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RIDE Center Coordinator(Research, Innovation, Design & Entrepreneurial Ctr)

Westfield State University

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RIDE Center Coordinator(Research, Innovation, Design & Entrepreneurial Ctr)

About Westfield State University:

In 1839, Westfield State University was founded on the ideals of Horace Mann who sought to improve society through education. We were the first public education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies contributing to the development of knowledge, skills, and character essential for students to become responsible leaders and engaged citizens.

Westfield State is a highly residential campus with approximately 55% of our 3,100 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Springfield, Northampton, and Amherst with a selection of museums, theater, collegiate and minor league sports, hiking trails, and restaurants. The University is within 1.5 hours of Boston and Albany and within 3 hours of New York City and the Green Mountain range of Vermont.

Thank You for Your Interest in Becoming a Westfield State Community Member

You are welcome here. You can advance your career and make a difference here. We invite you to bring your whole self and talents to Westfield State University. The University seeks applicants whose record of teaching, student advising, research, and administration positions them to contribute to the everyday practice of our institutional values.

Our Values

Westfield State commits to values that strengthen a common bond among all members of our community and promotes a rich campus environment.
  • Embrace Diversity - We treat all members of our community with dignity and respect.
  • Maintain Excellence and Integrity - We maintain excellence and integrity in all that we do.
  • Collaborate with Each Other - We make decisions in a transparent and collaborative manner.
  • Provide Accessible Education - We commit to providing an accessible, affordable public higher education for all.
  • Build a Strong Community - We are inclusive and ensure equity, supporting the personal development of all community members, and embracing multiple perspectives.
  • Engage the Outside Community - We support civic engagement in local, regional, and global initiatives.

Job Description:

Campus Title: RIDE Center Coordinator (Research, Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurial (RIDE) Center)
State Job Title: Staff Assistant
Department: Institutional Advancement
Job Code: HA5600
FLSA Status: Exempt
Funding: TBD
Bargaining Unit: APA
Job Type: Full-time
Timeframe: 52 Weeks
Shift: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Supervision Received: The RIDE Center Coordinator reports directly to The Executive Director for the Center for Research, Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurial (RIDE) Center.
Supervision Exercised: Student interns and work study students may be available to help with tasks related to connecting and supporting students through the Research, Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurial (RIDE) Center on and off campus.
Salary: $57,000.00 to $60,000.00 (Salary commensurate with education and experience)

General Statement of Duties: The RIDE Center coordinator will support the Executive Director in managing the equipment, space, and programming. The space includes a design studio and MakerSpace with 3D printers, laser cutter, woodworking, sewing, computer programing, vacuum formers, and circuitry tools. They will help to coordinate and contribute to a positive user experience, managing classroom, student, and community visits and activities, helping with scheduling events, communication, student support, preparation of reports/assessments, administrative/office tasks, and other RIDE center needs. Additionally, they will contribute to the expansion and support maintenance of websites and social media communication, assist the Executive Director with grant preparations and communication with external stakeholders and community members. They will assist with coordination of student interns, work study, and graduate assistants, and community engagements associated with RIDE centers. They will assist the Executive Director with RIDE expositions, workshops, speaker series, and other events, as well as training students, faculty, staff, and community on equipment within the center.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include but not limited to:

