Self-Paced Program (SPP) Advisor

Remote /
Programs /
Seasonal
Girls Who Code is seeking enthusiastic instructional Advisors for our 2021 Self-Paced Program. Our curriculum is designed to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue academics and careers in the technology and engineering sectors, as well as build bravery and confidence. Our new flexible virtual program is unique in its approach by offering students across the country to participate in a self-paced computer science class that includes asynchronous instruction with weekly synchronous support and community-building opportunities. Students will have 6 weeks to complete up to 3 class projects focused on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript beginning July 6 through August 13

We believe all girls have the interest and ability to code. Our Self-Paced Program Advisors encourage, nurture and mentor students through our program. Each Advisor will support multiple cohorts over the course of 6 weeks, and will co-lead one Advisory meeting for each cohort each week and co-facilitate Student (Office) Hours 4-5 times per week. Advisory meetings are a chance to build community with icebreaker games, project share outs and feedback, and programming challenges. Student Hours are an opportunity for students to get additional synchronous support while they work through the course and to complete projects in a collaborative virtual co-working space. Join us in welcoming these students into a supportive sisterhood of girls who code all across the US!

Applicants must be a rising senior in college (or possess equivalent level of experience) at the start of the program.

Responsibilities

    • Co-advise and support five cohorts of 50-60 high school girls through completion of a self-paced summer program by maintaining an exciting, engaging, and accessible virtual environment.
    • Meet with your Co-Advisor weekly to share classroom notes/observations, plan the next Advisory Meeting, and review student feedback.
    • Review GWC provided materials for Advisory Meetings and Student Hours, and adapt those materials as needed to effectively facilitate your Advisory Meetings and Student Hours.
    • Schedule and co-facilitate Advisory Meetings once per week with each of your student cohorts to engage in sisterhood activities or icebreakers in order to build stronger relationships. 
    • Schedule and co-host Student Hours 4-5 times per week with other Advisors to troubleshoot students’ questions, review misconceptions, or provide debugging tips based on projects.
    • Support in the completion of administrative duties including taking attendance, administering programmatic surveys to students, and completing daily and end of program surveys in a timely fashion. Note: You will share responsibilities with your Co-Advisor. 
    • Review student project submissions and provide them supportive comments and/or feedback. Note: You will share review responsibilities with your Co-Advisor. 
    • Moderate cohort-based discussion boards by posting engaging questions, updates, and responding to questions and student posts. 
    • Act as a representative of Girls Who Code in Advisory Meetings and during Student (Office) Hours.
    • Effectively address students’ challenges and questions via zoom, discussion boards, and student hours to ensure that all students are engaged and actively learning course material.
    • Communicate regularly and effectively with all Girls Who Code staff to support seamless delivery and execution of tasks and activities.
    • Understand and follow all escalation procedures for any student issues that arise during the program.
    • Always act with maturity and appropriate discretion when interacting with students, other teaching staff, family members/guardians and partner contacts.
    • Meet with supervising Site Lead on a weekly basis to review feedback and check-in on student progress or concerns. 

Qualifications

    • Enrolled in their final year, or have already received a BA or BS in computer science or a related field by the start of the program.
    • Must be able to commit to working up to 30 hours during the 6-weeks of the program (July 5 through August 13th), plus a few days of virtual training and preparation time prior to the program's start date. Advisors are paid for attending the training and completing all deliverables.
    • Ability to commit to the following hour requirements: 
    • Training + Week Zero Prep Time ~ 15 hours; Training will be a mix of asynchronous and synchronous sessions. Synchronous sessions will take place on Thursday June 17, 2021.  
    • In Program Work Time ~ 30 hours per week 
    • Experience with at least one programming language, JavaScript preferred. Our curriculum teaches HTML, CSS and JavaScript. While you will not be delivering lessons you will be supporting students during Student Hours and help them troubleshoot their projects.
    • Must be coachable and model a growth mindset. Advisors should be willing to provide, accept, and implement feedback about their or their partner’s facilitation or classroom management approach in order to better serve the needs of girls in the program. 
    • Effectiveness and patience in guiding Advisory activities, keeping discussions on track and thinking quickly/creatively in the face of unexpected questions or comments.
    • Ability to adapt to various learning styles and respect for individual differences of students in a virtual classroom.
    • Must be able to collaborate with other team members and share cohort responsibilities.
    • Strong time management and organizational skills.
    • Exceptional communication skills.
    • Timeliness and dependability in attendance throughout the program, including all training sessions prior to program start and post-program reporting requirements.
    • Believe that all girls can code!

Preferred qualifications

    • Previous teaching, tutoring or mentoring experience, especially in computer science is strongly preferred.
    • Experience with facilitating virtual zoom meetings and navigating online learning platforms.
    • Experience within academically and culturally diverse classroom communities.
Girls Who Code is committed to building a truly diverse and inclusive organization with a focus on valuing, serving, and understanding our target constituents, while challenging all stakeholders to think inclusively for the betterment of our programs.

Girls Who Code is an equal opportunity employer committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, national origin, ethnicity, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis. Racial and ethnic minorities and men are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.  GWC is not able to sponsor employment visas.