As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to serve those who served, Code Platoon is almost entirely comprised of volunteers from the ground-up. Experience of our team members ranges from years to decades.
If you are a software developer, or a project manager, then one of the 3 roles below could be for you: Teaching Assistant, Mentor, and Capstone Project Lead. If you otherwise have a passion for serving veterans, additional roles are available.
Teaching Assistants typically come on site (although we do have a couple that are remote) and help any student who is there with their assignments.
- Evening: 2 hour time slot, same day, every week, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, for the 14 week session
- Weekend: 2 – 3 hour time slot, Saturday, middle of the day (you pick exact hours), for 14 week session
- Daytime: morning, 8am to noon, or afternoon, 1pm to 5pm. You pick the day(s). Minimum 4 week commitment.
Location: 73 West Monroe, Suite 303, Chicago IL 60603
Time Requirement: 2 – 4 hours Month
Location: 73 West Monroe, Suite 303, Chicago, IL 60603
Mentors at Code Platoon play a very important and specific role for our Veteran students. The goal of the mentor is to become a trusted advisor to the Veteran as he or she discovers the profession of software development. Our students typically have no background whatsoever in programming, and need someone to help them figure it out!
If I am a Mentor, what do I need to do?
First month of Code Platoon:
After you are paired with your mentee, you will meet 3 to 4 times, over the first month. Ideally, you meet in person, for an hour or so, and preferably at Code Platoon. You and your mentee will pick the time and location, but generally it will be after 5pm, and usually on a day that works for the Mentor.
Next 10 weeks:
Meet 2 – 4 times a month, in person, video chat, Slack, or whatever works for both of you.
Ok, but what do we “do” as Mentors?
- Help them with their project work (you will get a link to the class repo)
- Answer their questions about life as a dev, career planning, how teams work, anything at all
- Show them your work, your projects, your office, your story
- Play coding games. Ruby Warrior?
Capstone Project Tech Lead
Capstone Project Tech Leads get to act as either a PM or Tech lead (we need both!!!). Code Platoon students spend the last two weeks of their 14 week sessions on their Capstone Project (Charlie = August 21st – September 1st, Delta = December 11th – December 22nd). Students work in teams of 3 to 5 building a new app.
Time commitment: 1 hour or so a day, to lead standups, keep project on pace, and provide technical assistance
**Bonus** — If you and your company want to host a team for part or all of the 2 weeks, we are happy to work with you!
Military Base Outreach Coordinator
Are you looking for a way to help service members prepare for their next career as they leave the military?
Do you live near a military base?
We are looking for folks who can go to a nearby base, and present to service members who are transitioning out. We provide the presentation. If you have other ideas of how to reach those service members (job fairs, etc.), we could use help there too!
SEO / Adwords / Marketing Professional
The SEO / Marketing professional will help Code Platoon in it’s digital marketing strategies and implementation, as we seek to increase awareness of our program (which is a highly discounted program that gets Veterans into jobs as well-paid software developers) among Veterans who are looking to enter this career.
Knowledge of Google / Facebook advertising platforms required // WordPress, Mailchimp a plus.
The role can also involve social media and content creation.
The grant writer does not need any experience in grant-writing, or experience with Veterans. He or she will need good writing and research skills to identify and apply for appropriate grant opportunities.
We have a grant calendar, and some training for this position.
Part time (10 to 20 hours a week), remote.
Train to be a developer
Get the skills for a new career. Code Platoon is an immersive coding boot camp that teaches veterans everything they need to know to become a full-stack developer.