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Boston College Design & Prototyping Manager - University Makerspace in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College Introduction

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.

Job Description

The Design and Prototyping Manager will oversee the day-to-day operations of the advanced prototyping and campus makerspace 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. These facilities will support the new Human Centered Engineering Degree, other applied academic and research projects being rolled out across BC, and a new campus makerspace accessible to the BC community. In addition, they will need to provide machining or fabrication services in their areas of expertise.

The Design and Prototyping Manager will work with 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 fostering an environment of cross disciplinary design, innovation, and making 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, ideally in a fabrication lab / makerspace context. They should also have a well rounded engineering, manufacturing or design / prototyping background with a breadth of experience working with various modern 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 in the campus Makerspace to 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.

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $81,650 to $102,050; salary commensurate with relevant experience.



  • 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

Closing Statement

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

  • Paid Holidays Annually

  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay

  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts background checks including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination 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 .

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at .