Professional Tutor - Biology - Lab Content (Part Time)

Dutchess Community College (SUNY)

Job Description


Professional Tutor - Biology - Lab Content (Part Time)

Category: Academic Support
Department: Instruction and Learning
Locations: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posted: Sep 28, 2023
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: Part-time
Position ID: 167831

About Dutchess Community College:
Located in the heart of New York's beautiful and historic mid-Hudson Valley, just 90 minutes north of New York City, Dutchess Community College (DCC) is one of 64 colleges within the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive public higher education system in the country.

DCC's strategic direction is guided by four lenses through which we view our work: Students. Learning. Community. Growth. We are committed to respecting individuality, embracing diversity, being "student-ready," and partnering with and serving our community inclusively. The College welcomes and seeks to grow a pool of prospective employees who share and are eager to support the institution's core values: Excellence. Collaboration. Engagement. Equity. Innovation.

Job Description:
The Instruction and Learning/Learning Commons provides academic support to students that promotes deep engagement with learning materials and fosters an appreciation for curiosity, discovery, exploration, and growth.

Professional tutors provide tutorial support to individuals and small groups on all campus locations in person, and may also provide remote tutoring. Tutors clarify and reinforce course content, assignments, and materials for courses. In some academic areas, such as nursing, tutors provide guidance with competency areas in open lab environments. They will be responsible for ensuring the students receive guidance during the semester regarding all academic support available to provide any needed intervention. Tutors will advocate for student educational achievement to the highest attainable standard, support student goals, and uphold the college's educational. mission. Tutors discuss with the students their behaviors and habits that contribute to student success, including goal setting, learning strategies, time management, organization, self-direction, and self-efficacy. All Professional Tutors must demonstrate exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Professional Tutors will:

  • Communicate frequently with faculty on content assignment expectations.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty.
  • Participate in the programming activities of the department to which they are assigned.
  • Assist with the completion of data specific to Perkins reporting for the Academic, Career, and Transfer Center.
  • Become knowledgeable about and adhere to institutional policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Participate in and assist with facilitating workshops.
  • Continue professional development through offered workshops and trainings to remain current with relevant tutoring practices.
  • Recognize and respect students' diverse backgrounds and possess strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Manage technology needed to support tutoring programs, including but not limited to: Banner, Kronos, Tutor Trac, Bookings, Starfish, and Docucare.
  • Maintain consistent tutoring practices and build relationships with students.
  • Utilize Starfish to assist with student management, including providing student outreach.
  • Participate in prospective student and first-year programs, including orientations and recruitment initiatives.
  • Hiring, training, and supervision of PT professional tutors and/or peer tutors (and all the paperwork and responsibilities that goes with supervision)
  • Compiling usage statistics for the department and/or I & L
  • Create flyers, presentations, and other documents to promote resources and programming to students.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the supervisor of the area to which they are assigned.

Discipline Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Due to the nature of some academic disciplines, such as nursing, some Professional Tutors will have discipline-specific duties and responsibilities in addition to those listed above. Those duties and responsibilities will be listed here as appropriate;

Professional Tutor of Biology (Laboratory Content) will provide in-person and remote tutoring to DCC students who are enrolled in Biology lab courses, either individually or in small groups.

  • Hours are 12.5 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Assist in monitoring students using the lab via computerized swipe system.
  • Assist with data gathering for Perkins grant reporting.


  • Bachelor's degree in a related discipline
  • At least 2 years of related experience in a college setting, especially in the discipline for delivery of academic support services.
  • Discipline-specific knowledge required.
  • Ability to teach learning strategies to students.
  • Ability to lead small group tutoring sessions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Concern for student needs in a demanding academic context.
  • Flexibility, patience, and professional integrity.
  • Knowledge, experience, and ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
  • Where applicable, handle lab equipment with care, switch off equipment and tidy up lab after tutoring session.
  • Use suggested textbook for reference in class content (skills).
  • High comfort level with standard office information technology on a Windows OS, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and email, as well as strong ability to learn new institution-specific software for tutoring, timekeeping, or related responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's or Doctorate degree in a related discipline
  • Experience working with students in a community college environment.
  • Experience working with ESL (English as Second Language) students is highly desirable.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

Discipline-Specific Qualifications:

Due to the nature of some academic disciplines, such as nursing, some Professional Tutors will have discipline-specific duties and responsibilities in addition to those listed above. Those duties and responsibilities will be listed here as appropriate;

  • Bachelor's degree in biology or a closely related field is required.
  • The tutor should have tutoring skills and knowledge in the biological disciplines, particularly anatomy and physiology.
  • The successful candidate will be flexible with scheduling, as hours will correlate to student needs and biology laboratory availability.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
  • Experience in laboratory instruction would be desirable.

Additional Information:
Academic support positions are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between Dutchess Community College and Dutchess United Educators (DUE).

The hourly rate for this position is $26.79. This position will work an average of 12.5 hours per week,

Employment will require a criminal background screening.

DCC is an AA/EOE employer. Dutchess Community College (College) as part of The State University of New York, in its continuing effort to seek equity in education and employment, and in support of federal and state anti-discrimination legislation, has adopted a policy to provide an educational and employment environment free from unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.

Application Instructions:
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Please include in your cover letter an answer to the following questions:

  • How has diversity and inclusion played a part in your career?
  • How would you bring that insight into your position at the college?

Dutchess Community College is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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