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University of Pennsylvania
  • Position Number: 4746625
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Position Type: Health - Healthcare Administration

Digital Fabrication Lab Operator - Poster Printing Services

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Digital Fabrication Lab Operator - Poster Printing Services

Job Profile Title
Customer Service Assistant C

Job Description Summary
The Penn Libraries' Holman Biotech Commons seeks a digital fabrication lab operator with passion for customer service to join the Bollinger Digital Fabrication team in providing digital fabrication services to the Penn community.

The digital lab operator will be primarily responsible for poster printing services in the lab.

The operator will also assist with the inventories of materials, will have an instrumental role in creating and improving workflows for processing fabrication requests, and will assist researchers with simple evaluations of conference posters. This position requires exceptional attention to detail and work ethic in providing stellar service at a high-paced environment.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Process in-person and online poster printing orders including reviewing files, performing image quality checks, validating printability, communicating with customers about potential printing issues and processing payments.
  • Edit files in Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Acrobat and Illustrator).
  • Manage print queues and prioritize requests in anticipation of volume and staff schedules.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot large format printers.
  • Manage the inventory levels of lab materials, confirm stock availability with vendors, and re-order as necessary to ensure there is no down time in lab operations.
  • Train student workers and interns as needed and monitor their performance to ensure high quality of customer service.
  • Track printer usage of all print jobs using Microsoft Excel and prepare utilization summaries for administrative staff.
  • Contribute to creating workflows for various lab services.
  • Liaise with various university departments such as facilities and environmental health and safety as needed to ensure smooth lab operations.
  • Provide backup to team members for other lab services and train colleagues to provide assistance in poster printing services.

    Job Description

    Job Responsibilities
    • Process in-person and online poster printing orders including reviewing files, performing image quality checks, validating printability, communicating with customers and processing payments.
    • Train student workers and interns to process patron requests.
    • Maintain inventory lab materials, confirm stock availability with vendors, and re-order supplies as necessary to ensure there is no down-time in lab operations.
    • Track usage of lab services and prepare reports for administration.
    • Contribute to creating and improving lab workflows.
    • Provide back up to fabrication services staff.

    • High school diploma/ GED and three to five years of experience in a customer service position, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required.
    • Technical degree preferred.
    • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented documentation skills are required
    • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator) is required.
    • Strong communication skills and ability to work in a team are required.
    • Ability to work well with others and without supervision is required.
    • Machine shop skills preferred .

    Application Requirement
    • A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

    ** Please note this is a temporary position with a target end date of 12/31/2025

    Job Location - City, State
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Department / School
    University Library

    Pay Range
    $17.98 - $25.00 Hourly Rate
    Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

    Affirmative Action Statement
    Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

    Special Requirements
    Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

    University Benefits
    • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
    • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
    • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
    • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
    • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
    • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
    • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
    • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
    • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
    • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
    • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
    • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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