We’re hiring: Head of CoderDojo
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Salary: €51,000 – €61,000 p.a. full-time equivalent, dependent on experience
Basis: permanent; full-time, part-time or flexible
Eligibility: you must be eligible to work in Ireland and able to travel regularly to the UK Dublin, Ireland
The CoderDojo Foundation is a Dublin-based educational charity that works to give every child the opportunity to learn how to code and create with technology. We do this through supporting a volunteer-led movement of free computing clubs called CoderDojos.
Founded in July 2011, the movement is based on open-source principles, meaning that anyone anywhere in the world can start a Dojo. There are now more than 2,000 CoderDojos active in over 100 countries, giving over 45,000 young people the opportunity to learn how to create with technology in safe and fun spaces, supported by volunteer mentors. The CoderDojo team is based in Dogpatch Labs, a co-working space in the city centre of Dublin where we also run a Dojo for local young people twice a month.
We are part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation family, a UK-based charity whose mission is to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. Together we represent one of the largest, sustained global efforts to help young people learn computing and digital making. You can read more about our mission, values, and goals in our 2018–2020 strategy.
We are looking for a new Head of CoderDojo to help us expand our reach and increase our impact. Reporting to the Managing Director of Youth Programmes, you will lead a Dublin-based team of eight colleagues who are focused on growing, sustaining, and supporting a global community of more than 2,000 CoderDojos.
You will be responsible for shaping the CoderDojo brand and volunteer experience and for designing and implementing interventions that ensure that young people attending Dojos have meaningful learning experiences. In doing so, you will work closely with colleagues producing learning resources, training programmes, and online platforms.
The ideal candidate will have experience of working with volunteer-led, community-based movements. You need to be an experienced people manager, able to get the best out of a talented team you directly manage, and able to work collaboratively with colleagues in other parts of the Foundation.
CoderDojo is a global movement, so while you will support Dojos running in Ireland, your remit will be international. Therefore, you’ll need to be comfortable when developing partnerships with organisations all over the world, and when adapting the support we provide so that it is useful in different countries and contexts. You’ll also need to be an excellent communicator, with the ability to represent the Foundation and CoderDojo movement externally.
You don’t need to have knowledge of coding or computer science, but you do need to share our passion for helping young people learn how to create with technology. A background in education or youth work would be an advantage.
We strive to make the Foundation a place where talented people who care about our mission can do the best work of their careers. We have a flexible and collaborative approach to all aspects of our work. If you’re the right person for the job, we’ll make it work for you and you can be confident that you’ll be working with an exceptional team.
- Define and develop the CoderDojo brand and experience, based on a deep understanding of the community of volunteers and young people that we support
- Provide leadership and line management to the CoderDojo team (currently 8 people) responsible for growing, sustaining, and supporting a global community of over 2,000 CoderDojos
- Develop and implement strategies to grow the community of CoderDojos, to support existing Dojos to continue running, and to improve the learning experience for young people attending Dojos
- Ensure that CoderDojos are safe spaces for young people to attend by developing and implementing appropriate safeguarding policies and practices
- Collaborate with the Digital Products team to improve the online tools and services that we provide to the CoderDojo community
- Work closely with the Marketing and Events team on the successful implementation of our Coolest Projects International event, which includes supporting our collaboration with the volunteer implementation team, directing event promotion, and ensuring regional partners have the support they need to run their own Coolest Projects events
- Support fundraising efforts, including working with the Foundation’s Partnerships and Fundraising team to develop and sustain relationships with funding partners
- Manage the CoderDojo Foundation budget, and lead on business planning and performance reporting for the team
- As a member of our leadership team, contribute to the overall mission, strategy, and direction of the Raspberry Pi Foundation
- Represent the Foundation to external audiences, including through writing blogs, giving talks, running workshops, and other activities
Experience and personal attributes
You should have:
- Experience of growing and supporting volunteer-led, community-based movements
- Experience of leading and managing a team, with a track record of developing and supporting high-performing teams
- Experience of setting objectives and measures, creating plans, and managing performance effectively
- Outstanding communication skills, with the confidence and credibility to engage with a wide variety of audiences
- A passion for technology, education, or digital making, and familiarity with the ecosystems and communities related to these fields
You’ll ideally have experience of:
- Working on educational programmes that engage with young people
- Working on programmes that run in more than one country
- User research and design methods
- Developing or maintaining relationships with funding partners
In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a range of benefits for all of our colleagues, including:
- 24 days’ annual leave
- A generous company pension scheme of 8% employer and 4% employee contributions
- Life assurance and long-term illness insurance
- Generous family leave
- Flexible work hours as needed, to fit around childcare or other commitments
- Bike-to-work scheme
- Investment in professional development and learning
- Monthly maker days to improve your digital making skills
- Monthly all-staff meetings and socials
- Fresh fruit, tea, coffee in all our offices
Timetable for applications
Closing date: 9 March
Phone interviews: 12/13 March
- First round: 24 March at TechHub in London, UK
- Second round: 31 March at DogPatch Labs, Dublin, Ireland