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MakerKids Careers

What We Do

MakerKids develops maker learning programs for kids and educators, and runs one of the only makerspaces for kids in the world. We inspire kids to see their futures as inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators. We provide amazing interest-driven STEM programs to help kids move from being consumers to creators. We run camps, programs and parties on robotics, coding and Minecraft.

MakerKids was named Best Kids’ Workshops by Toronto Life Magazine and one of the top ten awesome birthday parties in Toronto by Today’s Parent. Thousands of kids have participated in our programs. In the past, we have done Content and Curriculum Development for clients like Intel and 3D Systems, and Professional Development services for clients such as the Toronto Public Library. We’ve been featured in major media such as Wired, CTV and the Globe and Mail, and have spoken at SXSW, Maker Faire, MakerCon, and more. Our Board of Advisors includes Dale Dougherty (CEO of Maker Media, MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire) and Massimo Banzi (CEO of Arduino).

We are a mission-driven company and our mission is to help people reach their potential and make a positive impact on the world. We are leading programs that improve kids’ lives significantly, enabling to see their own power and realize that they can make a difference.

Our team is growing and we’re looking for rockstars who believe in our mission. Join us!

 

Check out our careers below!

 

Who We Are

We’re a group of makers, inventors and entrepreneurs with backgrounds from Singularity University (at NASA), Procter & Gamble, musical theatre, and summer camps at City of Toronto, City of Burlington, Queen’s University, and many more.

MakerKids’ CEO, Jennifer Turliuk, coded a website when she was 12 that went viral and was featured in a magazine. Later, she was selected to participate in the Singularity University program at NASA. Jennifer started MakerKids so that more kids could have empowering experiences and become leaders. Graduates have gone on to start businesses, be featured on TV, be published in magazines, and more. She has been named a ‘pioneering woman in tech’ by Adafruit, awarded an Honorary Degree for her contributions to the community via MakerKids, keynoted industry conferences such as MakerCon, had her work published in Forbes, and more.

You’ll love working here 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 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
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Toronto Careers

Sweet Headquarters

We are hiring instructors in multiple cities.

For those working at our headquarters, our bright, colourful, makerspace office is located at 2451 Bloor Street West in Toronto, minutes to downtown, and steps from Jane TTC station and a vibrant neighbourhood.

Cool Gadgets

  • Arduinos and robotic supplies
  • Laptops galore
  • Minecraft accounts
  • New technologies and toys we’re experimenting with (companies send them to us to test out!)
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Toronto Careers

Learn

You’ll love working here if you love to learn. We have extensive training and paid professional development opportunities. This is a chance to grow an immense amount in your career.

Play

We are all about play and having fun. Join us at karaoke nights, board games, yoga, musical sing-alongs, and playing fun games with the kids.

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Make an Impact

This is Serena. She joined our Robotics program and a few weeks later she made her own electronic hat project that was published in OWL magazine. Alex, a 10-year-old in our program, started a business making and selling audio speakers. Imagine what these kids will be able to do when they grow up! Steve Jobs, the founders of Google and other luminaries were part of technology programs from a young age. Join MakerKids to help change the world.

Together at MakerKids

It takes a team to build something great. Together we work hard, laugh hard, learn, play, and make.

For me, working at MakerKids was much more than a job. It offered an unmatched opportunity to be at the forefront of a movement that is revolutionizing how we approach education. At MakerKids, I worked in unison with industry leaders, educators, and parents to create impactful change not only within the organization, but in the lives of children and youth. I credit my time at MakerKids with giving me the opportunity, confidence, skill set and ethic that is unrivalled by any organization.

Cole MacDonald

MakerKids encourages the personal growth of its employees, and is a very nurturing and supportive environment. We all help each other, it feels more like we’re good friends than just colleagues.

The chance to make a difference in children’s lives – and to be that mentor that pushes them to give it another try instead of giving up – is so inspiring. MakerKids has taught me a lot about self-acceptance and not being afraid of failure.

