Innovation Hub Team Lead Hiring Fall-Winter 2023-24

We're Hiring Design Research Team Leads

Are you interested in design thinking, qualitative research, leadership, and project management? Are you wishing to create change and improve the campus student experience at U of T? The Innovation Hub is hiring Design Research Team Leads to support the growth and development of many campus initiatives, and you can play an integral role in them! We are seeking innovative, insightful, determined leaders to join our wonderful team!

Apply by July 9, 2023

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Leading a team at the Innovation Hub is also a big commitment – but with it comes a great reward. Our past team leads have gone on to have successful careers in a variety of industries. We encourage our space of learning, and we really want you to feel comfortable in a space of failure and iteration. Our work is fast-paced and involves managing tight and often competing deadlines and coordinating with various stakeholders and partners. This is an incredible opportunity for you to advance your skill sets, learn through design thinking, and discover something new!

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How to Apply

Below, you will find descriptions for the Design Research Team Lead and Research Lead & Program Coordinator, A&S UTQAP Projects. To learn more about the positions, more detailed job descriptions, and how to apply, please visit the Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network, Log into CLNx (under ‘Students & Recent Grads), and search for the On-Campus job board. Applications close on July 9, 2023.

Design Research Team Lead, Co-Creating the Future of Sport & Rec Project, – CLNx Job ID 222044

The Project: The Co-Creating the Future of Sport & Rec project is a continuation of a 2022-23 partnership between the Innovation Hub and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) that found that when students engage in movement, they discover more about themselves beyond just their academics and studies at the university. Phase two of this project seeks to re-engage students and staff in design-thinking-based co-creation activities and user experience inquiries. The Innovation Hub team will present the vision and design principles back to students and staff, inviting the original participants and new participants to ideate practical ways that Sport & Rec can bring the design principles to life. Additionally, the Innovation Hub will facilitate user experience co-creation sessions to get real-time feedback from students about existing aspects of the Sport & Rec user experience. Of paramount importance to phase two of the Expanding Access at Sport & Rec project is to ensure participation from students with disabilities, students with diverse identities, and students from equity-deserving populations, especially those who have not yet used Sport & Rec facilities and services.

  • Contract Length: August 2023 – March 2024
  • Hours: 20 hours/week 
  • Hourly Wage: $19 

Design Research Team Lead, Experiences of Students who are Parents Project – CLNx Job ID 222045

The Project: The Experiences of Students who are also Parents project explores the experiences of students who have family responsibilities in partnership with the Family Care Office (FCO). The Innovation Hub has worked with FCO to explore this topic in the past and there is an opportunity to refresh this data with new information to share with the university community. This inquiry aims to explore the experiences of students with family responsibilities to uncover how the university can best support them as they pursue their studies.

  • Contract Length: August 2023 – March 2024
  • Hours: 20 hours/week 
  • Hourly Wage: $19 

Design Research Team Lead, International Students: First 48 Hours in Canada Project – CLNx Job ID 222046

The Project: The International Students, First 48 Hours in Canada project will look at international students’ experiences when they first arrive in the country. What questions do these students ask themselves? What problems are they trying to solve? Answers to these questions and others will allow the University of Toronto to uncover insights that will better support international students when they first arrive in Canada and throughout their early days at the university. A group of 8 students will be asked to use journals and video diaries to document their experiences while arriving in Canada. The Innovation Hub team will ensure that these students are supported during their first 48 hours and beyond.

  • Contract Length: August 2023 – March 2024
  • Hours: 20 hours/week 
  • Hourly Wage: $19 

Research Lead and Program Coordinator, Innovation Hub & A&S UTQAP Program – CLNx Job ID 222047

The Research Lead & Program Coordinator for the Faculty of Arts & Science (A&S) U of T Quality Assurance Program (UTQAP) leads an important partnership project between A&S and the Innovation Hub. The UTQAP cyclical review ensures that academic programming at the University meets the highest standards of excellence. The cyclical review, which is overseen at A&S by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs, allows for both maintenance and improvement through regular appraisal of undergraduate and graduate programs residing in academic units or those that involve more than one unit.

As Research Lead & Program Coordinator – UTQAP, you will lead multiple teams at the Innovation Hub assisting with the quality assurance process at departments within A&S. This year the following units are slated for the UTQAP:

You will work directly with the Faculty of Arts & Science academic units to design tailored surveys and group interviews to assess the student experience in each unit. Your team will include Project Coordinators who will help with team coordination, Student Researchers, and Quantitative Data Analysts who support survey analysis. The data collection will be carried out in fall, 2023 and will culminate in a report and presentation of findings to each unit in the Spring of 2024.

  • Contract Length: August 2023 – March 2024
  • Hours: 40 hours/week (8am – 5pm with 1 hour unpaid break for lunch)
  • Hourly Wage: $20 

Learn more about the Innovation Hub

Our teams come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and we bring together students, staff, faculty, and partners together to co-create change and impact the U of T student experience. We highly encourage you to read through our website to see our past and current projects and learn how you can join our work. 

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