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WANTED - Teaching Assistant for Nashville Software School

From: John W.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 9:37 AM
Nashville Software School has an immediate need for an additional instructor/teaching assistant for our upcoming Ruby on Rails class. 

We need experience doing test-driven development and experience in programming but don't require prior Rails experience so this is a great opportunity for someone who wants to pick up Ruby on Rails while leveraging their prior development experience.

Full description below -------

WANTED - Teaching Assistant for Nashville Software School

Looking to transition into developing in Ruby on Rails?
Got solid fundamental programming skills?
Got experience using Test-Driven Development?
Got a good understanding of object-oriented programming, source code control, and database management?

Want to help grow Nashville's next generation of software developers? 

We're looking for a developer with some combination of solid training and a couple of years of programming experience to help train Nashville's next generation of developers at Nashville Software School. 

Your primary responsibility during April through June of this year will be to support our students as they code solutions to programming exercises assigned in class and as they work on Ruby and/or Rails programming projects.  You will work with our other two instructors to understand the lessons and class material, formulate programming assignments, and prepare solutions to class exercises. You will mentor and assist students as they work on these coding assignments.  You may be assigned to lead discussion sessions, code reviews and project reviews. 

You will be expected to be present in our classroom during core class hours (8:30am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday).  However, you will be able to work on your own projects during lectures by other instructors or during lab periods when students are coding so long as they do not need assistance. 

You'll be paid an hourly rate for those hours you spend in the classroom.  Frankly, the rate will be less than the normal rate you might bill as a junior developer for a full-time contract project.  But, you will have the opportunity to learn Ruby on Rails; you'll have a chance to learn from Eliza Brock, our other instructors and our mentors, many of whom are  among the most experienced software developers in Nashville; and you'll have time available to work on outside projects.  And, you'll have a chance to help contribute to the growth of the software development community here in Nashville by helping us grow another crop of great junior developers.  Make an investment in your own learning and career while making a fundamental contribution to growing the local tech community.

There is also the opportunity for this to turn into a more permanent position.  We're growing our training program and we'll need more instructors in the second half of this year.  If you enjoy teaching and working with our students you'll have an inside track at further teaching opportunities at Nashville Software School.

Classes start on April 8.  We need you as early in the class as possible but can be a bit flexible on the start date.  Classes end the last Friday in June. 

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please email John Wark at Nashville Software School - email address: wark.john at
John Wark
Nashville Software School
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