This title is in the unclassified service. Because of the "casual" (very temporary) status, limited assignment of responsibilities, and limited duration of service, appointees to this title are not represented for collective negotiations, do not pay agency fees, and are not eligible for benefits. Appointees serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.
Casual (CSL) appointees provide less than 12 hours of service per week and are retained to provide a specific and limited service, OR provide service for a period of less than six weeks per year, customarily on a task or project related basis. Casual professional employees do not have a defined "professional obligation" (semester, college year, annual), or a pro-rated portion thereof, as would a regular part-time employee. Instead, their appointments are tied directly to the completion of a specific project or task or the providing of specific services tied to a limited period of time such as the opening of school, student recruitment, etc.
Should the employment of casual professional employees exceed two of any four consecutive semesters, they must be appointed to appropriate titles represented by the SUNY Professional Services Negotiating Unit.
TECHNICAL SPECIALIST (CSL), most positions provide highly skilled, specialized assistance to faculty, staff, students and various publics in instructional, research, public service, continuing education and other educationally related programs or projects. Under general supervision, incumbent is responsible for developing and providing such advanced services as required by campuses instructional, research and public service endeavors. Examples of duties include, but are not limited to: In Chemistry -- supervising Student Assistants in storing and issuing supplies and equipment and in observing and assisting students in laboratory techniques; in Instructional Resources -- demonstrating proper graphics or camera technique to students, and in assisting faculty members in developing and preparing instructional resource material for classroom instruction and/or research projects; in Agriculture -- teaching students to maintain and operate equipment or demonstration of proper planting and pruning techniques and other such procedures and techniques in the agricultural area; in Dental Hygiene, or X-Ray Technology -- assisting the Instructor in demonstrating proper techniques as well as observing and assisting students at practice; in Theatre -- instructing and assisting students in the building of sets; in the techniques of lighting and in the design work in construction of costumes; and in Research -- experimental instrument fabrication, glassblowing, operation and maintenance of sophisticated or complicated scientific equipment; demonstration and training in specialized laboratory techniques, overseeing appropriate student observations in experimental work; and in addition, may involve supervision of others in performing such duties.
Some Technical Specialist positions may emphasize the operation of very complex equipment which students do not ordinarily operate. These and some other positions may involve responsibility for training students in the use of instructional or complex research equipment and, in many cases, will in fact be the interface between resource equipment technology and its application to the instructional, research and public service mission areas of the campus. Incumbents may also be involved or directed along lines of research and development, applications engineering, and/or systems engineering design. May also be responsible for supervising the technical aspects of certain production and maintenance activities, training and supervising other technical and non-technical support personnel, and providing other related specialized assistance as required.
Master's degree in a specialty or discipline appropriate for the particular assignment, or the Master Craftsman level of training and/or equivalent relevant experience or academic training.
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