It’s exciting to have a workplace I can feel proud about, and I find myself smiling as I tell others what we do. I am so glad to have found a place I belong. Thank you, MakerKids

Instructor

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Core Values

Make Anything Possible

MakerKids fosters the skills and mindsets for kids to realize their potential and make anything possible for themselves! Soft skills: A) confidence, B) social skills, and C) engagement. Technical skills: A) coding, B) design, and C) electronics. As a company, we are making anything possible: we’ve grown exponentially and provide great opportunities for team members to develop and grow.

Make The World A Better Place

We focus on (and encourage kids to focus on): social impact, helping others, making projects that help the world, and acting with integrity and safety. This is more than just a job for our staff – we care about the families that come to MakerKids and acting as positive role models for kids, providing great service to customers, and creating more leaders who can make the world a better place.

Make New Friends

Kids, parents and staff make new friends, and together we make a community. We help kids develop social skills and meet each other.

Make Something Awesome

We’re focused on making awesome experiences, making a great company, and helping kids make awesome projects: video games, motion-activated cat alarms, and more.

Make Things Happen

We have a bias towards action. As a team we get things done, and in classes we help kids to move beyond analysis to the prototyping phase and to take action in their lives.

Camp Director and General Manager @ MakerKids HQ

CAMP DIRECTOR & GENERAL MANAGER @ MakerKids HQ

This is your OPPORTUNITY!! MakerKids, the hottest growing technology for kids concept is undergoing unprecedented growth. We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing individual to be a Camp Director & General Manager for our Bloor West Village location (MakerKids HQ).

How many of these are true about you?

You’re…

  • A Camp Director
  • A General Manager
  • A maker or tech lover
  • Super organized
  • Looking for work in a growing field and company
  • Interested in new, socially-responsible ways of doing business
  • A cool person that kids, parents, and coworkers are gonna love to be around

If most or all of that sounds like you, we want you to come and join us at MakerKids – a fun and growing company where you can ignite children’s potential.

About MakerKids

MakerKids develops maker learning programs for kids, and runs summer camps and after-school programs on Coding, Robotics and Minecraft. We inspire kids to see their futures as inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators. We provide amazing interest-driven STEM programs to help kids move from being consumers to creators. We’ve been featured in major media such as Wired, CTV and the Globe and Mail, and have spoken at SXSW, Maker Faire, MakerCon, and more.

Camp Director & General Manager Role

Maker programs are gaining steam. Demand for our programs is growing fast and that means we need an awesome Camp Director & General Manager to serve an enthusiastic and growing fan base. Your job will be to lead the sales, operations, and member experience for MakerKids’ Bloor West Village location – as well as HR, standards management, and more. Other role tasks are varied: developing new marketing ideas, shop organization, materials purchasing, coordinating events, etc. This role assists in running all “front of house” makerspace operations, with a strong focus on premium customer service as well as meeting sales expectations. Ideal candidate has strong customer service skills and sales experience. You will be responsible for meeting and exceeding all key performance sales indicators for the makerspace, including membership sales and renewals, retail and concession sales, maximizing traffic, and maintaining premium customer service levels.We are looking for someone who is a customer-experience pro to represent the MakerKids vision and support our MakerKids community.

Responsibilities:

