You have that optimism that you can have a career that changes the world. You want to work with people, make a difference in their lives, and get the breadth of experience you can build a meaningful career on.

You’ll find what you’re looking for here.

We’re MakerKids, developing STEM maker learning programs for kids. We started the first makerspace for kids and now run virtual STEM programs in the world. We ignite kids’ potential and inspire them to be inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

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. We’re growing quickly, and we’re looking for leaders to grow with us and ultimately drive our mission forward. Right now, we’re looking for a new Growth Marketing Manager.

Curriculum Developer

Maker programs are gaining steam. Demand for our programs is growing quickly. You’ll be a key member of the team, making sure that our programming is the best it can be.

MakerKids is hiring a Curriculum Developer to develop and enhance MakerKids programming. We offer after school programs, camps, parties, school programs and more. All programs are currently virtual. Program content primarily includes Robotics, Coding and Minecraft.

This is your chance to inspire and shape the next generation of innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs - by helping them to develop the skills and mindsets to change the world. Our programs help kids build confidence, social skills, resilience, and a positive relationship with technology. Participants have gone on to start businesses, win prizes from NASA, and have positive mental health outcomes. We are pioneering technology therapy - like art therapy or music therapy, but using technologies like Minecraft to help people. Children’s mental health professionals have referred kids to us because of the positive results they have seen with their clients.

Responsibilities:

  • Produce world-class curriculum, lesson plans, instructional videos, slideshows and documents for instructors and participants
  • Manage Learning Management System
  • Iterate and improve on curriculum to boost learning and customer retention
  • Develop learning pathways
  • Review and edit content
  • Other tasks may include the following: auditing sessions, developing new activities, creating curriculum content, etc.

Qualifications

  • You have a degree in education, whether it is a university degree in education (BEd, MEd), or in Early Childhood Education; or a degree in engineering or computer science; or have equivalent experience and/or deep experience with writing curriculum.
  • You have a solid foundation of science and technology, especially in robotics, coding, and/or Minecraft. You have experience teaching and/or developing curriculum for kids ages 6-13 in coding.
  • You’re a creative and energetic person who likes working with kids and exploring new ideas. You have experience with after-school programs and/or summer camps
  • 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
  • Experience working with, selecting, and/or building an LMS system
  • Design experience

Learning the Role

You don’t necessarily have to have perfected the full range of technical skills upon starting the role that kids will need for their projects. Fellow MakerKids staff will be happy to provide you assistance with any specific subject matter and skills you need to delve deeper into. 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.

Other Details

  • We are open to different titles based on experience, availability, need and discussion - e.g Curriculum Designer, Instructional Designer, etc.
  • This position can be contract-based or permanent, and part-time or full-time - our ideal scenario is permanent and part-time with an expected role of around 10-20 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. It will be helpful to see what we are doing now, in order to know what we need to enhance our programming. You may 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. All MakerKids staff are currently working remotely and will continue doing so until it is safe to return to office. This position can return to office with us, or can remain remote indefinitely.

With us, you’ll enjoy:

  • Compensation commensurate with experience
  • A generous learning budget
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Fun social events with the team like karaoke, escape rooms, improv classes, and other activities

How to Apply

Our online application will give you the option to apply to this role as a complete person – not just a resume.

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.