You are now in the main content area

Program Specialist, Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Department: DMZ
Position supervisor: Director, Alumni and Special Programs
Contract length: 4 Months with Extension Potential
Hours of work per week: up to 36.25 hrs
Position type: Term
Rate of pay: $47.00/hr

About Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

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.

Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes 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.

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @TorontoMet (external link) , @TorontoMetHR (external link)  and @ECItorontomet (external link)  on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page (external link) .

About the program/department/team

DMZ is a world-leading startup incubator based at Toronto Metropolitan University that equips the next generation of tech entrepreneurs with the tools needed to build, launch and scale highly impactful startups. By providing connections to customers, coaching, capital and a community, DMZ’s customized approach helps innovators reach the next milestone in their entrepreneurial journey – whatever that might be. Through its award-winning programming, DMZ has helped more than 820 startups raise $2.55 billion in capital and create 5,000+ jobs. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with globally-accessible programming, DMZ has a widely-recognized international presence with offices in Vietnam, India and the U.S., and partnerships across North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

The opportunity

This is a compelling opportunity for a Programs Specialist (PS) with Indigenous lived experience to share their knowledge and experience of entrepreneurship programs by guiding Indigenous entrepreneurs.  The PS will act as a mentor to entrepreneurs and support programming through workshops and one-on-one guidance that creates an impactful experience for Indigenous entrepreneurs.


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

  • Experience as an entrepreneur with Indigenous lived experience and knowledge of Indigenous culture who has counseled and provided guidance to entrepreneurs within the Indigenous community 
  • Experience with program development from implementation to evaluation.
  • Knowledge of the startup ecosystem and terminology 
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with a variety of stakeholders 
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • Ability to effectively write curricular materials, reports and proposals
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a related discipline would be an asset. Relevant experience will be considered as an equivalency to education

How to apply

  • Applicants can send submissions directly to email:
  • Please note at the end of the 4 month contract TMU DMZ reserves the right to ask to extend the contract or convert to full time employment based on project progress and funding.

Toronto Metropolitan University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

  • We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications. If you are an Indigenous applicant and require support during the recruitment process, please reach out to James McKay, Indigenous HR Lead at
  • 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, starting with the recruitment process. If you have restrictions that need to be accommodated to fully participate in any phase of the recruitment process,please reach out to Human Resources: 
  • All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.