  • Operations: Keep the Centre running smoothly. Ensure cleanliness, safety, and overall positive customer experience
  • Leadership: Provide exemplary leadership to the team. Through ongoing feedback and support, hire and build a great team who embody the character, culture and commitment of the company.
  • Sales: Responsible for doing sales and achieving sales objectives in the areas related to all revenue streams. Review all statistics on a daily basis with a view to prospecting and meeting sales goals. Conduct telephone inquiries/follow up calls/customer care calls. Lead makerspace previews with prospects and/or program holders. Responsible for processing accurate cash and credit card transactions. Follow up and follow through activities with all prospective clients
  • Marketing: Create brand awareness, drive traffic, and generate leads through events, social media, communication with schools, email marketing, ads, and more. Maintain an effective referral program
  • Member Experience: Provide exemplary member care. Responsible for member experience objectives, collect feedback and share with team. Proper onboarding of MakerKids clients
  • Admin: Maintain accurate records using established MakerKids systems. Manage and fulfill all back office paperwork, filing, reporting, and processing requirements
  • Front of House: Greets members and guests promptly, enthusiastically and with a smile to create a friendly positive entrance into the MakerKids makerspace. Support kids and their families as they come in and out of class, have questions about our programs, and have issues that need to be solved. Sign all kids in and out in accordance with MakerKids Sign-in/Sign-out policies.
  • Customer service: Responds immediately to requests, inquiries and concerns. Represent MakerKids energetically, passionately, and professionally
  • Human Resources: recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling, supervision, evaluation, performance management, teambuilding, giving feedback, leadership, role modeling, ensuring staff are acting in accordance with core values and standards. Support and work with Head Instructor and Instructors to meet objectives and review and address all outstanding issues. Assist with 1-2 MakerKids scheduled classes per week
  • Day-to-day Procedures: Accurately follow the daily cleaning checklist (pre/during/post) shift activities. Walk the makerspace on a daily basis ensuring a 5 star standard of maintenance, cleanliness and safety. Maintains an organized and clean classroom/lobby/front desk area. Work closely with team members to ensure that processes are fulfilled
  • Standards management: ensuring day-to-day procedures are in place to fulfill policy, site inspections, Health & Safety, ensure adherence to Ontario Camps Association standards and best practices. Manage, train and report on incidents & emergency response management. Ensure the safety of all members, participants, staff, and property by following MakerKids standards/policies/procedures and ensuring they are maintained amongst all participants and staff
  • Finances: Maintain budgets, administer payroll, oversee expenses
  • Systems: Refine and/or develop and implement systems for all of the above
  • Documentation: Enhance and/or create documentation for all systems and processes that is easy for others to follow
  • Training: Deliver and/or develop training content for franchisees and staff. Responsible for attending and participating in all related MakerKids training programs

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 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

Role

This is a year-round full-time role with hours including afternoons, weeknights, and weekends. A sample schedule during the school year is Monday-Wednesday 12:30-8:30PM, and Saturdays and Sundays 9:30-5:30PM. A sample schedule for the summer is Monday-Wednesday 8:30AM-4:30PM, Sundays 9:30AM-5:30PM.

Qualifications – What do I need to be successful in this role?

  • You’re a creative, energetic, outgoing and approachable person who likes working with kids and exploring new ideas
  • You have experience working in a leadership role in an experiential learning setting such as school, summer camp, museum interpretation, outdoor adventure, Montessori
  • Preferred if you have camp management 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
  • Ability to act under pressure and keep a clear head
  • Experience delivering top-notch customer service
  • You are results focused and goal driven. You thrive on meeting and exceeding objectives and goals. You like to keep score and are energized by monitoring and following metrics
  • You are passionate about the MakerKids brand, technology, purpose and mission
  • Previous sales experience, with strong sales skills (experience working in a sales quota bearing structure highly preferred)
  • You are a customer-experience pro! Experience in sales and management of kids’ programs is considered an asset, though sales and management experience in a customer service environment is also good (preferably 2 years or more)
  • Proven track record of exceeding sales and operational objectives
  • Able to multi-task and excel in a busy environment.
  • Have a demonstrated ability in the recruitment and management of a camp staff team
  • Knowledgeable, confident and comfortable with methodology and policy of supervising kids (you innately know what kids should and shouldn’t be allowed to do)
  • Very strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
  • You are great at building systems, creating and updating documentation, and training
  • Ideal if you have experience in a franchised company
  • Functional computer skills required – MS Office basic programs (Word, Excel), Internet, Basic computer program software use
  • Ability to work and function in a MakerKids TEAM environment (Team is more than a just a word, it’s an attitude)
  • You enjoy working with other people, especially kids and their families
  • You are interested in being a part of a fast-paced, team-oriented workplace
  • You are inspired by getting involved in a growing makerspace movement
  • 3 successful reference checks

MakerKids will require the following during the hiring process:

  • Standard First Aid & CPR C
  • Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screening issued no later than six (6) months preceding start date

Our growth is fast paced and now is the time to get in on the ground floor and become a part of the hottest growing technology for kids concept. Check us out on Facebook: MakerKids

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location: Toronto, ON

Minimum required education: Bachelor’s Degree

Required experience: Management: 1 year, Sales: 1 year

Ideal license or certification: Driver’s License

How to Apply

Our online application will give you the option to apply to this role as a complete person – not just a resume. The application will assess your qualifications, personality traits and workplace preferences, and should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

A cover letter describing why you’re interested in this role is especially helpful.

