Jobs @ The Lab - Mentors Required

Over the coming months and years The Lab will be expanding its operations around Australia.

We are currently seeking mentors in the following areas:

  • Cranbourne VIC
  • Dandenong VIC
  • Frankston VIC
  • Hawthorn VIC
  • Lilydale VIC
  • Mornington VIC
  • Mountain View VIC
  • Reservoir VIC 
  • Werribee VIC
  • Upper Ferntree Gully VIC
  • Hobart TAS 
  • Ayr QLD
  • Gold Coast QLD 
  • Townsville QLD

If you are not from one of these areas, please feel free to fill out the application form, we will keep it on file and let you know as soon as we are opening a Lab in your area.

Position Description - The Lab Mentor

IT support and mentoring to young people with Asperger’s and high functioning Autism.

Reporting to

The Lab Supervisor

Objective of this Position

To provide The Lab participants with access to IT skills which may be of interest to them or provide increased skill in areas of interest. Additionally mentors will form a connection with participants and encourage self confidence and social skills.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate workshops
  • Engage the participants using technology and their own interests
  • Fix any hardware and software issues that may come up
  • Encourage the participants to connect with other members of the group
  • Teach, when requested, various programs, games technical skills etc

Essential requirements of the position

  • Mentors have high-level of knowledge of computer programming or other digital media development skills.
  • Mentors are not teachers and not necessarily teacher trained.
  • Mentors must have social and cultural capital with the participants (they need to not just be good at tech, they need to love tech and work in tech).
  • Mentors must have an intuitive understanding of individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • Mentors must be capable of developing strong and purposeful mentoring relationships with participants.
  • Mentors must be capable of supporting self-directed learning and individual project-based programs that are led and driven by the participants.
  • Mentors must have experience with several or all of the following technologies;
    • Minecraft
    • Steam
    • 3d Design
    • Graphic Design
    • Video Making
    • Music Making
    • Gamemaker
    • Unity3d
    • Programming
    • Web Design

Desirable Qualities

  • Empathy & understanding of children with Asperger’s and HFA.
  • Experience dealing with someone with a disability.
  • Ability to look at the strengths of the person rather than just see the disability.

Desirable Qualifications may include

  • Tertiary qualification in IT
  • Current employment in IT related field
  • Experience in gaming

Screening

At the Lab, we are committed to ensuring the safety of children in our care. All successful mentors will be holders of a satisfactory police check, and a Working With Children Check or Blue Card, as relevant to their State or Territory.

Click here to apply for this position (a google form will open in a new window).