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Billodue Makerspace Specialist

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Months Per Year: 12

Hours Per Week: 37.5

Seattle University will be one of the most innovative and progressive Jesuit and Catholic universities in the world, educating with excellence at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. We embrace an intersectional framework for defining diversity in its broadest sense, including differences in gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, generational history, culture, socioeconomic class, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, political perspectives, geographic origin and physical ability. Seattle University strives to be a welcome, open and safe campus climate for all who learn, live and work at Seattle University.

Position Description

POSITION SUMMARY

The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is seeking a creative, service-oriented individual to assist in the operation of the newest makerspace at Seattle University. Housed in the Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation and managed by the Library, the Billodue Makerspace will support multidisciplinary learning across all aspects of the university and allow students from across the university to come together to collaborate, design, fabricate, and learn. 

Reporting to the Manager, Billodue Makerspace and Media Production Center, the Makerspace Specialist will be responsible for implementation of makerspace policies, procedures, and protocols, including moderating use of the space, ensuring user safety, maintaining equipment, and hiring and training the student staff who will support the project needs of our users. The position will contribute substantially to planning and delivering makerspace programing and introductory workshops. The ideal candidate will be a crafting and tech enthusiast who takes a hands-on approach to creation, exploration, and teaching others.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core tenets in defining success in the makerspace. The Makerspace Specialist is responsible for building a welcoming environment at the heart of a diverse campus community where all are welcome as makers and constructors of knowledge.   The person in this role must provide high-quality, user-centered service to University students, faculty, staff, and members of the public, supporting the Library’s commitment to centering and enhancing the student experience (https://www.seattleu.edu/strategic-directions/), and prioritizing affirmation and allyship with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) campus community (https://www.seattleu.edu/diversity/lift-su/).  The ideal candidate will have a record of actively supporting and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Please upload with your application materials a five-page (one-project per page) portfolio of your work in crafting, woodworking, fabric arts, media arts, or electronics projects, in .pdf format.

 ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS WITH PERCENTAGE OF WORK (%) FOR EACH LISTED   

 50% - User Education and Training

         Ensure compliance with applicable policies, procedures, and protocols

         Assist with development of educational programming and curricular materials

         Create Web-based training materials and tutorials demonstrating proper use of tools and equipment

         Conduct orientations, workshops, and training sessions

         Provide oversight of the makerspace during operating hours

         Provide project consultation and assist users with project planning

         Assist in the use of makerspace tools and equipment

         Aid users with problem-solving and troubleshooting technical issues

25% - Facility Maintenance

         Ensure that the Billodue Makerspace is fit to serve the needs of its users

         Keep the makerspace safe, clean, organized, and accessible

         Maintain and repair equipment

         Collect usage data and information

         Collect and maintain records of equipment usage and moderate usage

         Compile inventory records, order supplies, and maintain orderly storage system for maker supplies

25% - Student Assistant Supervision

         Interview and hire student assistants

         Lead daily work of student assistants

         Train and mentor student assistants

 

MARGINAL JOB FUNCTIONS

 

Other Duties as Assigned

         Remain knowledgeable and informed about trends in experiential learning and makerspace technologies

         Attend Library/division/department meetings

         Contribute to Library committees and working groups as assigned

         Perform other duties as needed

 WORK SCHEDULE

Monday-Friday, 12pm-8pm. Makerspace events may take place outside regular working hours, requiring some schedule flexibility. To serve a year-round academic community, the library is open some legal or university holidays and staff may be required to work a full or partial shift on such days.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

·         Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

·         Specific Knowledge and Abilities:

o   Ability to operate maker equipment and tools

o   Ability to maintain usage data and information

o   Ability to adjust and perform simple maintenance of technical equipment

o   Ability to plan, organize, and schedule activities

o   Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques related to maker practice and experiential learning

o   Ability to deliver training and instruction to users with different experience levels and cultural backgrounds.

·         Ability to lift, push, and pull 40 pounds.

·         Willingness to accept and support the mission of Seattle University and its commitment to the vision and values of Jesuit and Catholic higher education.

·         Ability to work a flexible schedule that may involve evenings and weekends as needed.

·         This position requires a criminal history background check.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

 ·         Degree in Education, STEM Education, or in a STEM field with experience in teaching and training

·         Two or more years’ previous experience working in higher education academic makerspaces, libraries, media, or technology centers

·         Experience using maker technologies with an emphasis on digital fabrication, and/or media production

·         Experience with crafting, woodworking, textile design, and/or intermediate electronics (circuit boards, Arduinos/Raspberry Pi, IoT devices, etc.)

·         Experience leading the work of students

Benefits at a Glance

Consistent with its fundamental Jesuits value, Seattle University offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental and vision insurance programs. Protect your income with life, short & long-term disability coverage, and plan for your future with a generous 5% employer contribution for retirement benefits. You may also take advantage of 100% tuition remission benefits for the employee and dependents, a subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with an onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Christmas break closure, vacation and paid sick leave, and paid community service leave. For more information explore the Benefits website at: https://www.seattleu.edu/hr/benefits/  

Application Instructions

Please upload with your application materials a five-page (one-project per page) portfolio of your work in crafting, woodworking, fabric arts, media arts, or electronics projects, in .pdf format. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified. 

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Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
206-296-6000