WoodShop / MakerSpace Manager

Swarthmore College
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 2, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts, Communications, Digital Media, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods. Swarthmore College was recently ranked number 3 in the 2021 US News Best National Liberal Arts Colleges rankings - https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/swarthmore-college-3370.

Who We Are:

The MakerSpace is part of the Swarthmore College Information Technology Department. It acts as a campus wide testing ground for creative innovation, making and hacking of physical things, and a space for interdisciplinary interaction and learning. It serves as the primary studio space for all Sculpture and 3D Design courses taught inside the Art Department. Beyond these fixed course meeting times, the space opens up to serve a broader cross-section of the community of students, staff, and faculty interested in making.

The opportunity:

We seek a new Manager with an aptitude for managing, coaching, and teaching smart, highly creative people. The Manager oversees all aspects of the facility and provides technical and maintenance support. The MakerSpace is part of a network of fabrication and innovation shops on campus. The Manager works closely with faculty to meet the curricular needs for the space.
  • Supports Studio Arts faculty, including Sculpture and 3D Design being taught in the space.
  • Planning, setup, and maintenance of the Wood Shop and Digital Fabrication space including selecting and installing equipment, developing policies and training programs in consultation with the Advisory Committee as appropriate.
  • Identify new equipment and technologies, new making activities and programs, educational materials/techniques for classes and training, including the formation and sustaining of maker communities.
  • Documenting and Showcasing what happens in the MakerSpace using the web, social media, ITS blog, Instagram and other media.
  • Work collaboratively with the Swarthmore community to foster and support a culture of making on campus.
  • Develops, or leverages, relationships with campus partners (including the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, Center for Innovation and Leadership, Academic Departments), local makers, artists, hackerspaces and Colleges/Universities.
  • Managing supplies including restocking materials and maintaining inventory in consultation with the Studio Art faculty, ITS, and other users.
  • Hire, train, and supervise student employees to help manage the facility.
Who you are:

Desired Technical Skills
  • Experience in woodworking and maintaining a wood shop with knowledge of woodworking tools, machines, techniques, and processes.
  • Experience in arc welding, especially MIG and TIG, and metalwork
  • Experience and skill in one or more of the following areas together with a willingness to develop skills in the new areas: 3D design and fabrication, electronics prototyping, open source hardware and software, sewing and textiles, or other types of making.
  • Software and hardware skills should include some combination of: Adobe Creative Suite; 3D modeling/creation tools (Rhino, SolidWorks, Autodesk apps such as Fusion 360, CAM software); Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or other microcontrollers; 3D scanning; photography; sewing machines and weaving, CNC machines, casting techniques (plaster, resins, etc.), the Internet of Things.
  • Creative problem solving instincts, the ability to learn quickly, and an interest in utilizing both traditional and non-traditional tools.
  • Must be able and willing to learn new skills, adopt new equipment with institutional support, and be attentive to trends and best practices in the field.
Desired Interactive Skills
  • Adapts to new work situations, people, ideas, procedures, and organizational structures, in order to accommodate an evolving work environment.
  • Builds successful relationships with faculty members, staff, and students and acts as a thought partner problem with students in solving projects.
  • Communicates and works effectively as a team member, in order to maximize the effectiveness of the work group.
  • Collaborates with others on campus to expand the available resources and instruction to students, faculty, and staff.
What you bring:
  • Extensive knowledge of (and experience with) managing training and safety in a Wood Shop/MakerSpace environment.
  • Ability to communicate in English, including the ability to conduct workshops and demonstrations.
  • Physical mobility to lift up to 50lbs, maintain and operate equipment, and clean work areas.
  • 35 hours per week; evening and weekend hours as needed.
  • The vision to understand and appreciate the intellectual, cultural, and sociopolitical development of undergraduate students in the context of a small liberal arts institution
  • Works successfully with diverse others and upholds the College’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, in order to help the institution realize its commitment to excellence through diversity.
What You Will Get:

You’ll work at one of the world's most renowned liberal arts Colleges, with incredible benefits, a stunning 420-acre campus, and a hybrid work environment. And you’ll join a team of passionate, creative, and supportive people who work hard and have fun in both the ITS and Art Department of the College. Check out Art Department Web Site , ITS Blog and the MakerSpace instagram to get a better idea .

If you are excited about this role, we want to hear from you!

For full consideration, submit applications including resume and cover letter with salary expectations by June 24, 2022.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Advertised: Jun 02 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
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