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Kenzie Academy
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Kenzie Academy is a design and coding school breaking down the barriers to entering tech and challenging the oppressive student loan system. We offer a 1-year program as a new alternative to traditional colleges. We aim to tackle a major opportunity gap in America by developing a new talent pool. We’ll achieve this by applying a forward-thinking education model, including project-based learning, critical thinking, and soft-skills training.

Kenzie Academy is a design and coding school breaking down the barriers to entering tech and challenging the oppressive student loan system. We offer a 1-year program as a new alternative to traditional colleges. We aim to tackle a major opportunity gap in America by developing a new talent pool. We’ll achieve this by applying a forward-thinking education model, including project-based learning, critical thinking, and soft-skills training.

The Opportunity

  • Kenzie Academy is hiring a full-time front-end facilitator for our Software Engineering students. This position can be on-site in downtown Indianapolis (after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted) or remote.

  • This is a unique opportunity to serve communities otherwise overlooked by the tech industry. You will interact directly with students, instructors, curriculum developers, and student success managers.

  • In this role, you will have the opportunity to grow a wide range of skills. You will attend weekly training from an instructor, preparation sessions with a curriculum developer, and regular 1:1s with a learning specialist. As you observe new cohorts coming through the program each quarter, you will hone your verbal and visual communication skills, constantly gaining new understanding into how our students engage and learn.

  • You will have the freedom to continually learn the latest frameworks and best practices in order to keep the curriculum current. There will be opportunities to transfer into other courses, including our back-end courses which focus on Python/Django, and SQL.

  • By facilitating our students’ journey towards a career in tech, you are helping to deliver life-changing educational experiences to underserved communities. Because our business model itself relies on a high-quality support network for students, your role is a critical piece of our overarching business goals

Requirements/Who you Are

  • We’re looking for a software engineer excited to up the stakes from building apps and websites, to developing careers. We have the privilege of interacting with our “users” every day! We’re always improving and constantly adapting to the changing needs of our students and the tech industry.

  • You have 1+ years experience teaching, learning, and/or practicing software engineering.

  • You are skilled at programming in Javascript, and you are comfortable with HTML and CSS.

  • You are comfortable with the React library and Node runtime environment.

  • You are proficient in at least one other language(especially Python, Java, or C).

  • You are a passionate problem-solver.

  • You are able to"lead through questioning" and engage effectively with students with diverse learning styles.

  • You have experience teaching, coaching, or mentoring others.

  • You should also have at least three months of student coaching experience.

  • You love to love what your company is doing.

  • You have a desire to teach students of all backgrounds in software design – but more than that: you want to help them learn how to learn and think like a developer.

  • You are empathetic and patient, and can be affirmative of students who may be struggling with stress or impostor syndrome.

  • You can communicate technical concepts effectively to others.

  • You can provide a proactive voice of guidance and accountability to students who are struggling with attendance or academic challenges.

  • You are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.

Desired Traits

  • You have a desire to teach students of all ages and backgrounds in computer programming.

  • You have a strong desire to see students succeed.

  • You have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. You enjoy translating ideas into words, visuals, and examples.

  • You are empathetic and patient, and can be affirmative of students who may be struggling with stress or impostor syndrome.

  • You can communicate technical concepts effectively to others.

  • You can provide a proactive voice of guidance and accountability to students who are struggling with attendance or academic challenges.

  • You are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.

  • You are excited to experiment with new approaches to education.

  • You feel comfortable working on a remote team via chat and video.

Responsibilities

  • You are expected to be live in the virtual classroom, with your camera on, 9am-4pm(with 50 minutes for lunch).

  • You will be your students’ first line of support. Students will go to you for questions, and it is your responsibility to facilitate peer support, work with students 1:1 or in groups, and escalate questions to the instructor when necessary.

  • You will attend all training sessions scheduled by the instructor, the curriculum developer, and the learning specialist for your course. You will reach out to the instructor for help and be transparent about what you don’t know.

  • You will be cognisant of confusion stemming from gaps, errors, or omissions in the curriculum, including assessment instructions, starter code, and rubrics. You will file reports and communicate regularly with the curriculum developer to highlight any issues.

  • You will be responsible for the timely grading of your students’ work, and you will fill out reports identifying trends in student performance or issues in grading procedures.

  • You will communicate regularly with a student success manager about issues regarding specific students.

Why Kenzie?

Kenzie Academy was founded to tackle a major opportunities gap. Fast-growing technology companies concentrated in expensive coastal cities are struggling to hire tech talent. Meanwhile, a large population of aspiring individuals across the country could help fill these talent needs. Kenzie’s mission is to equip people from Middle America with the necessary skills, experience, and access needed to build successful careers in tech.

Who We Serve & Where We Work

Kenzie believes access to the forward-looking education required for modern careers should be available to the the best and brightest, regardless of where they come from, or what their financial circumstances are. Demographically, Kenzie focuses on creating access to well-paying tech jobs for individuals from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds. Geographically, Kenzie focuses on catalyzing tech ecosystems in the Midwest.

Kenzie vs. Coding Bootcamps

Kenzie Academy addresses the gap between four-year universities and short term coding bootcamps. As advancements in tech continue to accelerate, traditional universities are struggling to keep up with the latest programming technologies. While coding bootcamps attempt to tackle the skills gap through six to twelve week programs, they produce graduates who are not yet ready to fill the stringent demand of today's employers. Kenzie believes one-year programs are better at preparing graduates for the job market.

Kenzie Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Kenzie does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit, and business need.

Why Kenzie?

Kenzie Academy was founded to tackle a major opportunities gap. Fast-growing technology companies concentrated in expensive coastal cities are struggling to hire tech talent. Meanwhile, a large population of aspiring individuals across the country could help fill these talent needs. Kenzie’s mission is to equip people from Middle America with the necessary skills, experience, and access needed to build successful careers in tech.

Who We Serve & Where We Work

Kenzie believes access to the forward-looking education required for modern careers should be available to the the best and brightest, regardless of where they come from, or what their financial circumstances are. Demographically, Kenzie focuses on creating access to well-paying tech jobs for individuals from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds. Geographically, Kenzie focuses on catalyzing tech ecosystems in the Midwest.

Kenzie vs. Coding Bootcamps

Kenzie Academy addresses the gap between four-year universities and short term coding bootcamps. As advancements in tech continue to accelerate, traditional universities are struggling to keep up with the latest programming technologies. While coding bootcamps attempt to tackle the skills gap through six to twelve week programs, they produce graduates who are not yet ready to fill the stringent demand of today's employers. Kenzie believes one-year programs are better at preparing graduates for the job market.

Kenzie Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Kenzie does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit, and business need.

What efforts are you making in terms of increasing diversity & inclusion within your company?

The purpose of Kenzie Academy is to see the unseen, support the underserved, and create opportunities for those who have been denied them. We create supportive spaces for employees and students to share their stories. We partner with organizations such as The Last Mile and Women Who Code, who push us to work harder at making Kenzie inclusive. Continual learning is part of our culture, and that includes learning about the experiences of underrepresented groups in tech.

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