Kōkua

We’re a tech education nonprofit that runs like a startup. If you’re energetic, self-starting, a problem solver, a dreamer and doer, an aloha ʻāina, and hopeful about the future, get in touch. Our programs are entirely supported through generous supporters. We do not charge students or families for services. If you would like to donate, please click below.
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Our Mission is to inspire and educate the next generation of culturally grounded, community serving technology makers. We teach coding and computer science through after school and online classes to Native Hawaiian students, low-income youth, and others who are underrepresented in tech. 

As we increase access to tech education we also ground students in the knowledge that their ancestors were indigenous innovators who used their skills and perspective to serve their communities and lands. 

Who we are

We are a Hawaiian education non-profit that operates like a tech startup. We have big, bold visions and like to move quickly, experiment, and iterate. Yet we see value as well in going slow with focused purpose. We are also a community of teachers and life-long learners. We work remotely and on-the-go using technology.  

We value our people and want to see employees grow and thrive individually, but we also expect the team to show up when it really counts, work collaboratively, and support each other to achieve the task at hand.

We strive to create opportunities for youth that are grounded in culture and excellence; whether it’s a Minecraft workshop or a hale building and web development course — we shoot to “purple-ize” the educational experience for our students.

Who You Are

You care deeply about creating opportunities for Native Hawaiian and other underserved students to empower themselves through learning skills in Computer Science and STEM. You want to share your expertise in coding, CS, or other STEM areas for the benefit of the lāhui and future generations. If you don’t have particular expertise in tech, you’re a very quick learner, feel comfortable with technology, and are willing to grow through discomfort.

You are a dynamic, energetic, thoughtful kumu. You’re at home teaching in person, online, and to a variety of age ranges. You value connecting with students as well as mentoring them and guiding them to be their best selves. 

You’re an adaptable person and want a flexible job so you can balance your own life and work kuleana. You’re able to travel frequently to teach during certain months and available are on some nights and weekends to help out with events. You’re a self-motivated, driven, team-player. 

Job Description

The candidate will be working alongside other kumu and staff to create curriculum and teach classes online and offline. Possibly traveling to various locations as well as teaching at Hālau ‘Īnana.

Skills Required

  • 1 year of teaching experience and/or a demonstrated passion to teach 
  • Effective communication both verbally and in writing
  • Basic IT skills
  • 1 year working experience with technology:
    • In A CS related position, such as developer 
    • Graphic or industrial design related position
    • Game design or development position (such as working with unity)
  • Ability to use the below software:
    • Slack
    • Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms

Nice to have:

  • 3 years of teaching experience with middle schoolers
  • Deep engagement with a cultural practice that you can relate to life and learning

This position may be part-time, flexible, or full-time depending on circumstance.

 

Contact

kelsey@purplemaia.org

Send an email describing your interest, and follow up with a resume.