Technical Mentor (Austin, TX)

Galvanize Inc - Austin, Texas - Full time

We are seeking a Technical Mentor for Hack Reactor’s Austin program to train the brightest students in the coding industry in JavaScript fundamentals and engineering best practices.

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

  • Ensure students are technically prepared for success in their job search and on the job.
  • Deliver one-on-one 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no formal supervisory responsibilities.

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates must meet one of the following paths to certification:

  • Undergraduate degree in Computer Science + 2 years qualifying work, or
  • Any Bachelor's degree + certificate from licensed coding program + 3 years qualifying work, or
  • High School Diploma/GED + 5 years qualifying work

*Qualifying work experience includes Software Engineering, Computer Programming, Computer Science, or Web Development. Excludes teaching.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong software engineering skills, particularly regarding 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
  • Able to work Central Time working hours and occasional evenings/Saturdays.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • We are seeking applicants located and able to work in Austin, TX. This is an office-based position. The noise level in the office is usually moderate (computers, printers, light foot traffic).

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Role

Higher Ed Faculty

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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