Primary Purpose: University of the Pacific is seeking a dynamic, hands-on manager to lead the operations of the newly launched Innovation Spaces in their Stockton campus library. The Innovation Spaces includes makerspace, virtual and augmented reality development lab, digital media production studio, and the visualization wall. Innovation Spaces provide the campus community a dedicated space to further making, tinkering, and exploring innovations and inventions through immersive and hands-on approaches. This position works closely with the Associate University Librarian to further curriculum integrated digital initiatives, engage in instructional consultations, and foster collaborative partnerships, including but not limited to consulting with academic faculty on technology choices, processes, and tools for discipline-based projects.
Essential Functions: 1. Provide direct service and supervise student workers in Innovation Spaces, including assisting faculty and students in use of 3D technologies, microcontrollers, drones, 360 video, virtual and augmented reality.
2. Collaborate with faculty and technical staff to support and promote technological innovation and entrepreneurial activity for graduate and undergraduate student projects.
3. Research, prototype, and evaluate new Innovation Spaces initiatives supporting disciplinary and cross-disciplinary curricula.
4. Design innovative and creative course integrated projects, using university collections and local resources, in collaboration with faculty.
5. Assist faculty in designing and conducting research studies.
6. Provide technical expertise, recommend best practices, and facilitate digitization projects and digital exhibits.
7. Plan and manage technology budget for Innovation Spaces.
8. Promote campus awareness of Innovation Spaces services, resources, and expertise.
Experience working in higher education environment in a technical role.
Bachelors degree in physics, computer science, or instructional design.
Experience developing applications for research and/or curriculum in an academic setting.
Experience designing and conducting research studies.
Skills/Knowledge and Expertise:
Demonstrated expertise in the effective use of a wide range of digital technology tools and web-based learning platforms to support instruction, communication, and knowledge development.
Experience with programming and software development, particularly as suited to programming microcontrollers and other mechatronics systems.
Experience working with microcontrollers, particularly Arduino or Raspberry Pi.
Experience in all aspects of video production.
Strong problem-solving skills.
Experience troubleshooting and repairing hardware.
Conversant with the use of hand tools, rapid prototyping technology, fabrication machines, electronics, computer software, virtual reality hardware, and various other technologies.
Knowledgeable about technology trends and best practices in higher education.
Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly, both in written and oral communications.
Positive attitude and professional demeanor and practical good judgment.
Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Requires extended periods of sitting and repetitive hand/wrist motion while using computer keyboard and phone. Occasional standing, walking across campus, climbing stairs, bending, stooping and reaching. Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.
Work Environment/Work Week/Travel: Work is performed in a standard office environment. Evening and weekend work may be required. Events, conferences, workshops, and three campuses/cities travel will comprise approximately 30% of the workload.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience, non-exempt
Background Check Statement: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must pass a criminal background check.
Drawing on its rich legacy as the oldest chartered university in California, Pacific is a student-focused, comprehensive educational institution that produces outstanding graduates prepared for personal and professional success. Our student body thrives in Pacific's small classes and dynamic cultural environment, while our distinguished alumni are transforming their communities every day.
University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked university with a long tradition of dedicated teaching, small class sizes, practical experience and vibrant residential life. The breathtaking main campus in Stockton, California is home to seven schools and colleges, with more than 80 majors and programs of study. Pacific also has the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Total university enrollment is nearly 7,000, with 3,757 undergraduates in an average class size of 19 and a student/faculty ratio of 14:1. Eighty-seven percent of students come from California, with 35 other states and 25 foreign countries also represented.