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Director, Innovation Hub Makerspace

Posted on Apr 5, 2021 by Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802
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We are seeking to fill the newly created position of Makerspace Director. Reporting to the Director of The Office of Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (EOC), the Makerspace Director is responsible for complete oversight of makerspace. The newly hired director will be responsible for the planning, startup, and ongoing operations. This position will include some evening and weekend hours, limited travel, and supervisory responsibility.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Manage and provide complete oversight for the makerspace, including administrative, operational, financial, and programmatic

  • Determine appropriate staffing levels, lead the staff, with expected direct reports in operational and administrative roles

  • Determine hours of operation, membership levels, rate structure

  • Determine the appropriate equipment set and establish a maintenance program

  • Develop and implement a training program, in conjunction with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, that provides training to staff and to members on how to safely operate all of the equipment in the makerspace

  • Develop and implement policies to align space usage with the mission and priorities of the makerspace

  • Develop and oversee programs that meet the needs of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in partnership with the Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by Bank

  • Assess program effectiveness, and recommend changes to program content, policies, and procedures accordingly

  • Proactively engage with units across the university to foster usage

  • Plan, direct, and control the makerspace budget for personnel, equipment, operations, and other resources

  • Actively work to seek funding opportunities


  • Masters Degree plus 3+ years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Experience with manufacturing equipment, industrial design, and making/prototyping is preferred

  • Work experience supporting a makerspace or similar operation, ideally at an educational institution is preferred

  • Experience designing, implementing, and overseeing training and safety systems

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and budget management experience

  • Experience in educational workshop planning and instruction a plus

Reference: 1152699255

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