1. UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO Te Whare Wananga o Otago
      2. JOB DESCRIPTION
      3. PRIME FUNCTION
      4. MAIN OBJECTIVES
      5. KEY TASKS
      6. RELATIONSHIPS
      7. BUDGETARY RESPONSIBILITY
      8. EXPECTED OUTCOMES
      9. PERSON SPECIFICATION
      10. Skills and Aptitudes

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UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
Te Whare Wananga o Otago
JOB DESCRIPTION
JOB TITLE:
Technical Assistant (Part-time, Variable hours up to 560 hours
maximum per annum)
DEPARTMENT:
College of Education
DIVISION:
Humanities
PRIME FUNCTION
To provide practical support to teaching staff and students in the areas of technology and science
through management of teaching resources for the subject area and through the set-up and
maintenance of relevant teaching spaces.
MAIN OBJECTIVES
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To ensure science and technology rooms are set-up for classes as directed by teaching staff.
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To ensure the science and technology teaching rooms are kept tidy and well maintained at all
times.
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To provide training on equipment use to students, including health and safety aspects.
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To ensure supplies of consumables are kept at appropriate levels
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To ensure computers within the technology teaching space are set-up for classes as directed.
KEY TASKS
Science and Technology Rooms
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Setup science and technology teaching space for classes as directed by teaching staff.
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Breakdown and clean up after all classes ensuring all waste is disposed of/recycled in the
appropriate manner.
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Ensure all equipment is well maintained according to Health and Safety guidelines and ready
for teaching use.
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Ensure food science room is maintained to Food Safety Standards at all times.
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Collate and purchase ingredient lists and required consumables.
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Purchase resources as directed by teaching staff, once approved by College Administrator.
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Ensure stocks of consumables are maintained at an appropriate level.
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Guide students (and staff if necessary) in the correct and safe use of equipment and
computers.
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Ensure all computers in the technology rooms are set-up and ready for classes
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ensuring all
software has been installed and is up-to-date through liaison with the College ITS staff.
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Assist with the testing of new specialised teaching software and e-learning tools.
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Ensure any chemicals are stored, used and disposed of correctly.

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Resource management
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Maintain an inventory of teaching resources.
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Ensure ongoing maintenance and replacement of resources, general materials and equipment
in consultation with appropriate academic staff.
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Ensure all new resources are catalogued and labelled.
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Assist students with sourcing resources, ensuring all resources that are on loan are recorded
and followed up on if not returned on time.
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Other relevant duties as directed by the College Administrator.
RELATIONSHIPS
Directly responsible to:
College Administrator
Supervision of:
N/A
Functional relationships with:
College staff
University Health and Safety Team
Students
Suppliers of materials
BUDGETARY RESPONSIBILITY
N/A.
EXPECTED OUTCOMES
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The science and technology rooms are maintained and stocked according to relevant Health
and Safety guidelines.
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The science and technology rooms are set-up appropriately for all classes and broken down at
the end of each class.
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Students are guided in the correct and safe use of equipment and chemicals.
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An up to date and accurate inventory of teaching resources is kept.
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Resources and equipment are maintained in excellent working order and comply with relevant
safety requirements.
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Teaching and resource rooms are set up as required and restored appropriately after use.
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Student enquiries relating to
the Curriculum Assistant’s area of responsibility are handled in
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an informative and courteous manner.
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Other duties required of this position are performed in an efficient, effective and helpful
manner.

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PERSON SPECIFICATION
Qualifications and experience
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A science or technology qualification or equivalent experience is essential
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A current Food Handling certificate is essential
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Experience in a teaching environment is highly desirable
Skills and Aptitudes
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Strong practical skills necessary for the maintenance of equipment and resources.
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Excellent organisational and time management skills.
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Strong numerical skills.
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Ability to interact well with students and other staff members and to guide students in the use
of equipment.
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Flexible approach to work with a willingness to assist others.
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Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
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Ability to use initiative and good judgement.

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