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Software Development Instructor/Teacher, Ada Developers Academy

Seattle, WA
May / 12 / 2017

The Organization

Ada Developers Academy (Ada), a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks, is an intensive software developer training program for women and non-binary persons. 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, seven months in the classroom, and five months of internship, where students refine their skills working on real-world code.

At Ada, teachers lead by example, demonstrating their passion for learning and their commitment to a high standard of excellence. In addition to excellent instruction on the core concepts of web development, teachers lead discussions, guide inquiry, support students in their projects and challenges, and provide feedback to students and each other.

Job Summary

The Software Development Instructor is responsible for preparing students for software development careers by teaching our 6-month intensive programming training course to students who are otherwise not prepared to enter the Tech industry as developers.

Essential Job Functions

  • Lead classes, giving interactive lectures and leading programming exercises for approximately three hours per day;
  • Work with the classroom team to provide consistent, high quality education to Ada students every day;
  • Create and grade daily lesson plans, assignments, and projects;
  • Manage student pairing and grouping and provide guidance through team projects;
  • Design and conduct periodic student assessments, and provide detailed, actionable, and constructive feedback to students;
  • Communicate empathetically with new learners and set up a positive environment for learning, including instilling a sense of strong community and collaboration over competition;
  • Design and manage processes for effective student learning; willingness and passion to grow as an educator in methodologies and pedagogy;
  • Maintain and contribute to overarching open source curriculum in your areas of focus (JavaScript, Ruby, Rails, HTML/CSS, Computer Science Fundamentals, etc.);
  • Prepare for and communicate with guest speakers and instructors;
  • Work with volunteer mentors to maximize student learning;
  • Commit to, practice, and instill in our students Ada’s core values around collaboration over competition, inclusion, and advocacy for self and others.


As an instructor at Ada Developers Academy, you should be passionate about teaching and excited to take part in directly addressing the diversity imbalance in computer software careers. In addition, the following skills are required:

  • One or more years of previous teaching experience in an educational institution or program;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Stellar intra and interpersonal skills;
  • High EQ;
  • Leadership and group facilitation experience, particularly with multiple cultures and backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated and proven commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • High-energy self-starter and presenter;
  • Experience in programming, with a high aptitude for learning and applying programming concepts languages;
  • Knowledge of (or willingness to learn about) social justice topics, such as: privilege, macroaggressions, etc.;
  • Ability to wear multiple hats and work in a start-up like culture, getting things done and contributing to a constantly learning and growing organization.

It would also be great if you have any of the following, although it is not required:

  • One or more years of production software development experience in current web technologies;
  • Open source contributions;
  • Experience giving conference talks;
  • Knowledge of the hiring process for developers;
  • Experience with Ruby on Rails and/or Javascript;
  • Strong familiarity with MacOS and iOS operating systems;
  • Expertise deploying and managing web applications.


Starting salary for this position is $103,000. A generous benefits package is included.

To Apply

We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and cover letter.

Apply online here.

We do accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:

TSNE MissionWorks
NonProfit Center, 7th floor
Attn: HR – 89 South Street
Boston, MA 02111

Or Fax: 617.523.2070

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Ada Developers Academy will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification and veteran or disability status.