Chapter Lead

Ladies Learning Code

We are always on the lookout for smart, entrepreneurial, tech-savvy women (or men) with overwhelming initiative to help us bring Ladies Learning Code to cities across North America.

Empower women (and men) to learn beginner-friendly technical skills, build your network of technical and tech-savvy people in your city, gain experience planning large and small workshops and events, and make a bit of money working part-time for a non-profit doing cool work.

If you’re interested in joining the Ladies Learning Code team as a Chapter Lead, please get in touch with us via the application below.

About Ladies Learning Code

Ladies Learning Code was founded in Toronto in August of 2011. We’re an incorporated not-for-profit organization, and we run wildly popular workshops for women (and men) who want to learn beginner-friendly programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way. Our first workshop sold out in less than a day, and within our first year almost 2000 women (and men) had participated in a Ladies Learning Code workshop. Since then, we’ve expanded to over 29 Chapter communities and reached over 50,000 Canadians with our digital literacy initiatives!

Would you like to:

  • Help women (and men) learn beginner-friendly technical skills in a social and collaborative way?
  • Build your network of technical and tech-savvy people in your city?
  • Gain experience in running large and small workshops and events?
  • Make a bit of money working part-time for a non-profit organization doing cool work?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you may be who we’re looking for!

Responsibilities:

Organize one full-day Ladies Learning Code workshop per month (except in December) that meets the following criteria:

  • Capacity: 20 participants or more
  • A 4:1 ratio of students-to-instructors is required at every workshop (we call these talented volunteers “mentors”)
  • Workshops should take place on Saturdays or Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm and are BYOL (“bring your own laptop”)

Tasks:

  • Find a talented Lead Instructor for each workshop from the local tech community and select a topic from the Ladies Learning Code library
  • Choose a date and venue for the workshop
  • Communicate workshop details to the Toronto team so that we can launch registration and communicate plans via social media
  • For each workshop, write a blog post featuring the workshop mentors for the Ladies Learning Code blog (like this one)
  • Coordinate volunteers, catering, a PA system, projectors and power

What We’ll Take Care of For You:

Running workshops is a lot of work – that’s something we’ve learned over the past year. In order to help you make your city’s Ladies Learning Code chapter a success, we’ll be supporting our Chapter Leads in several important ways. We take care of:

  • Developing content – we’ve already developed a dozen full-day workshops for you to choose from, and we’re developing new workshops almost every month.
  • Full administrative, registration and accounting support – this stuff is time-consuming and a bit of a pain, so we’ll be managing it centrally.
  • PR and Marketing support – social media, email newsletters, press outreach, and more.
  • Community Development support – to maintain a 4:1 ratio of students-to-instructors at workshops in your city, you’re going to need the support of your tech community. We can help with that.
  • Sponsorship – while we’ll be handling major sponsorships centrally, we’ll support you as you seek local sponsorships and partnerships.
  • Ongoing support from the Ladies Learning Code’s Toronto team – we’re here to help as your grow your chapter from just an idea into reality.

What We Expect from Ladies Learning Code Chapter Leads:

1. Accountability It is important that you work well with your local community to make sure all invested parties – from instructors to sponsors to attendees – have a great experience with Ladies Learning Code events. As a Ladies Learning Code Chapter Lead, you are responsible for the success of each event. Ladies Learning Code will collect data from attendees, instructors, mentors and other stakeholders after each event you facilitate, and will periodically review your performance.

2. Communicating the Ladies Learning Code Message As a Ladies Learning Code Chapter Lead, it is incredibly important that you understand and communicate the Ladies Learning Code message and value proposition at each event you facilitate. For example, it is important that you represent the following: Men are welcome at Ladies Learning Code workshops and events (but encouraged to bring along an additional female learner when possible!) Ladies Learning Code is platform- and language-agnostic Ladies Learning Code is proudly non-profit and powered by volunteers. Our volunteers are everything to us, and should be treated as such.

3. Representing Ladies Learning Code to the Local Community As a Ladies Learning Code Chapter Lead, you are the public face of Ladies Learning Code in your city. You will need to understand how to work with and what to expect from the local media.

4. Ensuring Event Logistics Are Coordinated Properly Event planning and logistics are the responsibility of the Ladies Learning Code Chapter Lead. This includes everything from selecting a topic, finding a Lead Instructor, choosing a date and venue, coordinating talented volunteers to achieve a 4:1 ratio of students-to-instructors, ordering catering, communicating event details to the Toronto team so that we can launch registration, etc. The Toronto team will provide ancillary support in making sure events are coordinated and executed properly.

5. Managing the Event’s Tone One of the most important responsibilities of a Ladies Learning Code Chapter Lead is maintaining the tone of the event. Creating a vibrant & positive atmosphere where individuals can learn new tech-related skills in a beginner-friendly, social and collaborative way is really the magic that makes Ladies Learning Code workshops successful.

In addition to that, we’re looking for individuals who are:

  • Entrepreneurial – this is an ideal part-time job for an up-and coming entrepreneur or full-time freelancer!
  • Enthusiastic and motivating
  • Friendly and supportive
  • Results-oriented
  • Tech-savvy with an interest in learning to code

Are you the person we’re looking for? Apply today!

How to apply:

If you are interested in becoming a Ladies Learning Code Chapter lead, please email careers@ladieslearningcode.com with the subject line "New Chapter Application". In your email, please include either your CV or a link to your LinkedIn profile, as well as a few paragraphs telling us about how a Ladies Learning Code Chapter would benefit your community, and what makes you a good fit to lead it!