The Iron Yard

Java Instructor- 14 week contract (2 positions available) at The Iron Yard

Contract Position in Columbia


**TWO positions available, 14 week contract (2 weeks training, 12 weeks instruction), one position starting 7/25/16 and one starting 8/8/16**


The Iron Yard exists to create real, lasting change for people, companies and communities through technology education.


We are partnering with a large agency to train their team members in relevant and emerging technologies to provide better service to the public. Through this program you will have the opportunity to transform lives by teaching the next generation of developers and set them up for future success.


What the role and responsibilities look like:

You will teach a 12-week semester with 25 students (there will be a Teacher Assistant assigned to your class for support)

You will lecture from 9:00-12:00, Monday- Thursday

You will be on campus, assisting students with questions and homework for the remainder of the work week

Additional responsibilities include conducting student assessments prior to the class start date and reviewing student assignments and projects.


What we believe in:

First and most importantly, here are a few of our values when it comes to teaching someone how to be a developer:

  • Thinking over syntax – We believe syntax is the easy part of programming and that we are successful when we’ve helped someone learn to think like an engineer.
  • Quality over quantity – We’re interested in training true professionals, not getting as many people into our classes as possible.
  • Real projects over scripted assignments – People learn programming best by tackling hard problems with a mentor, not following a list of steps and taking a quiz.
  • Emphasis on open source – We deeply value the open source mindset and intentionally create and contribute to open source projects.



  • Self-starter who takes ownership of your role
  • Expertise (and lots of experience) in Java, at least one other JVM language, and functional programming. Bonus for experience in data analysis and javascript and frameworks
  • Data modeling and API Development + Hibernate.
  • Great communication skills, especially in distilling complex subject matter
  • You believe in our mission and are excited about building our culture
  • Really care about the mission of filling the gigantic developer shortfall happening in our industry
  • A good sense of humor – intensive classes don’t work if it’s all work and no play
  • Big fan of open source work and building the dev community in general
  • Bonus: great at finding epic gifs