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Location: Smith College, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Provide technical and creative support to the Design Thinking Initiative, including management of the daily operation of studio equipment and space, management of student studio design partner interns, and the development of learning materials in service to advancing ‘making as a way of thinking’ for students and other members of the Smith community.
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Prototyping Studio Operations 40%
Manage and coordinate daily operations of the design thinking prototyping studio. Maintain organization of space and materials to ensure access for students, faculty and staff at the college. Test and implement new processes, techniques, and equipment for prototyping and making. Oversee equipment purchases, use, and maintenance. Order and stock materials and supplies for collaborative creative projects. Lead the hiring and supervision of student work-study interns including weekly meeting, 1:1 check-ins, training, and mentorship. Oversee training and safety protocols for studio use. Develop video and graphic communication material for equipment use, workshops and studio safety.
Maker and Design Thinking Workshops and Curricular Support 40%
Develop and curate learning materials to introduce students, faculty and staff to the equipment in the prototyping studio. Develop, propose and facilitate workshops on making for community members in partnership with student staff. Initiate creative projects that advance the mission of the Design Thinking Initiative and increase student engagement. Support and consult with faculty on design thinking processes and hands-on making components of their courses. Provide hands-on making workshops for these classes and work 1:1 with students on course projects. Guide special studies projects in open source design/build projects.
Building Community Partnerships and Collaborative Efforts 20%
Liaison between the Design Thinking Initiative and other complementary studios and labs at Smith, across the five college consortium, and within the broader Pioneer Valley. Serve as an active member of the college’s maker group meetings and coordinate Smith’s involvement in the annual traveling Pioneer Valley Maker Faire. Improve students’ access to making resources at Smith and in the community. Support the collaborative efforts of making spaces across campus including workshops, shop technician support, and coordinated logistics. Co-teach and coordinate interdisciplinary courses and initiatives, including the interdisciplinary 3D printing course and paper making studio pilot.
All employees are expected to participate in the College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)
Bachelor’s degree in Arts & Sciences, Engineering or related field. 1-3 years experience at a makerspace, fabrication shop, and/or teaching and working with students; or an equivalent combination of education/experience. Familiarity with making in the context of an undergraduate, liberal arts context or a community-based makerspace. Demonstrated commitment to improving access, equity, and inclusion.
Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Masters degree preferred. Design, design thinking or creative experience are strongly preferred.
Knowledge and demonstrated experience with fabrication studios and/or Makerspaces required. Desired proficiency with 3D printing, laser cutting, basic woodworking tools, metal work, familiarity with CNC routers, sewing (hand–industrial techniques), microcontrollers and electronics. Proficiency with associated software including Fusion360, the Adobe Suite, CorelDRAW and open source design softwares. Aptitude for troubleshooting and devising clever work-arounds for technical problems. Machine repair and maintenance. Experience working collaboratively with diverse constituencies, especially college students. Ability to multitask, pay consistent attention to detail, respond effectively to various work styles, communicate with faculty, students, staff, and community members and to exercise independent judgment. Ability to organize and prioritize work effectively, to take initiative and responsibility are important.
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Review of applications will begin May 17, 2021
Location: Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Makerspace Specialist, Princeton University Library
Princeton University Library (PUL) seeks a resourceful and collaborative individual to help launch our library makerspace in the role of Makerspace Specialist. The PUL Makerspace opened in the spring of 2021 in a newly renovated 2000 s.f. space that is easily visible and reachable from several parts of campus. Located on the A floor of Lewis Library next to the Engineering Library Circulation Desk, the PUL Makerspace is close to two related spaces – the StudioLab managed by the Council for Science and Technology (CST) and the Digital Learning Lab managed by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.
Reporting to the Engineering Librarian, the Makerspace Specialist will develop programs and services to launch a new library makerspace as part of a renovation in Lewis Library and Fine Hall. The new space has opened with a small set of equipment that will grow over time. The space is open to the campus community. The Makerspace Specialist will play a key role in determining the program and services provided. In addition to collaborating with existing services such as support for GIS, statistical software and visualization software, the Makerspace Specialist will connect with subject specialists, library liaisons, peers across campus and at peer institutions.
