Regional Coordinator, Makers Making Change – Atlantic Region (Fredericton, Moncton, or Halifax)

Are you actively involved in the maker community in Atlantic Canada? Are you an electronics and 3D printing whiz? We are looking for a part-time or full-time Regional Coordinator to implement, promote and integrate the work of our Makers Making Change initiative within the community.

Employer: Neil Squire Society

Neil Squire Society uses technology, knowledge, and passion to empower people with disabilities. Since our beginning, our organization has offered a variety of programs tailored to facilitate social and economic independence for people with disabilities to become full participants of Canadian society. Preference will be given to qualified applicants with a disability.

Job Overview:

The Neil Squire Society is launching a new assistive technology initiative called Makers Making Change. It is a new design and distribution model working directly with people with disabilities, makers, skilled volunteers, corporations and local student groups to create access solutions. These prototypes are refined through internships and volunteers, and released open-source to be a solution that can be affordably made at the local level.

The Regional Coordinator will assist in developing models for integrating Makers Making Change into the culture of various makerspaces and hackspaces in their region; whether it be at libraries, universities, for profit or community run spaces. The Regional Coordinator will be responsible for collecting information on how to best approach these partnerships.

The Regional Coordinator will also implement and promote this project regionally by coordinating events, acquiring local publicity via local and social media, developing relationships as well as crucial partnerships locally with potential project partners including makers, universities, students, disabilities organizations, hospitals and professionals working with people with disabilities.

The successful candidate will report on duties and tasks to the Project Manager in BC as part of our new Social Innovation department, and be supervised and supported by their local Regional Manager in implementing this project in conjunction within their geographical region, partners, and existing programs.

This job is for you if you are:

  • A Maker: you are someone who is passionate about creating in all aspects of life;
  • Experienced with electronics as well as 3d printing and modelling;
  • Actively involved with maker culture via a makerspace/hackerspace;
  • A self starter – able to take a concept and develop it further into an actionable plan;
  • A Creative Problem Solver: you are dedicated to “making it work” whether it means scaling it back, or looking at the same issue with a new perspective;
  • Organized and detailed oriented;
  • Experienced working with sponsors and donors;
  • Willing to travel extensively regionally;

Responsibilities:

  • Engage designers, occupational therapists, mechanical and electrical engineers to address barriers faced by people with disabilities;
  • Identify and steward relationships with interested recipients, makers, educational institutions, student groups and other engaged communities;
  • Pair volunteers and people with disabilities to build access solutions;
  • Support development and execution of engagement model;
  • Organize small and large scale events, meetups and/or skill building courses;
  • Research and identify possible tools and solutions collaborate with similar initiatives and opportunities;
  • Ensure that procedures and documentation are reviewed and completed for all build events;
  • Maintain all relevant statistics
  • Identify potential funding leads and partnerships from activities and the network;
  • Other duties as required for project success.

Qualifications:

  • University Degree or College Certificate related to technology, design or engineering;
  • Exceptional communication, planning & organizational skills;
  • Experience in using tools related to making or workshops
  • Experience/certificate in project management, community management, or coordinating a number of volunteers;

We encourage applications from qualified people with disabilities.

This position is funded for 12 months.

Hours:

Full-time or part-time.

Location:

Location is flexible: Fredericton, Moncton, or Halifax.

To Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to Project Manager, Zee Kesler: zeek@neilsquire.ca.

Application Deadline:

December 15, 2017