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Innovation Lab Manager

Vancouver, BC

Terms: 37.5 hrs/wk, full-time permanent, some evenings and weekends

Salary: $27- $33/hr

Benefits: Group Benefit Plan (organizational adoption planned for 2024)

Location: 177 E 3rd Ave. Vancouver, BC

Job Posting Close Date: November 27, 2023, 5:00PM PST

Job Start Date: February 1, 2024 or sooner


About Us

Ethọ́ s Lab ( is a Black-led organization, creating a network of community-driven Innovation Hubs for youth in Grades 5-12 based in Vancouver, British Columbia. We fuse culture and interdisciplinary STEAM programming to provide youth with the core skills for post-secondary admissions & careers to create a more inclusive future. Ethọ́s Lab is a safe space, where all youth are welcome.

STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Applied Art and Math

We’re remixing the traditional educational model to provide innovative and inclusive solutions. Our commitment is not just an aspiration; it’s a call to action. Black youth and girls are often marginalized in STEAM fields, but we’re determined to change that narrative. We prioritize models that foster community and mutual respect, not just among our youth but within the entire innovation landscape. Together, we are building a new culture—a culture where every individual, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to innovate, inspire and lead.

About The Role

Do any of the following words describe you: Curious. Creative Thinker. Committed. Continuous Learner. Do you like to inspire youth with cool projects? If so, this job may be for you!

In this role, you will be fostering a culture of experimentation and innovation within Ethọ́s Lab, encouraging new ideas and creative thinking. As a key leadership role, the Lab Manager will manage a team of staff, mentors and volunteers in activating Ethos Lab’s 900 sqft Makerspace, decked out with a variety of tools and resources ranging from 3D printers, photo equipment, electronics, MPCs, screen-printing, art supplies and more.

The Lab Manager collaborates with team members and relevant stakeholders to identify new project opportunities and prioritize them based on strategic objectives and potential impact. The Lab Manager will work closely with Ethọ́s Lab’s Program Director to manage, execute, evaluate, and deliver after-school programming through engaging project-based Science, Technology, Engineering, Applied Arts and Math (STEAM) curricula.

The Lab Manager will play a pivotal role in contributing to Ethọ́s Lab’s culture of innovation and experimentation by fostering a collaborative and team-centered environment, sharing best practices, and driving continuous improvement whilst maintaining existing relationships, and building new relationships within Ethọ́ s Lab’s community, including; youth, parents, adult allies and partners.


Key Responsibilities

Thought Partner

  •  Co-Create strategic vision and plan for innovation in Ethos Lab Open Studio
  • Set and deliver on programming goals in alignment with Ethos Lab’s strategic vision and STEAM trends
  • Maintain Ethos Lab’s network of volunteers and mentors willing to support Ethos Lab, either through mentorship or content delivery
  • Maintain line of sight on regional, provincial and national competitions
  • Think of outside of the box youth projects, programs and opportunities

Program Oversight

  • Manage equipment and space resources required for the execution of projects, ensuring that they are well-maintained and utilized safely and efficiently.
  • Curate innovative semi-structured projects for youth aged 12-18 inline with Ethos quarterly themes with Ethos Lab’s partnership organizations
  • Train and supervise volunteer, paid instructors and mentors on programming updates and delivery
  • Work with external partners and vendors to identify new technologies and tools that could benefit the Lab’s projects
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to track, analyze and report program participation, demographics and engagement
  • Provide and/or coordinate on-site supervision for Open Studio Programming
  • Provide leadership and develop Ethos Lab’s Hackathons and youth challenges
  • Develop and manage budgets associated with programming

Education & Experience

  • Degree in education, social sciences, STEAM related field or equivalent
  • Demonstrated knowledge of educational theory and practice, particularly with relevant current trends
  • Proven track record of developing and delivering projects on time and within budget
  • Experience delivering and administering youth programs
  • A strong understanding of industry and post secondary STEAM trends
  • Experience developing participatory experiences for youth
  • Knowledge of anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, diversity and inclusion frameworks

Individual Skills

  • Ability to develop new ideas and creative projects
  • Strong goal setting and project management skills
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, with the ability to influence and motivate youth
  • Highly motivated problem solver and can work independently


  • High energy and passion for Ethos Lab’s mission is essential
  • Driven by making an impact in your local community
  • Empowered by enabling the development of youth
  • Innovative, enthusiastic and self-motivated mindset
  • Strong leadership mindset
  • Relentlessly curious and creative

Prioritizing applicants from equity-deserving communities

Ethos Lab is committed to increasing the diversity in STEAM. We highly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ2S and individuals from other under-represented communities.

Application process:

  1. Send by email to [email protected], with the subject line Innovation Lab Manager Application
  2. Include a Resume & cover letter indicating why you are interested in working with Ethọ́s Lab
  3. Please include one (or more) of the following:
  4. A portfolio
  5. Examples of projects you have worked on or developed
  6. Lesson plans or curriculum you have created
  7. Name and contact information of 2 references. Please indicate relationship to references

For information, please contact [email protected]. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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