We’re hiring a Community Intern

Location: Dublin

Salary: €22500
Basis: full-time six-month internship (possibility of extension to twelve months)
Eligibility: you must be eligible to work in Ireland

About us

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 the volunteer-led CoderDojo movement. Founded in July 2011, the movement is based on open-source principles, meaning that anyone anywhere in the world can start a Dojo. Clubs (Dojos) run all over the world on a regular basis, giving young people between the ages of 7 and 17 the opportunity to learn how to build websites, apps, programs, and games, and to explore technology.

The first Dojo was started six years ago, and there are now more than 1700 active Dojos in 75 countries, giving 45000 young people the opportunity to learn how to code in a fun, social environment.

In May 2017, we merged with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a UK-based charity that has the mission to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. We want more people to be able to harness the power of digital technologies for work, to solve problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively. Together with Raspberry Pi, 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.

The CoderDojo Foundation staff is a team of fifteen people based in Dublin. Our offices are in Dogpatch Labs, a co-working space in the city centre, where we also run a Dojo for local young people twice a month. We are passionate about education and technology. We are also known for playing card games over lunch. If you are looking to have a real-world impact, then this is the organisation and role for you. Find more information about our team here.

The role

The CoderDojo Foundation provides support for the movement by, for example, guiding people through the process of starting a Dojo, responding to queries from parents, young people, and volunteers, and ensuring that all community members can access the available tools and resources. We are new looking for a Community Support Intern to help us best support and scale the movement globally.

You will answer support queries from Dojo volunteers online and in community calls, and help us identify and address issues volunteers commonly face. You’ll also research potential partners, and assist in developing resources for Dojos and building our network of volunteer translators.

While we expect you to come with an impressive track record, you will be joining a fast-growing non-profit organisation that offers unparalleled opportunities for development and growth. We pride ourselves on being a brilliant place to work, with a fantastic team, and positive work culture.

Main responsibilities

  • Support champions and mentors in managing their Dojos, identify common challenges facing Dojos, and work with the community team to develop strategies and initiatives to overcome these
  • Research potential partners who can support CoderDojo through hosting Dojos or providing mentors, e.g. libraries, corporations, government and educational institutions, etc.
  • Support in the delivery of online engagement opportunities, such as termly Twitter chats, open community calls, etc.
  • Assist in the development of supporting content and materials
  • Build our network of volunteer translators to translate content and resources for the global community
  • Carry out ad hoc office duties

Experience and personal attributes

You should have:

  • Superb customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • An investigative and logical mind
  • A keen interest in digital making, education, and the surrounding ecosystem
  • Excellent admin and organisational skills
  • A professional, friendly disposition, and the ability to deliver a high standard even under pressure
  • The ability to work independently and use your own judgement

You’ll ideally have experience of:

  • Working with volunteers
  • Project management
  • Additional language(s) are a plus

Benefits

In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a range of additional benefits for all of our colleagues, including:

  • 24 days’ leave, plus public holidays.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Pension with 8% employer and 4% employee contributions.
  • Life assurance and long-term illness insurance.
  • Good support for working parents, including family leave policy.
  • Cycle to work, season ticket loan, and childcare voucher schemes

Timetable for applications

Closing date: midday Thursday 19th April 2018
Face-to-face interviews: 19–23 April 2018


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