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Location: Durango, CO, U.S.A
The Powerhouse Science Center
MakerLab Director Job Announcement
The MakerLab at the Powerhouse Science Center (PSC) is a community workspace providing access to
tools, technologies and training to facilitate craft, creativity and entrepreneurship in the 4 Corners
region and beyond.
The MakerLab director will be the organization’s key management leader through the development
phase of the MakerLab. This position is responsible for overseeing the budget, classes, community
outreach, and strategic planning in coordination with the MakerLab Council, a member-selected group
that guides everyday use of the MakerLab. Other key duties include marketing, upkeep of equipment
and tools, developing exhibits, facilitating training, and successfully communicating with education
professionals, members, visitors and more. Proven time-management skills are required. The director
will report directly to the PSC Executive Director.
- A Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, art, the trades or a closely related field or
equivalent practical experience is required for this position.
- 2-4 years of previous experience with large-scale project development and coordination.
- 3-5 years’ proven experience with making, preferably as a member of an identifiable
Essential Roles and Responsibilities
- Manages projects and timelines for the MakerLab members including the preparation of
an event calendar, programming activities and monthly MakerLab events.
- Works closely with the PSC Director of Education to ensure MakerLab classes meet or
exceed the education and technological quality standards of the PSC.
- Ensures resource availability and allocation.
- Mentors and provides oversight on instructors and members.
- Manages MakerLab materials inventory.
- Manages troubleshooting and required maintenance of equipment, trainings and
- Recruits, trains, and assists MakerLab members and participants.
- Assists with the writing and ongoing evaluation of policies and procedures.
Marketing and Community Outreach
- Gathers and analyzes statistics, writes expense and progress reports on department
activities, and develops goals in support of the MakerLab and Powerhouse strategic
- Assists in the promotion of the MakerLab, utilizing focused written, oral, video, web and
social media communication. Manages social media marketing on multiple platforms
- Develops and maintains existing relationships with organizations, individuals, and others
to participate and partner with the MakerLab.
- Assists with funding applications for MakerLab initiatives, in partnership with the
Executive Director and MakerLab Council.
Educational management tasks include instructing members and the general public on
programming, tools, technology, and activities such as 3D modeling, microcontroller
programming, general electronics, laser cutting, wood working and CNC milling.
Required skills and knowledge
- Working knowledge of microcontrollers and relevant software, such as: Arduino, Raspberry Pi,
- Proofreading and document-editing proficiency
- Deep knowledge of the culture, theory and practice of the Maker Movement.
- Ability to research, plan and implement education classes for youth and adults.
- Understanding of the general procedures required to hire, manage, and train STEAM educators
for the MakerLab.
- Experience tracking materials, tools, and equipment needed for all MakerLab programs.
- Ability to switch between a variety of projects on a daily basis.
- Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. on occasion.
- Valid driver’s license required.
Suggested knowledge and experience
- Knowledge of 3D modeling software (Solidworks, Autodesk Fusion 360/Inventor) a plus
- Knowledge of SEO and/or strategic online marketing
- Basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, WordPress, PHP or similar languages
- Able to manage a domain’s DNS settings
Salary: $30,000- $40,000
Hours: 30-40 hours per week
Travel: less than 5%
Time Off: this position will be compensated for 10 flexible holidays determined by the organization on
an annual basis. This position also qualifies for paid time off on an accrual basis.
Insurance: The Powerhouse Science Center does not currently provide health benefits to employees.
Please submit a digital resume and cover letter to Wayne LaBar, Powerhouse Executive Director at
email@example.com by June 14, 2018
Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A
FULL-TIME 11-MONTH POSITION BEGINNING AUG 2018
The Director of Making and Engineering at Castilleja is a committed educator with a passion for maker education, design thinking, and engineering who is responsible for the school’s making and engineering program and associated maker spaces, including the Bourn Idea Lab and Middle School Tinkering Nook. S/he has exceptional program management skills, the capacity to imagine and implement curriculum, and a deep interest in the power of making and hands-on learning to build student agency. The ideal candidate is one who embraces ambiguity and thrives when working at the intersection of creative thinking, collaboration, and innovation.
As Director, s/he is well-versed in articulating the vision for the program and its philosophy to a wide variety of audiences and constantly works to align programming to strategic goals. S/he develops and teaches making electives and engineering courses in both the middle school and high school levels, researches and implements opportunities for students to participate in hands-on projects, as well as consults and collaborates with colleagues in other disciplines to create interdisciplinary curriculum threads across the middle and upper school. The Director also serves as the faculty advisor for our high school FIRST Robotics team, designs professional development opportunities, and advocates for the program both internally and externally.
Duties and Responsibilities
Teaching and Curriculum Development
- Work with teachers across all curriculum areas and grade levels to design project-based learning opportunities for students that can be integrated into core classes, flexible learning periods, and other venues
- Design, develop, and teach courses offered in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, senior mini-courses, and support upper school students in Independent Study projects.
- Coordinate making, engineering and design curriculum development and education in both the middle and upper school.
- Create a framework for offering middle school courses, units, or interdisciplinary projects incorporating making, design, and engineering concepts that will build an audience for the upper school course offerings.
- Continue work on the school’s Making and Engineering Curriculum Framework in collaboration with stakeholders.
- Collaborate with Castilleja’s Institutional Researcher to create and design tools and best practices for assessment of hands-on learning.
