Maker Specialist - Part Time

Northbrook Public Library
Job Description

Northbrook Public Library seeks a Maker Specialist.


Work week is Tuesday-Saturday.

15 hours/week Schedule: Tuesdays and Fridays


About the Position

We are seeking a passionate maker to join our Maker Services Department. The ideal candidate will have a broad set of maker/DIY skills, proficiency with a variety of maker tools and equipment, experience with designing and leading maker programming, and enthusiasm for collaborating with people of all ages and abilities.


With over 12,000 visitors a year (pre-COVID), the Collaboratory is a popular and busy community destination. Maker Specialists act as guides to community members, helping them to create and make in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment. They assist users in learning design techniques and software, and facilitate use of the Collaboratory’s equipment (laser cutter, sewing & embroidery machines, 3D printers, etc.). They create and lead programs covering a range of maker/DIY areas, from no-tech (fiber arts) to high tech (digital media editing) and everything in-between, and perform equipment maintenance and troubleshooting and manage inventory and purchasing for assigned equipment.


Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent knowledge and skill in area(s) related to the responsibilities of this position.


We want to hear from you if you:

  • fully embrace our core values of innovation, inclusion, life-long learning, customer-focus, and collaboration,
  • possess excellent communication and social skills,
  • thrive when working in a collaborative environment across departments,
  • embrace using a data driven approach to determine what programs, materials, and services we offer the community,
  • understand that learning from failure is a vital component of the maker ethos
  • are flexible with change. 


The ideal candidate will have solid maker and computer skills, strong customer service skills, be comfortable relating to a diverse group of people, and be able to take initiative and work independently. 


We seek those who share our passion for serving the people of Northbrook. We are seeking diverse candidates that reflect different identities and encourage those who have gained skills outside of traditional education to apply. Korean language skills a plus. All abilities are encouraged to apply. 

Learn more and apply here. 

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