About The Possible Project
The Possible Project (TPP) is a multi-year, youth entrepreneurship program offering students exciting project-based experiences:
- the creation and running of student-directed, passion-based ventures
- hands-on experiences within TPP Social Enterprises
- work-based learning opportunities through internships and fellowships
- learning about and use of high-technology maker equipment, such as laser cutters, 3-D printers and clothing printers/presses
- personalized college and/or career advising
Throughout their TPP journey, students work with dedicated educators, advisors, peers, and field experts; earn stipends; design products and services in a state-of-the-art makerspace; attend pitch panels and marketplaces; build and apply essential skills, mindsets, and social capital; and explore the exciting opportunities that exist post-high school. Students have fun learning, growing and interacting with peers as they design their futures.
TPP is in its second decade of operations, having served nearly 1000 students in the greater Boston area. The organization employs 30+ professionals with plans to grow significantly in Boston over the next 4 years, as well as other cities beyond 2025. TPP offers a strong professional development ethos, a fast-paced entrepreneurial culture, innovative curriculum & pedagogy, and a commitment to excellence and student impact. Importantly, TPP is highly committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in everything we do. Currently in an expansion mode, TPP plans to open a 35,000 sq ft Boston Innovation Center serving 1000 students a year, launching in September 2021.
About the Role
Making, design thinking, and STEAM education are deeply embedded within The Possible Project’s entrepreneurship and social enterprise programs. At present, TPP has three makerspaces - one inside our Madison Park location in Boston, one at our Sellers St. headquarters in Cambridge, and a stand-alone makerspace near Kendall Square which also houses our Made Possible social enterprise. In early 2021, TPP will be launching a 40,000sqft youth innovation center in Boston which will serve 1,000 students at scale. This facility will include four additional makerspaces embedded in its classrooms as well as a 4,000sqft advanced manufacturing makerspace on its lower level, and will house specialty 3D printers, electronics workstations, laser cutters, large-format printer/cutters, direct-to-garment printing, CNC embroidery, CNC milling, large-format UV printing, large-format CNC routing, a digital media studio, and a woodshop. The lower-level advanced manufacturing makerspace will be a resource not only for our students, but for our staff and community members as well, hosting classes, hackathons, workshops, and drop-in hours. Anticipated student and community projects include (and are not limited to) robotics, apparel, game design, photography, music production, product design, packaging, and furniture making.
The Makerspace Manager will be the primary point of contact for all makerspace operations within the innovation center and the Cambridge headquarters. This position will work with TPP’s educators, building staff, and community partnerships teams to cultivate a culture of safety, collaboration, sharing, empowerment, exploration, camaraderie, and sense of belonging within the innovation center’s makerspaces.
YOU may be a good fit for this role if you are excited about working with technology, increasing STEAM access for youth and communities, facilitation, coaching & teaching, and stewardship of our space & equipment. The responsibilities include:
- Serve as passionate and dedicated care-taker of TPP’s makerspace equipment, tools, and resources across Cambridge and Boston sites, including oversight of daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly maintenance; troubleshooting; and coordination with equipment manufacturers for servicing
- Guide and coach students, staff, community members, and other stakeholders in prototyping, design thinking, entrepreneurial innovation, personal projects, and other related efforts using makerspace technologies
- Cultivate collaboration and sense of belonging among all makerspace stakeholders
- Manage the schedule of equipment, including print queues and equipment reservations, as well as the schedule of the woodshop, media studio, and advanced manufacturing makerspace’s open work area
- Create, implement, and enforce safety protocols for makerspace equipment, including laser cutters, CNC routers, flatbed printers, woodworking equipment, 3D printers, electronics stations, and garment/textile work
- Oversee student workers (including TPP students and students from local colleges), volunteers, and makers in residence, developing a community of in-house coaches and experts
- In collaboration with members of the Education Team, teach workshops and classes for staff, students, community members and other stakeholders, focusing on both technical and social-emotional skill development
- Create online and in-person tutorials for students, educators, and community members, updating TPP’s MakerHub online resource center (makerhub.possibleproject.org) with resources for new software and equipment, fleshing out the MakerHub prototype into a comprehensive, public tutorial and resource database
- In collaboration with the Senior Director of STEAM, Design, and Educational Technology, pilot and manage special projects, including a maker-in-residence initiative, distribution of grants for maker projects, community workshop series, and hackathon events
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- And other duties as required
- 3-5 years experience in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics), or maker education required
- Entrepreneurial mindset - comfort with taking educated risks, excitement to pilot new ideas, research best practices, and reflect on experience for continuous improvement
- Prior experience coordinating a shared workspace
- Prior experience creating with digital and fabrication technologies
- Ability to quickly learn new pieces of technology, including digital fabrication equipment and design software
- Teaching/mentorship experience
- Creative spirit and collaborative nature
- Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial work environment
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Passion for and understanding of the mission and vision of TPP
- Demonstration and alignment to our core values and commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Demonstrated experience and/or ability to adapt in a highly matrixed organization committed to advancing the strategic direction of the organization
- Demonstrated proficiency and eagerness to learn and grow in TPPs core and leadership competencies: Communication, Cultural Curiosity, Commitment to Excellence, Growth Mindset, Service Mindset, Teamwork & Collaboration, Results, Relationships, Talent
- Bilingual in Spanish, Portuguese, or Hatian Creole a plus
Beliefs and Attitudes
- A demonstrable passion for the mission, vision, and values of The Possible Project and a fundamental belief that all youth can and will succeed if provided with excellent instruction and hands-on learning opportunities
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, based on the communities they have served and the teams they have led
- Enthusiasm for serving high school students in low income communities and working with creative colleagues from diverse backgrounds
- Proactive attitude, upbeat personality, good sense of humor, and ability to thrive and adapt in a fast-paced environment
- Driving passion for making a difference for the students TPP serves, with a longstanding commitment to trauma-informed and culturally responsive instruction
Compensation & Benefits:
The Possible Project offers a robust compensation and benefits package including high-quality health benefits and an employer contribution to your 401(k) plan.
We believe every member of our team and student body deserves opportunities for growth, success and inclusion. We recognize that for many of our students, staff and communities, their life journeys run through oppressive structures and systems (e.g. classism, racism, sexism) — and that’s what makes our organizational culture and work so necessary and important.
We believe that diversity in perspective, backgrounds, ethnicities and lived experience is a strength, and from that strength, we can accomplish great things with the students we serve. Together as students, staff, organizations, communities, volunteers, and partners, we are intentional about creating safe spaces where all members can speak authentically and be themselves.
We are committed to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. As members of The Possible Project community, our progression along this ongoing journey raises thoughtful questions, reveals biases, and opens conversations. We celebrate one another and are unified in our commitment to young people, excellence, and innovation. This work is our shared responsibility and our opportunity to welcome all members who share in our mission and strive to provide pathways that further prepare students in achieving their desired success.