Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.
The Design and Prototyping Manager will oversee the day-to-day operations of the advanced prototyping and fabrication facilities that support students and academic programs across the University, as well as teach classes and workshops to students, faculty and staff on an array of design and prototyping topics. In addition, they will need to provide machining or fabrication services in their areas of expertise. These facilities will support the new Human Centered Engineering Degree as well as other applied academic and research projects being rolled out across BC.
The Design and Prototyping Manager will work with three other Engineering Design and Prototyping Specialists/Instructors, but will be the primary manager of the fabrication spaces. This includes but is not limited to: Management of shop finances and day to day purchases of equipment and consumables, oversight of the implementation of University safety protocols, providing guidance to Design and Prototyping Instructors/Specialists, Managing the hiring, training, and workflow of 30 or more student shop monitors, managing workflow and resources inside the facilities, overseeing the creation of safety and training protocols on all new equipment not previously used at the University, and creating an environment of cross disciplinary design and innovation that will bring together interested parties from across the greater BC community.
This position will provide critical design, fabrication, and/or engineering instruction and support to BC Students, faculty, and staff, as well as management and oversight of shop finances and facilities themselves. A successful candidate will need strong financial and shop management skills as well as experience working with both students and faculty. They should have well rounded engineering, manufacturing or design and prototyping background with a breadth of experience working with various modern forms of materials, techniques, and equipment, as well as a passion for teaching.
This position will contribute to the culture of innovation at Boston College. In collaboration with the design and prototyping team, faculty, and interested student groups they will create and support activities on campus that engage students from a wide variety of majors in making and prototyping activities. They will also support and mentor students, and when needed act as an advocate for the student voice and needs in discussions and decision-making pertaining to the culture of innovation at Boston College. In their work, they will be inclusive of all students' backgrounds and interests, especially those from non-dominant groups in STEM.
Hiring Range: $81,650 to $102,050; salary commensurate with relevant experience.
Boston College conducts background checks, including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience in engineering, architecture, design, computer science, technology or a related field is required
Master's degree in engineering, architecture, design, computer science, technology or a related field is preferred
5 years of extensive technical experience working in an educational fabrication field is required; specifically, experience with a wide range of advanced engineering fabrication equipment and digital design software suites; 5 years of teaching or instructional experience in a K-12 education and/or higher-education environment is required; 5 years of experience managing a shop or makerspace and staff is preferred
Experience working with faculty and students in an academic environment, and experience with the design thinking process (ideation, prototyping, and testing) is required
Experience with community organizing and youth advocacy is highly preferred
Experience working with and on projects that engage individuals from non-dominant groups in STEM is highly preferred
Experience working with individuals from a diversity of backgrounds, like STEM, art, music, and social entrepreneurship is preferred
Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:
Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.
Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at https://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity .
Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation.