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POSTED: June 21, 2018

Makerspace Director

Denise Snyder |
Union College
Schenectady, NY
Full time

Union College (NY) seeks applicants for the Director of the Union College MakerSpace Consortium. This position reports to the Dean of Academic Departments and Programs and has responsibility for leading the growth of the maker culture at Union College. The goal of the program is to establish and sustain an interdisciplinary and student-driven culture of craftsmanship at the college. Beyond administration of our makerspaces, the director will have opportunities to teach undergraduate practica, oversee independent studies, and lead events and initiatives with faculty. We welcome applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups. Applicants are encouraged to write in their cover letter how they will support diverse students and faculty and enhance the diversity of educational experiences at the college. Please upload a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three referees to Application review will begin June 29th, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

Specific Responsibilities

Develop and sustain the maker culture at Union College, and administrate our distributed campus makerspaces.
Provide creative and strategic leadership for the redesign and renovation of student-driven, interdisciplinary makerspaces that include a variety of digital fabrication tools (laser cutters, milling machines, 3D printers, woodworking tools, electronic bench supplies, computers, etc.)
Maintain the various maker facilities distributed throughout the college. This includes: developing training materials and policies; routine maintenance and repair of equipment; administrative tasks including record keeping and budgeting; acquisition of new equipment, parts, and supplies.
Hire, train, supervise, and mentor an interdisciplinary group of students tasked with daily operation of the campus makerspaces.
Propose and develop faculty and student workshops and events
Develop and supervise undergraduate maker-related practica and independent studies.
Seek internal and external grant funding to support work of Makerspace activities
Explore opportunities to develop Makerspace activities with K-12 education and local communities

Qualifications Excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills. Ability to promote and advocate for Makerspace activities, solve problems, and discover innovative applications. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse faculty, staff, and students across a wide range of interdisciplinary situations. Working knowledge and experience in Makerspace and manufacturing labs and on/or advanced manufacturing or rapid prototyping tools including 3D printers/scanners, laser cutters, and other CNC machinery Excellent planning and organization skills; proven ability to manage, priority, and complete multiple projects Experience teaching creative course and workshops that include opportunities for experiential learning a plus Grant writing experience a plus
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred, terminal degree a plus
Union College Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering. Union College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous 11% retirement plan contribution and tuition remission. Diversity at Union College Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations. Non-Discrimination Policy Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.