About Brilliant Labs
Established in 2014, Brilliant Labs is an Atlantic Canada-based registered charity providing creative opportunities for children and youth to learn coding and develop their digital skills in schools and communities throughout Atlantic Canada. A hands-on, technology- and project-based, experiential learning platform, we combine the best practices in teaching with innovation and technology, with an entrepreneurial spirit within classrooms and educational curricula.
To work with educators to introduce coding and an entrepreneurial spirit – and reintroduce making and creativity – into educational curricula and anywhere we can engage and inspire young people to innovate and learn.
If you have an educational background in early childhood education, social work, computer science, IT, technology or programming, are passionate about educating children and community development, and looking to make a difference, this just might be the career-building opportunity you’ve been looking for!
Summer STEAM Mentor
Summer STEAM Mentors are caring, creative, energetic, relationship-focused, responsible, tech-savvy leaders passionate about children, education and community development.
As mentors, instructors and positive role-models supporting children to have fun learning how to create and innovate with today’s technology in community-based, maker education environments, they demonstrate exceptional teamwork and initiative taking, and are comfortable and confident with people from different backgrounds.
This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program
Role & responsibilities includes:
- Learning how to effectively support children’s social, emotional and educational development through hands-on, experiential, STEAM- and group-based, maker education, in collaboration with community partners.
- Under the direction of the Community Program Coordinator and working closely with Program Directors, Program Specialists, volunteers, and partner organization staff, supporting delivery of youth-focused, STEAM-based activities and programs to children and youth, using technology.
- Engaging, inspiring, mentoring, leading and teaching children innovation, technology and an entrepreneurial mindset.
- Teaching children and youth how to code and developing their digital skills, using 3D printing, computer-aided animation and design, digital audio and video recording and editing, "Internet of all things", kid-friendly coding, robotics and drones, wearable technology, virtual reality, etc.
- Learning about, and working with a variety of technologies and tools.
- Collaborating and actively participating in multi-stakeholder environments.
- Navigating complex situations/people dynamics; engaging/motivating people; and building strong connections/relationships to inspire youth.
- Thriving in an informal, peer-led, shared learning environment driven by fun, exploration and self-fulfillment/empowerment.
- Supporting the achievement of program goals/outcome.
- Working with Supervisors to collect daily attendance, data, etc.
- Other relevant duties as required.
Summer STEAM Mentor is a full-time (35 hours/week), 8-10 week summer position starting June 2023 (exact date and hours will be determined based on funding received).
- Studying early childhood education, social work, computer science, IT, technology or programming, engineering, science, social studies, and marketing and communications.
- Experience working with children and youth and managing projects/programs.
- Professional, responsible and fair conduct with staff, volunteers, stakeholders, donors, sponsors and supporters.
- Excellent communication and social media skills (both spoken and written).
- Highly creative self-starter, with an ability to engage and facilitate consultative processes and consensus building with staff, senior volunteers, stakeholders, and implement with a keen attention to detail.
- Ability to manage projects and people, and multi-task to meet competing deadlines.
- Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a diverse work environment.
- High computer proficiency with MS Office (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook), e-mail, social media platforms and internet research, with fundraising database experience a plus.
- Ability to actively provide constructive strategic, creative and logistical input, solutions, planning and problem-solving.
- Team player who is happy to pitch-in and help out as required.
- Drivers License is considered an asset.
Develop and advance your teaching and technological knowledge, skills and expertise through firsthand experience in:
- Learning about innovation, technology and entrepreneurship to engage and inspire children and foster their social and educational development: communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving, collaboration and digital skills.
- Working effectively in teams with staff and volunteers, volunteers and organization partners to achieve deliverables and outcomes through collaboration, shared learning and knowledge exchange, and research and analysis; and autonomously.
- Collaborating and actively participating in a multi-stakeholder environment.
- Navigating complex situations; understanding people dynamics and networks; and engaging and motivating a diversity of people.
- Successful candidates must be prepared to work from various locations, as required.
- Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties as required.
Email cover letter and resume to Amanda Sherman, Human Resource Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
To be eligible, youth must:
- be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment*
- be 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
*The youth must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The youth may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the youth was 30 at the beginning of the employment period.
**International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada. Youth awaiting a refugee status ruling, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, youth visa or work visa are ineligible. As the objective of the Canada Summer Jobs program is to support youth entering the Canadian labour market, the temporary nature of an international student's time in Canada does not allow for a long-term connection to the labour market.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.