Job: Fabrication Program Director


University of Minnesota College of Design


The UMN College of Design (CDes) is seeking a Fabrication Program Director (Job Code 9342M2) responsible for strategically directing and implementing all student fabrication facilities and resources throughout the broadly diverse programs of design study within the College. This position is responsible for the long-term planning and the day-to-day operations of the W. L. Hall Workshop, the Digital Fabrication Labs on the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, and the CDes Material Store. The Fabrication Program Director collaborates with faculty and staff to ensure students from a variety of communities and identities have equitable access to fabrication facilities; cooperating especially with leaders of academic resource areas across the College and University. The Fabrication Program Director reports to the Assistant Dean for Strategy and Advancement.

The mission of the CDes Fabrication Shops and Labs is “learning through making.” CDes Fab Shops provide all students a safe and collaborative environment for the development of material literacy and process knowledge. The shops provide machine and hand tools for the manipulation of wood, metals, and other media.  A Digital Fabrication Laboratory for students provides 3D printers, multi-axis routers, and laser, plasma and water-jet cutting machines. The shops create and provide support for the cross-pollination of different disciplines within CDes and across the University that are critical to the college’s mission of research, innovation, exploring new knowledge, and solving real world problems, while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable principles and collaborative design thinking. These supports are based on the Fabrication Program Director and staff’s extensive knowledge of materials, tools, processes, and safety protocols, and the ability to translate and communicate this knowledge for collaborators and constituents.

The Program Director’s multifaceted responsibilities are grounded in the following methodologies: the ability to teach non-traditionally in order to boost confidence and enthusiasm in the students; to be an ambassador for thinking, doing, and making using any means available – with a specific eye toward the myriad of sustainable/resilient/regenerative materials and practices; having multiple understandings of appropriate craft in pursuing ideas and the appropriate execution of those ideas from exploration to final form. This position is for an individual energized by people and ideas.

Please see our complete job posting for additional responsibilities and qualifications.  Review of applications begins November 25, 2019, but the position remains open until filled.  Applications must be submitted online at (external applicants) or (current UMN employees). You may also go to and do a keyword search for Job ID 334144. 

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

Opportunity Opens

Wednesday, Nov 20th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Thursday, Feb 20th 2020, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists