Innovation Educator

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



2934 Telegraph Avenue
United States



Organizational Background:

The Hidden Genius Project (HGP) is an Oakland, California-based non-profit that trains and mentors black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities. The Hidden Genius Project seeks to reveal the true potential of black male youth and transform their communities from the inside out. Through our student-centered, project-based approach, we invest in young black men, give them access to technology training, and plug them into an ecosystem of innovation and empowerment. The Hidden Genius Project was founded in 2012 and established a full-time infrastructure in 2015. The organization now operates Intensive Immersion Programs in Oakland, as well as Richmond, California, and delivers short-term programming to catalyze interest in the technology space nationwide. As the program continues to grow, The Hidden Genius Project seeks to impact thousands more black males and young people in the coming years.

Position Purpose and Summary:

The Innovation Educator within The Hidden Genius Project is the consummate role for the educator with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, and an unflinching belief in the potential of black male youth. This person is the fundamental driver of student programming activities, both in the Immersion classroom, as well as in Catalyst components. Hence, they are primarily responsible for implementing the technical curriculum, including problem-solving, computer science, programming, and software design. Additionally, they coordinate and oversee a team to teach the entrepreneurship and leadership components. The Hidden Genius Project seeks to effect a radical transformation in the pedagogy of computer science, entrepreneurship, and innovation, and the Innovation Instructor also serves as a fundamental strategist toward this end. Accordingly, it is vital that they continually exercise ingenuity, enthusiasm, and a deep commitment to continual learning within an exciting startup environment. Finally, the Innovation Educator works as part of a dynamic, communicative, and supportive team of staff, volunteers, and Board members committed to their success.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

●    Curriculum Design – Partner with The Hidden Genius Project staff, Board members, and volunteers to develop a technical curriculum that is broadly accessible, aligned with skills and competencies fundamental to technology creation, and reflective of contemporary standards and practices in technology development. The organization’s staff, Founders, and a host of volunteers will also support curriculum development for the entrepreneurship and leadership components.

●    Core Instruction – Teach core curricular concepts (i.e. technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership) to Immersion cohort during summer and school-year sessions. Coordinate volunteers and lead educational activities within Catalyst programming.

●    Mentorship and Positive Student Experience – Develop rich one-to-one connections with Immersion participants. Through mentorship relationships, identify holistic participant needs as they arise, and strategize with The Hidden Genius Project staff to develop a plan to address them.  Solicit participant and parent/guardian feedback to guide responsive programmatic improvements to maximize participant enjoyment and success. 

●    Training, Technical Assistance, and Facilitation – Train The Hidden Genius Project staff and volunteers on relevant content and methods. Engage relevant external stakeholders to assess capacity and needs towards implementing effective technology education models.  Collaborate in designing strategies to scale impact and/or support systems-level implementation. Facilitate training and/or convenings for adults interested in providing technology education. Train volunteers to support classroom and Catalyst activities, and manage them within those settings.

●   Model Leadership—Provide positive and optimistic leadership and problem solving in alignment with The Hidden Genius Project’s values., both in partnership with other staff team members, as well as alongside young people.

●   Mentorship and Positive Student Experience—Provide healthy one-to-one support and mentorship to program participants. As needed, collaborate with The Hidden Genius Project staff to develop strategies and identify strategies necessary to address student needs.  

●   Other Duties as Assigned by Leadership—Work on other short-term and long-term projects as the need arises.


·      Strong work ethic and passionate commitment to the wellbeing of young people

·      Experience teaching or studying computer science, and/or programming languages, i.e. Python, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, etc.

·      Experience working and communicating effectively with youth of color, underrepresented youth, and/or low-income youth

·      Ability to receive feedback and engage in continuous self-improvement

·      Strong cultural competence and commitment to asset-based youth development strategies

·      Creative, resourceful, inquisitive, reliable, organized, proactive

·      Sharp attention to detail

·      Ability to work collaboratively and across sectors

·      Strong knowledge of youth development field and models

·      Strong written and oral communication skills

·      Commitment to shared learning, reporting, and development of curricular strategy and progress

Role Overview:

·      Reports to: Programs Director

·      Role Location: Oakland, CA

·      Status: Exempt

·      Schedule: Full Time (minimum 40 hours per week)

·      Education: Bachelor’s Degree preferred

·      Years of Experience: 3+ years experience teaching adolescent young people, working in the technology industry,

·      Compensation: Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience

·      Benefits Include: Medical, dental, vision, 401K plan, and significant paid time-off (PTO) package


To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the role and how your qualifications align with the above requirements via email to, with the subject head: “Innovation Educator.”









Competitive medical, dental, and vision benefits available.

Level of Language Proficiency

Production experience in programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Ruby, Swift, XCode, and/or Python preferred

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the role and how your qualifications align with the above requirements via email to, with the subject head: “Innovation Educator.”