Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science – Engineering Outreach Coordinator – Limited Term

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Job title: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science – Engineering Outreach Coordinator – Limited Term

Company: University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Job description: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Number of Positions: 1

Position Title: Engineering Outreach Coordinator

Appointment Type: Limited Term

Hours of work: 35 Hours/week

Salary Range: $53,767 – $65,290

Posting Date: October 22, 2020

Closing Date: November 5, 2020

Are you a high-energy leader that has an interest in STEM, tinkering, making and design? Ontario Tech University Engineering Outreach is looking for a dynamic individual who can inspire youth to become innovators!


This is a 6-month contract position with the possibility of renewal. The ideal start date for this position is September 1, 2020 and will report to the Director of Planning and Operations. This position will begin with training.

About Ontario Tech University Engineering Outreach:

In 2014, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Ontario Tech University began an ambitious initiative to deliver Kindergarten to Grade 12 science and engineering outreach programs to youth in the Durham Region and our surrounding communities. In 2019, our programs will connect with over 30,000 youth, teachers and parents.

The vision of Ontario Tech University Engineering Outreach is to engage and spark curiosity in children and youth in engineering through fun and exciting hands-on activities and programs. We are focused on exposing children and youth to engineering by bridging science and math inside and outside of Ontario classrooms.

What you’ll be doing:

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the development and delivery of engineering outreach programs aimed at elementary and secondary school (Grades K-12) that fulfill the Faculty’s outreach goals. This specific role will be responsible for the wonder: Mobile Design Lab. These tasks will be completed virtually until it is safe to resume standard business practices.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop agenda, activities, and programming for elementary and secondary school audiences. Depending on specific needs, activities may be making use of past resources, or developing activities from a blank slate. Programming must be appropriate for the audience.
  • Solicit and manage registration for the program, train and supervise student staff and/or student volunteers, and assess program activities.
  • Communicate with program teachers before/during/after the program as appropriate. This includes answering questions teachers may have about programs, registration process and the preparing of information packages.
  • Communicate with any campus stakeholders, as needed.
  • Aware of research and/or new technologies that could impact programs.
  • Documenting the event (text and photos) and reporting on outcomes for future improvement.
  • Develop and use tools to assess success of program activities. Assessment may be used to share success with other programs through papers and conferences.
  • Events may run on weekends, evenings, and unless otherwise stated, the Program Coordinator is expected to be present for all events that they are the primary organizer of, and be reachable for all events.
  • Ensuring the safety of all program participants.
  • Training and supervision of staff and/or volunteers in a manner appropriate for the event. Collect and report hours of casual staff.
  • Communicate with school boards, school administrators, and teachers to find the best way to promote programs and to help better understand the needs of the audience.
  • Communicate and promote work with other local (e.g. staff, faculty, Durham Region community) and national stakeholders (e.g. groups outside the region, Actua).
  • Prepare and deliver reports, maintain accurate records of participants, and manage data related to K-12 engineering outreach events, and any related programs.
  • Documenting engineering outreach experiences through social media and ongoing evaluation and reports.

Other office roles may include:

  • Supervision of short-term (i.e. co-op, casual hires) staff
  • Support and development of shared office resources, such as Google Appsinformation sharing portal and support technology
  • Assist in the running of library programming including the development of weekend workshops and the improvement of materials lending.
  • Office wide administrative tasks as assigned.
  • Support of other Ontario Tech University Engineering Outreach programs, as needed.

Required Skills

  • Has an aptitude for industrial design, engineering, c omputer science, tinkering, building, and/or making.
  • Has experience engaging youth in educational or recreational experiences.
  • Is energized by talking to the public, comfortable speaking in English.
  • Serve as a positive role model for youth in urban, Indigenous, rural, and/or remote communities.
  • Can create and maintain an inclusive and safe space for ALL youth.
  • Has a strong work ethic, and a demonstrated ability to be professional and punctual at all events.
  • Is confident using (or willing to learn) Microsoft Office suite of applications (Word, PowerPoint and Excel), Google Tools, Maker Tools (3D Printers, Laser Cutters, Arduinos, etc), basic programming languages (Python, C, C++, HTML), and updating social media channels.
  • Thinks critically and solves problems creatively and efficiently.
  • Can effectively communicate technical concepts to a variety of stakeholders .
  • Previous experience with Actua or Actua Network Member is considered an asset.


  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Science, a STEM field, or Education.

*Verification of Academic credentials may be required Required Experience

  • Must be able to deliver educational programs in a classroom environment in English. (Ability to speak French and/or an Indigenous language is an asset.)
  • Must have a clear criminal record and vulnerable sector check and valid First Aid and CPR-C.
  • Are able to lift and move objects as heavy as 50 lbs.
  • Have a full G/Class 5 (or equivalent) driver’s license and are willing to drive a 15ft truck in city, highway, and rural environments.
  • Must be willing to obtain and share a Driver’s Abstract, demonstrating a complete absence of demerit points.
  • Must be willing to ensure that all of your vaccines are up to date as per the federal vaccination guide for child care workers.

What to expect:

  • Opportunity to build your digital literacy skills.
  • Weekdays and weekend work.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit in electronic format a covering letter and their resume. Applications will be accepted until November 5, 2020 or until a suitable candidate is found. We appreciate all applications received; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the university and the OPSEU. To the extent that policies are not included in the collective agreement, employment will also be governed by the university’s policies which may also be found on our website and which may be amended from time-to-time.

Ontario Tech University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging applications from women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Ontario Tech University respects people’s different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify the Human Resources Department. For more information about the universities policies for accommodating employees with disabilities please review the university’s

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Staff Level 7

Expected salary: $53767 – 65290 per year

Location: Oshawa, ON

Job date: Sat, 24 Oct 2020 06:38:54 GMT

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