Instructional Assistant, Media Arts

Recruitment #23-5271-001


Monitors and maintains one or more instructional media arts technology laboratories and assists students to develop and improve skills in the areas of digital media computer applications, media equipment operation, and digital media production.

Typical Duties

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

Instructs students individually by providing assistance with a variety of digital media computer applications, operation of audio-visual and multi-media equipment, and digital media production.

Explains to students established instructional laboratory and equipment policies.

Assists instructors in the set-up of classes and preparation of instructional materials and study aids.

Assists students in the use of computer software and equipment used as part of the media arts instructional program.

Assists students with problems related to the creation, processing, production and/or printing of media arts projects.

Assists instructional staff by providing observations of the problems encountered and progress being 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.

Identifies common equipment malfunctions and performs minor maintenance and adjustments.

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

Reports equipment and system malfunctions and needed maintenance to technical staff, when appropriate, follows up on needed repairs and maintenance, and maintains records of service calls.

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

Maintains laboratory attendance and progress records for instructional staff.

May assist with work related to department business such as document creation and editing within copyright guidelines, timekeeping, answering telephone inquiries, and posting updated information on webpages, as needed.

May assist in the installation and configuration of workstations in one or more assigned laboratories.

May assist instructional staff with research of product specifications related to software and hardware purchasing options, as well as preparation of vendor-related paperwork and requisition forms.

May provide training and work direction to student employees.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Instructional Assistant, Media Arts, applies knowledge of media arts technology in assisting students to develop and improve skills in the areas of digital media computer applications, media equipment operation, and digital media production and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of one or more instructional media laboratories.

Instructional Assistants in other academic disciplines are responsible for the day-to-day operations of instructional laboratories and apply their specialized knowledge to a broad range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of their academic departments.


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

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Methods and equipment used in digital media creation, processing, production and printing

Basic digital audio and video recording, duplicating, and editing

Capabilities of computer systems, software, hardware, and ancillary equipment common to instructional media arts laboratories

Preventative maintenance of various instructional media equipment

Basic trademark and copyright law and fair use practices for education

Recordkeeping procedures

Ability to:

Provide instructional assistance to students and instructional staff

Effectively utilize computer software and hardware of an assigned instructional media arts laboratory

Explain and demonstrate the proper operation of a variety of media arts equipment, such as digital cameras and workstations

Perform minor maintenance and adjustments on instructional laboratory equipment

Communicate effectively both orally and in writing

Give clear and concise instructions

Train students in the operation of media arts equipment found in an instructional laboratory

Work effectively and cooperatively with students, instructional staff, and other District staff

Secure and store supplies

Keep detailed and accurate records

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 media arts, broadcasting, cinema, television, or a related field.


B. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND two years of full-time, paid experience in the field of media arts, which must have included the operation of a variety of multimedia equipment and the use of multimedia software.

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