National Manager ilead Lab (Ref: JRNMIL)
Remuneration: R30 000 per month

Position in the Education sector in Durban - Kwa- Zulu Natal
Posted On Wednesday 21 June 2023
Job Description:

Main job function

  1. Strategic Planning and Operations:
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan for the overall operation and growth of multiple makerspaces.
  • Establish goals, objectives, and performance metrics for each makerspace.
  • Manage budgets, resources, and procurement processes for each makerspace.
  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations, policies, and procedures across all makerspaces.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships and collaborations with internal stakeholders, academic departments, industry partners, and the community.
  1. Leadership and Team Management:
  • Recruit, train, and supervise staff members across multiple makerspaces.
  • Provide guidance, support, and professional development opportunities to staff members.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive work culture that encourages collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement.
  • Facilitate effective communication and coordination between staff members and makerspace users.
  1. Community Engagement and Program Development:
  • Develop and implement programs, workshops, and events to engage and inspire makerspace users.
  • Collaborate with heads of schools, academics, researchers, and industry partners to integrate making activities into academic programs (including WDL/Employability agenda) and research initiatives.
  • Foster a supportive and inclusive community within each makerspace, encouraging knowledge sharing, collaboration, and interdisciplinary projects.
  • Continuously assess and respond to the needs and interests of makerspace users through surveys, feedback, and data analysis.
  • Provide support to the Marketing department for exhibitions, tours and events.
  1. Resource Management and Infrastructure:
  • Assess and acquire necessary tools, machinery, and equipment for each makerspace, considering user needs and technological advancements.
  • Develop and maintain inventory management systems to track and maintain equipment, consumables, and supplies.
  • Ensure the maintenance, repair, and safety of tools, machinery, and infrastructure across all makerspaces.
  • Explore and implement new technologies and equipment to enhance the capabilities and offerings of the makerspaces.
  1. Impact Assessment and Reporting:
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of each makerspace, including user engagement, outcomes, and success stories.
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and documentation to communicate the value and impact of the makerspaces to all stakeholders.
  • Stay updated on emerging trends, best practices, and research in the field of makerspaces and maker education.
  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience in managing makerspaces, innovation labs, or similar collaborative spaces.
  • Strong leadership, organizational, and project management skills.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team-building abilities.
  • Knowledge of maker technologies, fabrication processes, and emerging trends in the maker movement.
  • Familiarity with safety protocols, risk management, and compliance standards in makerspaces.
  • Experience in budgeting, resource allocation, and procurement processes.
  • Passion for fostering creativity, innovation, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

A Consultant will be in touch if you are shortlisted for the position.  Please consider your application unsuccessful should you not have been contacted within 2 weeks.  We will keep your CV on our database and contact you should you match the criteria of any other vacancies.

Please contact Jenny Rathbone