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Design Lab Specialist

Position Overview
Design Lab Specialist

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries seeks applications for a Design Lab Specialist to join a newly-formed department dedicated to facilitating innovative knowledge creation through curricular integration, community-driven learning spaces, and specialized technology. The individual hired will have an opportunity to contribute to this new enterprise and gain valuable experience a fast-paced and emerging area at the UNLV Libraries. Professionals at all stages in their career are encouraged to apply.

Profile of the University

Located in one of the most exciting cities in the nation, UNLV is a comprehensive research university of approximately 29,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, research, and service. Founded in 1957, UNLV is a growing urban research institution. Major areas of strategic focus for the campus are: attaining a Carnegie Foundation designation as Tier One "Research University/Very High" (RU/VH) and entering the top 100 American research universities; and developing a public medical school in Southern Nevada that will boost the regional economy and provide the community with more access to quality health care.
UNLV faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people that contribute to UNLV’s mission of teaching, research, and service. On a vibrant campus you will find a supportive workplace, and tools to help you achieve professional and personal growth. For more information, visit us on-line at:

Profile of the
University Libraries and Research and Education Division

As a strong partner in student learning, University Libraries’ fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning with innovative services, entrepreneurial staff, outstanding digital collections, up-to- date technology and internationally renowned Special Collections.

In support of the University Libraries' mission and shared values, the Research and Education Division fosters collaborations that contribute to our users' academic success, research, and lifelong learning. The Division positively impacts student learning and supports the research and scholarly agenda of the University. This mission is realized through instruction of learners using a variety of methods and tools; partnerships with faculty to create an integrated, assessable, information literacy-focused curriculum; provision of targeted information resources; expert, point-of need research assistance; expert-facilitation for the creation of new knowledge, and a commitment to fostering competencies for lifelong inquiry.

Role of the Position

As a key member of the newly-formed Department of Knowledge Production, the Design Lab Specialist will plan, provide, and maintain efficient access to the UNLV Libraries Design Lab. This new, multimillion dollar space will be dedicated to connecting students, faculty, staff, and community users with hardware and software to support knowledge production across disciplines and beyond.

The Design Lab Specialist serves as a consultant to individuals, project teams, and classes. Additionally, the Specialist will investigate and evaluate emerging technologies for potential adoption, develop online learning objects, coordinate projects, and supervise students working as peer technology consultants.

Required Qualifications

•     A bachelor's degree from an accredited university
?     Demonstrated proficiency with any combination of contemporary operating systems including macOS and Windows
?     Expertise in Adobe Creative Cloud (Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects) as well as Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and GarageBand
?     Working knowledge of encoding and transcoding different media formats using a variety of software
?     Working knowledge of principles and practices of 3D printing, scanning, and design software
?     Proficiency in the principles and workflow practices for large-format scanning and printing
?     Aptitude for developing and supporting community-driven learning environments
?     Demonstrated capacity and skill to teach and engage students in ways that contribute to student success
?     Ability to educate and train faculty, staff, and students in individual and group settings
?     Possess the initiative, flexibility, and creativity to manage projects both independently and as part of a team in a dynamic work environment
?     Strong interpersonal, organizational, and project management skills
?     Excellent oral and written communication skills
?     Knowledge of productivity software, e.g. Microsoft Office, Google Apps

Preferred Qualifications

?     Ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and facilitate workflow. Record of developing and implementing new ideas in a complex, knowledge-creating organization preferred
?     Working knowledge of virtual reality hardware such as HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift as well as virtual reality development software such as Rhino, or Unity 3D
?     Interest in UX design principles for prototyping and idea development
?     One year of relevant work experience in an academic library
?     Experience related to the assessment of instructional initiatives
?     Experience managing student employees
?     Knowledge of current best practices related to multimedia, including copyright, intellectual property and privacy laws as they relate to published and unpublished materials
?     Educational background in graphic design or videography

Salary Range

This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative faculty position. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with labor market. The salary range for this position starts at $40,000. Position is contingent upon funding. The University Libraries offers attractive professional development opportunities. 

Application Details

Application materials must include: 1) cover letter; 2) current resume; and 3) names, email addresses, and phone numbers for 3 professional references, including a current or previous supervisor. Applicants should fully describe qualifications and experience in cover letter; initial review will evaluate applicants based on documented, relevant qualifications and professional work experience. Review of applications will begin September 11, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to the Design Lab Specialist Search Committee Chair, and submitted via on-line application at For assistance with UNLV’s on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or

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