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Educational Laboratory Coordinator

Portland, OR
Summary Description: The Educational Laboratory Coordinator/Administrative Assistant is a full-time position reporting to the Dean of Natural Sciences and Health. Duties include, but are not limited to, working closely with the science faculty for the timely preparation, set up, and take down of educational science laboratory sessions; ordering and inventory of science equipment and supplies; serving as Chemical Hygiene Officer for the NSH Division; supervising student workers; teaching/grading science labs as needed and requested; proctoring exams as needed and requested; and providing clerical and administrative assistance to the NSH Dean and faculty. This position requires general wet lab science skills; organizational, relational, and time management skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; and compliance with University policy.

Primary Job Duties:
  • Communicate effectively with the full- and part-time faculty members of the Natural Sciences and Health division as to their needs for laboratory courses in the natural sciences.
  • Order and receive supplies, track purchasing/expenses, maintain accurate chemical and equipment inventories.
  • Ensure all educational lab spaces are stocked with necessary supplies.
  • Care for and maintain both living and non-living lab specimens, models, equipment, and slides.
  • Coordinate between faculty to ensure optimal use of shared resources (space, laptops, reagents, supplies, etc.)
  • Supervise student workers in the lab environment, delegating tasks to them as appropriate for their developmental level.
  • Prepare for labs by preparing solutions and setting up equipment and supplies as needed.
  • Take down, wash, and properly store laboratory equipment in a timely manner following the conclusion of labs.
  • Perform routine maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Properly handle all chemicals, storing and disposing in an eco-safe manner in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
  • Periodically review and update the Chemical Hygiene Plan as necessary.
  • Teach/grade science labs and proctor exams as needed and requested.
  • Assist faculty members in the instruction and administration of lab exercises as needed.
  • Run Scantron forms for NSH faculty as requested.
  • Drive university vans for field trips or other activities (requires University approved driver clearance).
  • Provide clerical and administrative support to the Dean of NSH and to the faculty as instructed.

General Responsibilities: 
  • Be present in the lab during scheduled hours unless arrangements are made with the employee’s direct supervisor.
  • Attend required division and university meetings.
  • Contribute to the support and implementation of the University Strategic Plan.
  • Participate in Warner Pacific University professional development opportunities.
  • Adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a Christian liberal arts education by upholding the mission of the University and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement. Warner Pacific is affiliated with the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana).
  • Exhibit commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master degree in a Science/Education discipline OR three years of laboratory work experience
  • Experience with wet lab skills (preparing solutions, etc.)
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Enthusiasm for a team-based work environment
  • Experience with diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in a higher education science lab environment
  • Ability to become an approved driver for university vehicles
  • Experience with Grant application process is a plus

Physical Demands – Work Environment: 
The position is located in a science laboratory environment. Casual attire is preferred with lab coat, gloves, and other personal protective equipment as needed. (PPE supplied by the University.)

Employment and Lifestyle Standards: 
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered urban liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The University was founded in 1937 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Central to Warner Pacific’s identity as a Christ-centered higher education institution is the policy of hiring persons whose personal and professional lives reflect:
1.   A belief in the deity of and commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, as interpreted through the historic witness of Scripture and the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit.
2.  The practice of following Christ through day-to-day personal lifestyle choices.
3.  A vitality of Christian experience maturing in insight and application and appreciative of differing viewpoints.
4.  A commitment to life-long learning and service through personal and professional development.
5.  For teaching faculty, the expression of artful teaching, based on mastery of relevant subject matter and in an environment of purposeful and rigorous inquiry amongst a community of scholars who support one another.
6. A capability, by temperament, preparation, and will, to support students as they confront the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of their lives.
7.   A sensitivity to and support for the mission, core themes, vision, values, ethos and traditions of the Warner Pacific University community.
8. A commitment to teaching and serving in harmony with the doctrines of the Holy Bible. 

Employee Agreement:
Mission-based hiring is of critical importance to Warner Pacific University. Employees are expected to demonstrate and articulate a vital Christian faith and to live in a manner consistent with a Christ-centered lifestyle as informed by the Scriptures of the New Testament.
Warner Pacific’s students, faculty and staff are expected to foster an environment of mutual respect and accountability, to care for the personal dignity of others and to exercise integrity in their conduct and communication. The University environment is expected to be free from discrimination and harassment (including bullying). When an individual’s behavior has direct implications for others and/or the well-being of the University community, there may be cause for institutional involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs.
Warner Pacific University desires to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, faculty, students, visitors and guests. Therefore, smoking is not permitted on University property, in its vehicles, or at any University sponsored event. The use of illegal drugs or non-prescribed controlled substances is strictly prohibited. Use of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products is strictly prohibited on Warner Pacific University campuses.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Warner Pacific provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status and any other status protected by laws and regulations to which Warner Pacific is subject.  All employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, and terminations are made in a manner that does not discriminate against individuals in the categories discussed above.  Because Warner Pacific is a Christian liberal arts University, the University exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose.

Warner Pacific University’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Warner Pacific University is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Warner Pacific University’s Mission:  Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, diverse, minority-serving, Hispanic-serving, liberal arts University dedicated to providing students with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.

In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please complete our online employment application at https://warnerpacific.catsone.com/careers/1611-General Click “Apply Now” to complete the online application, and submit the following:
Application, Cover Letter and Resume

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