2021 Virtual Summer Immersion Program Site Lead
Summer Immersion Program /
Girls Who Code is seeking enthusiastic Site Leads for our 2021 Virtual Summer Immersion 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 virtual program is unique in its approach by offering students across the country to participate in a 2-week virtual class that includes synchronous and asynchronous instruction alongside college and career exploration opportunities. In total there will be three rounds of our 2-week programs throughout the summer, with 1-week between rounds for Teaching staff and Site Leads to prepare.
We believe all girls have the interest and ability to code. Our Virtual Summer Immersion Program Site Leads work with our Instructors and Teaching Assistants to encourage, nurture and mentor girls through our program. Site Leads do this by conducting virtual classroom observations, facilitating virtual check-ins with teaching teams, providing coaching and support, and acting as a communication liaison between classrooms and GWC central office. In addition, Site Leads will help manage the relationship with Summer Immersion Program partners with guidance from Girls Who Code’s Curriculum and Program Operations teams. Find out more about our programs on our website and check out past student work in our project gallery!
Responsibilities: Teacher/TA Coaching & Development
- Regularly observe each virtual classroom and teaching team in order to provide feedback and actionable suggestions around instructional practice and classroom culture (on a weekly basis).
- Facilitate weekly virtual check-in meetings with the teaching team to review observation feedback, share updates from GWC central office, review student progress and classroom concerns.
- Brainstorm solutions and approaches to classroom management issues.
- Encourage teaching teams to implement instructional best practices such as promoting engagement with breakout rooms, constructing structured checks for understanding, scaffolding the lesson, etc..
- Encourage and act as a thought partner with teachers and TAs on ways to adapt lessons to their classroom’s interests and strengths.
- Ensure classroom responsibilities and tasks are divided amongst teaching team members.
- Provide coaching for any communication issues within the teaching team.
- Work through any challenging projects or concepts with the teaching team.
- Communicate about teacher and TA development, classroom progress, issues or concerns regularly with your manager during weekly check-ins.
Responsibilities: Partner Engagement and Relationship Management
- Assist teaching teams in maintaining a professional and responsive relationship with the partner/host point-of-contact according to guidance provided by the GWC Partner Engagement Manager and other GWC central staff
- Clarify and remind the teaching staff of details for virtual engagement opportunities throughout the summer.
- Escalate any issues with the partner according to the established GWC reporting process.
- Communicate lesson feedback to the GWC Curriculum Team on a regular basis through weekly surveys, and other communication channels (Slack, email, etc.) as needed.
Responsibilities: Student Emergencies and Issues
- Help teachers and TAs address and escalate to GWC central offices of urgent needs, such as illness or absences.
- Follow established escalation procedures for any student or family issues that arise during the program.
- Respond to slack messages, calls, and emails related to the responsibilities listed above in a timely fashion.
- Conduct virtual weekly classroom observations and provide feedback to the teaching staff and GWC management.
- Lead virtual weekly check-ins with assigned classroom teaching teams.
- Report and log any classroom issues related to Responsibilities listed above with GWC through the appropriate channels.
- Participate in a virtual weekly check in with your manager to communicate learnings and share updates from teaching teams.
- Review and approve time sheets submitted by teachers and TAs.
- Represent Girls Who Code externally in meetings and engagements with GWC partners.
- Submit performance feedback for assigned teachers and TAs once the summer program concludes.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Bachelor of Education strongly preferred.
- 4+ years teaching, administration, or other in-school experience.
- Experience leading and managing an effective and supportive classroom environment for students.
- Demonstrated poise, professionalism, and exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.
- Ability to comfortably engage with a variety of program stakeholders ranging from corporate partners, funders, members of the press, and/or technology executives.
- Consistently maintains a positive attitude and builds strong relationships with the teaching teams, students, and partners.
- Timeliness and dependability in attendance throughout the program, including all training sessions prior to program start and post-program reporting requirements.
- Commitment to Girls Who Code’s mission.
- Must be able to commit to at least two consecutive rounds of teacher support, plus the week of preparation time (“Week Zero”). We generally recommend staff are available for synchronous duties and meetings from 9:00-5:00 PM (note, Teaching Teams have some flexibility around scheduling some meetings and duties). Dates below:
- Round 1 Week Zero: June 14 - 18th; Classes Run: June 21st - July 2nd
- Round 2 Week Zero: July 6th - 9th; Classes Run: July 12th - July 234d
- Round 3 Week Zero: July 26 - 30th; Classes Run: August 2nd - August 13th
- Additionally, candidates must be able to commit to a multi-day Virtual Teacher Training workshop prior to the program's start date. Site Leads are paid for attending the training and completing all deliverables.
- Ability to commit to the following hour requirements:
- Week Zero Support ~ 15 hours per week (if supporting 6 Teaching Teams sponsored by 3 Partners)
- In Program Support ~ 30 hours per week (if supporting 6 Teaching Teams sponsored by 3 Partners)
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.