Makerspace Program Coordinator

University of New England | Biddeford, ME, United States

Posted Date 9/22/2022

The Makerspace Coordinator is a full-time, 12-month professional staff position. The Coordinator reports to the Director of the P.D. Merrill Makerspace under the Office of the Provost. The Coordinator is responsible for the daily management of the Makerspace, ensuring a smooth workflow among projects, supervising students, volunteers and contractors, and monitoring procurement and budget expenditures. This position supports and trains students on the use of lab equipment and materials. Additional responsibilities include management of equipment/technology, maintaining the website, managing short-term and long-term projects, and performing all administrative functions for the lab. These responsibilities include continuing to support the success of the Makerspace on the Biddeford campus, across the university, and in the community. The Coordinator possesses excellent communication and customer service skills.


Essential Functions:

  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the Makerspace including project management, visit management, and event/activity coordination.
  • Coordinates the Makerspace schedule of classes, labs, seminars, workshops, tours, activities, and events on both campuses and the community.
  • Responsible for student safety including trainings as well as coordinating safety reviews and meeting all standards consistent with lab policies of the university and external best practices, and managing related records.
  • Coordinates and manages the upkeep of equipment and supplies, including performing research on selection, upkeep and maintenance, safe storage and use, and horizon scanning for new opportunities.
  • Recommends supplies and equipment, maintains up-to-date inventory of equipment (to include spreadsheets and documentation), and follows the established Office of Innovation purchasing procedures.
  • Supervises student employees and volunteers, including hiring and training students, processing all student employee paperwork, status reporting and time approval in uOnline.
  • Ensures that the space is adequately staffed and adequate supplies are kept on hand to accommodate the needs of Makerspace visitors.
  • Oversees student projects in the Makerspace. Establishes project schedules and milestones, coordinates project meetings, provides design and technology support, and coordinates with outside mentors and faculty sponsors as required.
  • Instructs, assists, and guides students/faculty in the use of the Makerspace, and provides expert level support on relevant software, hardware and equipment.
  • Manages and maintains the P.D. Merrill Makerspace website in conjunction with team.

In addition to the above, the program coordinator also:

  • Serves as liaison with the UNE IT department in support of installing, maintaining, and renewing computers and software in the Makerspace.
  • Works with the Makerspace Director, the Provost’s office and faculty across the university to develop new project ideas, and deliver workshops and labs for a variety of stakeholders. Supports Makerspace course instructors and provides lab instruction.
  • Assists in the feasibility of future projects and events, and consults on the strategic planning efforts within the Office of Innovation.
  • Assists in establishing a positive and safe professional environment within the Makerspace.
  • Supports special projects, including VIP tours and faculty and staff projects and use of the Makerspace, at the request of and in consultation with the Director.
  • Participates in planning and execution of events run by the Office of Innovation.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Additional requirements:

  • May be required to work evenings and weekend hours at times.
  • Ability to drive a university vehicle and provide proof of a valid driver’s license (preferred)

Specific requirements:

  • Understands and complies with MSDS and HAZCOM procedures and policies as part of UNE’s comprehensive OSHA compliance program
  • ?Understands and complies with OSHA’s requirements (29 CFR 1910) for personal protective equipment (PPE) as defined by the university’s chemical hygiene officers, the environmental health and safety coordinator (EHSC), the supervisor and chapter 17 of the University of New England safety manual
  • Understands and complies with RCRA standards. Successfully completes initial training for hazardous waste handling within 90 days of the date of hire


BS in Computer Sciences or a relevant field, plus relevant experience (see below), or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired.

  • Ability to work effectively with student and faculty project teams.
  • Three to five years of experience in application and design support.
  • One year of Embedded systems and electronic design support.
  • One year as an instructor in a Makerspace or Lab environment.
  • Programming experience in Process, Java, Python, and other software used in prototype design.
  • Application support experience in schematic capture, board design, CAD/CAM and 3D design.
  • Documentation and Design Library creation experience.
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