- Oversee Castilleja’s middle school and upper school robotics programs
- Serve as the faculty advisor for upper school FIRST Robotics team, which involves meeting regularly with student leads, managing and recruiting team coaches and volunteer mentors, working with the team to organize logistics such as purchasing,
budgeting, travel, shipping, etc.
- Travel with and support robotics team during both out-of-town and in-town competitions
- Keep abreast of team progress via the team’s internal communication channels
(currently Slack) and check-in regularly with both student leads and adult
- Collaborate with team coaches and mentors to keep the team on schedule to meet
- Advocate for the team within the broader context of the school and local community
- Support the team in their fundraising efforts including partnering with Castilleja’s
Advancement Team to seek out new corporate sponsors
- Serve as the liaison between the school community and the team, including ensuring
that team is following all safety procedures, after-hours access policies, etc.
Program and Lab Management
- Oversee the daily functioning of the Bourn Idea Lab and Tinkering Nook, including
workflows, scheduling, inventory, purchasing, budgeting, safety policies, equipment
maintenance/repairs, and maintaining a consistent lab presence during school hours.
- Manage the Bourn Lab/Tinkering Nook team, including lab volunteers and student
- Develop relationships with other partners to enhance the making, design, and
engineering program at Castilleja
- Educate students and faculty on the use of design thinking and problem solving.
- Promote the lab and its use through the school’s various communication channels,
including website, social media, etc
- Collaborate with other Program Directors and Leadership Team to ensure alignment of
program with Castilleja’s overall mission and strategic goals
- Research and communicate external design and engineering opportunities, such as
summer programs and internships, to Castilleja students.
Professional Development and Outreach
- Design and run workshops for teachers internally at Castilleja at various times during the
school year, such as Opening Week, faculty meetings, year end Summer Institute.
- Coordinate and direct the Bourn Teacher Fellows program, a year-long professional
development fellowship for Castilleja teachers
- Host external visitors for tours to share our program and best practices
- Research external professional development opportunities related to making, design thinking, and/or STEM education, and publicize these opportunities to Castilleja faculty
- Organize and plan the annual Design, Do, Discover summer institute, in partnership with Marymount School of New York (hosted in Palo Alto and NYC in alternate years)
- Represent Castilleja at relevant conferences and events, e.g. Maker Faire, FabLearn
Other Faculty Duties
- Attend weekly faculty meetings
- Serve as a member of Curriculum Council
- Participate in Program Directors’ meetings to coordinate alignment between programs
- Represent the Program at internal events, such as Admissions Open Houses, Back to School Night, etc.
- Serve as faculty advisor for ACE Orgs hosted in the Bourn Lab
- Opportunity to serve as a grade-level advisor
- Other duties as assigned
- BA/BS and/or industry experience in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or other related field required; advanced degree strongly preferred
- Passion for maker education and working with youth in both formal classroom as well as informal co-curricular settings
- Prior teaching experience, either in or outside of classrooms
- Strong communication skills and ability to speak to a wide variety of audiences, from students to parents to fellow educators
- Collaborative and enjoys working in a team-based environment
- Extremely organized and detail-oriented
- Commitment to ongoing professional development and ability to model lifelong learning for, and sometimes in front of, students
- Experience with digital fabrication technology and/or shop tools is a bonus
- Resilient, flexible, tech-savvy, and creative
- Position will involve some evening/weekend hours and (infrequent) travel
Director position with attractive compensation.
Title: Director – Be a Maker (BeAM)
Location: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to Position Description: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/137388
Full Time Teaching/Mentoring Position: Rock Tree Sky Learning Community is a K-12 enrichment center for homeschooling families with 70+ students located in Ojai, California. The program’s philosophy is based on self-directed education and democratic schooling, in which children are free to choose their curriculum on a daily basis. Our time is split between a makerspace and a ranch. There are no classrooms but instead workshops and outdoor space where children may engage in a variety of creative activities and learning opportunities. We are seeking a full-time mentor to inspire youth with design projects and guide them in specialties such as wood-working and or engineering.
- Consistently offer various build/tinker projects which target different age groups (from kindergarten level to high school level) and support design thinking and basic safe tool use skills
- Work collaboratively with other makerspace mentors to create both small and large scale projects
- Engage with the larger community so that some projects can serve those beyond the enrichment center
- Assist in the continuous development and maintenance of the makerspace and ranch
- A background in and passion for making. Qualified applicants will have experience in any of the following: wood-work, metal-work, hobby electronics, engineering.
- 1 year or more experience working with children of all ages
- Flexibility – Must be able to work happily in a shared space; as this is a self-directed education model, mentors need to bring flexibility and sustained enthusiasm to their projects even as children’s interests shift.
- Collaboration – mentors need to collaborate with one another at times to offer projects utilizing multiple skill sets and areas of expertise
Visit us on the web at rocktreesky.org for more information about the program. Position is for the 2018-19 instructional year. To apply or learn more about the position please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
ISF Hong Kong
The Manager of the ISF Makerspace Cyberport is responsible for the overall operation of the makerspace and the development of programs and services which meet the needs of ISF Academy and community learners who have a wide-range of experience and expertise using the equipment in the lab and who cross the boundaries of multiple disciplines including education, arts, business, engineering, and computer science and the humanities. This position requires a strong commitment to maker learning coupled with a vision for using emerging technologies and evidence-based decision practices to develop, implement, and assess services. In the initial 1-1.5 years, one of the key components of the role is to work with the faculty of the ISF Academy (K-12) at the ISF Makerspace Cyberport campus. Please see http://isf.edu.hk