We’re Hiring: Sr. Manager, Curriculum and Instruction

Job Location

New York City, Chicago, or the Bay Area

Position Status

Full time

About Code Nation

Code Nation is a community of teenagers, 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.

Code Nation equips students with the skills, experiences, and connections that together create access to careers in technology. With a volunteer teaching cohort of over 300 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.

During the 2019-2020 school year, Code Nation pivoted to reach 1,630 students in 72 programs across the Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City, 100% virtually. Software developers collectively volunteered more than 45,000 hours to provide in-person and remote learning in support of Code Nation’s mission in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City.

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

The Role

An ideal candidate for this role has experience creating engaging and effective curricula for young adults. The Senior Manager, Curriculum and Instruction will have demonstrated knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and React and a nuanced understanding of coding environments and evaluation platforms. They should have a strong understanding of what it takes to create a supportive and effective learning environment, the ability to use that knowledge to create and deliver training for staff and volunteers alike, and a solid foundation in effective pedagogy and adult learning practices.

The Senior Manager, Curriculum and Instruction has experience maintaining effective feedback loops with various stakeholders: they will source feedback, implement needed changes, and document and share back with stakeholders the impact of their feedback. 

The ideal candidate is a collaborative team player and has experience managing complex projects that span several months and involve different departments within an organization. 

The salary range for this position is $70,000-$85,000.


The primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Curriculum Development & Maintenance

  • Manage the development of Code Nation’s Introduction to Web Development, Fellowship I, and Fellowship II curricula, including objective-driven, industry-aligned, level-appropriate units, lessons, and learning aids 
  • Co-design and develop, with the Alumni Manager, materials for our Alumni program
  • Ensure the coding and evaluation platforms used within the Code Nation curriculum meet programmatic needs and align with industry standards
  • Work closely with the Communications Team to ensure the curriculum design and layout reflects Code Nation’s branding and is easily accessible for volunteers, liaisons, and students

Adult Learning Practices

  • Co-design, with Program Directors, an onboarding, training, and coaching scope and sequence that will equip Program Managers and Code Nation volunteers with the mindsets, tools, and practices needed to create an engaging, equitable, and effective learning environment and also prepares them to be change agents in the tech industry
  • Manage the development of Code Nation’s National Volunteer and Program Manager onboarding, training, and ongoing coaching materials
  • Visit program sites to observe Code Nation’s program execution in action and evaluate its success based on program success rubrics
  • Collaborate with regional curriculum leads to host regular training (“tech talks”) to ensure program staff can augment their technical knowledge, internalize activities and projects, and get answers to curriculum-related questions. 
  • Provide ongoing curricular support to volunteers and program staff

Research & Feedback

  • Create and maintain systems to collect meaningful curriculum and training feedback from all stakeholders including volunteers, Program Managers, regional curriculum leads, students, and school liaisons
  • Recruit and manage a select community of volunteers who meet regularly to provide feedback on Code Nation curriculum with a goal of ensuring Code Nation’s curriculum remains industry-aligned
  • Collaborate with regional curriculum leads to implement high priority curriculum revisions
  • Stay informed on developments within the tech, coding, and computer science education space through ongoing research and participation in relevant conferences, meet-ups, and events to ensure the curriculum remains industry-aligned

Documentation and Communication

  • Create visibility for research and feedback results by preparing documentation and presentations accessible by a wide range of stakeholders and teams (i.e. development team, CEO, Board of Directors, Program Managers)
  • Support regional curriculum leads with the implementation of regular regional curriculum reflections to ensure region-specific feedback is sourced and leveraged to tailor regional implementation of programs while also being aligned to the Code Nation Logic Model
Skills and Qualifications

Success in this position will require, but not be limited to, the following proven experiences and competencies:

What you’ve accomplished (required):

  • Held a role where you’ve been responsible for creating and delivering curriculum
  • Formal training and expertise in backwards planning, instructional design, and curriculum development
  • Successfully built capacity in others (e.g. development staff, program staff, etc.) to implement curriculum and/or operations
  • 4+ years of education or non-profit experience working with diverse groups, including classroom teaching and instructional coaching in under-resourced schools

Skills you have developed and knowledge you have acquired:

  • Commitment to educational and tech equity
  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated success managing multiple complex, multifaceted projects
  • Exceptional communication skills; ability to effectively communicate and collaborate across multiple teams to support seamless program execution
  • Passion for developing high-quality, engaging curricula 
  • Ability to successfully manage projects, internal stakeholders, external stakeholders, and vendors
  • Ability to build deep and authentic relationships across the organization
  • Ability to manage staff to outcomes when they do not report into you

How you work and what you value:

  • Deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Comfort with ambiguity while finding the responsibility of driving towards clarity energizing
  • Enjoy iterative work
  • Self-starter and entrepreneurial. Comfortable with failure with learning as a path towards success
  • Enjoys working on a team and operates in a way that will build trust with teammates
  • Driven towards measurable results
What You Can Expect

Code Nation has a high-performing 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 non-profit field in general.  If you take on this position, you can expect to be offered a compensation package, including salary and benefits, that will be commensurate with your experience and competitive within the non-profit sector. Some of the benefits we offer to our staff members 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
To Apply

Code Nation is partnering with RCG Talent Solutions to find our Senior Manager, Curriculum and Instruction. Please follow this link to submit your application and direct all questions to Miranda Cortez (miranda@rcgtalent.com).

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. BIPOC individuals are encouraged to apply.

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