Software Engineering Instructor, Technical Mentor

Galvanize Inc - New York - Full time

Company Description

Galvanize, a Stride, Inc, company, is a technology ecosystem for learners, entrepreneurs, startups, and established companies that meets the needs of the rapidly changing digital world.

Hack Reactor @ Galvanize is a program for gifted students of software engineering. In three months, we transform ambitious amateurs to coding professionals.

We are the premier advanced immersive program that trains exceptional full-stack Software Engineers. Students train 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, over 12 weeks in a curriculum focused on computer science fundamentals and JavaScript.

Employees enjoy a fun, collegial startup environment genuinely committed to employee health and wellness, and filled with talented, hard-working and fun people. You will be surrounded by friendly, brilliant, and mission-driven professionals who work hard to provide the best student experience of its kind in the world.

Job Description

We are looking for a Technical Mentor to train the brightest students in the coding industry in JavaScript fundamentals and engineering best practices. This Technical Mentor would lead on-site instruction for the New York City program.

Technical Mentors are primarily responsible for ensuring students are technically prepared for a successful job search and career in the software industry. Technical Mentors are student-facing members of the team, building culture, coaching success behaviors, and talking code. The Technical Mentor works closely with a classroom of students across the entire length of the program and, in collaboration with other team members, is responsible for the education and employability of the student as well as the strength of the cohort community. The Tech Mentor watches over their class of students and ensures on a day-to-day basis that everyone is learning rapidly and is on track for success. When a student gets a job after the program, such core teaching staff are those they thank with the deepest emotion.


  • Ensure students are technically prepared for success in their job search and on the job.
  • Deliver technical coaching and support to students, developing their coding skills and understanding of and ability to effectively communicate about difficult technical concepts.
  • Intentionally push students to become increasingly autonomous engineers; support them in reading & accurately interpreting documentation and error messages, improve their debugging skills, and become courageous coders.
  • Provide expert technical and project management guidance to small groups of students building exciting projects using cutting-edge technologies.
  • Accurately and proactively evaluate, track & communicate student technical progress. This includes grading students’ work, delivering feedback, and modeling successful behavior.
  • Build and execute effective individual student remediation plans to ensure that all of our students become successful software engineers.
  • Identify and respond to cohort-wide remediation needs, crafting supplemental lectures & lesson plans addressing cohort-specific needs.
  • Contribute to curriculum initiatives that address popular technologies.
  • Contribute to local evangelism and enrollment initiatives, such as attendance at meetups, speaking at conferences, leading workshops, etc.
  • Serve as a technical partner while collaborating with all other departments that ensure job search success.

Experience Requirements

Holds a NY BPSS Teacher’s License or the following experience:

  • High school diploma + 5 years work in Computer Programming; or,
  • Bachelor's degree (any) + 3 years work in Computer Programming; or,
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Computer Science; or,
  • Other approved options here:


  • Experience with Javascript knowledge, related emerging technologies, and relevant development tools
  • Experience with industry-standard software development practices and methodologies like Agile, Scrum and Kanban
  • Skilled at teaching in an immersive remote learning environment
  • Skilled and engaging facilitator/lecturer
  • Ability to analyze and model student progress and remove educational roadblocks
  • Possesses a strong growth mindset: seeks feedback, admits to and learns from failure, autonomously learns and grows while seeking appropriate support from coworkers and manager
  • Motivated by and derives satisfaction from high-ownership work environments and has a passion for education
  • Aligned with our overall instructional philosophies
  • Highly autonomous, conscientious, reliable, self-motivated and solution-oriented
  • Strong collaboration skills, high self-awareness, flexible, open-minded and positive
  • Empathetic and charismatic
  • Technical Mentors with our Full-Time programs generally work weekdays but must be able to work occasional evenings/Saturdays
  • Ability to clear required background check

This will be an office-based position. We are seeking applicants in the New York City area. We anticipate a typical office setting including conversation, light foot traffic, computers, etc.

Application Information

Please submit a resume with your application. In lieu of a cover letter, please answer the following questions (<140 characters each):

  • What is your favorite open-source library? Please explain how it's useful to you.
  • During a code review, list the characteristics you tend to comment on.
  • Outline your favorite technical interview prompt.
  • Describe what it means to you to have autonomy in your job.
  • What unique strengths would you bring to the Tech Mentor role?

Additional Information

Job Perks

  • Full benefits: medical/dental/vision insurance
  • Inspiring workplace and motivated colleagues
  • Pre-tax transit benefits
  • HSA or FSA depending on the plan
  • Flexible PTO and sick days
  • 401(k) options
  • Inspiring workplace and motivated colleagues
  • Awesome, open-office location in the heart of NYC

The above job is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. All employment is “at-will” as governed by the law of the state where the employee works. It is further understood that the “at-will” nature of employment is one aspect of employment that cannot be changed except in writing and signed by an authorized officer.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Galvanize provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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Experience Level

Mid Level

Galvanize Inc

Galvanize is a technology ecosystem for learners, entrepreneurs, startups, and established companies that meets the needs of the rapidly changing digital world. Its Hack Reactor program transforms ambitious amateurs into software engineering professionals.
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