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Associate Director - Makerspace Safety

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

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Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Monday, December 25, 2023

About the Opportunity

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


We are seeking a full-time Associate Director of Makerspace Safety to join the team of a growing makerspace ecosystem at Northeastern University. This position, which reports to the Executive Director of the Maker Space at EXP, will serve as safety leader for a global initiative, leading the way to develop new policies and procedures for safe and equitable use of all of the makerspaces on Northeastern’s campuses. Successful candidates will have a deliberate approach to safety, inclusivity, strong documentation skills, and an interest in formulating and implementing innovative improvements to the campus makerspaces.


  • Master's degree or equivalent work experience in occupational safety, environmental health and safety, engineering, design, arts, fabrication, manufacturing technology, or a related field is required.
  • Teaching, mentoring, interpersonal, presentation, and written communication skills and ability to work with, receive and implement feedback from a broad spectrum of people.
  • 7-10 years' experience working as a safety specialist with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff in an academic environment.
  • Demonstrated success with safety and documentation, especially with regard to shops and makerspaces.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and ability to handle multiple workstreams.
  • Knowledge and deep understanding of current Environmental Health and Safety practices within makerspaces or shops.


Lead team to develop safety policies and best practices for inclusive, enthusiastic, and safe use of makerspaces (40%)
Collaborate with the Office of Academic Research Safety, Environmental Compliance and Occupational Safety, and other campus teams to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local safety laws for the entirety of the global makerspace ecosystem (30%)
Act as advisor to team on best practices with regard to safety for additional shops and makerspaces globally. (20%)
Support and mentor students, and, when needed, act as an advocate for student needs and foster a positive and inclusive work and learning environment (10%)

Position Type

Legal and Regulatory Administration

Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.

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