College of Marin — Instructional Specialist – Dental Assisting

Instructional Specialist – Dental Assisting

Salary: See Position Description
Closing Date:
Job Type: Part-time
Location: Indian Valley Campus (Novato) – In Person, CA

EXTENDED Priority Screening Date: March 21, 2023
Open Until Filled

This is a part-time position, 10.5 months-per-year.
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 the Indian Valley (Novato) campus, so if not already residing within the Bay Area, the successful candidate must be willing to relocate.

Applicants should be prepared that, if selected to interview for a position at the College, interviews may be held in person or remotely, depending on the District’s needs.

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 2021-2022 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 (31% of enrollment), Asian (8%), 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.

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 on a 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


  • Are required to perform simple technical tasks with a frequent need to upgrade skills due to changing job conditions
  • Specific skills required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: 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:

  1. In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  2. Criminal Justice/Fingerprint Clearance.
  3. 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.
  4. Certificated candidates who have not previously been employed in an academic position in California will be required to provide a medical certificate from a licensed physician showing that the candidate is free from any communicable disease unfitting the candidate to instruct or associate with students. The medical exam shall have been conducted not more than six months before submission of the certificate and shall be at the expense of the candidate. (Ed. Code Section 87408.6)
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  1. Cover Letter describing your interest in the position, including how you meet the minimum and preferred requirements and are qualified to perform the essential functions as listed in this job posting.
  2. Resume
  3. Transcript conferring Associates degree, or showing whatever coursework you have completed and are use as the basis for your application as described in the Requirements sections, above
  4. 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. How would you contribute to College of Marin’s effort of enhancing diversity in a meaningful way?

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 

Campus: Indian Valley Campus (Novato)
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

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 full salary schedules.

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 8% of their reportable compensation on a monthly basis.

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.

To apply: