Digital Fabrication Studio Manager
JOB TITLE: Digital Fabrication Studio Manager
REPORTS TO: Office of Academic Affairs
SUMMARY: Reporting to the Office of Academic Affairs, this position manages the University Makerspace and plans for its development in order to support and promote the notion of collaboration and use of the space across all disciplines of the creative community at UArts. The position is responsible for the safe operation and proper functioning of the Digital Fabrication Studio, serves as a technical consultant for faculty who use or teach in the facility, and trains students in the use of equipment.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Acts as a technical consultant to faculty, and trains/assists and authorizes faculty who wish to use the facility and/or teach in the facility.
• Stays current with hardware, software and technology necessary to keep the facility relevant and up to date
• Researches and develops written materials for instructional guides and orientation documents for students and faculty
• Performs other research as required
• For each piece of Digital Fabrication Lab equipment: schedules and delivers 3-hour training sessions for small groups of students who are requesting access
• Develops and delivers an "Introduction to the Shop" safety orientation for all students using the facility
• Ensures that shop rules and school regulations are followed and respected
• Provides general support to faculty as needed in the classroom
• Physically maintains the facility, tools and equipment. This includes calibrating, cleaning, lubricating, checking, tightening, painting, refinishing, repairs, routine maintenance and sending equipment out to be repaired.
• Schedules and supervises assistants, work study students and student monitors
• Is proactive in providing additional assistance to faculty/students where it is needed
• Orders and maintains sufficient levels of materials and supplies. This includes price comparison, research, preparing of purchase orders, communicating with vendors, receiving of orders and keeping a record of purchases.
• Manages and operates materials resource/resale center
• Fills out work orders and communicates with Facilities, Housekeeping and Security for necessary items such as trash pick-up, repairs to plumbing, electrical, mechanical systems, etc.
• Builds pedagogical demos, displays, kits and other instructional items as needed or assigned
• Dispenses materials and tools to instructors for demonstration use and keeps a record of any items transferred into instructional supply from resale
• Performs annual inventory of resale stock
• Assists with installation of student work for displays, exhibitions and other University events
• Serves as liaison with the Office of Technology and Information Services (OTIS) and coordinates OTIS's oversight with the academic areas
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions. Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.
Education & Experience:
• Master’s degree in art/design or related field or equivalent professional experience.
• The successful candidate will have enthusiasm for and experience in a wide range of digital and analog processes.
• Working knowledge of a significant number of digital processes including CNC, 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Laser Cutting, Laser Welding, Digital Embroidery
• Working knowledge of electronics and embedded controllers
• Working knowledge of Programming (one or more of the following desired: C++, Python, Processing, open Frameworks, Arduino C)
• Ability to set-up and operate advanced digital equipment Working knowledge of Rhino3D and other 3D software
• Must possess good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills Strong managerial skills
• Good time management skills
• Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY:
The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers since 1876—is the only university in the United States that allows its students to collaborate across traditional lines. With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues.
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