Specialist/Senior Specialist, Makerspace

Job Level
Entry-level position
Job Category
Specialist / Associate
  • Applied Tech (STEAM / Maker / CS / Design)
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Maker / Fabrication

Specialist/Senior Specialist, Makerspace - DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library




University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus


The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.


If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fjobs%40.... For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.


Job Description


The University of Nevada, Reno is seeking a Makerspace Specialist or Senior Makerspace Specialist who has a passion for shaping experimentation, creativity, failure, and triumph within our students. The Specialist works directly with students to facilitate skill-building and exploration of fabrication in all its forms. The Makerspace Specialist will facilitate use and daily operation of the physical space and equipment that includes 3D printers, scanners, PCB milling equipment, laser and vinyl cutters, soldering and textile equipment, lendable technology, and creative software; the training and safety of employees and users; routine maintenance and expansion of equipment and services; and partners with other Makerspace and Libraries personnel to develop engaging and impactful curriculum, workshop opportunities, and outreach activities to foster community building and resource awareness. This position reports to the Head of the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library.


The individual in this role may be hired at either the Makerspace Specialist or the Senior Makerspace Specialist level based on experience and qualifications. Those hired as a Makerspace Specialist may advance to the senior level upon meeting the minimum qualification, with satisfactory performance, with the approval of the appointing authority, and contingent on funding availability:


Makerspace Specialist


The Specialist should have advanced knowledge of all equipment in the makerspace, including operation, safety, and maintenance procedures; performs advanced work in co-developing makerspace workflows and assisting makerspace users with unique projects. This position assists other Libraries and Makerspace personnel with instruction, workshops, and outreach efforts.


Senior Makerspace Specialist


The Senior Specialist must have expert knowledge of all equipment in the makerspace, including operation, safety, and maintenance procedures to address all user needs ranging from novice to expert in complexity. The Senior Specialist will work directly with faculty and graduate researchers on high stakes research making needs and act as a direct liaison to various departments on campus including EH&S and Facilities. The Senior Makerspace Specialist supervises the makerspace student workforce, including intensive initial training, regular assessment, and continued professional development. The Senior Specialist will also collect usage statistics and guides initiatives regarding resource acquisition, staffing, and space policies. The Specialist partners with other Libraries and Makerspace personnel and works with faculty to develop and lead the makerspace curriculum, skill development workshops, and outreach activities.


Required Qualifications


Makerspace Specialist


Bachelor's Degree and one (1) year of related work experience; OR Master's degree.


Senior Makerspace Specialist


Bachelor's Degree and two (2) years of related work experience; or Master's degree and one (1) year of related work experience.


Related Experience: In machine/wood shop operations; equipment assembly and programming; arts and textile creation; artistic production; rapid prototyping; educational material development and teaching; supervision and safety policy development or any combination of related experience.


Preferred Qualifications


We recognize that candidates may not have all the preferred qualifications—we encourage you to apply if you meet some or most of them.


• Experience leading, developing and delivering workshops, educational demonstrations, orientations, and/or instructional sessions for novice to expert stakeholders.


• Experience using creative software such as: Illustrator, Adobe suite, Adobe Audition, Logic Pro, 3D modeling/CAD programs, 3D printing software.


• Experience using common makerspace technologies, rapid prototyping tools, modeling, build and maker tools and techniques and equipment such as: 3D printers and scanners, laser and vinyl cutters, soldering equipment, CNC and routing machines; sewing or other textile equipment, etc.


• Experience with hand tools, manufacturing methods and material selection


• Experience working with individuals who are highly diverse regarding many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, ability, income, level of educational attainment, and religion.


Schedule and/or Travel Requirements


The typical schedule is M-F 8am-5pm.


Occasional evening and weekends work may be required to meet instructional and programming needs.


Occasional university sponsored travel may be required, mostly local.


We are committed to providing a flexible work schedule that facilitates work-life balance.


Compensation Grade


Minimum annual salary for this position is: $50,000. Salary is based on related education and experience, internal equity and budgets.


Makerspace Specialist - Administrative Faculty A


Senior Makerspace Specialist - Administrative Faculty B


To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: https://www.unr.edu/hr/compensation-evaluation/salary-schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade.


Total Compensation


The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options along with many other benefits. For more information, please visit: https://www.unr.edu/hr/benefits




https://www.unr.edu/bcn-nshe/benefits/retirement! - Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada. In addition, the University offers several voluntary deferred compensation programs.


https://www.unr.edu/bcn-nshe/benefits/insurance - Health insurance options including dental and vision, life insurance and long-term disability


https://www.unr.edu/hr/benefits/leave-and-time-off/faculty - Generous annual and sick leave; thirty (30) days of sick leave provided upon start date and two (2) days of sick leave accrued per full month after the first year of service, two (2) days of annual leave accrued each full month


https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mou... - supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.


Perks of working at UNR


https://www.unr.edu/hr/jobs/dual-career-program - The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Program


https://www.unr.edu/hr/benefits/educational-benefits/faculty - The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee's spouse or domestic partner.


https://www.unr.edu/fitness/memberships - E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options.


https://www.unr.edu/diversity/groups - Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate.


https://www.unr.edu/faculty-senate - Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University.


• Nevada residents do not pay state income tax.


About the University Libraries


The University Libraries has been a cornerstone of the University since it was founded in 1874. Today it encompasses a blend of cutting-edge research facilities and services, including the state-of-the-art Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (main library), Special Collections and University Archives, DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library, Jon Bilbao Basque Library, and mailto:@One Digital Media and Technology Center. The University Libraries fulfills its mission to further intellectual inquiry and innovation; partner with students and faculty in the creation of new knowledge; and foster excellence in education through providing access to scholarly resources, active learning environments, cutting-edge technology, and knowledgeable assistance, all with an underlying core focus on diversity and inclusion.


Located within the historic Mackey School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, the https://library.unr.edu/delamare is a dynamic, technology-rich environment that provides innovative, user-centered services and learning spaces. The library houses physical materials related to the STEM disciplines, including journals, books, and reference materials, the Makerspace, Mary Ansari Map Library, and GIS Depot.


Contact Information: Tara Radniecki, Head, DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library - mailto:tradniecki@unr.edu





Full-Time Equivalent



Required Attachment(s)


Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at mailto:jobs@unr.edu.


Attach the following attachments to your application


1) Resume/CV


2) Cover Letter


3) Contact Information for Three Professional References


4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.


Posting Close Time


This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, review of applications will begin immediately.


Posting Close Date



Note to Applicant


A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.


HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.


References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.


Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.


As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.


For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.


Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.


University of Nevada, Reno


To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/3079174


Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a “Top Tier” Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.


The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.


The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.


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