Open Works is Baltimore’s largest makerspace and operates on a social enterprise model designed to provide affordable access for working in wood, metal, fabrics, 3D printing, and digital fabrication. Our mission is to make tools, technology and the knowledge to use them accessible to all. We accomplish this mission through providing affordable membership access to industrial-grade fabrication equipment, studio space rentals, and a wide variety of educational programming for both young people and adults.
The Open Works Maker Fellowship Program will expand access to high-speed internet and digital literacy education for underserved populations including seniors, ethnic minorities, and low-income residents of Baltimore City, with a particular focus on digital fabrication technologies. Maker Fellows will spend a year at Open Works growing their personal making practices while dedicating 200 hours of their fellowship time to supporting Open Works members. Fellows will be a resource to those new to using makerspace tools as they build confidence using digital and analog tools and develop their personal making practices.
The DIG Maker Fellow Program Manager (DIG PM) is responsible for managing the all administrative tasks for the Fellowship program, coaching the Maker Fellows in meeting personal practice goals; building and maintaining a culture of positive member interactions, customer service and operational excellence; supporting Maker Fellows in the creation and executing of public programming, events and member engagement opportunities; and helping Open Works fulfill its promise of creating a vibrant, thriving, and equitable community centered around craft, art, design, and entrepreneurship.
Compensation: $24 per hour
Type: Part-Time, hourly 24 hours per week
Responsibilities: Reporting to the Director of Community and Culture, the Maker Fellow Program Manager is responsible for overseeing the fellowship program from end-to-end, from scheduling to supporting the maker fellows and community members, coordinating events and training for the fellows and membership community.
Principal responsibilities include:
- Develop and implement strategies for the successful implementation of the DHCD, Digital Inclusion Grant;
- Responsible for program budget management, including tracking expenses, ensuring compliance with Grant requirements, and grant reporting for Maker Fellowship program;
- Oversee the training and education of maker fellows, including coordinating with mentors and instructors and facilitating weekly check-ins;
- Develop and implement program evaluation plans to measure the success of the program and identify areas for improvement;
- Plan and execute events and programming.
- Minimum education requirement: High School diploma, higher education degree preferred;
- 3-5 years of experience in program management, preferably in a nonprofit or community based organization;
- Excellent, verbal and written communication skills;
- Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, G Suite, social media, flexibility and ability to learn new web applications;
- Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks and simultaneous deadlines;
- Experience developing, and managing program budgets and grant reporting;
- Some experience with making as a maker, artist or creative practitioner.