International Trade Assistant
Merced College - Merced, CA

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Employment Opportunity

Range 9
Closing Date:
September 6, 2013, 5:00 pm
Beginning Date:
October, 2013 (approximate)
This is a categorically funded assignment contingent upon year-to-year funding.



Graduation from high school or the equivalent
Type 50 net words per minute
Possess a valid California Driver’s License.
Three years of office experience providing customer service, customer assessment, and program referrals.
Proficiency in the use of database and spreadsheet software programs, word processing, internet research and email, and appropriate software programs utilized for creating program brochures and flyers.
Must have sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students
General Description:

The goal of the Merced College CITD is to enhance the competitive strength of California businesses in the international marketplace and support international trade development within Region 5 and the local community. The primary target market for CITD program services is established small-to-medium sized businesses having a strong, stable, domestic market and adequate resources to undertake the development and establishment of international markets. These businesses typically employ 20 or fewer employees. The program is funded by the Economic and Workforce Development Program of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Under the general supervision of the CITD Director, the International Trade Assistant is responsible for daily program activities, promotion of CITD program services, and program data collection and reporting.
Essential Functions:

Responsible for maintaining the international trade program database, and trade resource library
Type financial purchase orders and program requisitions
Maintain program information, statistics, client and financial information
Input required program data and financial information into the State data collection system
Respond to client and agency inquiries, making appropriate referrals using knowledge and judgment based on program and service regulations and guidelines
Research information via the internet and other traditional methods providing research for clients and for program information necessary to grant and funding opportunity development
Develop a working knowledge of special terminology related to program services
Maintain budget records and files
Input statistics and data related to client services
Assist with coordinating the flow of program communications, providing and updating the CITD Director with information necessary to program outcomes, program finances, client services, program inquiries, and information necessary to the general success of the program
Operate a variety of office machines
Type a variety of materials
May take minutes
Organize office work and assign and review the work of interns
Provide program information, technical assistance and initial program counseling
Explain and disseminate trade related materials and market research
Schedules meetings, workshops, and conferences
Composes correspondence with only general direction and review
Travel overnight(s) to sponsor and attend workshops, training, trade shows, and program meetings as required.
Knowledge of:

Internet research, marketing, and surfing methodology
Information and referral service
Marketing programs
Phone etiquette
Office procedures and office equipment
Principles of business letter and report writing including the use of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation
Ability to:

Travel overnight for program workshops, training, trade shows, and program meetings.
Collect, organize, input, and maintain pertinent data, information, statistics, and financial information as required;
Work independently with general supervision
Meet program deadlines
Work cooperatively, effectively, and professionally with the public, colleagues, community college employees, and other related programs and individuals
Train and oversee interns
Incorporate attention to detail when taking messages, receiving instructions, performing all job functions, working with clients, and providing program services
Read, interpret, learn and apply procedures and requirements as related to the program and job duties
Write and/or print legibly
How to Apply: All applicants must provide the following items by the closing date in order to be considered for this recruitment. If materials are emailed or faxed in order to meet the deadline, it is the responsibility of the candidate to send originals immediately. Email to:, Fax 209-384-6103

1. Obtain application from the Office of Human Resources or download from the Application Section below and complete the entire form.
2. Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position
3. Resume
4. Current typing certificate of a minimum 55 net wpm dated within one year (online typing certificates not accepted).
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are in the Human Resources Office on the filing deadline. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Application for Download
Classified Position Application [Word Doc 206k]
This application may be downloaded, saved to disk, and filled out using Microsoft Word 97 or higher. You may navigate the application blank by tabbing from field to field or pointing and clicking with the mouse. The blanks where information is to be filled in are non-printing characters. If there are additional pages in your application because of the information you included, that is OK.

All materials submitted in your application file become District property and will not be returned to you. Please send to:

Cathy Harris Office of Human Resources
Merced College
3600 M Street, Merced, CA 95348-2898

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.

Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee. Finalist interviews with district administrators may follow. A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews. Expenses for travel and accommodations will be the responsibility of the candidates.

Employee Benefits: The District pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents. Life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only, as well as paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.

Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. The Immigration Reform Act of 1986 requires verification of the right to work in the United States. Applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. All classified employees, as a condition of employment, must become members of California School Employees Association or pay a representation fee in an equal amount to a charity agreeable to CSEA. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

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