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply.

We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you.

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5c7SSb-8pjrN9LQk8btAgI6a2kJckMFHy6esyfTyGcQ7cvQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Growth Marketing Manager

Passion. Drive. Excitement. Collaboration. Fun. Challenging. Inspiring. These are just some of the words you will experience when you join our team. MakerKids is a trendsetting global children’s technology organization in with locations in Toronto and Ottawa, and plans to have locations across the nation and internationally.

OBJECTIVE

MakerKids is looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic Growth Marketer Manager to lead marketing efforts, growth marketing and conversion rate optimization to increase MakerKids’ community of families.  Your work will be imperative to driving the top line of the entire company.

SUMMARY

The GMM will be instrumental in working to advance the MakerKids brand in our local markets, and eventually around the world. From the development of game-changing marketing campaigns with creative excellence to establishing and propagating best practice makerspace Marketing, PR and Digital Marketing strategies and tactics, the GMM will establish the infrastructure and operations to deliver efficient and impactful lead gen and member retention initiatives. This role will decide where and how to spend incremental marketing dollars for the most impact. You will implement growth strategies and demand generation through all marketing techniques at your disposal, including SEO, content marketing, as well as paid digital channels (paid search, email, affiliates, display and paid social). You will use agile methodology and generate reports and evaluate performance as compared to the goals, in order to adjust and revise marketing strategy as necessary.

WHO YOU ARE

You are a proactive and talented person who has a passion for changing the world through children’s technology learning. You get excited about data. You have a unique blend of creativity and analytical thinking. The ideal candidate for this position will be entrepreneurial and independent but also incredibly effective at collaborating with cross functional partners. They should be curious and comfortable taking informed risks and testing hypotheses. This is a fast-paced environment and the right candidate is hands-on, looking to rise to the next stage in their career and has the leadership skills to do so. In this cross-functional role, you’ll learn a lot and will have the chance to try new things on many different channels.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Establish growth strategies to support MakerKids’ revenue goals

  • Set and implement strategies to grow qualified, profitable external traffic to our products and services, maximize sales and revenue, and meet other business objectives through various marketing strategies. You will also test new MakerKids services in different verticals.

  • Own the budget, measure and report performance of all digital marketing campaigns, and assess against goals (ROI and KPIs) using systems like Google Analytics and compare them to marketing goals. Document all marketing initiatives, and track costs in relation to marketing initiatives. Supply monthly reports and financial analysis regarding marketing business conditions and strategy effectiveness. Build KPI tracking into tactics; utilizing the data received + research to support conclusions.

  • Prepare weekly and monthly reporting. Lead campaign design and build to test ad copy, landing page, bidding, and audience targeting to find opportunities to drive incremental growth.

  • Recommend the suite of tools, technologies, automation and processes necessary for scaling our marketing efforts. Identify and test new customer acquisition opportunities to improve performance and/or reduce expenses, with a drive to rapid growth in new customer acquisition.

  • Lead the go-to-market planning and execution of new offerings. Responsible for staying up to date on emerging trends and technologies in the digital space.

  • Execute digital marketing strategies to support company sales lead generation, marketing and branding initiatives to include but not limited to the development and implementation of the following: SEO/SEM, Content Marketing, Marketing database campaigns, Web/online survey campaigns, Multiple call-to-action landing pages, Social media engagement, Webinars, Video marketing, Electronic brochures and interactive sales aids, Multimedia presentations, Digital ads (display, banner etc.).

  • Build, optimize and scale effective SEM campaigns and experiments globally across multiple search engines.

  • Manage and oversee email marketing platform and initiatives, including mass marketing email communications

  • Focus on MakerKids’ brand and differentiating message, our market and buyer personas, competitive analysis and industry analysis

  • Develop and execute methods to gain additional exposure for MakerKids and generate inbound links through targeted PR campaigns, guest blogging and expert profiling and interviews

  • Develop and execute to nurture both prospective and active customers through automated workflows in CRM systems and other marketing automation platforms

  • Discover, research and analyze the effectiveness of past, present and potential marketing tactics. Use keen insights to stay on top of market changes and identify opportunities.

