Program Assistant Position with KMDI Summer 2022

The Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) is a cross-disciplinary research institute spanning eleven faculties at the University of Toronto that produces cross-sector research and pedagogical resources aimed at exploring the complex relationships between information, technology and society, with the aims of advancing social justice and supporting human-centered design. Our current projects include multiple studies of the various social, cultural and political implications of everyday technologies, from 3D printers and gaming platforms, to touch devices and environmental data infrastructures.

We are currently seeking a Program Assistant (Research and Development) to help us research, plan and develop next steps for an innovative hybrid course delivery pilot project, as well as to prepare follow-up materials for curriculum proposals.


  • Excellent skills in retrieving and reviewing relevant academic literature
  • Excellent skills in writing and in oral communication
  • Knowledge of market research processes
  • Knowledge of online education issues, theories and systems
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Intermediate skills on Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Excellent organizational skills in planning and project management with a high level of attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated; takes initiative; pro-active
  • Committed, reliable, ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work remotely


  • Experience with WordPress, HTML, CSS
  • Knowledge of video editing and experience using video editing applications such as Adobe Premiere or Adobe After Effects, iMovie, Final Cut Pro
  • Knowledgeable with technical equipment


  • Assist in the development of an innovative hybrid course (KMD 1002 and elements of KMD 1001) that includes organizing script development sessions and recording sessions with guest lecturers, the KMD CS Director, and KMDI Director as needed
  • Assist in the planning for an innovative/hybrid course delivery project (scheduling, logistics, keeping track of deadlines and deliverables, etc.) including video recording and editing sessions
  • Set up and test a selection of the latest education and collaboration tools for the course(s)
  • Document user-centred processes mobilized to develop elements of the hybrid course with a view to developing curriculum change documents as needed
  • Document methods and processes used to develop content for the virtual components of the course delivery, with a focus on alternative formats and masterclass approaches suitable to crossover between academia and private sector.

Preference will be given to University of Toronto Faculty of Information students.
The successful applicant will be offered a contract of 100 hours, to be completed over the course of the Spring Summer 2022 term May-August.
Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.
To apply, submit CV, cover letter and portfolio (writing samples, research) to CLN, by the posted deadline. Note: earlier qualified applicants will be given preference.  Questions may be directed to Professor Mary Elizabeth Luka by email.