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zach latta
zach latta

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Places to post job opening for a teen hacker community manager?

Hi everyone,

I was pointed here by a friend. I'm so glad to meet all of you!

I run a nonprofit called Hack Club for teen hackers. Our programs are in 2% of US high schools, 22 countries internationally, and now our online community has 11,000 high schoolers in it with 3M messages sent annually.

We're looking to hire a full-time community leader and I'm hoping to get all of your advice on good places to post our job description. I've already posted in DEV.to, Stack Overflow, and started pushing through our internal networks.

Anyone have any pointers on good places to share? Or maybe could you share where you found your current job?

Our job description is at https://gist.github.com/zachlatta/a00579cabbd94c98561377eaf369e9a6.

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Tessa Kriesel

This looks like such an amazing role for someone who is passionate about mentorship and guiding new developers into our industry. How awesome. Too many jobs for me to take them all, but this one is definitely a good one!

I think a really good candidate here could be one of your developers. I know that you are likely seeking someone with really strong community skills, but the best part of community is relatability. Finding a candidate from within your community and offering continuing education or training could be incredible (but I realize it may not work for your business).

What are the goals/requirements for qualifications? Do they need to be a developer themselves? or do you want a solid community leader?

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zach latta Author

Hey Tessa, this is wonderful advice! Thank you so much! Yes, we definitely are sharing internally too, but we want to cast a wide net, especially since we're such a small team with only 5 full-timers.

At the bottom of the linked JD we have a list of requirements. Definitely yes, they need to know how to program, but the biggest thing we're looking for is someone who can inspire action in others. The best things in Hack Club happen when students lead the charge instead of a staff member.

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Tessa Kriesel

If this were me, I would hire a student and find a community consultant to train them early on and allow them to use that knowledge plus intuition, being a member themselves, for the perfect candidate. No pressure here with my response, just sharing what I think I would do (and hopefully that helps a little).

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Alex Angel

We can add this to our job board, too!

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zach latta Author • Edited

I would so appreciate that! Here's some language if it'd be helpful:

Hack Club (hackclub.com) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that runs free computer science programs in public schools for high school students. We're a small, but mighty team with 5 full-time staff serving 11,000 students across nearly all 50 states and 22 countries worldwide.

We're seeking weirdos and misfits for our first full-time community manager position to own and grow Hack Club's online community of 10,000 high schoolers. Your goal: to create a wholesome, technical, and inclusive place for every burgeoning teen hacker worldwide.

Read the full job description and apply: gist.github.com/zachlatta/a00579ca...