Job Details

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
  • Position Number: 3064150
  • Location: Morganton, NC
  • Position Type: Science - Computer Science
POSTING DATE: April 15, 2022

CLOSING DATE: May 23, 2022

POSITION TYPE: EHRA Non-faculty, 12-month, 1.0 FTE

HIRING SALARY RANGE: $63,344 - $70,382

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) invites applications for a full-time Fabrication Lab Manager at its new campus in Morganton, North Carolina. This position is a 12-month, permanent position with full benefits through the State of North Carolina.

We invite and welcome all applications for employment within our institution. NCSSM is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. If you are an individual with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process, please contact us at (919) 416-2662.

Description of Duties

This position reports to the Dean of Engineering and Technology and manages operation of the Morganton campus Fabrication Laboratory and associated instructional areas. The position is responsible for ensuring these spaces are actively used safely by the NCSSM community including supervising use of the tools/equipment in the space, creating and enforcing safety and use procedures, purchasing and maintaining equipment and supplies, supporting student learning involving use of the fabrication laboratory, developing instruction and training, instruction in related disciplines, prioritizing use of the facility, and tracking and reporting on the use of the space.

Specific duties include:

Develop and Implement Safety Standards: Develop and implement lab procedures and safety protocols including documentation, instruction, providing adequate personal protection equipment, and supervision. Review and improve systems on an ongoing basis.

Create and Implement Standard Procedures: Develop instruction and train students, faculty, staff and/or other clients on safety, the proper use, care and operation of tools and equipment; coordinate and train students, faculty, and staff to ensure compliance with safety measures and guidelines; develop and maintain lab documentation including standard operating procedures and protocols; clearly and concisely convey information verbally and in written form. Review and improve systems on an ongoing basis.

Supervise Use of Space: Assure users of the space are appropriately trained and supervised according to the tools used, tasks being performed, and other concurrent uses of the facility.

Laboratory Management: Plan, monitor, and manage resources needed to operate the laboratory; maintain inventory, test equipment and coordinate service of equipment as required; coordinate resources and establish priorities in the use of these resources, including space, field, equipment and/or facilities;

Instruction: Create and deliver informal and formal student instruction related to design, including CAD/CAM, and the expertise held by the Fabrication Laboratory Manager. Work as a co-instructor for courses requiring use of the fabrication facilities. Facilitate activities related to academic competitions and assist with student and faculty research projects, including NCSSM summer programs.

Community Building: Outreach within the Morganton campus to invite all disciplines and all students to be active users of the fabrication laboratory for classes, research, competitions, and personal projects. Establish relationships with those in the "fab" and "maker" communities in institutions and organizations in Western North Carolina and elsewhere that align with the mission of NCSSM.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Experienced with the safe use of digital maker tools, CNC equipment, and shop tools with an emphasis on workplace safety, standardization and transparency. Strong organizational skills for keeping track of equipment storage, maintenance, and usage. Experienced with CAD/CAM tools and with technology generally, including electronics and "Maker" platforms. Experienced in overseeing and training adult and student laboratory assistants. Excellent oral and written communication skills and customer service skills. Possess the ability to both follow instructions and lead others, and the ability to function responsibly with minimal direct supervision.

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities include those related to training and/or working with students in a fabrication laboratory environment; using software for tracking user qualifications and experience; creating; and updating standard operating procedures.

Minimum Education and Experience

A master's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in a technical field and experience with digital and CNC tools.

Preferred Experience

At least three years of experience overseeing operation of a fabrication/maker space with digital and CNC tools. Experience working with a diverse student population in a maker, fabrication, or workshop environment.

About NCSSM

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) challenges academically talented students from across the state with a comprehensive curriculum including highly specialized courses in science, technology, engineering/computer science, and mathematics.NCSSM opened in 1980 as something of an academic experiment: Would something excellent happen if we gathered together a highly motivated and diverse student body with a critical mass of equally motivated, accomplished, credentialed, and diverse faculty within a space dedicated to the power of the scientific method? Four decades later, NCSSM has built a firmly rooted reputation as an academic powerhouse, educating intellectually gifted students from every corner of the state, representing rural and urban communities, and all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.Eleven states and several countries worldwide have since used NCSSM as the model for their own programs.

