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Program Manager - Internships and Alumni, Ada Developers Academy

Seattle, Wash.
May / 30 / 2018

Organization Description

Ada Developers Academy, a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks, is an intensive developer training program for women with little or no prior software development experience. In one year, students are taught programming techniques and best practices to enable them to become junior developers. The program consists of two distinct parts, six months in the classroom and five months of internship, where students refine their skills working on real-world code.

Job Summary

The Program Manager - Admissions and Internships is an extraordinary position for a career-minded and goal-oriented individual to experience an entrepreneurial, values-driven culture; a rapidly growing business driven by mission, societal and educational trends; a robust and defined career path; and most importantly, the opportunity to positively impact the lives of aspiring developers and their communities. The employee will leverage his/her experience to lead the internship placement program while working with the student body, instructional staff, and sponsor organizations to ensure a successful end to end process.

The Program Manager will also create and curate the Alumni organization, develop and execute strategies to engage alumni, and create executable programming that will allow this community to self-organize, mentor, and become a significant donor constituent base while extending Ada’s footprint.

Essential Job Functions

  • Serve as the point of contact between students in classroom and their sponsoring companies, throughout the lifecycle of the cohorts; 
  • Supervise internship placements in collaboration with the Ada Instructional Team;
  • Proactively monitor internships with companies and interns; anticipate opportunities as issues that may arise, identify solutions to placement and other issues and coach interns and the companies toward resolution, in collaboration with other Ada staff as needed, including taking more drastic measures such as to switch intern placements;
  • Oversee the intern to full-time employment transition period, transitioning as many interns into full-time roles with Ada companies (or in our extended community) as possible;
  • Heavy tactical duties including: maintaining constant communications with both our companies and students, scheduling company presentations, scheduling and organizing placement interviews and announcing placements to students and companies;
  • Provide career development counseling and services to students through presenting related course content and securing volunteers and company partners to present a variety of career related topics. (i.e. networking, resumes, interview prep, salary/negotiation prep, workshops);
  • Must be comfortable presenting to student and in front of the classroom and to other groups;
  • Oversee 48 student per cohorts as members of Learning Communities; 
  • Plan, execute and run the intern graduation ceremonies;
  • Conduct surveys of participants at our companies and of interns and conduct regular one-on-one meetings in order to collect and evaluate data and learnings; utilize these learnings to constantly improve the internship experience on both sides;
  • Assist in the development of content for Ada social media platforms, blogs, and program websites in order to drive engagement of internal and external constituents and the public;
  • Update all related documentation (agreement, handbook, code of conduct, playbook etc.) as needed, in collaboration with Ada staff and TSNE MissionWorks staff where appropriate;
  • Manage to outcome values as set per program goals.

The Program Manager is expected to demonstrate a solid level of program management expertise, be data driven, and have a bias towards taking proactive and strategic action.


  • Minimum of 5+ years of relevant experience and/or training, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in an educational service, customer service, and/or recruitment environment;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communication, Education, or related field is preferred; 
  • General knowledge of the higher education sector is preferred. Adult education and learning is a plus;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends, as the organizational and student programmatic needs dictate; 
  • Strong organizational management skills; ability to develop work plans, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to maintain a calm, efficient, and good-humored approach to working in a fast-paced, highly productive environment;
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with people from historically marginalized communities (e.g., communities of color, Tribal and Native communities, poor people, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ communities, etc.);
  • Proven success working independently and in teams;
  •  Ability to mediate differences of opinion, to think critically and with foresight, to carry out assignments with limited direction, adapt to change, be nimble and flexible; 
  • Enthusiastic support of Ada’s mission and the ability to champion it at many different levels and to differing audiences.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Talk, hear and see in the normal range, with or without correction;
  • Use hands and fingers and handle and feel objects, tools and or controls;
  • Travel to sites and meetings around the region that may require walking and climbing;
  • Stand; walk; sit (usually for longer periods of time); reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

We strongly encourage people of color and others, who will bring a strong commitment to, and previous success, supporting populations of diverse cultural perspectives to apply.

Time Commitment

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week).

To Apply

Please include a resume and cover letter in your online application.

Apply online here.

TSNE MissionWorks and Ada Developers Academy envision a society grounded in principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors each individual as a whole person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work. We value the unique talents and contributions of each of our employees.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/Ada Developers Academy will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status, or any other factor prohibited by law.