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Priority consideration for this position will be given to applications received by 5/31/2021.
The College of Built Environments (CBE) has an outstanding opportunity a Fabrications Labs Director . This individual is someone with diverse experiences and perspectives, who is passionate about supporting a safe, inclusive, and forward-looking academic environment for fabrication, craft, and emerging fabrication technologies. The Director will support faculty in mentoring others to learn new tools and techniques to create their design visions. Our Fabrication Labs Director directly oversees the operations and maintenance, and future development of CBE’s substantial conventional, digital, and design/build fabrication facilities and programs. These collective facilities support CBE’s longstanding emphasis on craftsmanship and making that have helped students win awards and gain the skills required to become successful practitioners over many decades.
The Fabrication Labs Director (FabLab Director) oversees and guides the daily operations of conventional workshops (wood and metal-working tools), digital and design/build fabrication facilities, and research spaces that support making as a form of learning, experimentation, and discovery for the CBE. Faculty and students use a wide array of materials from wood and metal to plaster, concrete, and composites. The Built Environments industry and academic fields are on the cusp of transformational change; this position will support CBE in how to address materials, making, and testing to adapt to and embrace that change while supporting others to drive innovation.
In support of CBE’s five academic departments: Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Real Estate, and Urban Design and Planning, the FabLab Director will work directly with faculty and students across all disciplines by supporting classes that use the facilities, as well as introducing contemporary fabrication tools and techniques to new and existing audiences.
The FabLab Director will be responsible for a wide variety of administrative tasks at various levels, from routine to highly skilled with a degree of individual initiative as determined by the CBE Operations Director (Ops Director). They will delegate and manage the work of approximately seven to nine student employees, one to three temporary staff, and two part-time classified staff in various locations on and off campus. Working with CBE stakeholders, the FabLab Director sets priorities that ensure safety, program visibility, and success, utilizing specialized knowledge in fabrication, digital fabrication, furniture making, and design/build. This specialized knowledge allows them to appropriately establish budgets, allocate resources and funds, and institute policies, methods, and procedures.
The position will provide a welcoming, supportive, and professional interface for CBE communities, continuing to establish these fabrication facilities as collective and inclusive resources and flexible spaces to meet evolving making and research needs of faculty and students at CBE. Working alongside the department chairs, the IT team, and the FabLab Advisory Committee this position will enjoy support from many teams within the College. The position will also be primarily responsible for interacting with CBE Advancement in the organization and management of education and public outreach activities for the labs. Fostering an inclusive and accepting space for all students, faculty, and staff; the CBE is a broad community of creative minds that love to participate in making and building.
Facility and Program Operations:
•Work directly with University departments to establish and ensure compliance with safety standards, protocols, and procedures.
•Coordinate and deliver appropriate safety training for all shop staff and users in the CBE.
•Direct experienced staff on integrating new students into a laboratory environment, ensuring compliance with safety protocols, and proper tool and machine use.
•Plan and coordinate schedules to fit the needs of classes and project work, ensuring that staff are available to support a safe teaching, learning, and working environment.
•Ensure achievement of accreditation requirements, CBE-wide academic requirements, and University-wide safety and related requirements.
•Manage and provide tool and/or material demonstrations as required to support classes and projects.
•Interview, hire, train, and direct lab staff as necessary
•Provide performance evaluations for lab staff and recommend corrective action and resolve any conflict that may arise; assess the need for additional assistance and proceed accordingly.
•Set standards for behavior and operations for design-build and other off-campus activities.
•Participate in developing plans for and helping to oversee the progress of fabrication facilities maintenance and improvements.
•Work with the Ops Director and Committee to establish quarterly and annual budget(s).
•Manage and estimate expenses on a quarterly and annual basis.
•Manage and maintain equipment and assets including depreciation thereof.
•Work with stakeholders to determine and budget for future lab development(s).
•Allocate funds and resources for FabLab program expenditures.
•Research and submit proposals to the Ops Director and Committee for the acquisition of new tools and equipment.
•Order, purchase, and maintain an appropriate inventory of personal protection equipment “PPE” for facility users, as well as general consumable supplies.
•Purchase new tools, replacement parts, blades, bits, etc. as required; supply materials for facility improvements as well as other CBE projects.
Project/Event Management and Public Relations:
•Optimize visibility and lab availability throughout the CBE’s five departments.
•Establish, develop, and maintain relationships with vendors to assure a strong supply chain.
•Assure the continued success of the BE Fab program to promote community engagement and opportunities for student employment
•Develop schedules for demonstrations of new equipment and technologies.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
•Bachelor’s Degree in design, the arts, and/or construction related fields. (Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirements.) •Minimum three years working in a workshop focused program, preferably in an academic environment to include one year in a supervisory role and to include one year working with budgets, allocation of funds, and acquiring funding. •Demonstrated excellence in communication skills, both verbal and written. •Experience in safety training, working with, maintaining, and helping others use fabrication equipment and materials. •A history of working on a team and fostering a sense of teamwork. •Experience with managing the expectations of a variety of stakeholders who may have conflicting priorities. •Proven self-motivation and the ability to accomplish necessary tasks with little to no supervision. •Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. •Proven capacity to contribute new ideas and creatively promote the goals of an organization. •Proven ability to work with a diverse group of co-workers, supervisors, peers, students, and others in a professional and friendly manner. •A passion for making and building, and supporting others in making things and realizing design visions.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
•OSHA certified/awareness; site supervisor training or a desire to receive such training. •Ability to foster an inclusive work environment in line with CBE’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity goals. •Experience with design, craft, and making with wood, metal, or other fabricated projects. •Experience in digital fabrication methods such as CNC milling, 3D printing, and robotic arms. •Experience in mold-making and casting. •First aid training and/or willingness to receive such training. •Entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to take risks.
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