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Startup Experience Coordinator, Creative Zone

Job ID371849-1-3470
CompanyToronto Metropolitan University
Date Posted2023-02-02
Job TypePart-time
Job CategoryEducation

About Toronto Metropolitan

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

We welcome those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

In April 2022, the university announced our new name of Toronto Metropolitan University, which will be implemented in a phased approach. Learn more about our next chapter.

The team Zone Learning uses experiential learning to allow students to apply their degree coursework to real world startups, causes, companies, projects or ventures. Members gain career-ready skills and experiences for the 21st-century workplace by initiating their own projects or contributing to existing ventures involving faculty, business and community partners. Zone Learning puts participants at the forefront of emerging markets to develop new products, explore innovative solutions, or embark on ventures to change the world, encouraging them to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.
Our 10 zones – each with a focus on a different industry – are incubators where people come together to brainstorm, kickstart projects, and build startups. Each offers one-on-one mentorship from experts as well as access to state of the art workspaces and technologies allowing members to grow their network, gain experience, build their resume and even access funding. Zone Learning is also home to the DMZ, the top-ranked university incubator in the world. With over 450 startups incubated each year and more than $560M in funding raised, the Zone Learning network offers participants the opportunity to shape initiatives from the ground up gaining real world experience through entrepreneurship.
Beyond our 10 zones, Zone Learning is also committed to promoting and supporting initiatives that will make regional or national impact. Some of these include Lab2Market, the first national-level program in Canada to fund and equip graduate students with the entrepreneurial skills needed to assess the commercial viability of research innovations, the Brampton Venture Zone, which supports the growth of new business, by creating high-skilled jobs, building a talent pipeline, and solidifying Brampton’s standing as a global hub of innovation and DMZ Innisfil, which, in partnership with the Town of Innisfil, provides the town’s growing startup community with exclusive resources and access to a network of partners, customers and investors.

The Opportunity

The Design Fabrication Zone is in search of a Startup Experience Coordinator who will work with the Manager in planning and implementing an overall member experience strategy for the Zone and Creative Innovation Studio (CIS), to include relevant programming for entrepreneurs, community members and students.  You will assist in monitoring the progress of the clients from application through to graduation, and in ensuring continual improvement of startup programming, member benefits, service offerings, mentorship and strategies based on entrepreneur feedback and industry best practices.

Working with the Manager, you will develop and execute relevant metrics and reporting strategies to satisfy the stakeholders and quantify the Zone’s impact on the University and overall economy. You will also be responsible for coordinating the advisor and student programs, including support for the in-house advisors and Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR) team. 

To help us learn more about you, please provide a cover letter and resume describing how you meet the following required qualifications:

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree in Business, Design, Architecture, Entrepreneurship or a related field. 
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience in a program management/ entrepreneurship sector, with experience in administration, relationship management, conflict resolution, engagement and event planning.
  • Knowledge of design and/or advanced manufacturing is an asset;
  • Analytical and research skills;
  • Entrepreneurial skills and knowledge of best practices;
  • Project and financial management knowledge;
  • Understanding of the current design, technology and innovation landscape;
  • Oral and written communication skills.

Additional Information

Position Number(s)  20002972
Reports To  Manager, Creative Zone (Fashion, Design Fabrication or Transmedia Zone)
Vacancy Type  TERM
Employee Group  OPSEU
Work Location  Toronto
Start Date  ASAP
End Date  1 year from start date
Hours of Work  36.25
Grade and Step  10
Salary Scale  $62,262.26 to $68,035.67
HR Advisor  Pooja Minutaglio
Application Close Date  February 22, 2023

Qualified OPSEU candidates will be considered before members of other employee groups.
Applicants who do not meet all of the posted qualifications may, upon the University’s sole discretion, be considered to fill a vacancy on an underfill basis.

As part of the selection process, candidates may be required to complete an occupational assessment.  
Applications will only be accepted online through Toronto Metropolitan University's careersite.

Toronto Metropolitan University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and aims to ensure that independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity are embedded in all aspects of the university culture.
We will provide an accessible experience for applicants, students, employees, and members of the Toronto Metropolitan University community.We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, beginning with the recruitment process. If you have restrictions that need to be accommodated to fully participate in any phase of the recruitment process, please contact All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

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