2020 Summer Immersion Program, Instructor

Multiple Locations /
Summer Immersion Program /
Seasonal, Full-Time
Girls Who Code is seeking enthusiastic computer science instructors for our 2020 Summer Immersion Program.  The 7-week program is unique in its approach. 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.

We believe all girls have the interest and ability to code. Our Summer Immersion Program Teaching Assistants work with our Instructors to encourage, nurture and mentor girls through our program.  The Teaching Team collaborates to foster a positive learning environment, deliver lessons and activities, and create a community that provides them with the essential support needed to build their interest in coding and computational thinking.  Join us in welcoming these girls into a supportive sisterhood of girls who code all across the US! Find out more about our programs on our website and check out past student work in our project gallery!

Applicants must be 18 years or older at the start of the program.


    • Lead instruction and effectively maintain an exciting, engaging and accessible classroom environment for a highly diverse group of 20 high school girls.
    • Prepare for class each day by reviewing GWC curriculum materials in advance and adapting them to meet the needs of the students in your classroom.
    • Complete administrative duties including taking attendance, administering programmatic surveys to students, and completing weekly and end of program surveys in a timely fashion. Manage 1 or 2 Teaching Assistants (TAs) who serve as support in classroom management, lesson delivery, logistical tasks, equipment management, etc..Support the growth and development of Girls Who Code relationships with important partners by serving as a representative of the organization during all program activities including guest speaker and partner visits to the classroom, field trips, and on-site learning opportunities.
    • Effectively address students’ challenges and questions to ensure that all students are engaged and demonstrating understanding of course material.
    • Communicate regularly and effectively with all Girls Who Code staff throughout the duration of the program.
    • Counsel students, as needed or requested, with maturity and appropriate discretion.
    • Interface with student’s families, if necessary, in a professional manner and following proper GWC protocol.


    • BA or BS in computer science, a related STEM field, or education; must be complete by the start of program. Equivalent work experience and technical proficiency may be acceptable in lieu of a CS degree.
    • Proficiency in at least one programming languages, JavaScript and/or Python preferred.
    • Strong desire and willingness to learn computer sciences and/or new programming languages as needed to teach the program.
    • Must be able to commute within or to one of the following markets: the Bay area, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas (Plano, Addison), Irvine, Los Angeles, New Jersey (Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, Raritan), New York City, Hartford CT, Philadelphia, Washington DC area or Wilmington (Delaware) - Please note that additional cities may still be added and this posting will be updated accordingly.
    • Must be able to commit to a full eight week summer program schedule from June/July- August (exact dates are determined by location).
    • Additionally, candidates must be able to commit to a multi-day teacher training workshop prior to the program's start date. Travel expenses and accommodations will be paid for and organized by GWC; teachers are paid for completing the training workshop.
    • Ability to comfortably engage with a variety of program stakeholders ranging from corporate partners, funders, members of the press, and/or technology executives.
    • Demonstrated poise, professionalism and exceptional communication skills.
    • Effectiveness and patience in guiding classroom activities, keeping discussions on task 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 the classroom.
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
    • Must be coachable and model a growth mindset. Teachers should be willing to provide, accept, and implement feedback about their or their teacher partner’s instruction or classroom management approach in order to better serve the needs of girls in the program. Timeliness and dependability in attendance throughout the program, including all teacher training sessions prior to program start and post-program reporting requirements.
    • Believe that all girls can code!

Preferred Qualifications

    • Previous experience teaching computer science or a related subject.
    • Proficiency in multiple programming languages, JavaScript, Python, and Arduino preferred. Demonstrated experience and maturity in managing a classroom of twenty high school students.
    • Experience teaching in an academically and culturally diverse classroom community.
    • Technical industry experience.
    • Experience in one or more of the following: mobile phone development, robotics, data science, web development and design, algorithms.
    • Pursuing a Masters or PhD is a plus.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: (Please read carefully)
To apply for a role as an Instructor you must submit the following in our online application system:
1) A current resume or CV
2) A cover letter: Please include in your cover letter a summary of your computer science and/or teaching experience, the course(s) you would be interested in teaching this summer, as well a description of how you heard about this role, what motivated you to apply, and why you believe you'd be successful.

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.