About BootUp Professional Development
BootUp Professional Development (BootUp) is a leading national
nonprofit specializing in district-wide elementary computer science
initiatives that focus on creativity and problem-solving.
Since 2015, BootUp has worked with over 650 elementary schools
in eighteen states, directly impacting over 275,000 students.
BootUp prepares teachers to facilitate open-ended coding projects
that are project-based and personally meaningful. Students are
empowered with creative and interactive curricula that allow them
to explore their personal interests through coding with design,
music, animation, games, or stories.
BootUp is dedicated to empowering elementary teachers and
students through computer science and creating equitable computer
science programs in underrepresented and underserved communities.
Our mission is to prepare and empower teachers to implement
elementary coding and computer science programs nationwide to reach
all students, creating equitable access to future-ready skills.
BootUp’s free or low-cost district support includes professional
development workshops, ongoing model teaching and coaching,
curricula and teacher lesson plans, and an online Instructional
Coach Course to ensure the sustainability of the program. Districts
that are selected for the partnership participate in professional
development over a three-year period and teach computer science to
students during the school day. Professional development and
support are customized and scheduled to consider each district’s
BootUp’s partnership with Amazon Future Engineer
has further accelerated efforts to bring equitable computer science
(CS) education to students from historically underrepresented and
underserved communities nationwide. The three-year initiative will
support 500,000 elementary students across 40 school districts and
aims to inspire young learners to explore computer science and its
essential contributions to technology and humanity.
Amazon Future Engineer and BootUp first partnered in 2020. Now,
two-thirds of the way through the initial program, the sponsorship
has impacted more than 100,000 students. To date, nearly 3,000
teachers have participated, and the Amazon Future Engineer and
BootUp program has demonstrated nationwide success among large and
small districts alike, including districts that were among the
first to enroll in the program including Dallas, Los Angeles,
Atlanta, and New York City.
The latest Amazon Future Engineer and BootUp Elementary CS
Sponsorship provides an extensive suite of support, including
teacher professional development and student curricula over three
years to help districts implement sustainable computer science
initiatives throughout the school day. The customized,
district-level support will complement existing programs and ensure
continuity of the K-12 CS initiative across the school district for
equitable implementation in every classroom.
We strongly value and prioritize being honest and having strong
principles for doing what we do. Integrity is consistently one of
the first values we want to be known for as an organization and as
BootUp’s successes over the years are a result of our ability to
collaborate on a team with diverse backgrounds, expertise,
opinions, perspectives, and experiences.
We are constantly striving for innovative and creative solutions
that assist with our overall mission and vision. This includes
everything from our approach to professional learning to highly
engaging interest-driven, project-based curricula.
Part of our success is because our approach is not only based on
educational research but benefits from extensive feedback from a
variety of sources. We actively seek out feedback that continues to
refine and improve what we do.
Flexible + Relevant
We believe that computer science education is not only growing
at a rapid pace but is iteratively changing over time. We try to
stay flexible and relevant by keeping up to date on the latest
research and practices in computer science education.
Inclusive + Welcoming Culture
All of us at BootUp genuinely enjoy not only the work that we
do, but who we work with. We come from varied backgrounds and
cultures that are respected and embraced by the team.
Engaging + Fun!
Not only do we try and make the professional development and
curriculum engaging and fun, but our work environment and
collaborations, as well.
Simple + Iterative
We don’t like to make things overly complicated. By keeping
things simple, we can focus on fine-tuning our approach over time
to continuously improve what we do. This iterative process is
similar to the Japanese concept of “kaizen ( 改善),” which encourages
team members to think through and share opportunities for
improvement. If you can do something better with even fewer steps,
you have captured the essence of this simple approach.
As BootUp PD prepares to increase its impact in K-5 computer
science education, we are seeking an exceptional leader to help us
continue to thrive in a collaborative, high-functioning, and
inclusive work environment, while scaling our impact to ensure that
every child in every elementary school has access to quality
computer science education.
The Executive Director will oversee all aspects of BootUp’s
operations and will lead our work hiring, onboarding, and
supporting the growth of our staff with an equity and growth
mindset. We value an Executive Director who will be a champion for
diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
As the Executive Director manages BootUp’s partnerships and
projects, she/he/they will lead the development and implementation
of a comprehensive strategic plan to support all of BootUp’s
efforts across multiple states and school
Build + Lead Sustainable Collaboration
The Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead
innovative, mission-driven teams that are constantly striving to
create solutions and approaches to professional learning that are
project-based and highly engaging. The Executive Director will:
- Lead, empower, and mentor a collaborative team of highly
skilled, mission-driven professionals, some of whom may be
relatively new to their positions.
- Establish effective organizational operations and procedures
regarding human resource best practices.
- Advance the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and
inclusion in its programs, operations, and governance.
