CoderDojo Foundation Ireland (CDI) are excited to announce that Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has awarded funding for the creation of a new position to further develop and support the CoderDojo Community in Ireland.

Applications for this brand new position of CoderDojo Ireland Coordinator are now being taken on www.coderdojo.ie and via other channels.  Expected to be appointed for two years initially, the successful candidate, who will be highly organised and dynamic, will help grow CoderDojo in Ireland in many ways, including supporting existing Dojos, helping to set up new Dojos, and, in particular, developing corporate partnerships.

The CoderDojo Ireland Coordinator will organise regular regional Mentor meet-ups and coordinate between the teams of volunteers that are running MegaDojos in Ireland. MegaDojo.ie aims to introduce 1024 kids to code in one location as part of a series of annual community-led events. MegaDojo.ie originated in Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) in 2015. Megadojo East-West in 2017 took place in LIT and Maynooth University. In 2018 it will run in LIT, Maynooth University, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LkIT) on the 13th of October 2018.

Founded in Cork in 2011 by James Whelton and Bill Liao, CoderDojo has experienced phenomenal growth worldwide, with over 1,600 Dojos in 75 countries by early 2018. In 2017 CoderDojo Foundation (CDF), the global arm of CoderDojo, merged with Raspberry Pi Foundation, giving many more young people around the world the opportunity to learn how to code and create.

With the assistance of CDF, CoderDojo Foundation Ireland (CDI) has recently been set up to focus on engaging and supporting the CoderDojo community.  With the continuing and much appreciated support and collaboration of CDF, along with the recognition and financial backing from SFI,  CDI looks forward to bringing our first employee on board in order to help achieve our objective of “Using code to light a spark, empowering the next generation of creators”.

 

Job Description

This role is to engage with and support both the existing CoderDojo community in Ireland and those setting up new Dojos in Ireland under the direction of the board of CDI.

 

Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting existing voluntary Champions and Mentors in Dojos in Ireland.
  • Assisting interested parties to set up Dojos in their local community.
  • Locating new Champions to lead Dojos where there is demand which cannot be met by existing Dojos
  • Working with existing Dojos to support their expansion or the formation of new Dojos in their area.
  • Develop, in conjunction with CDI, corporate partnerships to help sustain and support the CoderDojo movement in Ireland.
  • Organise a series of regional Mentor Meetups. These would aim to foster the sharing of information and expertise, and maximise Mentor development across the community in addition to being an opportunity to encourage new Mentors to volunteer for existing and new Dojos.
  • Liaise with each MegaDojo team – MegaDojo is an annual regional community-led event bringing 1024 young people together at a coding immersion day, especially targeted at people not currently involved in the CoderDojo movement.
  • Report work progress as required with board of CDI, its Chair, and its nominated SFI project manager
  • Meet regularly with the Community Coordinator at CDF in order to streamline workflow and maximise cooperation towards shared objectives
  • Develop relationships working towards corporate partnerships with a view to building a solid funding base to support and sustain the future of CDI.

 

Requirements for appointment

  • Legal eligibility to work in Ireland
  • Full clean driving license and own car
  • Motivated, highly organised and able to work independently
  • Experience of working within a team of volunteers
  • Familiarity with current state of play within informal technology education and the maker movement
  • Excellent communication, decision making and project management skills
  • Competent in delivering presentations in public
  • Familiarity with a broad range of social media platforms

 

Preferences

  • Experience as a volunteer, mentor or Champion within a Dojo or similar group
  • Working knowledge of the Irish Coderdojo landscape
  • Experience of coordinating, developing and supporting the work of teams
  • Have an understanding of and experience in either the Computer Science or Education field, and ideally both

 

Benefits

  • Travel & subsistence allowance at the standard rate
  • 24 days’ leave, plus public holidays

 

Location:

Flexible as you will be required to travel all over Ireland to Dojos and event venues.

 

Rate:

€32,000 – €36,000, dependent on experience

 

Closing date:

3pm on  Friday 26th April 2018

How to apply:

Please send cover letter and CV to careers@coderdojo.ie

 

 

 

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