About Kenzie Academy
Kenzie Academy is a design and coding school breaking down the barriers to entering tech and challenging the oppressive student loan system. We offer a 1-year program as a new alternative to traditional colleges. We aim to tackle a major opportunity gap in America by developing a new talent pool. We’ll achieve this by applying a forward-thinking education model, including project-based learning, critical thinking, and soft-skills training.
The Role: We are looking for a highly experienced instructional designer to join our Learning Science Team. The instructional designer will help to improve and scale our pedagogy to ensure our students learn the necessary skills to be placed in well-paying jobs upon completing their programs. You will report to the Director of Learning Science and work collaboratively with the team of curriculum developers and learning specialists.
What You'll Do:
- Work collaboratively with an academic team of UX Design and Software Engineering subject matter experts (SMEs), curriculum developers, learning specialists, and instructors to design, develop, and support new and existing curriculum
- Recommend changes based on feedback, research, and data to existing curricula, including technology or instructional methods, to enhance the learning experience and scale our instructional bandwidth
- Align curriculum with quality design standards, pedagogical practices, and program outcomes
- Designs learning experiences that support students from various backgrounds and of various levels of English proficiency
- Use learning data to conduct analysis and review of curriculum and program effectiveness
- Determine criteria for evaluating learners’ performance on program learning outcomes to develop and implement the appropriate assessment strategies
- Build and maintain programmatic curriculum maps to ensure alignment of outcomes with assessments, content delivery methods, learning approaches, and accompanying materials
- You have extensive experience developing curriculum and assessments that align to learning outcomes
- You are a master at taking information from a variety of stakeholders and data sets to develop curriculum design recommendations
- You have worked with a variety of tech tools including learning management systems, content management systems, learning data applications, and assessment tools
- You have a solid understanding of instructional methodologies, especially mastery learning, project-based learning, and flipped classroom
- You are able to apply effective and appropriate pedagogical approaches that support student-centered learning
- You have a passion for learning and continuous improvement - you draw from a balance between research-based practices, innovation, and data to drive the instructional design
Nice to Have's:
- Project management experience (Agile-like project management experience would be ideal!)
- Experience with edtech tools such as Canvas and collaborative, cloud-based tools such as Dropbox Paper and Airtable
- Experience with designing curriculum for software engineering and/or web development
About Our Remote Academic Team:
Our remote team is distributed across the continental US. We default to asynchronous communication via Slack, Asana, and Dropbox Paper.
We’re structuring the learning science team to attract individuals who are passionate about teaching the next generation of tech workers, and changing the face of the tech industry. We hope that our workplace flexibility removes barriers that are all too common in the tech industry. Whether you use that flexibility to care for your family, yourself, your community, or the planet—we believe that balancing our energies allows us to deliver our best selves to our students.
Where more clear expectations are desired, we work loosely within an agile framework. We leverage kanban boards to organize our work and we meet every two weeks for sprint review and kick-off.
Our Student Experience
Inclusion & Diversity
Our students come from diverse backgrounds and a majority of our student body identifies with groups underrepresented in tech. This is possible in large part to our income-share agreement(ISA) which allows students to enroll with just a $100 deposit, then pay for their tuition once they get a job. Through our Kenzie Hope pilot program, we are extending ISAsto Dreamers and formerly incarcerated persons who otherwise would not qualify.
We host two annual diversity summits and a weekly book club focusing on underrepresented voices in tech. We are continually questioning our systems and processes, including ongoing interviews with students and staff to highlight potential bias.
Stress & Mindfulness
Both traditional colleges and modern bootcamps can be extremely stressful for students. While Kenzie Academy is rigorous and demanding, we strive to consider our students’ mental health as we build out systems and structures that largely dictate how they spend a year of their lives. We encourage mindfulness throughout the curriculum, practice active listening, and generally start meetings and interactions by “checking in” — sharing how we’re feeling (emotionally and/or physically) and what we’re thinking (what might be distracting us).
Kenzie Academy was founded to tackle a major opportunities gap. Fast-growing technology companies concentrated in expensive coastal cities are struggling to hire tech talent. Meanwhile, a large population of aspiring individuals across the country could help fill these talent needs. Kenzie’s mission is to equip people with the necessary skills, experience, and access needed to build successful careers in tech.
Who We Serve & Where We Work
Kenzie believes access to the forward-looking education required for modern careers should be available to the the best and brightest, regardless of where they come from, or what their financial circumstances are. Demographically, Kenzie focuses on creating access to well-paying tech jobs for individuals from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds. Geographically, Kenzie focuses on catalyzing tech ecosystems in the Midwest.
Kenzie vs. Coding Bootcamps
Kenzie Academy addresses the gap between four-year universities and short term coding bootcamps. As advancements in tech continue to accelerate, traditional universities are struggling to keep up with the latest programming technologies. While coding bootcamps attempt to tackle the skills gap through six to twelve week programs, they produce graduates who are not yet ready to fill the stringent demand of today's employers. Kenzie believes one-year programs are better at preparing graduates for the job market.
Kenzie Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Kenzie does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit, and business need.