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About Pursuit

Our mission is to create economic transformation. By training low-income adults to launch and advance careers as software engineers, we help our Fellows go from earning $18,000 to over $90,000 starting salary on average, adding an estimated $2M in lifetime earnings. Pursuit partners with leading companies like Blackstone, USV, Citi, Peloton, and Uber to employ Fellows in career-defining engineering roles and supports them with on-the-job training to ensure potential translates to performance. Since 2013, Pursuit has created ~$1B in total lifetime wage gains, creating lasting economic mobility that spans generations. 

Pursuit’s proven solution is built on two interconnected components: training (which includes community development, Core pre-job training, and Commit on-the-job training) and a financial product (known as Bond). However, growing training alone will not meet the magnitude of need nor solve new societal challenges ahead. The typical expectation is to expand our training to other cities, but this will not come anywhere close to creating good jobs for millions of low-income Americans. Instead, our strategy for scaled impact is to evolve our financial product and create tools for other organizations, jobs, and places. We believe that this will not only create good jobs for millions of low-income Americans but will also generate a new trillion-dollar market directly tied to results in the long term.

We are One Big Team

The passionate and collaborative team at Pursuit gives its all to achieve our mission. And it’s not just staff. We work with employer partners that love hiring our Fellows because they are so well prepared, ranging from big financial firms to scrappy startups, and everything in between. We also activate and engage hundreds of volunteers who come from all areas of the tech industry. These experts and professionals help keep our curriculum fresh and our standards for achievement high by participating in our admissions process, as well as program-specific activities such as interview training, DemoDays, Hackathons, and Capstone projects. Please be sure to review our company values, posted on our website, which will help provide further context on additional concepts that impact how we work here at Pursuit. 

We are expanding our programs to reach even more individuals from low-income backgrounds, and we need more Technical Coaches (Instructors) to train them. Our instructional staff plays a vital role in Pursuit’s mission by teaching our Fellows the technical and coding skills necessary for their future as software engineers. But beyond that, our instructors are truly instrumental in helping our fellows change their lives, by instilling the confidence and reenforcing the persistence they will need to embark on this new career path. 

As a Technical Coach/Instructor you will: 

  • Share your knowledge and love of technology with a class of adult learners by leading technical instruction via lectures, activity-based learning workshops, code reviews, and projects.
  • You’ll receive support from Instructional Associates (IA) and guide their development as instructional professionals.
  • You will work with our existing robust curriculum created by our in-house team. Instructors at Pursuit are encouraged to contribute feedback, ideas, improvements, activities, and assets to our curriculum.
  • Create a positive and professional learning environment, fostering a community that goes beyond the classroom.
  • Participate in weekly meetings with the larger program team to track cohort progress through our technical curriculum.
  • Empower Fellows to learn how to create websites and software, leveraging different technologies and coding languages, and instilling a love of learning new tech stacks, which they will need to continue doing in their careers.

What you need to be considered for an Instructor role: 

  • A deep-rooted and sincere passion for technology, with a desire to help diversify engineering teams and provide further accessibility to tech-oriented careers
  • AS or BS in Computer Science is preferred but not required
  • Minimum 2 years in software engineering 
  • Experience teaching web development, either in a formal instructor role or as a manager or lead for other engineers
  • Solid tech skills and professional experience working with front- and back-end JavaScript, for example, Node.js, React/Redux, and Postgres—expect that knowledge to be tested throughout the interview process
  • Experience teaching adult learners or coaching/mentoring junior engineers is highly preferred
  • Ability to coach and mentor with empathy, while holding Fellows accountable for their development

Where you’ll work: 

  • In-office, in our Long Island City HQ office, full-time. 

When you’ll work: 

  • Monday - Friday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST
  • Additional flexibility may be required as we adjust our class schedule going forward

Pursuit offers

  • Great culture where transparency, respect, teamwork, and kindness are valued
  • Data-driven curriculum and teaching methods that we always strive to improve
  • Excellent curriculum team that collaborates with instructors
  • Full-time employment with a program structure designed to give Instructors much-needed time off in between cohorts
  • Opportunities to grow your dev skills by creating and contributing to internal applications and tools 
  • Managers who are trained engineers and educators, and who understand what technical instructors need to grow and thrive
  • Competitive compensation in base, plus bonus and a full benefits package
  • Unlimited PTO and an all-Pursuit week-long holiday the last week of December

Compensation: $110,000-$140,000

Pursuit Values Diversity

Our team has a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, and we value the richness that diversity brings to our organization. We welcome new perspectives and affirm that all employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, familial or marital status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuit is an equal opportunity employer.

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