Work at Jacobs!

December 18, 2019 | 4:15 pm

Are you enthusiastic about design, education and emerging technologies? Join our team! The Jacobs Institute is hiring two full-time positions to join us this spring. Position descriptions and application links can be found below, and all questions may be directed to Please note that applications can only be accepted through the official links provided below.

Managing Director

The Managing Director oversees administration for the institute, including staff, budget and finances, and facilities, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of core programs within the institute, including:

  • a curriculum of 6-8 design-focused courses offered fall, spring and summer, for which the institute recruits lecturers and faculty;
  • a makerspace staffed by professional and student workers which is accessed by 1200+ students each semester;
  • mentorship and co-curricular programming for students, such as the Innovation Catalyst program;
  • supporting 15+ design and innovation courses from campus departments and 25+ clubs and decals each semester by offering access to high quality teaching, meeting and event space;
  • public events and speaker series;
  • the Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation, an undergraduate certificate offered in partnership with the Haas School of Business, College of Letters & Science, and College of Environmental Design;
  • support for a newly launched professional Master of Design degree, offered in partnership with the College of Environmental Design and housed within the Jacobs Institute;
  • and partnerships with companies and international universities.

This position manages both staff working on curricular and public programs, as well as the most active Makerspace on Berkeley’s campus. In addition, the Managing Director provides essential support to the institute’s faculty leadership, and contributes to the development and implementation of the vision for the institute.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with experience managing a cross-functional team, and exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. Experience with administrative roles in higher education is a plus, as is familiarity with design and fabrication practices.

Learn more and apply by visiting and searching for position #3466.

Design Specialist

The Design Specialist provides professional design, prototyping, and fabrication support to Jacobs Hall’s makerspace and equipment, and offers mentorship to the Jacobs Institute. Made up of an eclectic group of artists, engineers, and educators, Design Specialists oversee the operations and safety of the students and Jacobs community using the makerspace; and work to continue the mission of the Jacobs Institute by helping students take their projects from idea to reality. Each specialist has an area of expertise (electronics, 3D printing, carpentry, CAD/CAM, metalworking) but cross-collaboration is expected and encouraged.

We are looking for a candidate enthusiastic about mentoring students with budding design interests, who is motivated about working collaboratively with fellow Design Specialists to create an environment that fosters ideas and experimentation.

Learn more and apply by visiting and searching for position #3619