Maker Kids Instructor
About this 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, private in-home classes, 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 and Dungeons & Dragons players 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 be present during classes to teach 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 teach alongside other staff as a MakerKids Instructor in Training. After that, you will lead classes and events as a MakerKids Instructor.
This position will start part-time with 3 to 30 hours per week (depending on your availability and our need). Full time hours available in the summer during camps. Work hours are flexible, but availability must include class times – at least one weeknight from 3:30 to 6:30 or 7:00 to 9:00, or one weekend day or half-day. Ideally you are also available for camps and PA days (summer camps, winter camp, March Break camp, etc.). You’ll also be required at some weekend events.
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 a teacher, an Early Childhood Educator, have teaching or camp 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
2451 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1P7
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