activities for the purpose of supporting the needs of individual students
  • Evaluates students' skills levels and learning styles for the purpose of providing support and mastery of skills
  • Prepares assistive materials and supplies for the purpose of preparing for lab sessions
  • Organizes and performs basic inventory tasks with the purpose of providing information when ordering supplies
  • Creates and maintains basic lab documents such as quality control logs, MSDS, equipment instruction sheets for the purpose of providing a real lab environment
  • Reviews course syllabi for the purpose of ensuring familiarity with assigned materials
  • Reviews equipment manufacturer's manuals for the purpose of checking warranties and ensuring proper maintenance and operation
  • Tutors students during lab hours for the purpose of improving their dental assisting skills and course material knowledge.
  • Tutors students for the purpose of improving their studying techniques to achieve their academic goals
  • Assists students in key boarding web based software (for dental assisting classes) for the purpose of guiding students to get familiar with the use of these tools.
  • Develops and maintains inventory supply system.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Requirements & Desirables
1.) An Associate's and/or Vocational School Degree with study in a job related area and job related experience; OR
2.) Any combination equivalent to two years' college-level coursework in specialized field; OR
3.) Any combination of education and training equivalent to two years' college-level coursework from an accredited institution in a related field and two years' responsible experience working in a laboratory setting. Additional years of job related experience may be considered experience in lieu of the education required ona year-for-year basis; AND
4.) Demonstrated sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, disabilities and learning styles of community college students and staff.

  • RDA license with two years' dental assisting experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES (Desirable Attributes & Skills)

  • Basic laboratory support activities
  • OSHA safety and Blood Borne Pathogens Standards
  • Concepts about dental assistant administrative and clinical duties
  • HIPAA regulations and knowledge on how to chart and enter information into the dental record
  • Perform simple technical tasks with a frequent need to upgrade skills due to changing job conditions
  • Operating standard dental equipment, preparing and maintaining lab records, utilizing pertinent software applications, performing dental assisting skills dictated by their scope of practice such as chairside procedures assessment, manipulation of dental materials and sterilization techniques
  • Use of new or additional equipment brought about by new technology shall be incorporated consistent with the level of responsibility and complexity of this job
  • Use basic job related equipment and to schedule routine maintenance of equipment and regular sharps pick up
  • Work with others under a variety of circumstances and to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups
  • Communicate with persons of varied backgrounds, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships; maintaining confidentiality; meeting deadlines and schedules; and work in a detailed manner

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:
  • In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Criminal Justice/Fingerprint Clearance.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Status: All employees new to the District who access campuses or other District facilities, and/or participate in off-site work in-person for the District, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, prior to employment unless approved as exempt due to verified medical or religious reasons (as defined in federal or state laws and regulations).
  • California Education Code, Section 87408.6 requires persons employed by a community college in an academic or classified position to submit to a TB risk assessment developed by CDPH and CTCA and, if risk factors are present, an examination to determine that he or she is free of infectious TB; initially upon hire and every four years thereafter.
  • DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS: All Marin Community College District (MCCD) employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the MCCD requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency. For more information, please see the MCCD Emergency Operations Plan.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Marin Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

    The following documents must be attached to your application in order to render it complete. Use the Attachment Type indicated in parentheses when making your attachments.
  • Cover Letter (cover letter)
  • Resume (resume)
  • Transcript conferring Associate's degree or showing whatever coursework you have completed and are using as the basis for your application as described in the Requirements section, above. (transcript)
  • STATEMENT: Please provide a response to the following prompt (one page maximum):
    College of Marin's commitment to educational excellence is rooted in providing equitable opportunities and fostering success for all members of our diverse community. Practices and outcomes related to diversity and inclusion are vital measures of institutional excellence. Please define equity and describe how you would support College of Marin's efforts to provide equitable opportunities for all our students.

  • Supplemental & Salary Information
    The usual and customary methods of performing the job functions requires the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling, some climbing and balancing, some stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, handling, fingering and/or feeling. The job is performed under minimal temperature variation in a generally hazard free environment and in a clean atmosphere. Generally the job requires 20% sitting, 40% walking, and 40 % standing.


    • Office environment
    • Constant interruptions

    • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard
    • Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone
    • Sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time
    • Seeing to read a variety of materials
    • Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching to file materials
    • Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally

      FLSA Status: Non-exempt
      Salary Range: CSEA 115
      Starting Salary Range: $29.31 - $32.31 per hour (Step 1 to 3). Normal entering step is Step 1.

      Please refer to our Human Resources web site for salary schedules.
      WORK SCHEDULE Campus: Kentfield Full-time Equivalent: .53 - Part-time Months per Year: 10.5 Work Days/Hours:
      20 hrs/week
      Monday & Wednesday: 8:30am - 5pm
      Friday: 11am - 3pm

      CLASSIFICATION & RETIREMENT PLAN Employees in classifications represented by the California School Employees' Association (CSEA) Chapter 196 and are required to comply fully with the CSEA/Marin Community College District (MCCD) Collective Bargaining Agreement. General information regarding rights and responsibilities under the Agreement can be found in the Collective Bargaining Agreements section of our Human Resources site. CSEA employees are also members of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), to which the member contributes up to 7% their reportable compensation on a monthly basis.

      SELECTION PROCESS Applications must include the documents listed in the Required Documents section to be rendered complete; incomplete applications will not be accepted. Screening will begin after the priority screening date. Applicants selected to interview will be contacted to schedule an interview appointment with the screening committee; however, applicants will be notified of their status, either way, following the screening. Candidates forwarded by the committee following the first interview may be invited for a second interview. Regrettably, College of Marin is not able to offer reimbursement for travel to interviews at this time.

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