UNE’s Makerspace is intentionally designed to be a university-wide resource that attracts and serves undergraduate, graduate and professional students from across the entire institutional landscape, including the health sciences, marine programs, social sciences and humanities, with a focus on interdisciplinary innovation, teamwork and collaboration. The Makerspace includes an innovation laboratory on the Biddeford campus and a satellite consultation space on the Portland campus. The Makerspace also sponsors the annual Innovation Challenge, an idea-stage competition that encourages students to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to address social, environmental and health issues facing our society. Innovations are presented in a “shark tank” type presentation competition that focuses on both the innovation and a proposed business model. Winners receive cash awards that are designed to help advance their ideas to the next level of development, including the potential for implementation and commercialization.
The Director oversees all aspects of the Makerspace, including its programs and professional staff, affiliated faculty and professional staff, as well as its collaboration with other academic and support units at UNE in support of student success. The Director oversees the development, coordination and sustainability of a diverse set of innovative teaching, research and development projects that focus on active and experiential learning, prototyping, and entrepreneurship across the University. The Director also serves as a liaison and resource from the Office of the Provost to external stakeholders on all activities and initiatives regarding the Makerspace; develop and direct work plans associated with the Makerspace; and provide leadership in developing strategic priorities for the Makerspace.
The Director reports to the Office of the Provost through the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.
- Provides leadership and management of the Makerspace including strategic planning and assessment, budget and personnel management; oversight of all programs, projects and activities; oversight of necessary hardware, software, materials and design.
- Identifies and provides enrichment opportunities involving the Makerspace for students, professional staff and faculty.
- Works with faculty across the University to develop new project ideas involving courses or badging (micro-credentialing), as well as supervise and coordinate activities with students currently working on research projects that utilize equipment and technology housed in the Makerspace.
- Sponsors and hosts the annual UNE Student Innovation Challenge.
- Creates and maintains a safe and respectful work environment.
- Provides leadership in developing best practices in all aspects of Makerspace operations.
- Develops and maintains strong and collaborative partnerships with other academic and support units across the University.
- Develops, coordinates, and implements programs and initiatives to enhance professional development in the use of the Makerspace across all academic and support units.
- Promotes and supports innovative teaching, research and development involving the Makerspace.
- Provides leadership in policy development regarding use of the Makerspace.
- Conducts outreach and professional development workshops as needed.
- Identifies potential funding opportunities to support the Makerspace and its activities.
- Provides leadership in grant writing to support the Makerspace and its activities.
- Acts as a representative of Makerspace to external stakeholders.
- Other duties as assigned.
Administrative supervision of the Makerspace professional staff.
The Director should have:
- Demonstrated leadership and management skills, including ability to maintain strict confidentiality and managerial discretion.
- Demonstrated ability to lead socially-themed enterprises, business competitions, workshops and other activities associated with the Makerspace.
- Experience developing innovative student-centered projects at the college level.
- Experience with the Business Model Canvas.
- Familiarity with patent law, workplace safety protocols, and business startups.
- Familiarity with woodworking tools, embedded electronics, design software and prototyping.
- Previous teaching experience.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in a multi-stakeholder environment.
- Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills with ability to interact with diverse internal and external constituents.
Preferred Additional Qualifications:
- A graduate degree in Business, Education, or other appropriate field from an accredited college or university.
- Industry experience and professional certifications.
- Have significant experience with external funding.
- Be a highly motivated and creative visionary.
- Experience researching and preparing written and graphic presentations.
- Possess professional knowledge best practices for Makerspaces in higher education.
- Demonstrated ability to set priorities and to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct multiple projects and activities simultaneously and with varied deadlines.
- Possess skills in developing complex work plans and managing them through to timely completion.
- Ability to work collaboratively to collect, organize, and analyze data and develop information in a concise, logical and timely manner for decision-making.
- Ability to interact, participate, and conduct presentations to individuals, college groups, committees, organizations and others as assigned.