Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab


The CU Community Fab is a cutting-edge, exciting and fun place to work. Our hiring patterns vary by time of the year and programs and grants, feel free to get involved as a volunteer to be the first to hear about future opportunities. 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.

More job postings will be coming soon for summer, stay tuned.

Project Coordinator: Lab Manager

Official posting on the UIUC Civil Service job board.

Manage the daily operations of the CU Community Fab Lab in order to support the core missions of education, research and art-entrepreneurship.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (detailed duties):

  1. Leadership: Foster a positive problem-solver atmosphere conducive to effective collaboration and information sharing; provide guidance to promote participation and morale
  2. Project and Facility Management: Provide oversight of staff working on education, grant and engagement projects and as well as core maintenance services
    1. Manage the staffing schedule for open hours, workshops and support of UUC courses; delegate daily operations tasks and keep people accountable and on target
    2. Handle digital and in-person communications and information organization tasks, for both internal and external points of contact, with a combination of email, phone, social media, project management platforms
    3. Ensure that the lab is fit to serve as a classroom and fabrication education space, keeping it safe, clean, organized and accessible; retain a regular presence during daily open workshop and classroom operations in afternoons and evenings
    4. Assist with administrative tasks related to repair and maintenance records as well as equipment acquisition, supplies purchasing and inventory; some degree of technical knowledge of advanced tools like 3D printers, laser engravers and embroidery machines is required in order to make appropriate decisions
  3. Education and Training: Assist in development of outreach and educational programming, including teaching and testing of curricular materials
    1. Coordinate implementation of educational programming for special events, including decision-making responsibility for staffing and materials, which requires knowledge of educational programming needs and requirements
    2. Provide feedback on learning objectives, lesson plans, documentation, teaching methods, and evaluation for new and existing courses and workshops,
    3. Run professional development with instructors and lab assistants to use new materials and document workshops, camps and classes


  • Preferred: B.S., B.A., M.S., or M.A. in a field related to science, technology, engineering or art education


  • Required: Experience leading and coordinating a team of staff and instructors
  • Required: Familiarity with design software and/or equipment found in the Fab Lab
  • Required: Any design experience, or teaching others about design
  • Preferred: Teaching youth or young adults in formal or informal settings

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Required: Working knowledge of all Fab Lab operations, history, and mission
  • Required: Comprehension of personnel and information management techniques
  • Required: Understanding of fabrication technologies
  • Preferred: Understanding of project-based curriculum design
  • Preferred: Any information technology knowledge, any design knowledge, or any science, engineering or arts content knowledge
  • Preferred: Critical thinking skills related to diversity, social inclusion and emotional work

This is a full-time position at the CU Community Fab Lab and is an annually renewable. Pay is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search.


To apply submit a resume and short cover letter through the University of Illinois Job Board system. You will need to supply three references that we may call and talk to about your past work. Candidates are strongly encouraged to visit the Fab Lab for a tour if they have not already, and study this website for more details about our operation.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What will be the hours? Where will I work?

The manager has to have regular presence during our operations at the main Fab Lab location (not community sites), including UIUC classes, open lab and summer camps. They don’t have to be there all of the time we’re open, just enough to stay on top of what’s going on. The Fab Lab doesn’t do much in the mornings – this position is for someone who is willing to work most afternoons, some evenings and parts of some weekends. The schedule will vary week-by-week and can be flexible depending on the manager’s needs. They will have a small office space at the Fab Lab but in a sense the entire lab (Art Annex 2) is their workspace.

Who will the manager report to? How much autonomy will they have? Do they have help?

The manager will report to and work closely with Jeff Ginger (Director) and Lisa Bievenue (Asst. Dir of Informatics). We’re definitely looking for someone who can be independent and help to drive operations, but that works well collaboratively with others. In our case leadership is thought of more as “lead from the front” than “lead from behind.” The lab manager will have about a dozen staff who will work for them in various roles.

I’m finishing my [degree] in May, can I start the job then?

We will give preference to candidates who can begin immediately but we may be able to wait for an especially qualified candidate if they’re able to work part-time until May. To be clear, the full-time civil service position would not begin until a candidate has full-time availability.

More questions?