Los Angeles Community College District

Instructional Assistant, Art (#5252)

$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 art objects; 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 art department 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 art collections and monitors their use by instructors and students.

Operates, adjusts, and makes minor repairs on equipment used in the art laboratory by students and faculty.

Keeps stockrooms and work 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.

Orders, receives, inspects, and stores supplies and equipment for the art department including ceramic, painting, drawing, gallery, printmaking, and design stockrooms.

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

Gathers information and prepares programs and promotional materials for the department's art gallery events.

Answers inquiries from students, staff, and community members regarding art gallery events and art department business.

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, Art, applies knowledge of design, drawing, painting, print making, ceramics, and sculpture 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 an art department which include: the preparation of supplies, materials, and equipment for instructional use and art gallery activities; record keeping; storekeeping functions; and proper use of equipment and materials.

Instructional Assistants in other academic fields provide tutorial assistance to students in the fundamentals of their specialized fields and are responsible for the day-to-day operations of learning laboratories on the campus.


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:

Basic concepts of drawing and painting

>Basic concepts of design

Basic concepts of commercial art Interrelationship of all areas of art

Fine arts terminology

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, instructional staff, and other staff

Effectively and safely operate and make minor adjustments and repairs to equipment in an art laboratory

Secure and safely store supplies

Give clear and concise instructions

Effectively utilize computer hardware and software

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 art, art history, drawing, painting, sculpture, or a related field.


B. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND two years of full-time, paid experience in an art department of an educational institution which required familiarity with art supplies and related equipment and assisting students in the use of art laboratories. Courses in design, drawing, painting, and related areas 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: 5252; EST: ; REV: 4/10/2019;