Duration: Start date immediate, 8 to 15 weeks depending on your availability
Hours: Full time. We operate on a 4-day work week, and you are paid for a full 5-day work week
Salary: $15 to $20 per hour, based on experience
As a part of our commitment to ensuring a positive, nurturing and supportive work environment, Steamlabs has implemented a number of policies:
- Fully remote team with the option to meet up in Toronto
- 4-day work week, paid for a 5-day work week. Staff are expected to work only Monday through Thursday 9-5, but are paid for a full 35-hour work week. Fridays are your time, and you are not required to work or communicate with the team.
- Professional coach on staff. Group mentoring sessions as well as individual personal coaching sessions to support you and your career.
- Professional development. Staff are encouraged and mentored to continue developing their skills, with some courses and certification exams paid for.
- Support for the next step in your career development. We recognize that for many, Steamlabs is a step in their longer career direction, and we will help you achieve the steps that come after through mentorship, portfolio development and industry connections.
Since we are relying on the Canada Summer Jobs grant to fund part of the salary, let us know if you have the following eligibility:
- Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
- A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
- have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
In this role, you will develop the stories that form an integral part of our educational programs in AI, coding and climate change. You will also lead our communications and marketing efforts to bring our work to the wider community.
To make our education programs relevant to youth, they need to be useful and interesting to them. Telling a compelling story is an essential part of this. Memorizing the math behind a neural network is easily forgotten. Examining a neural network developed by a chef to create recipes and then remixing it to match your own tastes and needs will help with understanding and retention. Ultimately, this transforms the black box of AI into a tool you feel comfortable using to serve your own purposes. We did exactly this by building an easy to use neural network simulator (http://nn.inventor.city/) and partnered with chef David Wolfman to create a workshop that tells the story of his Indigenous fusion cuisine. Similarly with climate change, we create workshops that matter to youth.
Day to day you will work closely with the rest of the development team that is creating our online tools to write the stories that make the workshops and other content compelling. You will also share our stories on social media and digital platforms to position Steamlabs as a thought leader in the world of science and technology education, share our stories, and engage potential and current partners.
Steamlabs is a Canadian science and technology education innovation non-profit established in 2010 to ensure people understand and think critically about science and technology, have equitable access to it, and can use it to solve their personal challenges, improve their communities and make the world a better place. Steamlabs mentors kids, teens, teachers and others at makerspaces across Toronto and around the world.
About our work: AI, coding and climate change online activity development
AI is changing and disrupting many aspects of global society. By educating vulnerable youth on AI technology, we prepare them to use AI as their assistant to solve their personal challenges and improve their world. By discussing social implications and problems with AI around data security, inequity and bias, we prepare them to advocate for an equitable world where AI is used to support and enhance us rather than oppress and replace us. Climate change has increased levels of uncertainty about our future, with young people being the most vulnerable to impacts. By empowering youth to advocate for action, we help shape a better future.
To achieve this end, Steamlabs has been developing a series of AI, Machine Learning and Climate Change workshops for teens in grade K-12. Self-directed or facilitated, they are designed around examples useful and interesting to them. Participants develop creative, technical and personal skills through hands-on interest-lead learning. The activities are used by individuals and in schools, science centres, libraries, makerspaces and other settings.
By the end of the workshops, students have a grounding in the 5 key areas of ML: data, learning, perception, representation & reasoning, and natural interaction. Societal Impacts are also discussed in all workshops. Climate change workshop participants will come away with new knowledge and new resolve to take action.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Collaborate with Steamlabs team members to develop online educational experiences
- Collaborate with the team to create excellent user experiences
- Complete other operational tasks that relate to your role (e.g. project organization and researching new information)
- Deliver and test educational experiences with youth
- Develop marketing and communications strategies
- Source, write & schedule social media content
- Lead other staff to create social media content
- Assist in creation of content for the Steamlabs website
- Manage Steamlabs Google Adwords and Analytics accounts
- Produce & send newsletters (with Mailchimp)
- Interview participants attending workshops/classes to take photos/videos, and finding compelling stories to tell in our community
- Create videos (short for twitter and longer for other promotions)
- Write and format blog posts
- Connect with bloggers, media, publications and organizations to share our stories
- Identify and foster relationships with cross-promotional partners, community partners, and schools
- Implement other parts of our marketing and communications strategies
- Collaborate with the rest of the Steamlabs team and find innovative ways to tell our stories!
Qualifications and Skills
You are a creative and energetic person who likes working with others. You celebrate failures, are comfortable in controlled chaos, and value the process over the product. You’re organized, flexible, and interested in growing your own learning and teaching practice.
The skills and experience we are looking for include:
- 1-2 years education and/or experience communicating to the public
- Content writing experience (long or short form such as websites, blogs, articles, social media)
- Photography and/or videography experience. Both preferred but not required.
- Experience managing multiple professional social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
- Proven teamwork and collaboration skills
Bonus Skills and Experience:
If you have any of these additional bonus skills, make sure to list them on your application:
- Familiarity with analytics and advertising platforms like Google Adwords / Analytics
- Familiarity with design software such as Adobe Premiere, Illustrator or 3D design programs
- Familiarity with cloud based applications, particularly the AWS cloud
- Skills from the list from a different job than the one you are applying for such as web development, coding, or Artificial Intelligence
- Experience teaching and/or developing educational programs and activities.
- Experience with other science, technology, making or artistic skills
- Knowledge of popular education, interest/project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, or other teaching philosophies.
- Fluent French speaker. Some of our participants speak French as their first language and our teaching materials will need to be translated.
- Familiar with scrum project management
- Support for a cause – tell us how you’ve made the world a better place in small ways or large.
Our participants include people with diverse backgrounds. Special consideration will be afforded to applicants from these communities, or with experience working with:
- Persons with disabilities
- Newcomers to Canada (including refugees)
- Indigenous peoples
- Members of a visible minority
- People of colour
- Members of the LGBTQ2+ community
- Women and girls
Why work with us?
- We’re a small, agile team of friendly people with varied skills and experiences.
- There are plenty of opportunities to learn, grow and try new things.
- The Steamlabs Community (members, volunteers, program participants and otherwise) are awesome, and a pleasure and privilege to work with and for.
- We’re a workplace that embraces failure as the most potent form of learning!
How to apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter, and any relevant links via this form: https://forms.gle/wnF5Pt27hEKRZ57v8