Laboratory and Equipment Operations Manager - Siebel Center for Design (144966)

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Laboratory and Equipment Operations Manager
Siebel Center for Design

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Siebel Center for Design is unique among design centers in the United States. Our mission: To practice, model, and teach design thinking, using human-centered design to reimagine our campus, community, and collective world.

An industrious and generative team of individuals works collaboratively at SCD to advance this mission. Nestled between the Gies College of Business, the College of Applied Health Sciences, Ikenberry Commons, and the Art + Design building - with the College of Education and the UIUC athletic complexes a short distance away - Siebel Center for Design is at a crossroads on our campus, and is a catalyst for and driver of multidisciplinary collaboration and study. Our 60,000 square foot facility provides space for programming, instruction, prototyping, events, meetings, and more, and serves as a human-centered design focal point bringing together people from all disciplines, cultures, and realities.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

The Lab and Equipment Operations Manager provides management and oversight of the new Siebel Center for Design’s lab spaces and equipment needs in support of the SCD activities and events. This

position will ensure that all SCD labs are operating effectively and supporting our mission to foster interdisciplinary collaboration across the campus by maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for all users and visitors.

Lab and Staff Management

  • Management, scheduling, and staffing of all SCD lab spaces, including a fabrication tool shop, an assembly and construction workshop, equipment checkout and storage spaces, and a media recording studio.
  • Hiring, training, scheduling, and oversight of up to 50 student staff working in the operations departments, including graduate assistants, hourly employees, and volunteers.
  • Maintain all health and safety requirements for all lab spaces and manage certification and training programs for all staff and users of the labs.

Equipment Maintenance and Setup

  • Maintenance and management of all SCD audio/video and recording equipment, including the set up and operation of portable monitors, audio, and video equipment for the recording labs and special events hosted at SCD.
  • Maintenance and management of all SCD fabrication lab equipment and supplies, including a CNC router, water-jet cutter, laser cutters, 3D printers, woodworking tools, a spray booth, and additional new equipment as needed.

SCD Events and Activities Support

  • Perform technical setup and support needs of all SCD events and activities, including room setup and equipment needs for classes, workshops, lectures, performances, and special events.
  • Schedule and support for hosted events at SCD, including event planning, setup and equipment proposals for receptions, performances, conferences, and student events.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Any one or combination totaling three (3) years (36 months) from the categories below:
  • college course work in facility management, operations management, or a closely related field, as measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:
    • 60 semester hours or an Associate’s Degree equals one (1) year (12 months)
  • training from a vocational, technical, or an armed forces program which includes building operations such as coordination of building maintenance, construction management, hospitality, or closely related experience.
  • work experience which includes building operations such as coordination of building maintenance and work orders, construction management, hospitality, or closely related experience.
  • One (1) year (12 months) of supervisory or administrative experience which includes building operations such as coordination of building maintenance and work orders, construction management, hospitality, or closely related experience.
  • Preferred:

    • Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years of experience working in a fabrication space or production shop.
    • Experience managing a staff of more than 30 people in several departments, utilizing a reporting structure that fosters staff development and promotion.
    • Experience working in a University setting. Working knowledge of woodworking tools, CNC routers, 3D printing, laser cutting technology, and understanding of CAD/CAM processes.
    • Working knowledge of audio-visual equipment and classroom technology.
    • 10-hour or 30-hour OSHA General Construction Certification, fall protection, personnel lifts, forklift, Haz Comm, PPE, proper lifting techniques.

    Successful candidates will possess:

    • Proficiency with Google Suite, Adobe Creative Suite and large format printing.
    • Knowledge of the methodologies, practices and tools of design thinking, innovation strategy, and prototyping.

    Environmental Demands:

    • Work will be done in lab spaces shared with other staff, students, and production personnel.
    • Night and weekend hours are occasionally required. Position involves moving upwards of 50 pounds unaided or with the assistance of others.

    This is a full-time Civil Service Facility Operations Coordinator position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after June 21, 2021. Salary is commensurate with experience.

    Applications must be received by June 21, 2021. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

    Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

    Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

    Step 3) Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), and academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) and names/contact information for three references.

    In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Thurman Etchison, [email protected], 217-300-2193. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-244-2137.

    The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. Other pre-employment assessments may be required, depending on the classification of Civil Service employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit “Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.”

    As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

    College Name or Administrative Unit:Engineering Category:2-Administrative Title:Laboratory and Equipment Operations Manager - Siebel Center for Design (144966) Open Date:06/03/2021 Close Date:06/21/2021 Organization Name:Siebel Center for Design




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    Job No:
    Posted: 6/4/2021
    Application Due: 6/21/2021
    Work Type: Full Time