Folks, we’re in the process of hiring a manager for the Lacey MakerSpace. I’ve attached the job description. If you feel it’s a good fit and you’re interested. Make contact as outlined in the job application.
Lacey MakerSpace Manager
(Applications due February 24, 2019, including resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lacey MakerSpace – Overview
A makerspace is a community center that provides a location and the tools to support “makers”, whether entrepreneurs, hobbyists or individuals building skills. The Lacey MakerSpace, scheduled to open in February 2019, will contain in one place, equipment (computers, CNC Machines, 3-D printers, and more) and supplies that are generally not available to an individual. In addition, it will provide an environment where users can learn new skills, including how to safely use tools, and to create new projects and products. Makers can interact with other makers for ideas, suggestions and solutions, fueling innovative thinking.
The Lacey MakerSpace (LMS) is a collaborative project involving the Thurston Economic Development Council Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I), Saint Martin’s University (SMU), the City of Lacey, and a variety of other community partners. LMS is currently a program of the CB&I, under its 501c3 nonprofit designation, though it is envisioned that it will become its own nonprofit organization in the future. The LMS operates under the direction of its own Executive Committee with oversight from the CB&I Board of Directors. The CB&I is the employer of LMS staff and provides administrative support including accounting, human resources management, and records retention. The LMS Executive Committee shepherds development and direction of the LMS. A list of Executive Committee members can be seen on the website laceymakerspace.org.
Lacey MakerSpace Manager Position
The LMS Manager will lead and manage most aspects of the Lacey MakerSpace program. This includes participation in the overall strategic vision for the LMS (in coordination with the program’s partners and funders) and execution of the business plan. The LMS Manager is responsible for the program’s development, administrative tasks, detailed logistics, and overall management. This includes the MakerSpace’sscope and evaluation, outreach for purposes of funding and “Makers” membership-building, recruitment of Makers, selection and management of staff, coordination of volunteers, and the design and implementation of training programs. The LMS Manager is also responsible for program-related relationships with MakerSpace’s partners, funders and program participants.
- Build LMS Awareness
- Develop web and printed marketing materials for LMS and specific offerings and actively promote the LMS through local media, presentations to groups (such as Rotaries, Chambers of Commerce, etc.), and attendance at community events.
- Attend meetings, conferences and events to increase public awareness of LMS and gain new ideas.
- Build LMS membership and programming
- Foster a collegial maker environment, encouraging participation, collaboration, learning and mutual support.
- Develop and promote pathways for inventors, entrepreneurs and small businesses to advance prototypes and product development efforts utilizing partnerships with SMU, CB&I, South Puget Sound Community College and others.
- Collaborate with staff and outside partners to create maker-related programming and develop MakerSpace as a resource for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
- Coordinate all aspects of school group workshops at the MakerSpace, including the development, implementation and training of volunteers and staff.
- Build LMS Funding
- Provide leadership and coordination of LMS fundraising activities
- Solicit donations, search and apply for grants.
- Oversee LMS Operations
- Develop and maintain Maker Member records, including contact information, payments, and training on specific tools and equipment.
- Supervise, train and schedule MakerSpace staff and volunteers.
- Develop and maintain staff and volunteer training records, reflecting individuals trained and the tools and equipment they have been trained to use.
- Assist in maintaining budgets, reports, and statistics related to the MakerSpace.
- Collaborate with CB&I regarding staff- and finance-related matters, recordkeeping, insurance, and other business.
- Connect current and prospective businesses with CB&I services. Suggest business-related trainings to the CB&I based on member interests and needs and coordinate training events.
- Research, develop and prototype innovative maker activities and maintain all MakerSpace materials, tools and equipment including hardware and software.
- Purchase and maintain LMS inventory for makers’ use, based on member demand. Create price lists, oversee sales ensuring proper collection of sales tax, manage funds and keep affiliated records.
- Complete other tasks as assigned by the LMS Executive Committee or supervisor.
Desired Knowledge, Commitment, and Abilities
- Commitment to the MakerSpace philosophy and mission of entrepreneurship, learn by doing (kinesthetic), and support of crafts-makers.
- Passion and knowledge about the use of technologies to support creative, engaged learning.
- Experience developing innovative and novel content.
- Experience with staff management and volunteer coordination.
- Experience in sales and promotion.
- Experienced as a practitioner and mentor in “making” processes.
- Ability to get ideas accepted and to guide a group or individual to accomplish a task.
- Demonstrable experience working with teams, with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective programming.
- An effective collaborator, coordinator, team builder, and mentor and who is skilled at leveraging the talents of others and solving problems.
- Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly in writing and oral communications, and the capacity to use social media.
- Ability to work with a variety of audiences of all ages.
- Comfortable with a hands-on approach in instructing in the use of hand tools, electronics, computer software, hardware and various other technologies.
- Interest and ability in computing, open source hardware and software, video and audio production, and desktop fabrication.
Preferred Educational and Experience Elements
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
- Two or more years of professional experience in organizational or program management.
- Three or more years of project management experience.
- Coaching, training and professional development experience with children and adults.
- Experience with nonprofit fundraising and membership sales.
- Experience in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
- Involvement in or familiarity with the maker movement and makerspaces.
- Experience with computer and web applications and analytical skills.
- Dependable, reliable, and conscientious; sense of humor a plus.
The LMS Manager will be an employee of the CB&I, reporting to the CB&I Director. As a CB&I employee, the Manager will be required to follow EDC/CB&I policies and procedures. The Manager will also have a reporting relationship with LMS Executive Committee and be accountable to plans, budgets and directives developed by the Committee. The CB&I Director serves as a member of the LMS Executive Committee.
Salary & Benefits
The position is a full-time, salaried position based on a standard 40-hour workweek. The beginning salary is budgeted at $60,000 per year. As an employee of the CB&I, the LMS Manager will be is entitled to vacation and sick leave benefits, medical/dental insurance, and other employee benefits as described in the EDC/CB&I Personnel Policies & Procedures Handbook.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The CB&I is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants regardless of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, AIDS/HIV or Hepatitis C status, pregnancy, political affiliation, or any other legally protected status. The EDC/CB&I and LMS facilities are drug-free workplaces.
By February 24, 2019, mail cover letter and resume to email@example.com 4220 6thAve. SE, Lacey WA 98503. If you have questions, please direct them to the same email address.