Today, as in 1980, the mission of NCSSM, an intellectually stimulating, diverse, inclusive, and collaborative community, is to:

  • educate and nurture academically talented students to become state, national, and global leaders,

  • increase access to high quality public education in North Carolina, and

  • cultivate engaged citizens who will work for the betterment of the world,


through challenging programs, with an emphasis on STEM, driven by the pursuit of excellence and innovation.

Altogether, nearly 1,500 North Carolina students from all 13 congressional districts and nearly all 100 counties are enrolled in one of our three signature programs: our residential diploma program, our online certificate program or our Open Enrollment Distance Education program. Our Open Enrollment courses, taught via interactive video conferencing, expand local offerings to include enrichments and advanced coursework otherwise unavailable in students' home communities. NCSSM instructors teach live to classrooms statewide daily, broadcasting more synchronous video than any other public provider in the state.

By 2022, NCSSM will expand to an additional campus in Morganton, NC. Funded by the Connect NC Bond, legislative appropriations, and private philanthropic gifts, the campus will initially accommodate 300 additional residential diploma program students as well as increased distance education enrollment.

NCSSM has more than 11,000 alumni, nearly all of whom attended colleges and universities (a great majority within our own top NC public universities) and nearly three-quarters of whom have earned or are seeking a graduate degree. According to a 2019 survey of alumni who attended the school between 1980 and 2018, 64 percent of NCSSM college graduates earn a bachelor's degree in a STEM field -- over three times the national average for high school graduates. And 58 percent of NCSSM underrepresented minority (URM) graduates earn an undergraduate degree in a STEM field -- nearly four times the national average for URM students. A 2020 economic impact study found that 54 percent of our alumni continue to live and work in North Carolina, catalyzing nearly $1.3 billion in economic activity and making priceless contributions to our quality of life as teachers, physicians, scientists, entrepreneurs and other community leaders. Many of our graduates, the oldest of whom are in their mid-50s, refer to their time at NCSSM as "life-changing" and continue to support their alma mater with charitable gifts, volunteerism, and other purposeful engagement.

Our school is a full constituent of the University of North Carolina System and is governed and supported by the UNC Board of Governors, NCSSM Board of Trustees, NCSSM Foundation, NCSSM Alumni Association, NCSSM Parent Association, NCSSM Faculty Senate, NCSSM Staff Senate, and NCSSM Student Government Association. Notably, a representative from each of our Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and Student Government Association serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of our Board of Trustees.

NCSSM operates as a free public school open to qualified NC students, regardless of financial means. We generate more than 10 percent of our institutional budget from private donations, a ratio that will likely increase as we undertake a comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Consistent with our founding and governance, the institution is guided by a standing strategic plan. Though goals may shift from time to time, our core beliefs have remained fundamentally unchanged since our establishment:

  • Our greatest resource is the capability and creative capacity of the human mind.

  • Everyone is unique and has intrinsic value.

  • Diversity and inclusion enrich and strengthen lives and communities.

  • Embracing challenge inspires growth and the pursuit of excellence.

  • Individuals are responsible for their choices and actions.

  • With opportunity, support, and effort all people can realize their full potential.

  • A nurturing community develops the well-being of the whole person.

  • Service to others builds and strengthens our community.

  • Environmental stewardship and resource sustainability are a shared responsibility.

  • A passion for learning throughout life leads to success and fulfillment.

  • Collaboration fosters learning, ignites innovation, and cultivates community.

  • Adhering to high ethical standards is essential for a community to function and flourish.

  • Access to high quality public education is essential to a free, democratic society.


How to Apply:

Submit resume, cover letter, and electronic application via: http://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/. Please create an account, search for the Fabrication Lab Manager position vacancy, and submit the online application.

Please complete your application in full. All required Competencies, Work History, and Credentials must appear on the application in the Education and Work Experience sections of the application to receive consideration during the selection process. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the State Application form in its entirety. "See Attached Resume or an Embedded Text Resume" will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Applicants seeking Veteran's preference must attach a DD-214 form, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, along with the application. Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require a motor vehicle check. If the highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. NCSSM participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Please refrain from submitting multiple applications. However, if multiple applications are submitted to a posting, only the most recent application received prior to the posting close date will be accepted. There is a 24 hour waiting period before an applicant can re-apply to a position.

If you have questions, please contact Eric Hunsley at eric.hunsley@ncssm.edu or 828-347-9139.

NCSSM is an EEO/eVerify/VEVRAA Employer







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