This is a full-time two-year term position which will require some evening hours, with a flexible schedule to enable student-centered programs.
The successful candidate will:
• Provide consulting services for undergraduates, graduate students and faculty engaged in making in a variety of academic disciplines.
Maintain the makerspace equipment so that it is functional and safe, and manage inventory.
• Staff the makerspace including during some evening hours, and work a flexible schedule that enables student-centered programs.
• Brainstorm, explore, plan, implement, and support programming.
• Provide technical and creative direction, hiring, supervision, and training to students employed by the makerspace
• Participate actively in relevant library committees and groups, especially the Makerspaces Task Force.
• Collaborate proactively with other makerspaces around campus and at peer institutions,
• Exhibit excellent interpersonal skills and foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for a diverse group of students and faculty.
• Bachelors’ degree in an area of science, engineering, technology or the arts.
• Knowledge and experience with 3D printing, large format printing and PCB/CNC mills, and helping others with these technologies.
• Willingness to work flexible hours in order to accommodate programs and trainings.
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and a high degree of professionalism and initiative.
• Ability to think creatively, work independently and function effectively as part of a team. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to handle multiple varied and competing priorities.
• Experience with and enthusiasm for STEM education/outreach.
• Ability to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Masters degree in library science, instructional design, nonprofit management or other relevant discipline.
• Knowledge and experience with one or more of the following: rapid prototyping (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey), art and craft projects, electronics tinkering and creative technology (computer programming for creative applications, interactive media, robotics & design projects).
• Demonstrated commitment to the provision of high-quality public service.
• Work experience with academic research libraries.
• Experience supervising student workers.
*Candidates may be asked to share evidence of relevant work upon interview.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW
Location: State College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Director, Penn State Innovation Hub Makerspace
Penn State is in the build-stage of the Penn State Innovation Hub, a new entrepreneurship and innovation facility located in downtown State College, PA. This new facility will become the University’s central innovation hub, bringing together the Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank with a newly developed 7,000 square foot makerspace.
As Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution, Penn State was founded to make a positive impact on the Commonwealth through teaching, research, and public outreach. One of the best ways we can fulfill that mission in the twenty-first century is by contributing to Pennsylvania’s economic progress. Recognizing that innovation drives progress in any industry—and that to have an impact, even the most promising ideas must move from concepts to marketable products or services—Penn State has committed itself to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. We are seeking new ways to empower not only our students and faculty but also stakeholders and entrepreneurs from the communities we serve with the knowledge and confidence to pursue entrepreneurial success.
Launched in 2015, Invent Penn State focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation programs, tools, and resources that accelerate the movement of great ideas to the marketplace and make a substantial economic development impact across Pennsylvania and the nation. Stewarded by the Office of Entrepreneurship and Commercialization in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, the effort spans the University’s twenty-four campuses, all academic colleges, institutes, and centers and has quickly become a burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem supporting Penn State faculty, staff, student, and community innovators.
The new Penn State Innovation Hub is the next milestone in the growth of the Invent Penn State Innovation Hub program, which, in the last 4 years, has established 21 innovation hubs across the state. The Penn State Innovation Hub currently under construction in State College was specifically envisioned to include a makerspace to support makers from the university and community. The makerspace will include equipment and space for wood working, metal working, welding, painting, 3D printing, electronics, design, light prototyping, and an immersive virtual reality lab. The facility will be open to entrepreneurs and innovators from Penn State as well as the community.
Penn State is seeking to fill the newly created position of Makerspace Director. Reporting to the Director of The Office of Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (EOC), the Makerspace Director is responsible for complete oversight of Penn State’s makerspace. The newly hired director will be responsible for the planning, startup, and ongoing operations. This position will include some evening and weekend hours, limited travel, and supervisory responsibility.
