Outreach Intern, Makers Making Change, Atlantic Region

Contract Role: Youth Making Change – Outreach Intern

The Neil Squire Society uses technology, knowledge and passion to empower people with disabilities. Our programs and services connect people with disabilities to appropriate technology, develop their skills, and then connect participants to employment, education or other community engagement.

Job Overview:

The Outreach Coordinator will work in Neil Squire’s Makers Making Change program. Makers Making Change connects makers to people with disabilities that need assistive technologies. We publish and distribute open source assistive technologies (Open AT) that are designed by both us and our community of volunteers. Using 3D printers, micro controllers and other maker tools, we solve access issues faced by people with disabilities. You can learn more at our website, www.makersmakingchange.com (new window)

The Outreach Coordinator will be primarily responsible for developing and delivering youth STEM skills training utilizing the Makers Making Change materials and resources. These will include regional travel to deliver the training in person at K-12 schools, colleges and universities, or via remote video call where required. Connecting to people with disabilities that can benefit from our solutions is an important element of this role and this can include hosting presentations, booths at disability events, and meeting directly with disability organizations and people with disabilities.

The Outreach Coordinator will also assist in developing new STEM training curriculum and models for integrating Makers Making Change into the culture of schools, makerspaces and hackspaces in their area; whether it be at libraries, universities, for profit or community run spaces or schools. They 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 Regional Coordinator in their area.

Neil Squire Society is an equal opportunity employer. Our mission statement focuses on the empowerment of people of disabilities. We encourage applications from qualified people with a disability.

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;
  • Experience working with sponsors and donors an asset;

Responsibilities:

  • Identify and steward relationships with interested recipients, makers, educational institutions, student groups and other engaged communities;
  • 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;
  • Pair volunteers and people with disabilities to build access solutions;
  • 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 projects success.

Qualifications:

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

Eligibility:

  • As funding is provided through the Government of Canada specifically for youth, the successful candidate must:
    • Be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
    • be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
    • Foreign students are not eligible
    • is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

Additional Information:

  • Work Schedule – Typically Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week, but there are some evening / weekend events.
  • This is a home office based position, based in the area to be served (Atlantic Canada – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick)
  • Position Timeline: September 2022 – March 31, 2023
    • Role may be extended dependent on funding and performance

Please email a resume and cover letter to the attention of Justin Pezzin, Program Manager, Makers Making Change at justinp@neilsquire.ca

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Unfortunately, we are not able to take phone calls or emails about your application status. Thank you to all that apply.