  • Bring campaigns to a higher standard; drive uncompromising quality in messaging and asset creation that can be developed efficiently and transcreated in different markets.

  • Assist with coordination of all operational and logistics for trade shows including registration, marketing materials, display & graphics

  • Assist with internal communications between team members

  • Maintenance of project matrix outlining all jobs in the pipeline

  • Develop and execute methods to maximize engagement and conversion of website traffic for prospective customers at all phases of buying funnel (awareness, consideration, decision). Analyze MakerKids’ conversion funnel and identify areas where new strategies can be implemented to increase user acquisition and retention. Create, manage and experiment with new user acquisition campaigns

  • Manage MakerKids communication plan, including PR, onboarding emails, retention emails, etc

  • Conceive and execute on a wide range of content campaigns to drive education and engagement (e.g. blog posts, infographics, images, etc.)

  • Manage all social media platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube) and drive content creation

  • Coordinate design and production of custom artwork with vendor/creative agencies (e.g. graphics, window graphics, car wraps, etc)

  • Lead print advertising, digital marketing development and analysis, and social media campaigns.

  • Drive marketing and PR strategies and initiatives to advance franchise development in Canada and International territories

  • Forge expertise in franchising lead generation that can be utilized across company interests globally

  • Perform other related duties to the work described

REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in marketing or related field

  • You love writing and are a great writer

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills

 

PREFERRED SKILLS:

  • 4-6 years of experience in a Marketing position

  • Bi-lingual or Multilingual, bi-lingual a plus but not required

  • Experience in the children’s technology, and/or franchise industries a plus but not required

  • Experience managing marketing operations, developing creative advertising campaigns, and with lead generation and remarketing

  • Experience in Social and Digital Media

  • Proven knowledge of Facebook ads, Google Adwords, and other forms of paid advertising with quantifiable impact

  • Strong growth track record, with samples and results of past campaigns

  • Experience in growth marketing, SEO/SEM, PPC, conversion optimization, marketing automation/prospect nurturing and reporting/analysis of performance, PR/branding, content marketing

  • Proven knowledge of key email metrics and strategies that can increase engagement, and systems for delivering on other digital channels (e.g. mobile notifications) including solid understanding of deliverability optimization.

  • Proven experience developing cross-channel marketing plans with quantifiable impact

  • Knowledge of WordPress, CRM systems, HTML, CSS, Google Analytics, Photoshop, Sendgrid, Hootsuite (or, other Social Media Management Systems)

  • Deep knowledge of Excel; Hands-on familiarity with analytics tools (e.g. Google Analytics) and various digital media dashboards like Google Adwords, Facebook Power Editor is a strong plus

  • Exceptionally analytical and quantitative; drive business decisions with data and analyses Familiar with UX best practice, landing page optimization, creative optimization

  • Graphic design, photography & videography

  • Tech startup experience a plus.

  • Past experience owning a budget and B2C marketing experience a plus

  • Strong experience with digital marketing automation platforms

 

QUALITIES:

  • Enjoy technology and the children’s learning industry

  • Thrive in environments with many different stakeholders, opinions, and uncertainty

  • Are creative and naturally curious

  • Are patient and skilled with cultivating business relationships

  • Superb attention to detail, personal organization and project management abilities.

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills (you’ll be working with diverse internal teams to bring your plans to life).

  • Energetic, outgoing and & get it done approach

  • Self starter, with a passion for building

  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, team environment with tight deadlines and ever-changing priorities

  • Customer-centric business mentality

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Our online application will give you the option to apply to this role as a complete person – not just a resume. The application will assess your qualifications, personality traits and workplace preferences, and should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

A cover letter describing why you’re interested in this role is especially helpful.

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply.

We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you.

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5c7SSb-8pjrN9LQk8btAgI6a2kJckMFHy6esyfTyGcQ7cvQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Front of House

MakerKids, the hottest growing technology for kids concept is undergoing unprecedented growth. We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing individual to be a Front of House representative for our Bloor West Village location. We are looking for someone who is a customer-experience pro to represent the MakerKids vision and support our MakerKids community.

