• Director of Education

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/9/2019 8:53 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Workforce Development and Employment
    Fiscal Sponsorship Projects
    Location : Name
    Ada Developers Academy
  • Overview

    Ada Developers Academy (ADA) (www.adadevelopersacademy.org), located in downtown Seattle, provides an intensive software developer training program for women and gender diverse people 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 Ada classroom, and five months of internship at local sponsor companies where students refine their skills working on real-world code. Ada is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks (www.tsne.org).


    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.



    The Director of Education (Director) reports to the Executive Director and serves as a member of Ada’s Leadership Team. The Director is a results-driven, influential thought leader who builds and champions learning initiatives across the dynamic, ever-changing, fast-paced world of software development technology. In this role, the Director will closely partner and collaborate with the Executive Director, the staff and other industry leaders to develop educational curriculum in alignment with learning initiatives, which tie into the overarching organizational strategy. The Director will leverage their strong program development skills, project management skills, content development capabilities, and facilitation skills to bring these initiatives to fruition.


    Working collaboratively with Ada internal staff and the Executive Director, the Director identifies and anticipates critical gaps in our learning and development programs and services, and ensures appropriate action is taken to address these including policy and program creation, etc.


    Leadership and Team Management (Continually overlaid in all duties)


    Provide leadership and manage the Instructional and Development (I&D) Team

    • Manage the day-to-day operations of the I&D Team;
    • Manage a team of professionals who consult, create, and deliver training and developmental strategies across Ada;
    • Lead I&D projects, workflow, and general project timelines;
    • Responsible for supervision, staff development and career enrichment for the I&D Team;
    • Provide leadership and supervision to the I&D Team through effective objective setting, delegation, and ongoing communications. Works to build a highly effective, results-oriented team.
    • Hire staff, evaluate job performance, and take corrective action where performance is not meeting acceptable standards;
    • As a member of the leadership team, participate in setting the vision and goals for student Instruction and Development in alignment with Ada’s overall strategic goals;
    • Identify, develop, and coordinate the delivery and implementation of training as appropriate;
    • Provide measurable feedback to the I&D Team as well as suggestions for improved performance;

    Program Development and Management

    • Perform organizational needs assessment in collaboration with staff and Ada leadership;
    • Partner with team members to create a multiyear Instructional & Development strategic plan and roadmap;
    • Gain and maintain a full working knowledge of the local and regional software industry to work alongside staff and leaders in designing effective training programs;
    • Adopt a blended approach of employing training techniques including classroom sessions, coaching, e-learning, etc.;
    • Identify needs and manage the development of a variety of training curricula, aids, and materials to achieve training goals;
    • Develop, deliver, and assess learning programming;
    • Optimize and redesign curriculum as needed;
    • Conduct follow-up studies and activities for all completed training to evaluate and measure results;
    • Partner with the Executive Director and organizational leaders to assess Ada graduates and the ability of them to help fulfill industry needs; Craft timely solutions to optimize current programming and introduce new programming in support of Ada’s
    • Design and deliver training programs specifically tied to organization initiatives and strategic goals, with a heavy focus on developing the most competitive and diverse workforce, where retention of Ada graduates is at a high level;
    • Maintain high-quality standards for delivery and sustainability of core curriculum and programs;
    • Create and manage Ada’s communication strategy for promoting and highlighting key training processes and activities;
    • Leverage resources to build a library of self-service materials;
    • Perform other duties as


    • Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communications, (e., verbal, written, one-on-one and groups, etc.)
    • Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams, to achieve positive results;
    • Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives and obligations, and for solving problems while representing the mission, vision, and values of the organization;
    • Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes, and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience;
    • Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness, and honesty despite internal and external pressures; acts consistently with TSNE’s ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs.
    • Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values, and contributes to Ada’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.

    Functional Expertise

    • Organizational Acumen: Able to size up situations, balance reason and the interest of others, and to act in a decisive, timely, and appropriate manner that is congruent with Ada's mission values and goals to achieve success.
    • Innovation Management: Able to anticipate market trends and to be effective in facilitating and managing creative processes to achieve results both personally and with others;
    • Planning & Implementing: Ability to develop strategies, measures for success, and feasible timelines for successful project implementation and execution.


    • People Builder: Committed to developing others to become leaders;
    • Driving Results: Effectively communicates objectives and guides direct reports and team members to make decisions and achieve goals;
    • Organizational Planning: Develops and manages comprehensive team goals and measures team progress while balancing short-term and long-term priorities that are consistent with the organization’s mission, priorities, and goals;
    • Managing Conflict: Recognizes and addresses conflicts and disagreements in a safe and respectful environment, manages conflicts collaboratively, and builds consensus with the best interests of the organization in mind.


    We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

    • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Education, Instructional Design, Content Management, or related field and four years of experience in content development, training, or a related field; A graduate degree is preferred;
    • 7-10 years academic administration experience preferably in adult education;
    • Experience leading staff, teams and projects;
    • Proficient in building training programs in alignment with Ada’s business strategy;
    • Technical aptitude with new technologies and blended-learning solutions;
    • Ability to work effectively across all levels of an organization.
    • Displays a positive attitude, shows concern for people and community, demonstrates presence, self-confidence, humility, common sense, and excellent listening ability;
    • Leadership: Coaches, mentors and challenges others to excel despite perceived obstacles and challenging situations;
    • Innovative Thinker and Problem-solver: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem-solving; takes initiative to explore issues and finds potential innovative solutions;
    • Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations, including a virtual work environment;
    • Commitment to Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others;
    • Diversity and Social Justice: Committed to and sensitive to social justice and to diversity inclusion and intersectionality in all forms; respects and is committed to learning from others; This is critical in evangelizing our mission;
    • Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed work plans, and balancing of multiple priorities; communicates regularly with others.

    TSNE MissionWorks/Ada envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each 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.


    As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/Ada 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.  


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