Seeking an In-Residence Fab Lab Manager for Orange Schools

June 26, 2017 | 

Posted June 26, 2017

TIES is a leading innovator in STEM education bringing school design, and STEM curriculum and instructional support to schools and districts. TIES design teams work to create and build the finest STEM schools throughout the country. TIES recognizes the importance of school design and STEM professional development for all teachers as the basis to improve and advance the character of science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching for all students. TIES understands the need to shift the teaching of STEM education to focus less on fragmented and isolated bits of discrete information and more on scientific understanding and reasoning. STEM education is based on scientific and engineering practices and offers students the ability to use inquiry to address real-world issues that affect their family, their community and their world.

The TIES team of consultants and partnering organizations consists of the most successful STEM leaders in our nation, skilled at the art of facilitating dynamic organizational change, developing robust, locally relevant STEM schools of excellence, and catalyzing vital partnerships within communities to ensure sustainable STEM communities of practice.

To support our team and to provide specific support to Orange Schools in Pepper Pike, Ohio, TIES seeks a Fab Lab Manager on contract for 12 months, with potential for follow-on work.

Job Description:

The Fab Lab Manager will be responsible for the overall operation of the Fab Lab at Brady Middle School in Pepper Pike, OH and the development of programs and services which meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Essential Functions:

  • Operate the Brady Middle School Fab Lab on a day-to-day basis and mentor students, teachers and community members by assisting them with their projects and ideas.
  • Maintain equipment and management of supplies and inventory.
  • Establish protocols for safe and effective use of the lab and monitor and maintain optimal
    safety conditions.
  • Manage technical training on the use of the Fab Lab software, computers, and manufacturing
    equipment for staff, students, interns, and volunteers.
  • Collaborate with the Lead to Learn Project Team to promote the lab in the community.
  • Serve as a champion for the Fab Lab by promoting the opportunities available through various
    venues in the area, and growing and maintaining partnerships with external organizations.
  • The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position.

Education and Experience:

Requires a technical degree (ME, CS, IT) and/or similar job experience. Bachelor’s degree in engineering or other STEM-related field with significant technical experience and three years of recent professional experience providing support services in a directly related unit or discipline preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

The characteristics listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities preferred to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Experience with CAD/CAM applications, and design software.
  • Experience with a variety of fabrication equipment such as a vinyl printer/cutter, laser etcher/cutter, CNC mill, 3D printer, 3D scanner and others.
  • Experience working with or using manufacturing/industrial and rapid prototyping technology and equipment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills as well as written and oral communication skills are essential for this position. Confidentiality and professionalism at all times are essential for this position.
  • Proficient in common desktop applications (web browsing, Google Apps, etc.).
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment; demonstrated flexibility, initiative, and collegiality with students, staff, administration and community members.
  • Must have strong general management, problem-solving, organizational, and decision-making skills, as well as technical knowledge, a strong attention to detail, and highly developed customer relations attitude and competencies.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • This position is required to sit and stand for moderate periods of time and the ability to see and hear.
  • Frequently, this position is required to walk, stoop, climb, and lift up to 70 Pounds.

Factors for Success:

  • Patient, adept multi-tasker who loves to make things.
  • Leads as a proactive team-player & displays a passion for helping people learn through discovery.

Interested applicants should apply at the link below by July 14, 2017. Anticipated start date for this position is August 1, 2017.

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