  • Maintaining the function of equipment within RIDE's Design and Makerspace and training users on the various equipment
  • Assisting the Executive Director with organizing RIDE speaker series, expositions, competitions, and other workshops and speaking events
  • Assisting with summer camps and external groups utilizing RIDE
  • Maintaining and contributing to university webpages related to RIDE Center
  • Will share in the responsibility of RIDE'S social media presence, in the form of websites, blogs, Instagram, Facebook, etc.
  • Help in data collection in preparation of grant writing and submissions.
  • Coordinating ongoing RIDE Projects, such as: Workshops, speaker series, community events, summer camps, K-12 events, pitch and project competitions, alum-associated RIDE programs, and other programs as needed
  • Office administrative duties for RIDE, such as communication, coordinating and scheduling of events, coordinating and ordering equipment and office supplies; office operations and equipment needs
  • Providing support for overseeing interns and work study students
  • Support the Executive Director in the development and creation of marketing content, newsletters, blogs, and other university communication
  • Track, organize and prepare documents for reporting budget needs and any other RIDE Center needs
  • Oversight of physical space, equipment, and users in RIDE Centers.
  • Assistance with community and external stake holder communications and coordination of campus visits, including K-12 visits, summer camps, and other external groups
  • Coordinate the use of Ride Center for faculty, staff, student, and external stakeholder/community needs
  • Assist the Executive Director in organizing and facilitating events that support student-community engagement
  • Attending and representing at recruitment events that support current, alum and prospective WSU students, such as: Lifetime Owls; The Westfield Promise Program; Urban Education; Summer Bridge; school field trips


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required; Disciplinary specialization is open.
  • Experience with running and maintenance of MakerSpace equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutter, Arduino and computer programming, soldering, and other MakerSpace equipment.
  • Experience with Website Design, Excel, MS Word, and CANVA
  • Prior experience in event planning and workshop design
  • Experience in active social media strategies
  • Ability to work effectively and independently with professional, non-professional, and student staff.
  • Knowledge of principles and practice of office management
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and exercise sound judgement
  • Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information and managing of general reports
  • Ability to be attentive and perform work at a high level of accuracy
  • Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly, and to develop ideas in a logical sequence

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in coordinating / planning events that support academic programming at the university level
  • Experience working with undergraduate students at an institution of higher education
  • Experience supporting a research or innovation center in higher-ed environment

Additional Information:


Salaries for current Westfield State University employees and individuals currently working for the state of Massachusetts must be calculated individually in accordance with collective bargaining agreements as well as state policies. State job specifications may be found on the Department of Higher Education's webpage.

Employee Benefits:

Benefits are an important component of an employee's total compensation package.
  • Health Insurance: Westfield State offers a variety of HMO, POS, and PPO-type health insurance plans for eligible employees with coverage effective on the 1st of the month following the 60 days of employment.
  • Retirement: the MA State Employee Retirement System provides eligible employees with a retirement pension following a 10-year vesting period. In lieu of the retirement pension, eligible employees may select the Optional Retirement Plan with a maximum 5% employer matching contribution.
  • Tuition Waivers & Discounts: eligible employees, including spouses and dependent children, receive reduced tuition at MA state colleges, community colleges, and universities.
  • Paid Time Off: employees receive 12 paid holidays and generous vacation, personal, and sick leave benefits.
  • Additional information regarding employee benefits is available on the University's Benefits & Wellness webpage.

Disability Accommodations

Westfield State University is committed to the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and will ensure the availability of reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact Human Resources at (413) 572-8809 or visit us in the Horace Mann Building, 1st floor.

Background Check

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion and review of a background check. A criminal record will not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration.

Application Instructions:

An on-line application is required. The successful candidate must submit an official transcript at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for three references *
  • Copy of unofficial transcript of highest degree

* Provide the contact information for reference providers in the reference section of the online application.

Deadline: The job posting will be open a minimum of ten days and, if needed, will remain open until finalists have been selected.

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.

To apply, visit

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Westfield is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, creed or economic status.



Founded in 1838 by educational reformer and political leader Horace Mann, Westfield State was the first co-educational college in America dedicated to free, public education for teaching professionals without regard to race, creed or gender.


The College today calls upon this rich tradition of practical innovation as it develops and refines relevant and rewarding fields of study, opportunities for service, and global experiences. Westfield's residential nature and beautiful setting at the base of the Berkshire Mountains offers every student a rich, classic college experience.

Athletics, superb outdoor recreation, 100+ student clubs and organizations, international studies, leadership opportunities, national and international guest speakers, and close connections with the city of Westfield lend a collegial air to the future-focused Westfield learning community.


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