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Makerspace Manager (DCR Technician)

£38,360 – £43,050
Full Time
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Job Description

Salary: £38,360 to £43,050 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting, subject to cost of living increase yet to be agreed).

Start Date: Subject to the successful candidate's earliest availability.

Contract: Permanent, 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. The role will be dynamic, with working hours spanning throughout the year, with a higher volume of work during term time complemented by quieter periods during school holidays. As a result, you may be required to work longer hours during term times, which will be discussed with you in advance.

This exciting new appointment will work closely with the Director of Innovative Design and Visual arts and DCR department in planning, designing, and executing the refurbishment of two large spaces to create a modern, cutting-edge Makerspace, a state-of-the-art prototyping facility that is to be housed as part of the innovation centre at City of London school. The successful candidate will then fully manage the day-to-day operations of the inspiring space, working closely with department staff and wider faculty regarding operations, financials, improvements, and future challenges.

The manager will be expected to stay up to date on developments in the industry and make recommendations for new equipment, hardware and software platforms that will be necessary to support the academic needs of the department, maintaining the school’s position at the forefront of innovative education. The space, which primarily serves the Design, Computing and Robotics department will be designed to support interdisciplinary teamwork, using the market leading equipment of rapid prototyping and digitally driven production. In addition to providing access to state-of-the-art facilities, including but not limited to, a suite of Ultimaker 3D printers, full Robotics suite, 3 laser cutters and a set of Oculus quest 2 VR headsets, the space will function as a stimulating environment for fostering human exchanges and collaborative learning; it will also create a participatory space for design projects as part of the HPQ and EPQ qualifications.

The space will also be the central hub for non-academic short-term workshops and classes including VEX robotics club, Programming club and 3D printing society.

The Makerspace manager will assist in the technical oversight, necessary training of staff, time estimation and scheduling of makerspace activity and assist in the supervision of the day-to-day operations of the students, where necessary. The incumbent will organise and manage equipment; oversee documentation to support the student staff training program and interface regularly with partner schools.

Key responsibilities will include:

To manage and supervise Makerspace, in support of examined projects, competitive teams, and other academic oriented projects as needed. The Makerspace Manager will be administratively responsible for the operations of the spaces including procurement of material, space scheduling and access, and all safety training.

The Makerspace manager will take the lead on Health and safety for the IDVA faculty - developing and implementing safety training protocols and monitoring the enforcement of safety policies and guidelines in accordance with City of London school policy requirements as well as applicable policies from other governing bodies, for example COSHH and CLEAPS.

They will Liaise with outside maintenance contractors to have annual planned maintenance undertaken on all machines, tools and equipment; and with the Director of IDVA and Health and Safety Officer to ensure that all risk assessments are up to date and being followed.

The manager will be passionate and enthusiastic about innovation and will attend conferences and seminars to keep abreast of current trends in the field of new and emerging technologies. They will feedback recommendations and suggestions to keep the department at the forefront of innovative education.

Benefits of working for City of London School include:

Health and Wellbeing

· 24 days annual leave and increasing with continuous service plus bank holidays.

· Enhanced paid time off policies (sickness, maternity, paternity, adoption, and shared parental leave)

· Employee Assistance Programme

· Access to Occupational Health Services

· Corporate Gym Discount with Anytime Fitness

Financial Benefits

· Annual Season Ticket Loan via Abellio

· Cycle 2 Work Scheme via Halfords (Bicycle Loan up to £1,000 interest-free)

· Childcare Voucher and Childcare Affordability Scheme

· Up to 40% discount with Hatching Dragons Nursery

· Cheapside Privilege Card (local offers and discounts)

· Up to 25% discount off an O2 Refresh Airtime Plan.

· 21.6% LGPS Employer Contribution (2020-21 figure)

Training and Development

The School is committed to investing in the professional development of its staff. There are three dedicated staff development days throughout the year plus a robust appraisal scheme which helps support staff in developing their ideal role through training programmes and courses.

Closing Date: 0900 Friday 9th June 2023

We reserve the right to appoint before this deadline and encourage early applications.

Interview Date: Week commencing 12th June 2023

How to apply: Please apply via our website,

Should you encounter any problems, please contact

City of London School is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

We aspire to attract staff that matches the social and cultural diversity of the CLS community. We welcome applications from anyone with the relevant skills and abilities, and particularly from those who may not previously have thought of applying to a school such as ours.

City of London School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and requires the same commitment from all their staff. Appointments are subject to satisfactory references, the receipt of an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate, medical clearance, confirmation of the right to work in the UK, and overseas police checks where necessary. The School undertakes further checks as necessary including prohibition from teaching and management checks. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Start Date: Subject to the successful candidate's earliest availability.