How many of these are true about you?

You’re...

  • A teacher or instructor
  • A camp counsellor or leader
  • A recent grad from science, tech, math, engineering, or the arts
  • A maker or tech lover
  • An actor, performer, and life of the party
  • Looking for work in a growing field and company
  • Interested in new, socially-responsible ways of doing business
  • A cool person that kids, parents, and coworkers are gonna love to be around

If most or all of that sounds like you, we want you to come and join us at MakerKids – a fun and growing company where you can ignite children’s potential. We are expanding into your region and are looking for great instructors to introduce MakerKids to your city!

About MakerKids

MakerKids, a certified B Corp, develops maker learning programs for kids and educators, and is a pioneer in the maker movement.

We inspire kids to see their futures as inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

We provide amazing interest-driven STEM programs to help kids move from being consumers to creators.

We've been featured in major media such as Wired, CTV and the Globe and Mail, and have spoken at SXSW, Maker Faire, MakerCon, and more.

Instructor Role

Maker programs are gaining steam. Demand for our programs is growing fast and that means we need to find and train awesome instructors to serve an enthusiastic and growing fan base.

Your job will be to lead MakerKids programming - after school programs, camps, sampler sessions, and other workshops and events.

Program content includes Robotics, Coding and Minecraft.

Other role tasks are varied: developing new activities, curriculum development, shop organization, materials purchasing, coordinating events, taking sales calls, etc.

You’ll love this role if you:

  • Want to have a positive impact on kids
  • Want to share your love for technology and making
  • Dig a relaxed, casual, and fun work environment (warning: musical theatre nerds among us)
  • Did we mention having fun at work? We like doing stuff together – improv classes, escape rooms, and other staff socials
  • And we also take our work seriously, create space for each other’s opinions and perspectives, and pursuing success together

Learning the Role

You don’t have to have the full range of technical skills that kids will need for their projects. Other MakerKids staff will initially train you on specific skills. You can learn along with the kids! What we want to see from you is the Maker spirit – a love of learning and proven ability to pick up skills.

Prior to teaching classes, you’ll take our MakerKids Training program. After that, you will lead classes and events as a MakerKids Instructor.

Role Details

This position will start part-time with 15 to 40 hours per week (depending on your availability and our need). We are running camps in July in Ottawa (Ashbury College) and are looking for people to work full camp days. Camps run Monday to Friday (except on holidays) from 9am-3:30pm. Extended care is 8-9am and 3:30-6pm.

Qualifications

  • You’re a creative and energetic person who likes working with kids and exploring new ideas
  • You have experience leading kids in an experiential learning setting such as school, summer camp, museum interpretation, outdoor adventure, Montessori
  • Preferred if you are an Early Childhood Educator or have teaching experience
  • You have excellent communication skills, written and oral, and experience communicating with children and their families
  • You’re a Maker, with interest and experience designing and creating things, e.g. coding, electronics, robotics, Minecraft, crafting or some other way you entertain yourself and others with your creativity
  • You’re comfortable using electronics, computer software, hardware and various other technologies - or very willing to learn and teach yourself
  • Ideally, you have some performance experience, e.g. in the theatre
  • And also ideal, some customer service and sales experience too

How to Apply

Our online application will give you the option to apply to this role as a complete candidate – not just a resume. We’d love to read a cover letter that includes your availability, your maker skills and interests, a portfolio if you have one, and a lesson plan if you have one.

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply.