Los Angeles Community College District

Instructional Assistant, Apparel (#5251)

$25.34-$31.39 hourly / $4,391.98-$5,440.90 monthly / $52,703.76-$65,290.80 annual


Assembles materials and equipment used in demonstrations and classroom assignments; maintains, catalogs and assembles inventories of period clothing and textiles; operates and services equipment; assists students and faculty with instructional activities; and orders, issues, receives, and stores classroom materials and supplies.

Typical Duties

Schedules and oversees the use of one or more instructional apparel laboratories by students, faculty, and staff.

Instructs students individually in the proper and safe use and operation of a variety of equipment and tools.

Explains to students established instructional laboratory and equipment policies.

Assists instructors in the set-up of classes and preparation of instructional materials and aids and may participate in classroom demonstrations.

Assists instructional staff by participating in the selection, adaptation, and development of study aids.

Assists instructional staff by providing observations of the problems encountered and progress made by students using a laboratory as part of the educational program.

Effectively utilizes the capabilities and functions of standard computer software applications in the performance of duties.

Catalogs, assembles, and maintains period clothing and textile collections and monitors their use by instructors and students.

Operates, maintains, and makes minor adjustments and repairs on equipment such as sewing machines.

Stores equipment and keeps storerooms and working areas orderly and clean.

Issues supplies, materials, and equipment for student use in laboratory and classroom assignments; keeps records, and effects the return of supplies and equipment checked out to students.

Maintains inventory records for supplies and equipment and prepares periodic inventory reports and requisitions.

Orders, receives, inspects, and stores supplies.

Serves as student-employer liaison for job placement activities, matching job requirements to students' qualifications, and referring students to prospective employers.

Assists with assigning new and continuing students to classes and maintains records of students' progress through their academic program of study.

Assists with the recruitment and orientation of new students.

Maintains laboratory attendance and progress records for instructional staff.

May assist with work related to department business such as document creation and editing, time keeping, answering telephone inquiries and posting updated information on Web pages, as needed.

May provide training and work direction to student employees.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Instructional Assistant, Apparel, applies knowledge of fashion design and merchandising and apparel manufacturing procedures in assisting students and faculty with instructional activities and is responsible for performing a broad range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of a fashion department which include: the preparation of supplies, materials, and equipment for instructional use; job placement activities; record keeping; storekeeping functions; and proper and safe use of equipment and materials.

A Costume Maker makes, renovates, and repairs costumes used in a theater arts program.


General supervision is received from an academic supervisor. Functional supervision is received from instructional staff. Work direction may be provided to student employees.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Equipment and supplies used in apparel design and construction

Safety practices and precautions applicable in a fashion department

Period costumes, textiles, and fashion trend resources

Job content and employment qualifications for occupations in the fashion industry

Proper storage and care of equipment and tools

Office practices and procedures

Capabilities of computer systems, software, and hardware common to instructional laboratories

Recordkeeping procedures

Ability to:

Provide instructional assistance to students and instructional staff

Keep detailed and precise records

Work effectively and cooperatively with students and instructional staff

Catalog, maintain and assemble period garments and textiles for research purposes

Effectively and safely operate and make minor adjustments and repairs to equipment in a fashion department

Secure and store supplies Give clear and concise instructions

Effectively utilize computer hardware and software applications

Learn general and specialized software applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A. An associate degree or its equivalent from a recognized college or university with a major in fashion design, apparel arts, or a related field.


B. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND two years of full-time, paid experience in the apparel industry which required familiarity with textiles, sewing machines, and related supplies and equipment. College-level courses in clothing construction, fashion design, textiles, and related fields are desirable.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 5251; EST: ; REV: 4/10/2019;