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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Lab Supervisor

Series: Instructional Laboratory Support

Levels in series:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 










The Lab Supervisor is the fourth level of a four-level Instructional Laboratory Support series. Incumbents are responsible for performing a variety of formalized work leadership duties and skilled technical tasks relative to overseeing and supervising the preparation of classroom labs and laboratory safety training materials. The Lab Supervisor is responsible for performing work under own initiative with limited supervision and is accountable for significant, advanced management duties. The Lab Supervisor is distinguished from the Lab Specialist by its requirement for broad knowledge of all functions and operations within the laboratory and the requirement to apply judgment and make decisions for the functions/processes for which they are accountable.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Supervising various levels of staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained and formalizing hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.  Daily 25%
  2. Supervising and participating in the maintenance of facility equipment.  Daily 20%
  3. Managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of laboratories and providing technical assistance to faculty, staff, and students.  Daily 20%
  4. Researching, interpreting, implementing and managing all aspects of safety and security of staff, students, and equipment to ensure college policy and local, state, and federal laws are followed.  Daily 5%
  5. Planning, designing, coordinating, and recommending facility changes and equipment needs to include: researching new products and technology; communicating with outside vendors; and, making recommendations for purchases.  Weekly 15%
  6. Evaluating operations and activities for effectiveness and preparing various statistics and reports related to assigned areas of responsibility.  Weekly 10%
  7. Preparing and administering laboratory budget.  Weekly 5%
  8. Performing other duties of a similar nature or level.  As Required


Incumbents assigned to the archaeology department will be responsible for:

  • Assisting in the preparation and presentation of instructional agendas;
  • Operating and supervising the operation of heavy equipment and power tools;
  • Meeting with federal, state, county, city, tribal, and private sector personnel regarding archaeological projects;
  • Supervising and assisting in the curation of artifacts.

Incumbents assigned to the aviation department will be responsible for:

  • Operating and supervising the operation of heavy equipment;
  • Meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration on matters relating to aviation;
  • Developing OSHA laboratory training procedures for aviation programs.

Incumbents assigned to the science department will be responsible for: Developing OSHA laboratory training procedures.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require): Bachelor's Degree and two years Lab Specialist level experience supplemented by supervisory coursework; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements (positions in this class typically require):

  • Arizona driver's license
  • Background check
  • Certification to meet state requirements
  • Hazardous Materials Certification
  • OSHA certification

Knowledge (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable computer programs and equipment;
  • Applicable college, local, state, and federal laws and regulations;
  • Decision making techniques;
  • Supervision principles;
  • Customer service principles;
  • Leadership and personnel management principles;
  • Budget administration principles;
  • Record keeping techniques;
  • Training principles;
  • Basic math.

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Supervising, hiring, disciplining and evaluating staff;
  • Managing laboratory operations;
  • Preparing and administering budgets;
  • Using computers and related software applications;
  • Inventorying materials, supplies, and equipment;
  • Recognizing and solving problems;
  • Monitoring facility usage;
  • Preparing reports;
  • Performing equipment repair and maintenance;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: balancing, lifting, climbing, stooping, reaching, standing, walking, fingering, and talking.

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to dusts, chemicals, workspace restrictions, heights and travel.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC (DJG/LM)
Date: 03/01
Updated by Pima Community College: 03/07