• Manage and provide complete oversight for the makerspace, including administrative, operational, financial, and programmatic
• Determine appropriate staffing levels, lead the staff, with expected direct reports in operational and administrative roles
• Determine hours of operation, membership levels, rate structure
• Determine the appropriate equipment set and establish a maintenance program
• Develop and implement a training program, in conjunction with the Office of Environmental Health and
• Safety, that provides training to staff and to members on how to safely operate all of the equipment in the makerspace
• Develop and implement policies to align space usage with the mission and priorities of the makerspace
• Develop and oversee programs that meet the needs of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in partnership with the Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank
• Assess program effectiveness, and recommend changes to program content, policies, and procedures accordingly
• Proactively engage with units across the university to foster usage
• Plan, direct, and control the makerspace budget for personnel, equipment, operations, and other resources
• Actively work to seek funding opportunities
• Master’s Degree plus 3+ years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Experience with manufacturing equipment, industrial design, and making/prototyping is preferred
• Work experience supporting a makerspace or similar operation, ideally at an educational institution is preferred
• Experience designing, implementing, and overseeing training and safety systems
• Strong interpersonal communication skills and budget management experience
• Experience in educational workshop planning and instruction a plus
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Location: Seoul, South Korea
Makerspace Coordinator with MYP Design
Dwight School Seoul seeks a highly qualified and experienced Makerspace Coordinator/teacher who can start as early as January 2021(with some time flexibility). The ideal candidate has a wealth of IB Design education experience with a capability of implementing a richer business minded technology curriculum that can lead students to become future technology and design entrepreneurs. Bilingual in English and Korean with an understanding of local mindsets in an international education environment preferred but not required.
Job Title: Makerspace Coordinator
Reports to: Principals, Head of School , Dean of Technology and Innovation
Liaises with: Head of Design, Upper and Lower school teachers, Facilities, Teachers
WHOLE SCHOOL MAKERSPACE COORDINATOR
The Makerspace at Dwight is an exciting and inspiring place that sparks students’ imagination and creativity. It is a whole school resource that encourages and supports the Design process, not just in STEAM subjects but across the whole curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12. It provides an inspiring, safe and creative environment where teachers and students can explore and realize their ideas in a practical problem solving way. It encourages everyone to be risk takers and to develop their ‘spark of genius’.
A unique feature is that the Makerspace doubles as the Design department which delivers both the Product and Digital MYP Design curriculum. Spread over two adjoining rooms all the resources are shared by both the upper school design students and all the lower school students who use the Makerspace; the older students act as mentors and assistants for the younger students.
The Makerspace has a wide range of equipment, the manual tools and machinery you would expect in a modern well equipped workshop. Including a range of manufacturing equipment including a Laser Cutter, a CNC Router, 3D printers, Vinyl Cutter and a Sign printer.
The Makerspace is also proactive in supporting teachers who require help designing and creating learning resources for their subjects. For instance, Mathematics teachers make Clinometers and protractors, Chinese Language teachers make puppets for the plays students write and Individuals and Society teachers get their students to create 3D topographical models.
The makerspace coordinator has a wealth of IB Design Education experience [Upper and Lower School], or comes from one of the related STEAM [Science,Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths], subjects and/or experience in setting up and running a whole school Makerspace or Fablab. He/She has experience in managing a large budget, organising and maintaining a wide range of resources, managing teachers and technicians and the ability to be flexible and creative when responding to the needs of the school community. He/She is also a boundlessly resourceful, imaginative, energetic person with new creative ideas with a sense of humour.
The Makerspace Coordinator is a highly qualified and experienced teacher who has a wealth of IB Design education experience with a capability of implementing a richer business minded technology curriculum that can lead students to become future technology and design entrepreneurs. She/He has an understanding of local mindsets in an international education environment.
- Facilitating classes and training for students and faculty to promote a problem solving based learning and high tech design thinking in a creative Makerspace environment.
- Creating innovative Makerspace activities in conjunction with the IB curriculum.
- Leading faculty and students in developing and implementing new innovative learning opportunities
- Overseeing day to day Makerspace activities
- Creating and maintaining faculty & students manuals as well as student projects
- Managing the schedule of the Makerspace effectively and efficiently.
- Attending all departmental and school faculty meetings, etc.
- Ensuring that all equipment is operated in a safe and appropriate manner.
