We’re Hiring: Program Manager, Chicago

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Position Status / Start Date

Full time / Nov. 2021

About Code Nation

Code Nation brings together a community of students, technologists, teachers, business leaders, and other champions. A movement spanning cities, cultures, and industries, our community builds bridges across social and economic divides and unites people with the power to change each others’ lives.

Founded in 2012, Code Nation equips students with the skills, experiences, and connections that together create access to careers in technology. With a volunteer teaching cohort of professional web and software developers and a network of school and company partners, we provide coding courses and work-based learning programs to students who attend under-resourced high schools. Our industry-aligned curriculum and vast network of supporters provide students with the tech skills and social capital they need to break into the tech workforce. 

Code Nation programs currently reach almost 1,500 students across more than 50 high schools in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Chicago. Chicago is the newest of the three regions and we have just entered our third year of programming in the city.  

Code Nation is committed to being an inclusive, pro-Black, and anti-racist organization. We believe that anyone can learn to code, and everyone should have access to careers in the thriving tech workforce. Ideal candidates are committed to educational and tech equity and working against institutional inequities in all forms.

Who We Want

We are looking for a passionate, creative leader who is inspired by our mission and ready to work exceptionally hard to create access to tech careers for youth growing up in Chicago. As a Program Manager, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work as a bridge builder between our school partners, volunteers, and students, ensuring the successful delivery of Code Nation’s programs in the community. Ideal candidates love teaching and coaching. They thrive at building strong relationships. They are enthusiastic about taking on new projects, teaching themselves new skills, and embracing challenges with creativity and resourcefulness. 

  • Manage and ensure success of the program at 5-6 high school sitesCoordinate and support teams of volunteers as they teach the Code Nation curriculum. Provide instructional coaching and support with the implementation of effective teaching strategies. Ensure volunteer satisfaction and retention.
  • Act as a liaison between Code Nation and partner schools. Keep abreast of school schedules and keep volunteer teams informed of changes. Communicate with school partners about the success of the program and any concerns. Coordinate logistics for Code Nation classes, field trips, and special events.
  • Collect and manage student and program data. Manage student attendance, participation and mastery data. Track and analyze all data using Salesforce. Prepare reports and keep all stakeholders informed on progress.
  • Recruit, train, and on-board new volunteer teachers. Attend meetups and city-wide events to represent Code Nation and recruit new volunteers. Conduct volunteer trainings and support volunteers through the onboarding process.
  • Support Code Nation’s summer opportunities. Support planning, coordinate logistics, and manage student experiences during Code Nation’s summer programming.
  • Provide additional project support, as needed.
Skills and Qualifications
  • Two+ years of classroom teaching experience in under-resourced schools
  • Experience working with diverse groups
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated success managing many projects at once
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and entrepreneurial
  • Thrives in fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Proficiency with Google Suite
  • Background in HTML, CSS, & JavaScript (or passion for learning!)
  • Ability to travel regularly to Code Nation program sites
  • Ability to work extended hours & weekends, on rare occasions
What You Can Expect

The majority of Code Nation programs in Chicago are taking place in-person at high schools throughout the city. Program Managers are expected to regularly travel between high schools within their portfolio to support programs. We are following all local health and safety protocols to protect against the spread of COVID-19, including vaccination, mask-wearing, and social distancing. When not at schools, Program Managers have the flexibility to work remotely or come into the office, located at 300 West Adams Street. There are a few times each month when staff are expected to be in the office together for team meetings.  

Code Nation has a COVID-19 vaccination mandate in place for all employees. If hired, you’ll be required to present proof of vaccination by your start date.

Code Nation has a collaborative culture characterized by our desire to provide our staff members with the support, resources, and information they need to be successful in our organization and in the nonprofit field in general. If you take on this position, you can expect to be offered a compensation package that is competitive within the nonprofit sector. Some of the benefits we offer include, but are not limited to: 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance and a Flex spending account for out of pocket medical costs 
  • Generous Time Off policy – 15 days of paid time off & 14 paid holidays/office closures 
  • 401k Retirement Plan

The starting salary for this position is $62,000.

Code Nation strives to build a staff and board that reflect the cultural diversity of the communities and neighborhoods we serve. Code Nation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter that addresses the reflection questions below to apply@codenation.org with the subject line, “Program Manager – Chicago”.  

Reflection Questions:

Code Nation’s mission is to “equip students in under-resourced high schools with the skills, experiences, and connections that together create access to careers in technology.”

  • In what ways does this mission resonate with you?
  • If Code Nation is successful in its mission, what do you think that will mean for the students in our program?  
    • What will it mean for the tech industry? 
    • How could increased diversity in tech impact the world?

All qualified applicants will be considered, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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