Foisie Innovation Studio Makerspace Manager

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Worcester, MA4.4

Full-timeEstimated: $57,000 - $81,000 a year
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JOB TITLE
Foisie Innovation Studio Makerspace Manager

LOCATION
Worcester

DEPARTMENT NAME
Innovation & Entrepreneurship

DIVISION NAME
Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY
The Foisie Innovation Studio (FIS) Makerspace is an open, welcoming, and engaging student-driven space where students of all skill levels and disciplines can create, develop and implement their ideas according to both their project needs and desire for innovative exploration.

The FIS Makerspace Manager is responsible for overseeing and facilitating all activities in the Makerspace. They will engage the WPI community, including faculty and staff, in FIS Makerspace services and workshops. This includes the delivery of courses, the development and implementation of training workshops, outreach programs, as well as working with students on projects that may be from classes, competitions, or entrepreneurial efforts .
The Foisie Innovation Studio (FIS) Makerspace is an open, welcoming, and engaging student-driven space where students of all skill levels and disciplines can create, develop and implement their ideas according to both their project needs and desire for innovative exploration.

The FIS Makerspace Manager is responsible for overseeing and facilitating all activities in the Makerspace. They will engage the WPI community, including faculty and staff, in FIS Makerspace services and workshops. This includes the delivery of courses, the development and implementation of training workshops, outreach programs, as well as working with students on projects that may be from classes, competitions, or entrepreneurial efforts .

JOB DESCRIPTION

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Proactively engage and coordinate with faculty and staff regarding the incorporation of the FIS Makerspace services with academic courses
Lead the implementation of instructional workshops and crash courses to introduce students to new design and production concepts
Create and schedule programming and events to engage students and facilitate student-driven initiatives by encouraging involvement by all students in the space
Formally evaluate programming and initiatives and provide regular updates
Develop training protocols for work study students staffing the Makerspace Information Desk, ensuring that student workers can direct lab users and visitors appropriately
Develop procedures for student access to and allocation of project storage in the Makerspace
Manage the materials and small tools inventory, excluding rapid prototyping supplies
Optimizing makerspace operations by implementing and evaluating software solutions to ensure efficient workflows.
Recruiting and hiring student staff and coordinating student volunteers to help support the makerspaces and related activities.
Working with students, faculty, and staff in outreach activities.

REQUIREMENTS:
Master's Degree with 10+ years of demonstrated experience in design and/or manufacturing, or
Master's Degree in Engineering/related field with 5+ years of experience
Self-starter, reliable, motivated in one's work, with a demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic team environment
3+ years lab management required
Ability to network effectively within and outside of WPI, including but not limited to relevant companies and other academic institutions
Strong time management skills and ability to coordinate multiple workshops and sessions to engage the WPI community with the Makerspace
Attention to detail; strong research and assessment skills
Ability to work in a rapidly changing environment

Previous experience with, and knowledge of, one or more of:
Mechanical design, fabrication, testing, and troubleshooting.
Woodshop and/or metalshop equipment.
Programming and software development, particularly as suited to programming microcontrollers and other mechatronics systems.
The use and maintenance of electronics testing and assembly equipment including: soldering, multimeters, oscilloscopes, breadboarding; ideally also circuit board design also surface mount soldering.
Software to design and specify 2D and 3D designs (e.g., Illustrator, Inkscape, Fusion 360, Solidworks, OpenScad, SketchUp).
Process development, prototyping, and/or other relevant design experience.
Experience teaching and working with students in both formal and informal settings; ideally experience training them to safely and effectively use makerspace equipment.
Supervisory experience in a college/university setting, preferably of a student or research shop.
Ability to execute multiple projects, meet scheduled milestones, and meet deliverables on time with high quality outputs.
Organizational and budgeting skills to run a shop, prioritize work, handle multiple requests simultaneously from a broad range of customers.
Process development, prototyping, and/or other relevant design experience.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
Artistic interest and experience.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Required to stand, walk and sit; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects or controls; reach with hands and arms. Regularly required to stoop, kneel, bend, crouch and lift up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.

FLSA STATUS
United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

To apply, visit: https://wpi.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/WPI_External_Career_Site/job/Worcester/Foisie-Innovation-Studio-Makerspace-Manager_R0000476

About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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