MaRS Discovery District

Manager, Studio Y

Posted: August 29, 2013

Job Title: Manager, Studio Y

Company Name: MaRS Discovery District

Position Type: Full-time

Location: ON - Metro Toronto

Application Deadline: 2013-09-27

Category: Project Management

Position Overview:

About MaRS
MaRS is where science, technology and social entrepreneurs get the help they need. Where all kinds of people meet to spark new ideas. And where a global reputation for innovation is being earned, one success story at a time. For more information, please visit www.marsdd.com.

About Studio Y
Studio Y is a $10 million, five-year investment by the Government of Ontario enabling promising young people to access and develop critical knowledge, skills, abilities and resources as well as providing them with rich leadership training, extensive coaching and a diverse range of experiences to thrive in the new economy. Each year, up to 25 young leaders and innovators, aged 18-29, from across Ontario will be invited to MaRS Discovery District, Canada’s largest innovation hub, to participate in an eight-month residential fellowship focused on personal mastery, 21st century skills development, project-based real-world experience, and systems change leadership.

Purpose of Position
The Manager, Studio Y will be a key member of a high-performance team whose purpose is to develop the most innovative and impactful youth development initiative globally. This is not your traditional team in any way (say good-bye to waiting for the clock to hit 5)—to achieve our ambitious purpose, we will all go far and beyond to deliver results while committing to one another to make the time and effort we invest into our team and our work the most transformative experience for each of us in the process.

General Accountability
Leads the design, development, delivery, and evolution of the new Studio Y with primary responsibility for all aspects of the program

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Provide personalized, holistic development support for participants throughout their experience
  • Lead the start-up, delivery, and execution of a leading-edge youth development initiative;
  • Support the development and management of a core team and broad range of volunteers
  • Support the management of relationships with and / or reporting to various stakeholders including MaRS Executive Team, Advisory Councils, governments, ecosystem partners across the province, nationally, and globally
  • Proactively identify and fill in of gaps in the team’s efforts required to achieve success regardless of how seemingly tactical or small they may be
  • Any other support required

Internal Contacts    
MaRS Discovery District staff at all levels particularly SiG@MaRS, Centre for Impact Investing, Entrepreneurship Education, and all enabling departments (Finance, HR, Marketing, etc)

External Contacts  

  • Program participants
  • Government stakeholders
  • Ecosystem partners

Educational/Technical Requirements  

  • Strong facilitation, relationship management and social acumen capability
  • Strong project / portfolio management / execution capability
  • Strong problem-solving and issue management capability
  • Significant depth of experience having put the above to test, failed, and learned, and evolved (# of years of experience is not a determining factor)
  • Significant leadership experience with initiative creation / development / build-up – within the context of an organization, start-up, or project
  • Knowledge of, and experience, with innovative leadership, learning, and / or development initiatives
  • Deep interest in systems change, innovation, social change, youth, behaviour change, development, and leadership

Personal Requirements  

  • Self-awareness, drive, learning agility, adaptability, balance, comfort with ambiguity, stakeholder-driven
  • Visualization and creative skills, an orientation toward details, and fast execution skills (electronic and physical) are considered important assets.
  • An ability to operate in both official languages (English and French) is considered an important asset
  • Work, life, or school experience in communities outside the GTA is considered an important asset

This is a full-time, salary position for an initial term of one-year with potential for extension to March 31, 2018 based on performance which may be renewed beyond that date should additional funding be secured.  The Manager reports directly to the Director, Studio Y.

How to Apply:

If this is interesting to you and you are deeply excited by the possibilities of the program, then share why you believe you are the right fit for this role through whatever form of expression you prefer using 1-3 pages (writing, drawing, painting, etc) or 1-3 minutes (audio, video, etc) through an e-mail to hekhtiari@marsdd.com.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, please submit your application as soon as possible for consideration. We thank all applicants; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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