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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 255Q
Category: Education


Positions at this level supervise staff and/or have significant responsibility in planning, developing, implementing, and reviewing scientific instructional support programs requiring knowledge of a scientific discipline, electronics and/or engineering.  Responsibilities involve supervising staff performing scientific instructional support including professional and technical work for an entire school, college, or department; or providing technical and scientific expertise in the coordination of projects and programs related to the development of instructional materials for science faculty and external science education professionals.

Typical Work

Supervises staff including interviewing and recommending selection of applicants, training new employees, assigning and scheduling work, acting upon leave requests, conducting annual performance evaluations, and recommending disciplinary actions;

Prepares and administers course support budgets; prepares cost estimates, fiscal projections, and financial reports;

Develops plans for facility and equipment changes; designs or arranges for design development to meet teaching needs;

Coordinates functions related to scientific instructional programs such as media rooms, stockrooms, shops, specimens, or chemical collections using safety procedures in handling hazardous materials such as acids, pesticides, and radiation;

Plans new approaches to educational problems that may involve the use of instructional material in its traditional form or in specifically designed innovative forms;

Consults with scientific investigators and health care professionals to assess their media needs; obtains and plans new media content, offering a thorough understanding of technical and scientific content;

Performs script writing and editing for scientific instructional packages;

Studies and evaluates new trends and developments in media production and equipment technology; makes recommendations for changes and/or improvements to faculty and professionals relating to their specific educational problems;

Leads workshop groups to teach faculty and staff the basic principles of media development; participates in conferences, workshops, and demonstrations regarding the application and utilization of instructional media methods and materials; 

Performs related work as required; 

May teach laboratory portion of selected classes.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with major study in a specific instructional area and three years of instructional experience. 


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class effective January 1, 2006 (replaces 3507 Scientific Instructional Designer II, 4786 Scientific Instructional Technician Supervisor).
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Scientific Instructional Technician 4), class code (formerly 255L), revises distinguishing characteristics to definition; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision revises typical work and desirable qualifications effective July 1, 2007.