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As a place where a lot of innovation happens the Fab Lab depends on and greatly values cognitive diversity. Therefore we are especially interested in hiring individuals from diverse backgrounds, and kindly encourage all sorts of people to apply.

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Accepting applications through 2.20.2022

C-U Community Fab Lab Manager 
School of Information Sciences 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The School of Information Sciences (iSchool) seeks applicants for the position of C-U Community Fab Lab Manager. This position will Manage the C-U Community Fab Lab and its advanced digital fabrication and rapid prototyping in support of the Fab Lab core missions of design and fabrication related education and research as well as art- entrepreneurship. 

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.


Project Management: Implement and oversee programs as directed by the Fab Lab director. 

  • Independently implement programs: collaboratively set goals, metrics for success, and process; set timelines, track progress, measure success, and report outcomes for all programs of the C-U Community Fab Lab. Make recommendations to the Director for major modifications to program. These programs include outreach, education, and services to students, faculty, and community members.
  • Handle digital and in-person communications and information organization tasks with a combination of email and phone as well as collaboration and project management platforms.
  • Supervise hourly staff who primarily work as interns and open lab support. Manage the staffing schedule for open lab hours and workshops; delegate daily operations tasks and keep people informed, accountable, and on target.
  • Propose and collaborate with the director on setting open lab hours, policies, and procedures, and be primarily responsible for their effective implementation.
  • Create and sustain a positive, problem-solver atmosphere conducive to effective collaboration and sharing.
  • Promote participation in an inclusive, creative community; keep staff and patrons motivated in creating and sharing interesting digital fabrication projects; be a role model by demonstrating empathy, diplomacy, and proactive listening.

Facility and Equipment Management: Oversee maintenance and documentation of core fabrication areas and systems. 

  • Manage maintenance, repair and upgrades of nearly all fabrication tools in the lab, including 3D printers/scanners, laser engravers, small board electronics, poster plotters, screen printing, casting, molding, milling, and textile machines. This includes overseeing and ensuring regular maintenance, scheduling expert repair, and researching solutions as needed.
  • Maintain a regular presence during daily open hours and classes during afternoons and evenings several days a week to ensure that the lab is prepared to serve as a classroom and fabrication education space — ensuring it is safe, clean, supplied, organized, and accessible. 
  • Manage repair and maintenance records as well as minor tool acquisitions, parts/supplies, and inventory. 

Education and Training: Support educational programming, including instructional materials and class support. 

  • Develop training materials and train lab assistants and high school interns to leverage documentation and local expertise to help them know how to safely, effectively, and creatively use — as well as fix — equipment in the lab.
  • Oversee delivery of workshops as part of program implementation. This includes collaborating on instructor assignments and communicating with instructors on curriculum, audience, scheduling, and review. This may include preparation and delivery of one or more workshops open to campus and community members.
  • Provide feedback on open lab and workshops educational experiences, including defining learning objectives and prerequisites as well as assessing documentation, tool/technique instruction methods, and evaluation models. Contribute to future modifications of those experiences by making recommendations and measuring success.


Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One year of work experience supervising a team of staff or instructors.
  • Experience with fabrication tools including one or more of the following: 3D printers, small board electronics, laser engravers, or textile machines.
  • Experience with design software such as Adobe Illustrator or Autodesk Meshmixer.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Design experience, or experience teaching others about digital and physical design.

Education and Experience Preferred:

  • B.S., B.A., M.S., or M.A. in a field related to science, technology, engineering, or art education. 
  • Lab management experience, particularly in the maker and design areas.
  • Teaching young adults in formal or informal settings. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Understanding of digital fabrication technologies.
  • Familiarity with project-based curriculum.
  • Any knowledge of information technology, digital arts, or STEM.
  • Critical thinking skills with diversity, social inclusion, and emotional work. 


This is a full-time Civil Service Program Coordinator position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close date.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Applications must be received by February 20, 2022. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below.  If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu.  If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1:  Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

Step 2:  Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

Step 3:  Upload the following documents:  

  • cover letter
  • resume (months and years of employment must be included)
  • academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) for all degrees attained. Academic credentials will be verified before hire. 
  • names/contact information for three references.

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact the iSchool HR office at ischool-hr@illinois.edu. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

Lab Assistant

The CU Community Fab Lab is seeking one or more Lab Assistant(s). Our lab assistants help patrons learn and use all the equipment the lab has to offer as well as assist with events and community engagement.

  • Experience with rapid fabrication technologies is preferred – textiles/costumes, small electronics, programming, art/industrial design, 3D printing/modeling, game design, etc… applicants should be willing to rapidly learn technologies and maker techniques of many sorts as well as work both individually and collaboratively
  • Employment includes fall semester to start and may continue into the spring, depending on performance, funds and staffing needs
  • It’s a fun job where you can get paid for learning and sharing skills that will help you after graduation or in your next job – teaching, technology, design
  • Work with an interdisciplinary team of staff, students, volunteers, aspiring professionals and representatives from our community partners at libraries and schools
  • Work with engaging peers and support the greater CU community

This job is ideal for those who are interested in tinkering, art, technology and education-related fields and using that interest to help others. Increasingly education at all levels involves digital literacy and teachers need to keep up with technology to find and retain jobs today. Applicants will be able to help patrons during open lab and collaborate with co-workers on existing workshops as well as potentially develop their own activities/demos.

Skills and Qualifications

We understand not every candidate will meet all of these, but wanted to provide a comprehensive list to aspire to! You can build and reinforce nearly all of these skills by working with us, too.

We believe cognitive diversity is required for innovation, therefore we are especially interested in individuals from diverse backgrounds!


  • Curiosity, playfulness, empathy and interest in inquiry process Strong verbal skills and customer service experience
  • A willingness to engage patrons of many ages: establish a rapport and help them guide their own learning.


  • Assist in keeping the lab clean, organized and documented
  • Ability to pursue and manage self-driven projects and troubleshoot mechanical and digital problems
  • Follow through on your curiosity – explore ideas from multiple perspectives including the web and other staff
  • Experience helping patrons follow step-by-step tutorials – logical sequencing to organize ideas and anticipating learner knowledge and needs
  • Be able to multi-task


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Apps and basic file management concepts with Windows/OSX
  • Internet research and experimentation experience – to figure out how to make and break stuff
  • Willingness to learn new technologies, techniques and software individually and collaboratively, including games like Minecraft or less-computerized crafts like sewing or screen printing

Application Method and Requirements

  • First come in to meet us at the Fab Lab (1301 S Goodwin, Urbana) to talk to existing staff and get a sense of what the job and workplace are like (if you haven’t already)
  • Submit a resume (pdf or doc) and links to any relevant teaching portfolios, sample curriculum or lesson plans to communityfablab@gmail.com
  • We will contact you to setup a time for the interview(s)
  • Students are welcome, especially those interested in interdisciplinary fields such as library & information science, informatics, design, or art education
  • People of all genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religious affiliations and ability status are strongly encouraged to apply