The Front of House role assists in running all “front of house” makerspace operations, with a strong focus on premium customer service as well as meeting sales expectations. Ideal candidate has strong customer service skills and basic sales experience. The Front of House representative is responsible for meeting and exceeding all key performance sales indicators for the makerspace, including membership sales and renewals, retail and concession sales, maximizing traffic, and maintaining premium customer service levels. You will be part of our Customer Happiness Team!

What does a Front of House representative do?

  • Represents MakerKids energetically, passionately, and professionally
  • Supports kids and their families as they come in and out of class, have questions about our programs, and have issues that need to be solved
  • Keeps the Centre running smoothly by working closely with the General Manager and Instructors to ensure cleanliness, safety, and overall positive customer experience  

JOB DUTIES INCLUDE:

* Maintains an effective referral program

* Maintains accurate records using established MakerKids sales systems.

* Conducts telephone inquiries/follow up calls/customer care calls

* Leads MakerKids makerspace previews with prospects and/or program holders

* Greets members and guests promptly, enthusiastically and with a smile to create a friendly positive entrance into the MakerKids studio

* Accurately follow the daily studio cleaning checklist ( pre/during/post ) shift activities

* Must be able to participate in 1-2 MakerKids scheduled classes per week

* Maintains an organized and clean lobby/front desk area

* Responsible for processing accurate cash and credit card transactions

* Follow up and follow through activities with all prospective clients

* Responds immediately to member requests, inquiries and concerns.

* Proper onboarding of MakerKids clients

* Works closely with MakerKids Team to ensure that processes are fulfilled

* Responsible for attending and participating in all related MakerKids training programs

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

– Excellent customer service skills

– Previous sales experience, with strong sales skills (experience working in a sales quota bearing structure highly preferred)

– Solid verbal and written communication skills required

– Able to multi-task and excel in a busy environment.

– Functional computer skills required – MS Office basic programs (Word, Excel), Internet, Basic computer program software use

–  Camp & Technology minded people strongly preferred

– High school diploma required.

– Ability to work and function in an MakerKids TEAM environment (Team is more than a just a word, it’s an attitude)

– Flexible to work day, evening and/or weekend hours as needed

What do I need to be successful in this role?

  • You enjoy working with other people, especially kids and their families
  • You are passionate about the MakerKids brand, approach, and mission
  • You are energetic, outgoing and approachable
  • You are a customer-experience pro! Experience in sales and management of kids’ programs is considered an asset, though sales and reception experience in a customer service environment is also good (preferably 2 years or more)
  • You have strong oral and written communication skills.
  • You have very strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
  • You are interested in being a part of a fast-paced, team-oriented workplace
  • You are inspired by getting involved in a growing makerspace movement

Job Type: Full-time

Required education: University

Required experience:

  • Sales: 1 year
  • Retail Sales: 1 year
  • Front Desk: 1 year

How to Apply

Our online application will give you the option to apply to this role as a complete person – not just a resume. The application will assess your qualifications, personality traits and workplace preferences, and should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

A cover letter describing why you’re interested in this role is especially helpful.

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply.

We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you.

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5c7SSb-8pjrN9LQk8btAgI6a2kJckMFHy6esyfTyGcQ7cvQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Brand Ambassador

MakerKids develops maker learning programs and runs one of the only makerspaces for kids in the world. We inspire kids to see their futures as inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators. We provide amazing interest-driven STEM programs to help kids move from being consumers to creators. We’ve been featured in major media such as Wired, CTV and the Globe and Mail, and have spoken at SXSW, Maker Faire, MakerCon, and more.

Brand Ambassador Role

Maker programs are gaining steam. MakerKids is at several events and festivals September and October (and more throughout the year). MakerKids brand ambassador responsibilities include setting up, tear down, transportation, facilitating activities and games, educating attendees about our programs, and getting email sign ups. You will be working with Arduinos, crafts and other electronics!

You’ll love this role if you:

  • Want to have a positive impact on kids
  • Want to share your love for technology and making
  • Have great ideas for ways to engage kids in technology
  • Are outgoing, full of energy, love to chat and passionate about sales

Learning the Role

You don’t have to have to have perfected the full range of technical skills that kids will need for their projects. Other MakerKids staff will be happy to provide you assistance with any specific skills you need to delve deeper into, and answer any questions you might have. Training is provided.

