Social Justice Program Manager

Remote - Seattle, WA

Ada Developers Academy’s mission is to prepare women and gender expansive adults to be software developers, while advocating for inclusive and equitable work environments. We prioritize serving Black, Latine, Indigenous Americans, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, LGBTQIA+, and low income people.

Our cost-free training program includes a collaborative learning environment, individualized support (mentors, tutors, a network of mental health support, affinity groups), and an applied learning internship.  Our program consists of two highly immersive parts: six months of focused instruction, and five months of internship at partner companies, where students refine their skills working on real-world code.

About this position

We are looking for a Social Justice Program Manager to develop and deliver social justice training to Ada students and staff to a) foster a shared understanding among Ada students and staff of institutional white supremacy culture, racism, sexism, classism, and other systemic and institutional forms of oppression; b) strengthen staff capacity to help build an anti-racist Ada through their work with all stakeholders; and c) advise on the HR systems, policies and procedures, staff support systems, and organizational strategies aimed at creating an anti-racist culture and a diverse and inclusive workplace environment. As a member of our Equity & Policy team, you will also be responsible for ensuring that our student and staff training is aligned to our core principles and practices around race and gender equity and policy, and our Ada values. This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with an annual base salary of $70,000 and excellent benefits.

Core responsibilities

The primary responsibility of this role is to develop, deliver, and leverage 3rd party experts to create and iteratively grow Ada’s student social justice training program. Additionally, this person will provide input into Ada’s processes and protocol, and will serve as the primary point of contact for communication about our social justice training program across these core areas:

Student Journey (70%)

    • Outreach

    • Ada Build (our program to support Black, Latine, Indigenous Americans, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, and LGBTQIA+ people in preparing for Ada’s application process)

    • Admissions 

    • Onboarding

    • Curriculum (language, social justice, and learning management system integration)

    • Training/Workshops (both direct facilitation & hosting 3rd party experts)

    • Affinity Groups, caucusing, differentiated curriculum

    • Internship portion 

    • Alum engagement (Lovelace Learning Labs)

Staff Experience  (20%)

    • Onboarding

    • Training/Workshops (both directly facilitation & hosting 3rd party experts)

    • Affinity Groups, Caucusing, differentiated curriculum

    • External Partnerships and Engagement

    • Work across teams (internal and external) to define and iterate upon PLO’s (Program Learning Outcomes) and CLO’s (Course/workshop Learning Outcomes) for social justice work/class across the organization

Equity & Policy Team (10%)

    • Support the VP of Equity & Policy in developing Ada’s organizational strategy for racial and gender equity and policy

    • Collaborate cross-functionally to ensure organizational awareness and understanding of our student-facing training

    • Operationalize feedback loops such that our student training program continually evolves to meet student needs

Essential qualifications

  • 2-3 years of experience leading racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives inside organizations.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience developing strategic initiatives to organize around social, racial, and economic justice.

  • Experience managing projects across multiple stakeholders.

  • Experience designing and facilitating racial and gender equity, diversity, and inclusion trainings, with a proven ability to listen, discern challenges, and identify solutions

  • Comfort and experience facilitating difficult and honest conversations at all levels of an org, including coaching and advising managers, about race, discrimination, and other forms of oppression

  • Familiarity with state and federal statutes regarding workplace equity and protections, such as FLSA, ADA, FMLA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, etc.

  • Demonstrates a deep understanding and emotional intelligence regarding human behavior and organizational development.

  • Demonstrated embodiment of Ada’s values.

Seattle is preferred, though we are open to remote with some travel. 

We hope to be drivers of change and believe having a team of diverse backgrounds will enable us to strengthen our impact for others. Ada is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at