Instructional Support Technician III - Chemistry

Apply now Job no: 538064
Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Education Support Professionals, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Working Title: Instructional Support Technician III - Chemistry

Classification Title: Instructional Support Tech III

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 11:55pm PDT

Hiring Preference

Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Position Summary

Required to coordinate, supervise and manage all activities in the three chemistry department service centers.  These serve 15 undergraduate lab courses and research projects.  Responsible for supervising student assistants and maintaining a safe work environment. Responsible for maintaining the chemistry department budget, locating and procuring chemical and laboratory supplies.  Responsible for working with vendors to identify best sources of chemical and laboratory supplies.  Responsible for maintaining the chemistry department chemical inventory and safety training records.  Responsible for coordinating preparation for chemistry department safety inspections. Ability to work with the chemistry department office staff and equipment technician on departmental needs. Position hours are 8 hours per day, variable between 7 am and 9 pm depending upon department scheduling to meet class needs but generally from 8 am to 5 pm. Position requires someone who can work as a member of a team, and can be diplomatic in high pressure situations. May be required to wear a respirator.

FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for overtime compensation) 

Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,812 per month - $5,695 per month, commensurate with education, experience, skills, and training

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,812 per month - $8,348 per month

Best-in-class Benefits: Click here to learn more

CSU Total Compensation: Click here to learn more

Salary Grade/Range: 1

Recruitment TypeRegular (Probationary)

Time BaseFull-Time

Pay Plan12 months 

Work Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hours may vary depending on operational needs.

Department Information 

The Department of Chemistry at Sacramento State offers an American Chemical Society approved BS Chemistry degree, a BS Biochemistry degree, BA degrees with concentrations in biochemistry and forensics, and master’s degrees in chemistry, including a biochemistry concentration. The department is undergoing rapid growth and currently has over 400 majors. Our degree programs include a strong focus on instrumentation and hands-on experiences. We place a high value on faculty mentored research for undergraduates and graduate students. Our graduates obtain industry and government jobs in chemistry, biochemistry, and biotechnology; complete MS/PhD programs in all areas of chemistry; complete professional health degrees in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and optometry; and teach in high schools/community colleges in the Sacramento region.

For additional information about the Department of Chemistry, please visit

Minimum Qualifications 

Knowledge of the principles and methods related to performing support services for lower and upper division chemistry courses; knowledge of the principles, information, methods and techniques related to chemistry laboratory courses; knowledge of the materials and supplies in chemistry laboratory courses and their uses.

Ability to plan, organize and schedule activities; ability to operate technical and scientific equipment used in chemistry laboratories; ability to maintain records; ability to coordinate support service to meet a variety of needs; ability to adjust and perform simple maintenance of technical and scientific equipment. Ability to supervise technical chemistry work. Ability to procure scientific materials, maintain inventory and budget.


Equivalent to four years of experience providing instructional support services for a related unit or discipline, or in producing materials or supplies or repairing equipment in a discipline related to the area to which assigned.


Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in chemistry courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in chemistry courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Required Qualifications 

  1. Knowledge of the principles of performing support services for lower and upper division chemistry courses.
  2. Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques related to chemistry laboratory courses.
  3. Knowledge of the materials and supplies in chemistry laboratory courses and their uses.
  4. Knowledge of laboratory safety, chemical hazards, incompatibilities, chemical storage and handling requirements, chemical waste collection and disposal.
  5. Knowledge about safe handling of gases, coolants and cryogens.
  6. Ability to use equipment related to chemistry labs.
  7. Ability to maintain records and inventory control and budget materials.
  8. Ability to adjust and perform simple maintenance of technical and scientific equipment.
  9. Ability to adhere to and help enforce department and university safety standards.
  10. Ability to make appropriate work decisions by following or interpreting established policies and procedures and past precedents; ability to identify and solve standard problems, and refer more complex problems to appropriate staff.
  11. Ability to work independently; possess self-direction skills to be able to proactively organize work; set priorities; anticipate setbacks; and follow through on the position responsibilities.
  12. Ability to and experience in supervising others; be able to direct others to be able to support chemistry laboratory courses; be able to coordinate work schedules.
  13. Ability to locate sources of chemical and laboratory materials.
  14. Team oriented; ability to work in a team-oriented environment and cooperative as a member of the department and organization toward the achievement of its mission and goals.
  15. Possess good communication and interpersonal skills to interact and communicate effectively with all levels of staff and external constituencies, both verbally and in writing.
  16. Ability to use a variety of current computer software programs including but not limited to Google, Outlook, Word and Excel.
  17. Ability to lift occasionally move, lift, carry, or position supplies, equipment and or materials up to 50 lbs
  18. Ability to work various hours as needed.
  19. Commitment to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive work environment with diverse colleagues and constituents including faculty, students, staff, and members of the community

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Bachelor degree in chemistry or related field preferred with at least 24 semester or 36 quarter units in chemistry.
  2. Four years of experience providing instructional support services in chemistry courses.
  3. Experience maintaining budgets and preparing budget reports in a scientific environment.
  4. Ability to procure difficult to locate scientific materials.
  5. Experience in supervising others in a support-oriented laboratory.
Documents Needed to Apply
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

“As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. 

Out of State Employment

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (ie. H-1-B Visa).

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

Advertised: Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Applicant Login

Refine search

Work type


Northern California


Appointment Type
Bargaining Unit
Job Search Category/Discipline
Time Basis
Workplace Type (Exclude Inst Fac)