JumpStart is announcing a vacancy for the position of Curriculum Developer & Coding Instructor

26 August 2016

JumpStart is announcing a vacancy for the position of Curriculum Developer & Coding Instructor

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Camp Dates: July 2017

 

ABOUT GOGO CODE

In Georgia, women and girls are being left on the sidelines in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). As a result, STEM employers are finding it difficult to recruit enough skilled employees. Gogo Code will attempt to address this disparity by encouraging girls to increase their engagement in STEM. Thirty girls from around Georgia, ages 14-16, will participate in science and coding activities, expand and strengthen their social support network, increase their awareness of potential career opportunities, and improve their self-confidence. Coursework will range from lectures to small group discussions and girls will get hands-on scientific practice through team-building games and activities. Upon completion of the camp, participants will program and execute technical projects to improve their communities and share lessons from camp with their peers.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are looking for a part-time curriculum developer/instructor who will work with JumpStart Georgia’s staff for the next year. All content of the camp will be delivered in Georgian. The participants will be divided into groups of 10-15 girls to provide ease of instruction. Prior to the camp, the instructor will create session plans and training materials on coding and computer science, including the concepts of variables, conditionals, looping, as well as HTML/CSS. The instructor will also have the responsibility of leading at least one large group session for all participants. Volunteers and JumpStart staff will be available to assist as necessary.

In addition to the responsibilities of planning and leading sessions, the instructor is expected to be enthusiastic and a positive role model for camp participants. She/he will need to work with camp administrators to enforce camp rules. Upon completion of the camp, the instructor will continue their role as a mentor and support camp participants with their technology-based community projects. The instructor will be required to check in with their campers periodically after camp to encourage them, help them develop their projects, lead field trips to tech-based organizations around Georgia, and assist with nurturing the Gogo Code alumni project. This initiative is an essential part of Gogo Code and will encourage girls to use what they have learned at camp to become leaders in science and their communities.

Finally, the candidate will be expected to work with our coordinators to plan and organize Gogo Code, including help with applications, camp booking, and some logistics.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • B.A. or 2 years experience in computer science/web design
  • Experience leading sessions with young students or adult professionals
  • Fluent Georgian and English
  • Ability to work with JumpStart Georgia’s staff
  • Professionalism
  • Prepare and lead sessions in timely manner
  • Engage with campers and fellow session leaders

 

INSTRUCTOR EXPECTATIONS

  • Create session plans and training materials on coding and computer science, including the concepts of variables, conditionals, looping, and HTML/CSS, for at least 6 one-hour sessions
  • Be in charge of teaching groups of 10-15 girls for the duration of the 10-day camp
  • Lead one or two large group sessions for all campers        
  • Participate in morning exercises and evening activities            
  • Be positive and enthusiastic throughout the whole camp, at all times        
  • Be a positive role model for campers            
  • Enforce camp rules
  • After camp, mentor camp participants on their community projects

 

LOGISTICS EXPECTATIONS

  • Assist JS coordinators in application process including announcement and selection
  • Assist JS coordinators in camp scheduling and booking
  • Assist JS coordinators in camp planning and management

 

COMPENSATION

  • $500 USD for curriculum development
  • $500 USD for curriculum testing
  • $500 USD for teaching and chaperoning at camp
  • $500 USD for post-camp mentoring
  • Total: $2,000 USD excluding taxes.

 

INSTRUCTOR TIMELINE

Prior to camp:

  • Lead creation of computer science and leadership curricula
  • Test and revise curricula during four different site visits
  • Assist with selection of camp participants (read applications, rank based on certain criteria, contact selected applicants)
  • Review counselor handbooks in preparation for camp
  • Prepare materials for large group sessions

During camp (July 2017):

  • Be prepared for your coding sessions
  • Attend large group sessions as assigned
  • Have a positive attitude and be a good role model for participants
  • Enthusiastically help lead morning exercises and evening activities as assigned
  • Follow and enforce program rules
  • Conduct a lights out check in the campers’ dorm as necessary

After camp (July - December 2017):

  • After camp, mentor camp participants on their community tech-based projects
  • Participate in meet-ups and site visits as needed

 

GOGO CODE CAMP RULES

  • No drinking alcohol
  • No smoking
  • Keep cell phones on you in case we need to contact you during the sessions, but keep them hidden and on vibrate and do not answer personal calls during the sessions.
  • Wear appropriate clothes for outdoor activities in Svaneti
  • No visitors during camp (or fraternizing with people outside of camp participants)
  • Participate in all scheduled activities
  • Enforce camp rules for campers

 

Application Deadline: 23 September 2016

Please submit your CV and a cover letter expressing why you want and should be curriculum developer/instructor to jobs@jumpstart.ge with the subject line “application for curriculum developer/instructor”.