Employment Opportunities at ACU

At Abilene Christian University, you will find more than a job. You will find a workplace where you can impact the lives of more than 5,200 students who are being educated as Christ-centered global leaders each year. The university has been recognized as a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education for 11 years. We offer a dynamic and collaborative work environment, expansive opportunities for professional and personal development, and an emphasis on our core Christian values. Explore these postings for the Abilene campus and Dallas branch to find the right fit for you.

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Director of the Maker Lab

Apply now Job no: 492853
Work Type: Staff full-time
Location: Abilene
Categories: Staff

About ACU

ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All applicants must be professing Christians and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of Abilene Christian University while employed by the university.

Title of Position Director of the Maker Lab
Posting Location Abilene, TX
Department Library - Maker Lab
Employee Class Exempt Full-time
Basic Responsibilities a. Manage daily operations of the Maker Lab
b. Manage departmental budget and financial transactions in collaboration with Dean’s
c. Manage departmental reporting, instruction, and marketing
d. Lead planning for the Maker Lab
Essential Duties

1) Manage daily operations of the Maker Lab
a) train, schedule and supervise student workers
b) Provide Training and Assistance to Makers
c) tool repair/maintenance
d) computer repair/maintenance
e) manage cleanliness, organization, and safety
f) manage tool reservation calendars
g) maintain OSHA compliance
h) manage safety training and safety certification program
2) Manage departmental budget and financial transactions in collaboration with Dean’s

a) manage expenses and income for Maker Lab store
b) manage budget
c) manage and execute purchasing
d) manage and administer maker grants
3) Manage departmental reporting, instruction, and marketing for the Maker Lab
a) serve as contact point for ACU and community.
b) organize and conduct workshops (Creative U, Maker Monday, etc)
c) serve as ACU dept contact point (admissions, advancement, creative services,
d) manage blog, social media channels, and email newsletters
e) supervise tours/visitors
f) manage maker database, organize and publish statistics
1) Lead planning for the Maker Lab
a) Participate in national conversations about Maker education
b) Collaboratively compose annual strategic plan with 5-year vision document.

Professional Development Requirements A. Skills
1. Ability to manage and lead people to produce excellent customer service, optimal
program performance, and exacting safety standards.
2. Intermediate to advanced knowledge and skills with computers and digital
fabrication equipment.
3. Working knowledge of various software packages including Microsoft Office,
Adobe Creative Suite, and other various CAD programs
4. Working knowledge of various electronics, hand, and shop tools
5. Basic digital photography skills.
6. Ability to manage supply and control inventory.
B. Training Modules Required
1. Usage and safety training for wood and metalworking equipment in fabrication
2. Computer Aided Design software and 3D printing

A. Professional
1. Successful experience in tinkering, crafts, engineering, or other creativity with
physical or electronic objects.
2. Enthusiasm and knowledge about the use of emerging technologies to support
creative, engaged learning.
3. Ability to manage and lead change and innovation in a dynamic and complex
working environment.
4. Ability to teach and train staff and students and to evaluate their learning
5. Ability to work with students in an educational and problem-solving environment
6. Computer word-processing, database management, web design, and digital image
management skills
7. Personnel management experience
8. Knowledge and experience in book repair preferred
9. Ability to communicate needs and issues effectively with library faculty/staff and
technology staff
10. Knowledge of the making culture and education preferred
11. Bachelor’s degree required, with graduate degree preferred.
12. Experience in Graphic Arts, Engineering, Physics, Educational Technology,
Computer Science, or Library Science is preferred.

B. Personal
1. Excellent communication skills
2. Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and discretion
3. Flexibility and motivation to work independently
4. Inquisitiveness and active creativity
5. Effective collaborator, coordinator, team builder, and mentor who is skilled at
leveraging the talents of others.
6. Demonstrate experience in working with teams, and the ability to harness team
creativity in solving problems.

Physical Demands

A. Computer work—sitting, hand, and eye strain

B. Ability to periodically work on evenings and weekends
C. Ability to lift up to 25 pounds overhead
E. Little or no allergy sensitivity to dust and mold

Additional Information

ACU does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law.

ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets.  Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security sensitive positions.


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