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

Jobs

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.

We have closed the application period for spring. Check back in the summer!

Project Coordinator: Lab Manager

Official posting on the University of Illinois Academic 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

Education:

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

Experience:

  • 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.

Application:

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 will 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.