Regional Coordinator (Winnipeg), Makers Making Change

Position: Regional Coordinator, Makers Making Change
Winnipeg, MB

Neil Squire has been revolutionizing the lives of Canadians with disabilities since 1984 through accessible assistive technology. Our work is focused on four distinct areas: Innovation, Digital Literacy, Employment, and Assistive Technology.

Neil Squire delivers a new assistive technology initiative called Makers Making Change (new window). It is a design and distribution model working directly with people with disabilities, makers, skilled volunteers, corporations and local student groups to create access solutions. These solutions are designed by our staff, volunteers and others; and are then released open-source to be a solution that can be affordably made at the local level.

Position Summary:

The Regional Coordinator will be primarily responsible for connecting to people with disabilities that can benefit from our solutions. This can include hosting presentations, booths at disability events, and meeting directly with disability organizations and people with disabilities. It is important the person is detailed orientated and performs administrative duties such as tracking contact information for devices made by makers and disability users who have received them, potential sponsors and partners as well as collecting mailing list and encouraging website signups.

The Regional Coordinator will also 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 or schools. 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, disability 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 the Project Manager, other Regional Coordinators and Prairie 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 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;
  • Enjoy using technology to help empower people;
  • Experienced creating curriculum and/or leading workshops and courses;
  • Knowledgeable about Design Thinking methodologies;
  • Experience working with sponsors and donors an asset;
  • Willing to travel extensively regionally.

Responsibilities:

  • Engage designers, occupational therapists, mechanical and electrical engineers to address barriers faced by people with disabilities;
  • Work with disability professionals and people with disabilities to trial, test and deploy various assistive technologies;
  • 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;
  • Identify potential funding leads and partnerships from activities and the network;
  • Maintain all relevant statistics;
  • Other duties required for the project’s success.

Qualifications:

  • University Degree or College Certificate related to technology, design or engineering; marketing; community planning, social work, kinesiology, occupational therapy or project management;
  • Exceptional communication, planning & organizational skills;
  • Experience in using tools related to making or workshops;
  • Experience/certificate in project management, community planning, educational programming or coordinating a number of volunteers.

Additional Information:

  • Work Schedule: Typically Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week, but there are some evening / weekend events. Can be a part time position for the right person.
  • Salary Range: Competitive with market
  • Posting Closing Date: Oct 16, 2019

To apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter with the subject line Regional Coordinator Winnipeg to Chad Leaman and Zee Kesler: chadl@neilsquire.ca and zeek@neilsquire.ca.