FlexLab Coordinator

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Work type: Staff
Location: Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: FlexLab Coordinator  
Location: Grand Rapids (Kendall)  

92450 - KCAD Digital Fabrication

Advertised Salary: $52,000 - $54,000 plus an excellent comprehensive benefit package (health insurance, retirement, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: The FlexLab Coordinator supports the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) community’s learning and use of digital output/fabrication technologies. This position reports to the Dean of Academic Affairs and may coordinate with assigned faculty or a committee of stakeholders. The FlexLab Coordinator has a working familiarity with and passion for digital design and production processes and will be able to quickly become familiar with the use of the FlexLab’s specific input and output devices - including wide format inkjet printers, vinyl cutters, 3D scanners, 3D printers, and laser cutters/engravers. The FlexLab Coordinator coordinates with faculty and administration on digital fabrication education strategy, manages student employees, implements new initiatives, maintains hardware, processes digital fabrication/design projects for the college community, and supports students in the acquisition of and practice with the interfaces between designs, computers, and physical objects. The FlexLab Coordinator will develop and support services to be delivered to support industry as needed and as time allows.  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in a field related to art, design, digital fabrication, or technology.  
Required Work Experience: Professional experience in digital fabrication methods and customer service.
Experience with Macintosh and Windows operating systems.
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered:    
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Communicate effectively with the Dean of Academic Affairs, college, university, and community stakeholders.
Track material and technology usage and provide timely reporting.
Develop and manage FlexLab budget.
Order materials and deploy new equipment.
Coordinate and direct the work of student employees.
Learn, train employees, and help students, faculty and staff utilize cutting edge equipment including wide format inkjet printers, 3D scanners, 3D printers, vinyl cutters, and laser cutters/engravers.
Carry out system maintenance (on workstations and peripherals).
Coordinate activities and projects across the college and university.
Lead upgrade initiatives and special projects as needed.
Ensure the safe and efficient operation of the FlexLab and all of its equipment and uses.
Professionally represent the college to students, faculty, staff, and the extended community.
Develop a strategy to deliver and support services for industry use of the FlexLab services as a revenue generating business.
Work collaboratively with Ferris State University to leverage systems to develop, implement, and maintain a point of sales system for internal and external customers of the FlexLab.
Develop and deliver support workshops and curriculum on use of resources in the FlexLab to build knowledge and awareness of resources in the FlexLab for the KCAD community.
Train and supervise student employees and carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with university policies and applicable laws.
Demonstrate an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: Ability to setup and maintain computer workstations and related peripherals in coordination with IT.
Proficiency with digital design and output processes.
Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Required Documents:

Cover Letter


Unofficial Transcript 1(Required): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcripts of degree as described in the Required Education section. Transcripts must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, and degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.

Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants:    
Initial Application Review Date:
April 10, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at ferris.edu. The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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