We’re hiring a new cohort of newcomer professionals to join us at work.

The Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence envisions the settlement and welcoming process as a continuous opportunity to design for a better world. We imagine newcomer professionals as the best people for the job.

Over the past few years, we have conducted pilot experiments and undertaken extensive research to creatively consider how to address common issues in settlement. 

Today we are looking for up to 10 newcomer professionals to join our team downtown. 

Experience with art is not necessary. We are interested in your specialization, whatever that may be.

Newcomer professionals of all backgrounds are invited to apply, particularly those with training and experience in finance, education, engineering, science, health, agriculture, hospitality, mathematics, statistics, law, and IT. Don’t worry if your profession is not listed. We are open to other professional backgrounds. Please apply, and subscribe to our newsletter if you are interested.

This is a unique short-term contract for up to 6 months, which will allow you to gain valuable Canadian work experience by re-applying your specialist skills in a creative situation. 

Key Qualifications:

  • Training and minimum 4 years work experience in your area of expertise or interest
  • Fluency in English (LINC level 4 and up)
  • Minimum 1 year living in Canada
  • Experiencing difficulty finding your first job in Canada in your area of expertise or interest
  • Willingness to learn, explore new ideas and processes, and collaborate with others
  • Interest in expanding what you know and opening up more potential work opportunities
  • Desire for your thoughts and experiences as a newcomer to help inform and shape ideas to change how settlement assistance is approached and supported in Canada

The pay is modest, but the experience will help you, and help other newcomer professionals like you.

Please email a copy of your resume and a cover letter responding to the questions below:

  1. Tell us about a favourite job experience. Why is this memory important or positive for you?
  2. Tell us about your job search in Canada. What do you imagine could be different about the process?
  3. Where have you come from? If we were to move to your home country permanently, what are your top two suggestions to help us get settled?

Deadline to apply: November 4, 2019

Please apply early and respond to all three questions above.  

Interviews are expected to start by November 6, 2019.

Anticipated start date: November 18, 2019

If you are not able to apply by this deadline, please sign up for our newsletter to receive information about the next round of hiring in 2020.

What you should know about us:

We prioritize people over projects. This means we try to hire first, based on our interest in the person, their abilities, their ways of thinking, and their interest in our methods and us. We identify or develop the projects that will require their skill sets after.

We work with people who feel they can leave their disbelief at the door.

We seek to:

  1. Reveal the extraordinary abilities and intelligence of accomplished newcomer professionals.
  2. Build a wealth of social and cultural capital in support of newcomers.
  3. Creatively disrupt the conventional goals and methods of settlement.

Our proprietary approach includes:

  • Experimentation & exploration
  • Immersion & practice
  • Horizontal learning
  • Invention

We leverage the social capital of arts and culture to enhance the newcomer professional’s distinctiveness.

In a sea of candidates with similar technical qualifications, our newcomer professionals stand out as someone with ‘Canadian work experience’ and an interesting work history. Past participants have gone from not working and not getting interviews to getting their first fulltime job in Canada, in their field of interest.

By offering newcomers a professional yet playful work environment, we position newcomer professionals to ‘level up’ their listening, presentation, negotiation, collaboration, and other soft skills for the Canadian workplace. The residency places the newcomers in an collaborative work setting where they can feel out social dynamics, re-calibrate their sense of norms, and practice being with others in a new culture, that will help them do better in interviews, at networking, and on the job.

Interested? Please apply!

Wondering if the job is right for you? During the interview process, we offer an open workshop day, where you can come and try us out for a day. (Most people love it. If it’s not for you, that’s fine too. At least you’ll have had fun, tried something new, and made new professional contacts.)

Some more general information about our work with newcomers to Canada available here.

We look forward to hearing from you. 
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