Summary

We're looking for someone to help teach graduates from less privileged backgrounds to become exceptional software developers. If you have 1+ year(s) of professional experience as a software developer (particularly using JavaScript, Python or Ruby), have excellent communication skills and experience or interest in teaching, we'd love to hear from you.

Company

Sigma Labs' (https://www.sigmalabs.xyz/) mission is to put graduates from less privileged backgrounds on a high performance trajectory to become future technology leaders, if they so choose. Our first program is software engineering (data science next).

The business is founded on two beliefs:

  • Exceptional talent is missed everyday: talent is equally distributed, opportunity is not. The common heuristics used to judge graduates, such as which university they attend, mean that lots of genuine talent is overlooked. We rigorously source this talent while advancing the science of assessment to ensure we find and help amazing talent. This is the first half of our mission;

  • Exceptional training changes outcomes: the most effective learning practises are rarely used because the institutions that invest in the training - e.g. schools & universities – are not incentivised based upon quality of the learning. Yet Bloom’s seminal educational research proved that the right methods can change learning outcomes by 2 standard deviations (2 sigmas). This is monumental, and the focus of the second half of our mission.

We seek hardworking, curious graduates from lower income backgrounds and provide world class technical training. We then employ them for 2 years & contract them to clients who require flexible talent solutions.

The Coding Coach will be helping to build an innovative Coding Academy which:

  • pushes the frontiers of ‘teaching coding’ through learning excellence and constant iteration;

  • uses the most engaging and effective learning methodologies: from individual & group self-directed investigative learning to war gaming, real world problems, pupil/coach reversal, etc.

  • outputs excellent junior coders after 12 weeks (with continued development part time for 2 years).

Role & responsibilities

This is a role that might suit either, someone who wants to help a one-off cohort, or someone looking to grow with us longer term: initially shadowing & assisting another lead Coding Coach and ex-CTO for a cohort, with a view to leading the teaching in subsequent cohorts & ultimately helping us build a world class coding academy.

What?

  • Coaching students (individually & in groups) on all aspects of their journey learning to code;

  • Regularly checking in with students, answering questions & helping them overcome problems;

  • Participating in code reviews, pair programming interviews and other activities;

  • Running workshops and live coding demonstrations;

  • Improving and extending the curriculum, based on your own professional experiences;

  • In time, training other coaches and helping the students deliver real world projects.

How?

  • Obsessing over the learning & experience: effective, long lasting, inspiring, realistic and practical. Ultimately, we’ll have a graduate for 12 weeks full time, and then 2 years intermittently. In these 2 years, we want to give them the tools to come out on top whatever happens after this.

Why?

  • To change the trajectory of talent from less privileged backgrounds, by providing a pivotal 2 year job.

Requirements

  • Experience with & knowledge of:

    • Full Stack Web Development: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, React, SQL, API design, deployment.

    • Development best practice: object oriented programming, automated testing, version control, agile development practices, dependency management, command line essentials;

  • Minimum one year professional experience of software development.

  • Some experience (even if informal) of teaching, training or coaching others.

  • Good communication skills and confidence when presenting.

  • A patient, empathetic & curious attitude.

Nice to have

  • Experience teaching programming to adults;

  • Knowledge of Deno, TypeScript, data science (concepts and tools), dev ops;

  • Interest in education best practice (mastery learning, spaced repetition, flipped classrooms, etc

Why work at Sigma Labs?

As well as the opportunity to make a real impact on the lives of people from less advantaged backgrounds alongside a passionate team of coworkers, we offer:

  • A competitive salary (£40-60k, depending on experience) or day rate

  • £1000 annual learning and development budget

  • A flexible £50/month budget for health and wellness to go on anything from Oddbox fruit deliveries, to gyms or mental health

  • Regular in-person and virtual social events

Values and Behaviours

These will develop as we grow and we want this role the help shape them in the future

  • Selflessness: it’s all about the team. It means being part of something bigger. If you fall, we’ll pick you up. If you’re leading, it is to help inspire and carry others;

  • Thoughtful trust: it is critical that we are able to disagree with & challenge one another, so it is also important that we are kind and know what it means to build long term trusting relationships;

  • Performance in the moment: what we did last year, the universities we went to, the grades we got…aren’t that important. High performing teams care about what we’re doing right now, today. We believe the mission is worthwhile, so it matters that we win…because it is through winning that we have an impact;

  • Constant improvement: we’re rigorous about defined goals, measurement & adjustment – without them, improvement is impossible. We take notes, read & practise: we’re geeks through discipline or love of the grind;

  • High cadence curiosity: these can conflict, but it’s a healthy balance that drives our hard work, deep interest in people and slight obsession with the right answers and correct decisions. We have a huge challenge - it matters that we progress every day in the right direction.


Salary range £40,000 — 60,000