Creative Technologist

Boulder Public Library

Main Library

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$61,916.00 to $67,916.00 per Year   Calculate


Boulder, CO




Not Required

Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience

Not Required

Supervisory Experience

Not Specified

Type of Library


This job is more than 3 weeks old or the application deadline has passed.

Job Description


Under general supervision of the eServices Manager, the Creative Technologist co-manages the library’s makerspace. The Creative Technologist is a leader in the maker community, a partner with local creatives, a master of technology, a patient educator, and is not afraid of failure. The Creative Technologist is nimble and works well in an open workshop environment. The Creative Technologist is responsible for maintaining a functional and safe makerspace that supports learners of all ages, levels, abilities, and social/cultural backgrounds.


Works cohesively in a team environment with the other Creative Technologists, library staff, volunteers and outside instructors to create and promote makerspace programming.

Provide safety and equipment training, as well as one-on-one and group instruction to students of all ages, levels and abilities.

Provides regular maintenance and cleaning of the makerspace, tools and equipment, and takes steps to repair or replace malfunctioning equipment promptly.

Develops maker programming and conducts one-on-one and/or group classes using the tools, materials and processes in the makerspace. 

Establishes and maintains relationship with local area artists, makers, business owners, entrepreneurs for programs and outreach events in coordination with the Creative Technologist team.

Hosts and/or travels regionally, nationally and internationally to multi-day events such as camps and Maker Faires.

With the help of the volunteer coordinator, recruits and trains local volunteers for the makerspace.

Collaborates with other City departments and outside partners on long term projects at the library and within the community.


Helps, in collaboration with the Creative Technologist team, create department application and systems standards, maintenance procedures, and operational procedures.  Documents new department procedures.

Performs administrative tasks such as answering emails, scheduling, preparing vendor contracts, reconciling purchases, reporting statistics, and meetings with staff, outside instructors and community partners. 

Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the City, Library Foundation and Library Commission.

Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents.  Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment.  Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures.  Reports all accidents and damage to City property.  Trains through the City to increase ability to respond to safety and emergency situations (CPR, AED, etc.)

Responsible for knowing and complying with all City and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.

Generally, duties and responsibilities are listed from most to least critical or time consuming within each category.


The City of Boulder is committed to service excellence for an inspired future and the following values:

  • Customer service - We are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our community and our co-workers by demonstrating consistent and professional service with a solution-oriented approach
  • Respect - We champion diversity and welcome individual perspectives, backgrounds and opinions. We are open-minded and treat all individuals with respect and dignity.
  • Integrity - We are stewards of the public’s trust and are committed to service that is transparent and consistent with city regulations and policies. We are honorable, follow through on our commitments and accept responsibility.
  • Collaboration - We are committed to organizational success and celebrate our shared dedication to public service. We believe community collaboration and the sum of our individual contributions leads to great results.
  • Innovation - We promote a forward-thinking environment that supports creativity, calculated risks and continuous improvement. We embrace change and learn from others to deliver leading edge service.





The required minimum qualifications are a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in a related field, a minimum of two years technical training with additional instructional experience in a makerspace or similar setting.

Experience with two or more of the following technologies: laser cutting and engraving, 3D printing and scanning, digital design software, fiber arts, CNC fabrication or other related makerspace technologies. 

Demonstrate ability to provide one-on-one or small group instruction

An effective collaborator, team builder, and instructor who is skilled at leveraging the talents of others and solving problems.

Ability to work in fast-paced and changing environment

Strong communication skills with the ability to express ideas clearly through various methods including: written, oral, web, video, and social media.

Comfortable with a hands-on approach to projects, particularly an ability to improvise with audiences of varied ages and abilities.

Experience supporting a variety of software suites including Microsoft Office and Adobe CC.

Understands and can perform basic troubleshooting on equipment, machinery, hardware and software that may be initially unfamiliar.

Valid Colorado driver's license and acceptable motor vehicle record.  Willing use of personal vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed).  

A flexible schedule.  Will be required to work evenings and weekends based on community needs.

Experience with digital and traditional fabrication. 

Ability to plan and carry out multi-day programs such as camps and Maker Faires. 


In addition to the requirements above, as a leadership position within the Boulder Public Library, the Creative Technologist is expected to have and utilize the following competencies:

Customer Focus: dedicated to meeting customers’ needs through effective relationships and respect; researches customers’ needs and uses that information for service improvement. 

Priority Setting: independently identifies and focuses his/her time critical and important tasks, once addressed schedules work on non-critical tasks efficiently.

Informing: proactively provides the information that people need to know in order to perform their jobs and make sound decisions.

Planning: includes the appropriate stakeholders when scoping and scheduling tasks and projects; sets and communicates clear goals and objectives.

Perseverance: persists with appropriate course of action, despite resistance or setbacks, to accomplish a task or solve problems.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:

Interest/abilities with microcontroller prototyping platforms such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, CircuitPython,  or Micro:bit.

Experience producing written and video content for the web.

Experience developing and running a mobile library and/or makerspace.

Experience operating wood working equipment such as power tools, tablesaw, drill press, bandsaw, hand tools, and associated materials.

WORKING CONDITIONS - Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions:

Physical and Mental Effort:

Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities that permit the employee to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person.  

Sufficient vision or other powers of observation that permits the employee to review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written documents and materials.  

Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes which permits the employee to work in a workshop setting.  Work may include extended periods of time viewing a computer video monitor and/or operating a keyboard. 

Frequent bending, twisting, stooping, squatting, pushing, pulling and circling all part of the normal requirement for fabrication in the makerspace. In the makerspace, ability to do the above with a maximum of 50 lbs individually.  Items/jobs that weigh more will require assistance.  

Ability to stand and/or walk continuously.  

Work Environment:  Works primarily in a clean environment subject to continuous interruptions and background noise. The performance of this position normally requires exposure to typical workshop areas where under certain conditions the use of personal protective equipment will be required.  Temperatures of the work area may be affected by the outside temperatures and inside machinery.

Machines and equipment used include, but are not limited to the following:  Computer workstations, servers, network hardware, scanners, printers, copy machines, phones, 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, power tools, hand tools, sewing machines, and looms.

Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions.

Sufficient manual dexterity that permits the employee to operate computer equipment and tools for fabrication. 

ACCOMMODATIONS:  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Note:  The above description is illustrative only.  It is not meant to be all-inclusive.

Additional Info & Requirements

Please apply via our City of Boulder Jobs page at

Posted Aug 30, 2019