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Instructional Assistant-Learning Disabilities (2023)

Santa Monica College

Job Description

WELCOME TO SANTA MONICA COLLEGE! Thank you for your interest in joining the SMC team as an Instructional Assistant - Learning Disabilities. These positions assist in the Learning Disabilities Program by testing and tutoring learning-disabled students in order to help them to achieve academic success. The current vacancy is scheduled to work Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., 20 hours per week, 11 months per year. 

What You Will Bring to the College
The ideal candidate will demonstrate understanding of students with disabilities in a college environment, possess experience tutoring students with disabilities, and be competent in tutoring multiple disciplines at a college environment. The incumbent will possess a high degree of attention to detail, be able to work independently, be adaptable, work in a diverse environment, be proficient with office systems including Microsoft Office suite, maintain accurate records, and effectively communicate and explain information to others, both orally and in writing.  

Why Work at SMC?
At SMC, you will work beside a diverse group of individuals who leverage their combined talents and passions to accomplish something great.  No matter what department you are in, or what job you have, your contributions will be critical to helping our students fulfill their dreams - landing that new job, or breaking through the cycle of poverty.

Some details about us:

  • We are currently the number one transfer college to UCLA, USC, the University of California system, and Loyola Marymount University
  • We are committed to sustainable practices and are accessible via environmentally-friendly transportation options, including the Expo Line and Big Blue Bus.
  • We are one of the select community colleges in California approved to award a Bachelor's degree. SMC currently awards a Bachelor's degree in Interaction Design.

Please visit www.smc.edu/aboutsmc to learn more about us and why we are Proud to Be SMC!

We value our employees as individuals, and recognize the value of work-life balance, the health of you and your family, and professional development. We offer a variety of benefits and perks to support new members of our team, including:

  • 18 paid holidays*
  • 12 paid vacation days*
  • 12 paid illness days*
  • Fully paid medical, dental, and vision-care coverage (including eligible dependents)
  • Free mental health support through the Employee Assistance Service for Education (EASE) program.
  • Membership in the California Public Employee Retirement System (CALPERS)
  • 5% increase in base pay for every 5 years worked with SMC, up to 40 years of service.
  • Waived tuition fees for classes taken at Santa Monica College.
  • Reimbursement for related classes, conferences or workshops to empower your professional development.
  • Free Big Blue Bus access and monthly incentives for eligible employees through the Sustainable Transportation Incentive Program
  • CSEA Chapter 36 Union Membership Option

*Benefits, holidays, vacation, and illness days listed above assume a 12-month, 40-hour per week schedule. Benefits, vacation and illness days are prorated for other work schedules.

Salary Placement
New Employees: Generally, new employees start at the first step on the salary schedule. A new permanent classified employee may request a higher salary placement based on recruitment issues and/or additional training and experience which greatly exceeds the minimum requirements. Please note that salary placement above the third step requires additional approvals by Santa Monica College executive staff.

Current Employees: Upon promotion, the new salary for a current, permanent employee is based on Merit Rule 12.2.8. In accordance with this rule, employees are entitled to at least a one-step (5%) salary increase, and may be eligible for advanced step placement in accordance with established criteria.

About the Selection Process
The selection process will consist of a Written Exam (Pass Fail) , a Scored Training and Experience Evaluation (Pass/Fail), (click here for more information on the training & experience evaluation process) (Download PDF reader) and a Qualifications Appraisal Interview (weighted 100%). All candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and pass the Written Exam and the Training and Experience Evaluation will advance to the Qualifications Appraisal Interview (weighted at 100%). Candidates must be successful on the Qualifications Appraisal Interview with a score of 70.00 or better for their name to appear on the eligibility list. 

The eligibility list created from this recruitment will be used to fill any vacancies that occur during the one year life of the eligibility list, including permanent and temporary positions. Santa Monica College reserves the right to modify the stated test components and weights prior to the administration of any test.

For more information about our selection process, please visit our FAQ page and click on "Job Applicants".  

Communication for this recruitment will be via e-mail. You must check your e-mail on a regular basis to be informed of your status for this recruitment.

Test Retake Policy
Based on the District’s hiring needs, we may administer multiple recruitments for this job classification (or a related job classification that uses the same test(s)) within the next several months. Candidates must wait a period of 90 calendar days between testing appointments before retesting. Candidates who are ineligible to participate in an upcoming test or interview due to the provided retake period will be notified via email, and will have their highest valid score(s) on any non-weighted (pass/fail) test parts applied toward that recruitment.
The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. All qualified applicants for employment, as well as District employees, shall have full and equal access to employment opportunity. No person shall be subjected to unlawful discrimination in any program or activity of the District. The District's Board Policy 3120 (Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment) may be accessed at: http://bit.ly/smc-hr-bp3120.

Equity Statement
"Santa Monica College encourages candidates that are equity-minded to apply. SMC is a minority-serving, Hispanic-serving institution. We actively seek to attract candidates from minority groups that value equity, diversity, and inclusion. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are built into the culture at SMC, and are an essential component of the work that we do. SMC is committed to racial and socioeconomic diversity as it is a reflection of our student population and we strive to hire candidates that share this commitment."


Examples of Duties

Tutors students individually and in small groups using individualized training materials and strategies approved by the Learning Specialist and instructors

Administers psycho-educational tests to certify learning disabled students and to determine educational needs

Grades psycho-educational tests and submit results to the Chancellor's Office by Computer Assisted Records System (CARS)

Assists students to develop proper study skill techniques, such as strategies for reading textbooks, note-taking, and listening skills

Maintains accurate and detailed records of students' individualized learning programs and progress to ensure compliance with state special education funding requirements

Confers with the Learning Specialist and instructors regarding changes or modifications in individual learning programs

Performs clerical duties such as preparation of files, filing, answering phones, sending and receiving student records, and photocopying forms

May refer students to other services on the campus

Performs other related duties as requested or assigned

Examples of essential duties are descriptive and not restrictive in nature and are generally listed in descending order of importance.

Minimum Qualifications

Education Requirement:
Successful completion of eighteen (18) semester hours of college coursework in Special Education, Learning Theory, Learning Disabilities, or Developmental Psychology or a BA/BS in any subject.

Experience Requirement:
Experience tutoring students with Learning Disabilities is desirable.

Education/Experience Equivalency:
An equivalent combination of experience, education, and/or training may substitute for the listed minimum requirements.

Licensure and/or Certification:


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