Wood Shop/MakerSpace Manager

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff

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.

The Wood Shop/MakerSpace Manager brings a blend of design thinking, making, and hacking of physical things with an aptitude for managing, coaching, and teaching smart, highly creative people. Provides high-level technical and maintenance support in the wood shop and MakerSpace. Tasks performed with a high level of autonomy include: maintaining all equipment in good working order, facilitating all repairs, and making recommendations for replacement or additional equipment; ordering and restocking all raw materials for the wood shop and MakerSpace; instructing faculty members and students on the safe and efficient use of equipment and materials, maintaining clean and orderly work areas, and securing areas or materials that may pose danger to students; building storage or other support materials used in classroom instruction. A core group to be served by the position and the space is the Art Department’s Studio Arts program. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • At least five years of experience in woodworking and maintaining a wood shop with knowledge of woodworking tools, machines, techniques, and processes.
  • Should have experience and skills in one or more of these areas, and a willingness to develop skills in the areas in which candidate is not already proficient: electronics prototyping, 3D design and fabrication, sewing and textiles, or other types of making.
  • Software and hardware skills should include some combination of: Adobe Creative Suite; 3D modeling/creation tools (SolidWorks, Autodesk apps, CAM software); Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or other microcontrollers; 3D scanning; photography; sewing machines and weaving, CNC machines, the Internet of Things.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with managing training and safety in a Wood Shop/MakerSpace environment.
  • Knowledge of maker culture and passion about creating and maintaining that culture at Swarthmore. 

Required Education and Experience:

  • Ability to leverage or develop relationships with campus partners (including the Lang Center, Center for Innovation and Leadership, Academic Departments), local makers, artists, hackerspaces and Colleges/Universities
  • Ability to support Studio Arts including Sculpture being taught in the space.
  • Ability to work with others to foster and support a culture of making on campus.

This is a full-time, 9 month position that offers a competitive benefits package and paid time off.  Click here to view employee testimonials and learn about what it’s like to be a part of the Swarthmore community!

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. 


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