Make connections that could change your life

The Desk Exchange Community Animator (DECA) program is a work-exchange. You give us 4 hours a week of welcome desk support and we give you unlimited access to Innovation Works Flex Desk space, our dynamic community, and all the other benefits of being a co-tenant of Innovation Works!

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Run the welcome desk.

Be a gracious host.

Share your ideas.

Offer IT support.

Make it sparkle.

Choose your own adventure.

Community Animators are the first face people see when they arrive at our space and their skills and presence set the tone. They excel in customer service, organization, communications and problem solving. They’re connectors of ideas and people and with over 100 Innovation Works co-tenants, you’ll meet a lot of people! It’s networking at its best.

DECAs are scheduled for 4 hours/week between 8:30AM to 4:30PM on any weekday and we ask for a six-month commitment. Your shifts will remain the same from week to week. Our expectation is that you will provide exceptional customer service, efficiently and gracefully handling whatever comes your way. We would count on you to approach the role with the same level of professionalism you would a paid position.


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Innovation Works is a community committed to employment equity and sharing values of diversity and inclusion. We firmly believe that diversity animates new discoveries and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


 For those of you who like to know exactly what you’re getting into, here is a detailed description of your responsibilities:

Run the welcome desk. Welcome every visitor to Innovation Works with enthusiasm and an open mind. Handle phone and in-person inquiries, manage and book meeting rooms, and keep an eye on office supplies to make sure we’re prepared for anything!

Be a Gracious Host. A good host can make anyone feel welcome. At Innovation Works, you’ll take visitors on mini-tours of the space, prep meeting rooms, help organize and participate in community events, and keep us in check to make sure all our services are offered as inclusively as possible.

Share your ideas. Suggest new work practices and processes to improve Innovation Works’ flow and keep us on mission. Help us to be as effective as we can be!

Offer IT support. Our tenants may need assistance using our photocopiers, printers, audio visual equipment, phones and teleconferencing equipment. Yep! You guessed it — you’re that help.

Make it Sparkle! In order to make sure everyone’s experience at Innovation Works is awesome, we need your help to keep a clean and organized space. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!

Choose your own adventure. Each of our Desk Exchange Animators has a diverse set of skills, and we want to celebrate that with you! What else can you do to support our operations and community?

If the above list sounds like something you can handle, and you can do it all with sincerity, care, fun, and goodwill, then we want you! Remember, this is a 6-month commitment.

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