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Cohort Lead

Job Description and Requirements

RBK Cohort Lead

RBK is a program for motivated students interested in careers in software engineering or computer programming. In four months, we transform ambitious amateurs to coding professionals.

We are a premier advanced immersive program that produces market-ready full-stack Software Engineers with key skill sets demanded by industry. Students train 12+ hours a day, 6 days a week, over 13 weeks in a curriculum focused on computer science fundamentals and JavaScript.

Employees enjoy a fun, collegial startup environment genuinely committed to employee health and wellness, and filled with talented, hard-working and fun people. You will be surrounded by friendly, brilliant, and mission-driven professionals who work hard to provide the best student experience of its kind in the world.

We are looking for a Cohort Lead to strengthen and grow our industry leading program.

What You'll Do:

  • Lead the 5-6 person instructional team
  • Understand how the program works in detail (even though the subject matter may be technical and foreign to you)
  • Understand the role of the different players on the instructional team

  • Promote RBK’s method of Guided Discovery across the instructional team

  • Train and coach Tech Mentor, Counselor and Student Experience Coordinator

  • Promote eXtreme Learning

  • Be well versed in program delivery approaches and standard methodologies

  • Lead student experience and program success through class-wide, small group, and individual reflection sessions

  • Stay on top of the perceptions and feelings and needs of the class. Handle difficult issues such as impostor syndrome, group conflicts, and truancy

  • Be accountable for the success for all metrics pertaining to the cohort, including placement rate, satisfaction ratings, starting salary, health and happiness of students

  • Responsible for the health of academic and cultural student pipeline from admissions through job placement

  • Understand what drives 5-star program reviews, strong academic results and successful job placement

  • Maintain accurate, deep, real-time data on how students are scoring across these dimensions, working with other members of the instruction team as required

  • Suss out the reasons behind student success issues / risks

  • Resolve remedial solutions and craft, rollout & run associated action plans

  • Deliver (often difficult) feedback to students that improve outcomes and result in positive sentiment

  • Serve as support and safety net for instructional team and elevate issues appropriately

  • Maintain RBK’s high Net Promoter Score (NPS)

What We're Looking For:

  • Trustworthy, confident public speaker with high social and emotional intelligence who can speak in front of groups large and small
  • Be committed to upholding and promoting RBK Values

  • Be a strong leader & people person

  • Be able to establish a strong presence in a group setting, facilitate conversation, manage several direct reports and exercise solid judgement

  • Be able to draw the correct conclusions about student academic and emotional performance

  • Predict needed job-seeker remediations and creates effective action plans accurately and easily

  • Be able to work with diverse staff, students, and stakeholder groups (execs, alums, partner schools, etc)

  • Be a versatile writer: Able to craft clear, succinct, tactful, effective and situationally appropriate writing styles (e.g. instructional emails, discussion follow-ups, process documentation, etc.)

  • Be an effective verbal communicator: Able to guide expectations, provide pushback for unreasonable requests in a ‘tough-but-fair’ manner, and guide student attitudes toward growth mindsets

  • Be an empathetic and compassionate listener: Able to exercise active listening and guide students towards deeper understandings of their experiences

  • Be a strong well-being & emotional support coach: Able to promote co-curricular student development of interpersonal and professional skills

  • Be etail oriented and systematic

  • Be data-driven: Able to distinguish between intuition and hard data, to ultimately utilize data analysis to make and execute decisions. Utilizes a data-driven approach to problem solving, iteration, and improvement

  • Be passionate about teaching: Excited by the prospect of helping our team educate the next generation of software engineers!

  • Have prior professional experience in roles such as teacher, facilitator, counselor, personal coach, personal trainer, actor / director etc.

  • While the position doesn’t require software engineering skills, you should have an interest/ability to learn the components that are necessary for success in this role (which will be supplied to you).

  • A sense of humor is a must!

  • Bonus: Experience with digital literacy training

  • Double bonus: Experience with constructivist pedagogies such as collaborative learning, fail-based learning, Agile / pair learning, problem / project-based learning

  • Triple bonus: expertise in a Socratic dialog

Benefits & Perks:

  • 3 meals a day during the immersive phase

  • 8 weeks paid time off annually

  • Inspiring workplace and motivated colleagues

  • Health and benefits according to RBK polices

To apply for this job,2 actions are requried.

First, please submit a resume with your application. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions. Responses to each question should be short and direct - no more than 1-2 sentences each.

  1. How do you define the success of a team?
  2. How do you manage stress among your team members?
  3. What is your biggest management weakness?
  4. Give an example of a tough decision you had to make.
  5. How do you motivate people?
  6. How do you handle conflict within your team?

Second, make a 60-second video of yourself. State your name, a fun fact about yourself and how you can add value to RBK as the Cohort Lead. Post the video on Youtube (private) and include the link in your cover letter.

Applications without a response to the above questions AND a link to a your video above will not be considered!

Submit applications including resume and cover letter to

RBK provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability.