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Student advisor position for socially-minded vocational school

Company: Epicodus
Location: Seattle
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Job Description:

Who we are: Epicodus is a school for people who want to work in tech. We train our students in high-demand coding skills, and then help them find employment. Our mission is to help people get better jobs, and many of our students were formerly unemployed or working for low wages. We also work hard to do our part in making the tech industry a more diverse and equitable space.What it's like working here: We have fourteen employees who currently all work from home; ten are in Portland and four are in Seattle. Work-life balance is a big deal: we work 35 hour weeks and take about 30 days paid time off yearly. Collaboration is also a big deal, and so (current pandemic aside) we mostly work at the same place (downtown) at the same time (9am-5pm). That said, we're also flexible, and shifting around hours here and there is common. For when we're able to return to the classroom our office has great light, bike parking, is easily transit-accessible, and is generally a nice place to be. We work on 27" iMacs and adjustable sit-stand desks. With the meaningful work we do, the strong support we give each other, the healthy work-life balance, and the great physical space, many of our staff say this is one of the best jobs they've had.About the job: Student advisors at Epicodus start working with each student when they apply (or even before), answering their questions, making sure they're a good fit for Epicodus, and following up with them as needed. While students are in class, you'll provide career readiness services, like reviewing resumes and conducting mock interviews. As students prepare to leave our classes, you'll reach out to companies to set up internships and recruit them to come to our demo day. And after they graduate, you'll stay in touch with alumni and provide support as they look for work. You'll be working in our team of five advisors, so you'll have lots of support.The pay: This position starts at $40,000 per year. Every year, each of our employees receives a $5,000 raise, until they reach $60,000. We provide health, dental, and a 401(k) (without matching).Qualifications: No previous experience is required. As a school, we pride ourselves on having strong training and support for new employees. We're looking for four things:* Empathy: You'll need empathy for our students\, to help them overcome hurdles and succeed in their classes and jobs.* Persistence: Your job will involve a lot of follow-up\, with prospective students\, potential employers\, and even graduates who have fallen out of touch. You need to feel comfortable emailing a company a couple times who didn't respond to your first email\, or calling a prospective student who was initially excited but hasn't recently responded to your emails.* Organization: You'll wear 3 distinct hats in this role (admissions\, student support\, and employer liaison)\, and you'll need to use the systems we have in place to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.* Initiative: This role has a strong support from our other staff and the processes we have\, and it also has a lot of freedom for you to try new things and find better ways. You'll be most successful (and happy!) if you can come up with great ideas and see them through to completion.The application: Send an email to hi@epicodus.com--explaining why you'd be good at this job and how you would help create an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all. One important thing you do in this position is email companies to tell them why they should consider hiring Epicodus graduates; so similarly, send us a message about why we should consider hiring you. Try not to "oversell" yourself - let your message tell your story of how you'd be a good fit for the position by giving examples of your experiences (personal and professional) that have prepared you for this job.The evaluation: We try to be objective as possible when evaluating job applications, and follow the methodology laid out by psychologist Daniel Kahneman (http://www.businessinsider.com/daniel-kahneman-on-hiring-decisions-2013-1).When we review your message, we'll be looking for these things:* A strong opening that gives a quick reason why you're a good fit for the position.* Examples from past work or other experience that show why you'll be good at this job.* Brevity (can you write an email that is concise enough for a busy employer to read through?).* Proper spelling and grammar.Don't include a resume in your message, but do include a link to your LinkedIn profile. (If you can't have a LinkedIn profile, explain why and send a resume.) We'll be looking for the following in your profile:* A friendly URL (for example\, linkedin.com/in/michaelkaisernyman).* An "About" section that summarizes your experience and what skills you bring.* Succinct and specific descriptions of your previous jobs\, with concrete numbers and examples.* Including only the most recent 3-4 jobs\, unless previous ones are relevant to this position.Candidates who have a strong message and LinkedIn profile will be given a phone interview to evaluate your phone skills, and then a video interview to evaluate your face-to-face communication skills.We're looking forward to hearing from you!Type: Full-time, Remote.

Keywords: Epicodus, Seattle , Student advisor position for socially-minded vocational school, Other , Seattle, Washington

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