Role Details This position is contract-based. You must be available on the weekends and some Fridays. We do events throughout the year as well. Events are mainly outdoors and are located in Toronto (Bloor West area and downtown). Shifts are 4-8 hours.

Qualifications

  • You have experience working at and running events.
  • You’re a creative and energetic person who likes working with kids and exploring new ideas
  • You’re comfortable using electronics, computer software, hardware and various other technologies
  • 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

How to Apply Our online application will give you the option to apply to this role as a complete person – not just a resume. The application will assess your qualifications, personality traits and workplace preferences, and should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. A cover letter describing why you’re interested in this role is especially helpful. We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply. We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you. Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5c7SSb-8pjrN9LQk8btAgI6a2kJckMFHy6esyfTyGcQ7cvQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Vice President, Franchising

About MakerKids: MakerKids develops maker learning programs for kids, and runs camps and after-school programs on Coding, Robotics and Minecraft. We inspire kids to see their futures as inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators. We provide amazing interest-driven STEM programs to help kids move from being consumers to creators. We’ve been featured in major media such as Wired, CTV and the Globe and Mail, and have spoken at SXSW, Maker Faire, MakerCon, and more. MakerKids was selected as the #1 next top franchise concept from 400 entrants in the NextGen Franchising competition at the International Franchise Association.

Job Summary: This is your opportunity to get in at the ground floor of an exciting new chain and get the ball rolling with franchising. The Vice President of Franchising is responsible for all franchise sales activity related to the development of new MakerKids locations. You will serve as a key contributor and driver of global strategic growth initiatives. As the first member and head of the franchise sales team, you will create the strategy for lead generation, approve territories and assist in closing sales. You will also assist in successfully transitioning franchisees to the real estate and construction services support teams. This role has critical impact to overall company revenue and profitability as well as being a key driver in our brand’s continued development.

Essential Function and Responsibilities:

  • Manage overall sales process, set appropriate metrics for sales team management, meeting and exceeding quarterly and annual quota targets
  • Build and manage team of in house Franchise Development Consultants, Lead Qualifier and team coordinator and create a performance based culture.
  • Drive single unit sales, multi unit sales and development plans to ensure company goals are met and exceeded
  • Nurture relationships with existing franchisees and support their enterprise expansion plans
  • Oversee content development and maintain complete ownership of all Discovery Day plans and activities
  • Participate as an active member of the corporate leadership team, providing guidance on corporate strategic direction, policy, and overall franchise system growth.
  • Work with marketing team and outside agencies to implement effective lead generation marketing; track performance and adjust plans accordingly
  • Work closely with the operations and real estate teams to ensure that development schedules are achieved and operating stores are successful
  • Work closely with the legal team ensuring full compliance of all franchise agreements as well as protect MakerKids’ contractual rights.
  • Provide leadership in developing and maintaining partnerships with appropriate departments and vendors
  • Become thoroughly familiar with and adhere to federal, state, and local laws pertaining to franchise sales and disclosure information
  • Forecast and analyze sales budgets for franchise growth opportunities
  • Other projects and responsibilities as assigned

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Business or related field, with 8 to 10 years of progressive experience.
  • Children’s education franchise sales experience/background
  • A proven track record of demonstrated sales success in the franchise sales industry
  • Proven ability to represent MakerKids brand with the utmost level of professionalism and integrity.
  • Must be an experienced organizational leader, demonstrating polished leadership, sales, presentation, and professional communications skills.
  • Prior experience understanding and relating to numerous Franchise Partners
  • A passion for MakerKids’ purpose, products, people, and promise to WOW!
  • Experience in all aspects of the franchise sales industry including marketing and lead generation activities
  • Position based in Toronto, ON
  • Excellent communication (written and oral), organization and problem solving skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Solid computer software skills in Microsoft Office: Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

HOW TO APPLY Our online application will give you the option to apply to this role as a complete person – not just a resume. The application will assess your qualifications, personality traits and workplace preferences, and should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. A cover letter describing why you’re interested in this role is especially helpful. We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply. We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you. Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5c7SSb-8pjrN9LQk8btAgI6a2kJckMFHy6esyfTyGcQ7cvQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Instructor (hiring in multiple cities)

  How many of these are true about you?