- Being committed to student learning, personal growth, and professional development
- Establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships within the department
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES :
- Enjoying teaching students of all ages. Being able to organize and inspire students to be risk takers, while maintaining a safe working environment.
- Managing the Makerspace as a whole school resource, providing practical support, help and guidance. Working with the Makerspace technician and Design teachers to respond to requests, sharing expertise and resources with all staff and students.
- Making sure the Makerspace is a safe and efficient workspace. Following a daily, weekly and monthly schedule of maintaining tools, machines and equipment. Ensuring training is provided for equipment including new CAD/CAM technology, design software and hardware.
- Working with the procurement department to acquire materials and equipment. Maintaining existing equipment and resources, managing a stock control system, and a complete Inventory.
- Creating a development plan for the future of the Makerspace; together with the Head of Design producing budget proposals that inform the school management of future financial investment requirements.
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.A
Greenwich Country Day School is an independent, co-educational day school with a current enrollment of 1300 students in grades N-12, and a faculty and staff of 340. The original Old Church Road campus is home to grades N-8. Phase II construction of the new High School campus (9-12,) located less than two miles away on Stanwich Road, is well underway and scheduled for August 2021 completion. Founded in 1926, Greenwich Country Day School is a family school where innovative teaching is encouraged as teachers model and foster a love of learning, challenge and inspire children toward academic excellence, and cultivate students’ interests and talents outside of the classroom. We value purposeful and personal learning in a joyful environment, with emphasis on the development of character, creativity, and a sense of personal value along with strong academic skills. GCDS is committed to graduating ethical, confident leaders who possess a strong sense of purpose.
GCDS is fortunate to have built a large endowment which helps to fund competitive salaries and benefits, including housing support for academic faculty, a robust professional development program, and reimbursement for graduate school tuition. GCDS offers a substantial need-based financial aid program to support students from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.
Due to the expansion of the high school program, Greenwich Country Day School seeks a Maker Space Teacher, Grades 9-12, to start August 2021. The ideal candidate will possess a meaningful background in instruction around design, building a maker space curriculum in close collaboration with the visual arts and faculty across disciplines, and teaching of Architecture, AutoCAD, and 3D Design, along with wood shop experience. Interdisciplinary thinking will be critical to success in this role.
GCDS is looking to engage with candidates who employ an entrepreneurial mindset in their approach to education and would bring that skillset to teaching in our collaborative, interdisciplinary, project-based Upper School program. Successful candidates will possess content and pedagogical expertise, a dedication to collaboration, and a creative and flexible approach to curriculum design and instruction. Interdisciplinary proficiency is highly desirable. Diversity is a core value at GCDS, and we seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion. GCDS is pleased to offer transportation support and accommodations, as needed, along with an introduction to the local area, for those candidates who travel from outside of the region for on-campus employment interviews.
- Instructional responsibility in content area
- Co-management of a full wood shop
- Oversight and assessment of the development and progress of each child
- Communication with parents, students, and colleagues
- Collaborative work with colleagues on grade level, subject area, and interdisciplinary faculty teams
- Contribution toward athletic or co-curricular programming in addition to classroom role
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree
- A minimum of 3-years successful teaching experience with students in this age group, or demonstrated professional competency
- Experience teaching Architecture, AutoCAD, and 3D Design
- Experience with inquiry-based and/or project-based learning
- A passion for learning and the ability to motivate and inspire students
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Commitment to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive school community
- Willingness to take on multiple roles within the school
- Personal traits appropriate for nurturing the growth of children – must be energetic, creative, flexible, patient, and have an inexhaustible sense of humor
- Advanced degree in academic/research field and/or professional experience within your area of practice
- Demonstrated capacity and desire to teach across multiple disciplines/subject areas
- Experience in and desire to build culture and community with both adults and students
- Experience as an academic advisor
- Experience advising independent and original student research
- Athletic coaching experience
- Demonstrated experience in establishing collaborative relationships with external partners/organizations in the design and implementation of learning experiences
Interested candidates are invited to use the link provided to send a cover letter and resume to:
Susan Fahey Khanna, Director of Human Resources