Associate Instructor

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(8/31/2020 8:31 AM)
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Ada Developers Academy


Ada Developers Academy (ADA) (, a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE (, is an intensive software developer training program for women and gender diverse people. 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.


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 Instructional Assistant is responsible for preparing students for software development careers by supporting the teaching of students. The Instructional Assistant works with the instructional team to deliver high-quality, consistent feedback to the students and continuously develop Ada’s curriculum:

  • Work collaboratively with the instructional team to provide feedback on student assignments, highlighting best coding practices and design patterns;
  • Own the delivery of student study sessions and tutoring sessions. This includes curating curriculum material to learning goals and delivery needs, including after-hours meetings;
  • Communicate regularly with instructional team about student progress during tutoring or other sessions owned by the Instructional Assistant;
  • Deliver classroom lectures for the instructional team when requested;
  • Communicate empathetically with new learners and set up a positive environment for learning, including instilling a sense of strong community and collaboration over competition;
  • Contribute to curriculum design: writing lessons, creating projects and exercises;
  • Conduct technical interviews for incoming students as part of the admissions process. This includes evaluating skill set, desire and ability to learn and problem solving proficiency;
  • Grow personal technical and teaching skills through knowledge-transfer, mentorship and self-study.


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


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

  • Professional or volunteer teaching experience in an educational institution or program;
  • Professional or significant academic experience with object-oriented programming, web development and/or data structures and algorithms;
  • High aptitude for learning and applying programming best-practices and industry trends;
  • Desire to grow technical and teaching skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Stellar intra and interpersonal skills;
  • High emotional intelligence;
  • Demonstrated and proven commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • High-energy self-starter and presenter;
  • Knowledge of (or willingness to learn about) social justice topics, such as privilege, microaggressions, etc.

TSNE/Ada Developers Academy 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/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.  


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