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Join our Team! Canada Summer Jobs Applications

Interested in the circular economy and building strong, resilient communities through sharing? Join our team for the summer! Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, we’re hiring for three positions, please see below and please share with anyone you know who might be interested in working with us! Candidates must be 30 and under to apply. Each contract is for $16/hour, 33.5 hours a week for the duration of the summer.

The Institute for a Resource Based Economy (IRBE) is an environmental and social economy organization with a makerspace with an educational focus in teaching hands-on skills for both youth and adults. The Makerspace offers a wide range of workshops and courses designed to teach practical skills to facilitate creativity, building and design such as Laser Cutting, Woodshop, Lathe and 3D Printing. IRBE works closely with our partner organizations, the Toronto Tool Library and Sharing Depot, to provide radical access to the tools and community needed to build a more sustainable, equitable future.

Communications & Content Creator

We are seeking a creative Communications and Content Developer to help IRBE showcase our mission and engage our active community over the summer. You will support our Social Media and Marketing Manager in the creation of graphic design material, promotional material for marketing campaigns and some video content for social media engagement. Our content will require an interest in the circular economy, maker culture, and waste reduction, complemented by stories and projects captured from our community.

The successful candidate will have experience with graphic design and video creation. Preference will be given to those with an efficient understanding of narrative-based storytelling and communicating mission and values through social media.

You must possess superb written and verbal communication skills, and be interested in socially engaged work. To be successful in this role, you will need to have excellent visual design skills and be proficient in graphic design software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

This job requires flexibility to work between three locations, and some remote.

Responsibilities

  • Creating engaging multimedia content
  • Building graphic design content for our service offerings, promotions and communications
  • Establishing design guidelines, standards, and best practices.
  • Aligning work to our communications strategy
  • Shooting and editing video content

Requirements

  1. Demonstrate strong visual design portfolio
  2. Proficient in Adobe suites
  3. Must be able to shoot and edit video content
  4. Must have excellent writing and editing skills
  5. Be able to communicate clearly and effectively
  6. Strong time-management and organizational skills
  7. Proven experience working independently
  8. Fabrication skills an asset (laser cutting, 3D printing, woodworking)

IRBE is a small team with a collaborative work environment. We prioritize personal and professional development for staff, interns and research assistants, and use our vast network and connections to open opportunities for career success.  

We actively encourage applications from members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, LGTBQ2 youth, people with disabilities and women in STEM. We prioritize consideration of those applicants who self-identity to be considered for employment equity.

The Communications Coordinator has the opportunity to learn the safe use of hand & power tools available in our Makerspace, as well as programming & operation of 3D printers, the laser cutter, & CNC machine. Extensive training can be conducted if the candidate is interested.

Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, June 21. Please send a cover letter and resume/portfolio to tim@irbe.org with the subject line “Last Name_IRBE Communications and Content Developer Application”. This is a summer contract from beginning of July to the end of August.

Web Developer

We are seeking a savvy and detail-oriented Web Developer to support of website development over the summer. The ideal candidate will translate wireframes into a clear, user-friendly website that captures our service offerings and values. This includes improving our web design so that it is more effective and iterative for users, and working with our Social Media Manager and Executive Director to support content updates and client queries.

IRBE’s first line of communication with our clients and community is through our website. The web developer is an integral part of ensuring that our messaging, mission, hours, location, events, workshops and other communications points are clearly and logically presented on our site. The successful candidate will be proficient in JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and have solid knowledge and experience in React or similar JS library. You must also have clear communication skills, and be able to work with both technical and non-technical members of our team.

This job requires flexibility to work between three downtown locations, and some remote work.

Responsibilities

  • Translate wireframes into a user-friendly site
  • Collaborate with designers to create a beautiful product.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with team
  • Meet regular deadlines and check ins

Requirements

  • Training in Web development or related field, or relevant experience
  • Proficient in JavaScript, HTML, CSS
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Able to translate ideas to non-technical people
  • A mind for complexity and problem solving
  • Gatsby, or any static-site generation tool. Require knowledge of React or similar JS library
  • Good understanding of search engine optimization principles
  • Proficient understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues

The Web Developer will report directly to the General Manager and will work closely with the Social Media Manager.

We actively encourage applications from members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, LGTBQ2 youth, people with disabilities and women in STEM. We prioritize consideration of those applicants who self-identity to be considered for employment equity

The Developer has the opportunity to learn the safe use of hand & power tools available to our members, and programming & operation of 3D printers, the laser cutter, & CNC machine. Extensive training can be conducted if the developer is interested in the Makerspace facilities.

Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, June 21. Please send a cover letter and resume/portfolio to tim@irbe.org with the subject line “Last Name_IRBE Web Developer Application”. This is a summer contract from beginning of July to the end of August.

Operations and Administrative Assistant

We are seeking a detail-oriented and organized Operations and Administrative Assistant for the summer to help establish more robust administrative pipelines and roll out key programs. You will support our Executive Director in managing the organizational workflow, automating tasks, administrative needs, and day-to-day operations.

The successful candidate will be interested in learning about not-for-profit management and working in a dynamic grass-roots community. You must possess superb written and verbal communication skills, and be interested in socially organizing and environmental work. To be successful in this role, you will need to be thoughtful, organized and comfortable with self directed work.

This job requires flexibility to work between three locations, and some remote work.

Responsibilities

  • Support programs and initiatives happening in the organization through administrative or operational assistance
  • Implementing outlined policies and procedures
  • Maintain ongoing communication with team
  • Meet regular deadlines and check ins
  • Assist with organizing meetings, workshops and events to engage the community
  • Lead day-of activities including but not limited to set-up, take down, volunteers

Requirements

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computer literacy skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Able to solve complex problems
  • Handling basic bookkeeping tasks.
  • Helping prepare for meetings.
  • Prior administrative experience.
  • Must be able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced quickly changing environment.

We actively encourage applications from members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, LGTBQ2 youth, people with disabilities and women in STEM. We prioritize consideration of those applicants who self-identity to be considered for employment equity.

The Operations and Administrative Assistant has the opportunity to learn the safe use of hand & power tools available to our members, and programming & operation of 3D printers, the laser cutter, & CNC machine. Extensive training can be conducted if the EA is interested in the Makerspace facilities to create project materials.

Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, June 21. Please send a cover letter and resume/portfolio to tim@irbe.org with the subject line “Last Name_IRBE Operations & Admin Assistant Application”. This is a summer contract from beginning of July to the end of August.

Institute for a Resource Based Economy, Board of Directors

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

– Buckminster Fuller

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