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Health and Human Development Instructional and Classroom Support Technician

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title Health and Human Development Instructional and Classroom Support Technician
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Health & Human Development Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

The Health and Human Development (HHD) department seeks an Instructional Lab Technician to focus on supporting the anatomy and physiology (A & P) courses in Biology and Functional Anatomy in Kinesiology. In this position you will also serve as the primary support technician for the procurement, care, and maintenance of human cadavers.  In addition, you will provide some support for additional labs in HHD. You will work closely with faculty, graduate students, and technicians across campus to support the delivery of high caliber laboratory education to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as support research excellence at Western.

Typical duties include:

  • Procure, prosect, and maintain human cadavers
  • Work with Environmental Health and Safety to properly process hazardous waste and maintain a safe environment
  • Purchase, maintain and set up equipment and supplies for teaching and research labs.
  • Assist faculty in development and modification of lab exercises and maintain up-to-date lab manuals and prep notes
  • Train and direct undergraduate work-study students, as warranted
  • Provide technical and software support; set up equipment for teaching and research labs in HHD
  • Purchase, maintain and set up materials including preserved organs and laboratory equipment

For Washington State HR purposes, this position is classified as an Instructional and Classroom Support Technician 3.

Required Qualifications • Bachelor's degree or higher with major study in science

• Two years of laboratory work experience

• Proven ability to develop new skills in the use of complex equipment and techniques

• Capacity to develop the skills necessary to work with human cadavers in an educational environment

• Demonstrated effective communication skills, including written, oral and interpersonal

• Basic computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet applications, and email programs

• Capacity to develop skills to execute essential position responsibilities

• Ability to meet multiple deadlines over short time periods

• Demonstrated capacity to work within a diverse population

• Must be able to work standing for up to 6 hours in an 8 hour shift

• Must be able to utilize step ladders and other moving equipment to transport heavy materials

• Must be able to lift and move materials up to 50 lbs with or without mechanical assistance

• Must have and maintain current First Aid and CPR/AED certification

Preferred Qualifications • Master's degree in Biological Sciences, Kinesiology or closely related field

• Experience in handling and /or dissection of human cadavers

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a leader in an educational setting

• Experience as support staff in an educational institution

• Strong familiarity with educational content in university level Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology labs

• Knowledgeable in laboratory safety protocols

• Technical expertise with a range of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology equipment and procedures

Salary New hires typically begin at $3,488 per month including an excellent benefits package.
Bargaining Unit This position is part of bargaining unit PT and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Public School Employees of WWU bargaining union.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins April 15, 2019; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services. The report can be found at

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 496588
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