CoderDojo Foundation CEO Job Description
– About CoderDojo –
CoderDojo is unique. CoderDojo enables young people to develop their skills as creators and inventors of technology in collaborative physical locations. It does this by empowering local individuals and Champions to create and facilitate child-led, exploratory learning environments around the world. Our ultimate vision is to give every child in the world the opportunity to learn how to code, be creative and have fun in a safe, social and collaborative environment.
Now celebrating the 5th birthday of the movement, and with more than 1,000 active Dojos globally, the CoderDojo Foundation is seeking to hire a CEO who will lead the organisation and grow it from 1,000 dojos to 10,000 Dojos. The individual will be expected to work with global stakeholders to build the profile and brand of the CoderDojo Foundation, secure funding and partnerships to allow the organisation to scale, making the name CoderDojo synonymous with youth and coding.
The CEO will be responsible for the overall leadership and governance of the CoderDojo Foundation to ensure the organisation is conducted in an impactful, effective and efficient manner.
– About CoderDojo Foundation –
The CoderDojo Foundation is a charitable organisation whose purpose is to support, scale and sustain the global CoderDojo movement. With ten employees all based in Dublin, the CoderDojo Foundation undertakes a number of initiatives including:
Developing the suite of tools and infrastructure available to the CoderDojo Community with a primary emphasis on Zen – the open-source community platform. Developing content and tools to make the process of starting, running and sustaining a Dojo as effortless as possible.
Cultivating a global connected community through a communications and engagement plan & delivering core community-focused events.
Scaling the movement through a number of initiatives including; Maintaining a multi-channel support strategy, Working with identified Ambassadors, Working with funding partners and strategic partners.
Developing the fundraising function of the CoderDojo Foundation with the intention of developing a diversified fundraising base including;
Cross sector and industry corporate donors,
High net worth individuals,
Foundation donations and
Event or initiative specific sponsorship.
Develop and maintain a lasting relationship with donors to ensure on-going support through increased communication and donor stewardship.
Developing and cultivating partnerships and relationships with relevant stakeholders and partners to support and scale the CoderDojo movement.
Design and deliver new approaches to fundraising such as high-level donor engagement, direct mail campaigns, legacy promotion and identification of suitable trust and foundation support to increase funding at both a national level and at a branch level.
Identify Corporate Partners and cultivate relationships to establish new Charity Partnerships.
Based on current growth projections, CoderDojo will double in size from 1,000 to 2,000 Dojos within 18 months, and will reach 10,000 Dojos within five years. The CEO will be expected to produce a growth plan that delivers or even exceeds these growth targets.
Ensure the growth plan incorporates sustainability of active Dojos. Currently 80% of Dojos are retained year on year, a rate that is targeted to increase to 85% within two years.
Governance and oversight of the organisation including ongoing monitoring and implementation of the Good Governance Code and Statement.
Defining and implementing Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
Ensuring the organisation is well governed and fully aligned to its driving values with a specific focus on Transparency.
To undertake any other duties as may reasonably be assigned by the Chairperson of the board or of the Board as required.
Establish a presence in North America, working with the Dublin-based core support and growth team.
This is a full-time position which can be based in a number of core CoderDojo movement locations but could ideally be based in North America. Remuneration for this role will comprise a fixed salary in line with the organisation’s status as a ‘not for profit organisation’, and the overall budget of the organisation.
An experienced executive with expertise in sourcing and managing partnerships and track record in scaling organisations from growth phase to extended growth and maturity.
– Skills & Experience
The CEO will be a high calibre and experienced professional, preferably with a background in the technology sector.
Proven track record in fundraising and/or sales.
Experience in determining and executing strategy.
Strong background in delivery of results.
Strong communicator, relationship builder, negotiator and influencer.
Strong reputation and personal brand.
The candidate’s values should intrinsically align to those of the CoderDojo Foundation, which include;
Community / Membership.
Contribute / Deliver.
Charity / Not for Profit / Free of Charge.
Delivering Positive Impact.
Be Cool, Be Creative, Have Fun.
Open & Free.
Technology & coding as critically required skills.
Diversity & Inclusion.
**Interested candidates should contact our Executive Search partner O’Malley Sorohan. Please email Aileen@OMalleySorohan.com
Thanks for pointing this out! I'll look into fixing them. I'd also be really pleased to get any other feedback you or you Dojo kids come up with. Feel free to mail it to email@example.com!
Update: I've regenerated the Python beginner Sushi with a newer version of the Sushi tool (releasing today, just as soon as I get all the docs up!) which preserves the hyperlinks in the PDF. The hyphen is still there if you copy-paste, but if you just click the link it works.
Will the 3D design event / Dojo run regularly? If its is regular I would advise creating a new Dojo for the new location.
To do this you can register this here:
If it is a once off / short series of events you can create a specific event for your current Dojo, Nafpaktos, using the ticketing system and add in the address for the event and also state that it is a special £d design event that your Dojo is running in X location.
Yea, I agree with Barry. When children are initially using scratch/sushi cards encourage them to change/edit it to be more relevant to them.
Create a space of inquiry where ninjas are encouraged to look at and discover the needs of those around them in their community.
Having ninjas brainstorm in groups can be useful. Give them a dilemma, and how they could create something with tech to solve it. Then encourage them to think of a problem that is important for them and to work in the group or individually to come up with project ideas how to solve it.
Mentors can help ninjas ask the questions to discover what those needs are and develop projects to help meet those needs in some way without intruding.
Showing them other projects children like them have made, such as those at Coolest Projects can also be good for making them realise that they can make things that can help people/meet a need.
Badging is also great for rewarding their projects, recognising their work and encouraging them to try bigger projects.
Before Christmas we published a Global Guide to Safeguarding Young People in Dojos on Kata. You can see the Child Protection Global here.
Adapted from the Irish Child Protection Policy that was released in 2015 it is aimed to give all global mentors an overview of how to recruit volunteers, and volunteer code of behaviour.
Our intention is to adapt this document into a unique mentor on boarding process (integrated with Zen) so all mentors are taken through it as they join Dojos around the world.
Any feedback is always welcome,
Did you see our new blog with top tips for encouraging girls in tech?
You can see it here. If you have more ideas or input, just comment below
This category is to discuss Zen. You can post any new features, issues or questions about Zen here!
We haven't deployed it yet, it's planned for tomorrow We're running through a battery of tests from our highly skilled engineers ( @Cian-Butler @Daniel-Brierton )
I think it's already been reported that one-off wasn't translated (see here for more https://github.com/CoderDojo/community-platform/issues/934 )
CoderDojo Midwest will be kicking off EU Code Week with MegaDojo in LIT on the 15th October 2016. We've got workshops, guest speakers, demonstrations and hackathons. Tickets available soon