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Fab Labs Coordinator

Portland Community College, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 01/19/2018

Fab Labs Coordinator

Portland Community College

Requisition Number: 09227

Location: Cascade Campus

Address: 705 N Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR

Hours of Work: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Position Status: Academic Professional; Level 4; Full-time; Exempt

Starting Salary Range: 2017/2018 Salary Range: $45,292/yr to $78,537/yr. (see Additional Posting Information section for details)

Job Close Date: January 19, 2018

Job Summary:

Portland Community College's Cascade Campus seeks a STEAM Centers Coordinator to operate Cascade's MakerSpaces. Cascade has three MakerSpaces: The Paragon Fabrication Lab; the Interactivity Lab; and the Virtual Reality Development Center. The Fabrication Lab includes digital fabrication technologies, laser cutter, CNC router, 3D printer, stencil cutter, and sewing machines.

The Coordinator provides technical expertise in digital fabrication technologies, training students, faculty, and community groups on the CNC router, laser cutter and 3D printers in particular. Also, the Coordinator develops project-based workshops. Workshops may be of various lengths (2 hours to several weeks) and are to enact campus priorities of equity, inclusion and social justice. The Coordinator will routinely negotiate the contracted services of content experts (such as designers, fabricators, and social justice advocates or advocacy groups) to lead workshops connecting participants to a broad variety of local talents.

The Coordinator need not be an expert in creative coding and virtual reality. Cascade's Departments of Music & Sonic Arts and Multimedia provide this expertise. However, the Coordinator will proactively facilitate conversations that lead to creative, innovative, and inclusive project-based activities in the Interactivity Lab (with its emphasis on creative coding, microcomputers, and microcontrollers) and the Virtual Reality Development Center (with its emphasis on VR).

Cascade is an urban campus in Portland's Mississippi District, known as the "Music District" for its vibrant concentration of music venues, electronic music instrument designers, music education centers, and music retailers.

The Cascade MakerSpaces are housed within Cascade's arts and digital arts programs. Together, the Cascade Campus MakerSpaces promote innovation at the intersection of the arts and sciences.

In your cover letter, please introduce yourself to the committee and describe how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position.

PCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with a access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Auto and Home Insurance. Retirement and tax deferred 403B plans.
Paid Leave:
13.33 hours of Vacation leave per month
1 day of Sick Leave per month, 11 Holidays, 3 additional Personal Leave days per year

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for you, your spouse/domestic partner, and children under 24 years of age, as well as tuition reimbursement for full-time employees at other accredited institutions.


-- Coordinates and facilitates inclusive activities in the Paragon Fab Lab, the Interactivity Lab and the Virtual Reality Development Center at PCC's Cascade Campus. Collects and evaluates data on usage.
-- Identifies and sources resources, equipment, and materials for inclusion in Cascade's makerspaces. Purchases materials as needed and ensures materials are current and operational.
-- Designs and facilitates workshops. Actively recruits local artists, designers, fabricators, programmers, engineers and social advocates to teach non-credit and/or credit workshops of variable lengths (2 hours to 10 weeks).
-- Fosters relationships with local industry, community based oragnizations, K-12 schools, and state agencies as well as other PCC resources.
-- Directs hourly employees and student work-study. Processes appropriate human resource paperwork. Reviews and processes time cards. May hire, train, evaluate and discharge student workers. Facilitates resolving problems or issues between students, instructors, and/or others.
-- Monitors assigned budget. Plans and reconciles college expenditures. Allocates and disburses funds. Justifies expenditures.
-- Supports grant seeking efforts of faculty and administration.
-- Maintains a safe laboratory environment. Ensures compliance with OSHA rules and regulations and monitors regulatory changes.
-- Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

- The education and/or work history sections of your online application form must demonstrate that you meet all of the following Minimum Qualifications. The information on the resume/cover letter will not substitute for the completed application.
- Satisfactory references and successful completion of the criminal background check are required to meet the minimum qualifications for hire into this position.


Bachelor's degree in Education, Applied Science, Engineering Technology, Art/Design, or related field experience performing the duties of this job may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis).

Two years of experience performing duties related to the position.


Knowledge of:
-Design processes and related fabrication technologies;
-Related programs, services, and resources;
-Effective office or laboratory coordination techniques;
-Effective marketing techniques;
-Transfer requirements to four year institutions and articulation agreements;
-Student assessment processes;
-Impact ethnicity, race, national origin, and gender have on communication and interaction;
-Budgeting principles;
-Federal, state, local regulations;
-General college policies and procedures.

Skill in:
-Leading, training, and coordinating the work of others in a team environment;
-Designing, writing, and editing promotional materials;
-Conducting presentations and workshops.

Able to:
-Operate a variety of office equipment;
-Engage effectively with an ethnically and culturally diverse student population;
-Effectively communicate in oral and written form with a range of groups including faculty and students whose first language is not English;
-Collaborate with teams with members who have widely varied education and experience;
-Work independently.

Special/Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

When you apply, you will be asked to attach a cover letter that describes how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications of the position.

-- A demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice.
-- An ability to vision interdisciplinary projects/activities/workshops that advance equity, inclusion and social justice.
-- Technical competence with digital fabrication technologies.
-- A high degree of emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication skills.
-- An ability to identify, prioritize and delegate tasks to a team of student employees/helpers.
-- An ability to facilitate compelling interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations with people of widely different lived experiences.

Additional Posting Information:

"Fab Labs Coordinator" is the working title for this position; the formal title in the PCC job classification system is "STEM and Design Center Coordinator"

Additional Posting Information
To apply for this position you must submit:
1. Completed online application
2. Cover Letter that describes how you meet the Minimum and Preferred Qualifications for the position (attach document)*
3. Current Resume (attach document)
When you apply for the position, you will be given an opportunity to attach the above documents. They may be attached in either "Microsoft Word" or \".pdf\" formats.

Initial salary placement will normally be at Step 1. Advanced initial salary placement for directly relevant professional, business or industrial experience may be applied for new Academic Professionals.
- Upon hire candidate will be required to supply official copies of transcripts for all degrees earned.
- Applicants selected for hire will be required to pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.
- This position is included in the bargaining agreement between Portland Community College and the Portland Community College Federation of Faculty/Academic Professional Employees. Employment in this position will require, as a condition of employment, payment of monthly union dues or a monthly fair share fee in lieu of dues through automatic payroll deduction.
- Portland Community College will hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to complete the designated Immigration Service Employers Verification I-9 form.
- As an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution, PCC is actively seeking qualified minorities, women, disabled veterans, veterans and individuals with disabilities to enhance its work force and to reflect the diversity of its student body. Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.

Documents that must be associated with this posting:

Cover Letter

Documents which can be associated with this posting:

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

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As an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution, PCC is actively seeking qualified minorities, women, disabled veterans, veterans and individuals with disabilities to enhance its work force and to reflect the diversity of its student body. Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.

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