You’re…

  • A teacher or instructor
  • A camp counsellor or leader
  • A recent grad from science, tech, math, engineering, or the arts
  • A maker or tech lover
  • An actor, performer, and life of the party
  • Looking for work in a growing field and company
  • Interested in new, socially-responsible ways of doing business
  • A cool person that kids, parents, and coworkers are gonna love to be around

If most or all of that sounds like you, we want you to come and join us at MakerKids – a fun and growing company where you can ignite children’s potential.

About MakerKids

MakerKids develops maker learning programs for kids, and runs camps and after-school programs on Coding, Robotics and Minecraft. We inspire kids to see their futures as inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators. We provide amazing interest-driven STEM programs to help kids move from being consumers to creators. We’ve been featured in major media such as Wired, CTV and the Globe and Mail, and have spoken at SXSW, Maker Faire, MakerCon, and more.

Instructor 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 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.

Role Details 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.

Qualifications

  • 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

How to Apply Our online application will give you the option to apply to this role as a complete candidate – not just a resume. The application will assess your qualifications, personality traits and workplace preferences, and should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply. We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you. Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsNZnOwxHUL10mPz0f3DmrMlH0PYlRK9wmh8clB7gIKLLKkA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Curriculum Designer / Instructional Designer
 

MakerKids, a certified B Corp, develops maker learning programs for kids and educators, and runs one of the only makerspaces for kids in the world.

We inspire kids to see their futures as inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

We provide amazing interest-driven STEM programs to help kids move from being consumers to creators.

We’ve been featured in major media such as Wired, CTV and the Globe and Mail, and have spoken at SXSW, Maker Faire, MakerCon, and more.

Curriculum Designer / Instructional Designer (we are open to different titles based on experience, availability, need and discussion)

Maker programs are gaining steam. Demand for our programs is growing fast and that means we need to find an awesome curriculum designer to make sure that our programming is the best it can be.

Your job will be to enhance MakerKids programming – after school programs, camps, sampler sessions, and other workshops and events.

Program content primarily includes Robotics, Coding and Minecraft. Our current curriculum needs to be expanded and optimized.

Other tasks may include the following: auditing sessions, developing new activities, creating curriculum content, teaching shop organization, materials purchasing, coordinating events, taking sales calls, etc. as necessary.

You’ll love this role if you:

  • Want to have a positive impact on kids
  • Want to share your love for technology and making
  • Have great ideas for ways to engage kids in technology
  • Want to develop truly unique curriculum

Learning the Role

You don’t have to have to have perfected the full range of technical skills that kids will need for their projects. Other MakerKids staff will be happy to provide you assistance with any specific skills you need to delve deeper into, and answer any questions you might have. What we want to see from you is the Maker spirit – an ability to write curriculum that encourages creative, collaborative, and enthusiastic development of technical and social skills .

Role Details

This position is contract-based, with an expected duration of around 15-20 hours a week. 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. You have to be able to see what we are doing now, in order to know what we need to enhance our programming. camp, March Break camp, etc.). You’ll also be required at some weekend events.

Our bright, colourful, playful Makerspace office is located at 2451 Bloor Street West, steps from Jane TTC station, which is a good home base for office tasks.

Qualifications

  • You have a degree in education, whether it is a university degree in education (BEd, MEd), or in Early Childhood Education.
  • You have a solid foundation of science and technology, especially in robotics, coding, and Minecraft.
  • You’re a creative and energetic person who likes working with kids and exploring new ideas
  • You’re comfortable using electronics, computer software, hardware and various other technologies
  • 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

How to Apply

Our online application will give you the option to apply to this role as a complete person – not just a resume. The application will assess your qualifications, personality traits and workplace preferences, and should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

A cover letter describing why you’re interested in this role is especially helpful.

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply.

We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you.

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5c7SSb-8pjrN9LQk8btAgI6a2kJckMFHy6esyfTyGcQ7cvQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Co-op
 

MakerKids hosts Co-op students in partnership with schools with co-op programs. Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/PKx1aObgxdLWhNrp2

If your school is not currently partnered with us, feel free to get in touch if you are interested in having MakerKids host co-ops from your school.