- Set an overall talent strategy to ensure we are hiring,
onboarding, and supporting the growth of our staff centered on
inclusivity and belonging, and pursuing the same impact for
educators and students.
- Partner with the Board of Directors to establish and implement
governance best practices.
- Cultivate and establish strong connections to and relationships
with existing funders, partners, and stakeholders.
- Ensure the sustainability of existing external relationships
and partnerships and promote future expansion as the organization
- Diversify new partnerships and funding opportunities and engage
key states and school districts aligned with BootUp’s mission and
- Provide visible and influential leadership communicating
BootUp’s mission at the intersection of teacher professional
development and diversity, equity, and inclusion in computer
- Continually improve BootUp’s operations (including all
programs, projects, and curriculum) to make progress against the
lack of access and equity in computer science education for
elementary teachers and students.
Lead Community Team + Develop Talent
The Executive Director is a talented leader who can create a
workplace where everyone on our team feels a sense of true
belonging and inclusivity. We are intentionally striving to
challenge status quo cultures, routines, and practices. We aim to
build a workplace that is founded on principles of diversity,
equity, and inclusion to support every individual to thrive and
contribute to their fullest to our shared mission.
Objectives & Strategy: Develop objectives, key results, and
overarching strategies to meet organizational goals - in alignment
with our strategic vision and guiding philosophy and working
closely with the Board of Directors.
Team Management: Hire, manage, and develop BootUp team members,
co-develop individual goals for team members, and support their
professional trajectory and personal well-being.
Collaboration: Develop and nurture the structures, processes,
experiences, and relationships that create brave spaces for
trust-based collaboration and enable an interdependent and
efficient approach toward meeting team objectives.
Operate as an Executive Leader of Strategy, Impact, +
Organizational Strategy: Lead BootUp teams to evolve our
organizational strategic goals to ensure we are integrating
research and enduring impact.
Organizational Culture: Serve as an inspirational leader for
staff; promote and support a strong organizational culture aligned
with our values.
Equity: Actively integrate learnings and practices around
supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion into team dynamics,
processes, and programmatic work.
Business Development, Fundraising, + Donor
- Lead and manage efforts on fundraising and business
- Identify, evaluate, and pursue business development
- Oversee strategic partnership development and provide guidance
on maintaining those partnerships
- Develop relationships with foundations, federal program
officers, and community partners to obtain funding and grant
- Advise designated staff on proposal development by providing
guidance and support on grant writing and submissions, progress
data and reports, and negotiate terms of awards as necessary
The Executive Director reports directly to the Board Chair and
currently has four (4) direct reports, with the potential to add
- Associate Executive Director
- Programs Manager
- District Coding Accelerator
- Marketing Manager
- Director of Education + Research (TBD)
- Curriculum + Instructional Specialist (TBD)
- Director of Development + Marketing (TBD)
Experience, Skills, + Mindsets
You may be a strong fit for this position if you have:
- In-depth experience in designing, developing, and implementing
an organization-wide programmatic vision, with a strong track
record of decisive prioritization and results.
- Experience cultivating and sustaining a network of partners of
shared purpose and action.
- A strong record of developing high-performing, empowered teams,
and leading teams through periods of growth and change.
- Experience as a senior leader in a programmatic, strategy,
policy, or network role at the intersection of equity, computer
science education, and teacher professional development.
- Experience in K-12 computer science and/or STEM education
and/or teacher education.
- Experience with business development and fundraising
- 10+ years of overall professional experience in the field of
STEM and/or computer science education.
- Program Management: The ability to initiate, plan, execute,
monitor, and evaluate the work of a team and network to achieve our
- External Relationship Development and Management: The ability
to build and maintain strong relationships and navigate complex
networks. The ability to grow the overall fundraising, donor, and
business development initiatives.
- Equity Leadership: The ability to cultivate networks and teams
that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
- Team Leadership: The ability to coach, develop, empower, and
retain remote and diverse team members.
- Organizational Leadership: The ability to hold and act upon the
organization’s full set of priorities and needs.
- Strategic Thinking: The ability to interpret, summarize and
synthesize information to create better understanding. The ability
to select a path forward and/or develop appropriate solutions and
take action that is consistent with available facts, constraints,
opportunities, goals, and probable consequences.
- Communications: Exceptional written and verbal communication
- DEI Leadership: The ability to lead in a way that is centered
on DEI with a focus on both the programs and the experience of our
- Host not Hero: The perspective of being a network entrepreneur,
facilitating and enabling change.
- Developing Others: The ability to plan and support the
development of individual’s skills and abilities so that they can
fulfill current or future job/role responsibilities more
- Adaptability: The ability to thrive in an ambiguous environment
where you have the autonomy to drive your work.
- Growth Mindset: The ability to identify new areas for learning
for yourself and others; regularly create and take advantage of
learning opportunities; use newly gained knowledge and skills on
the job and learning through their application.
- Self-motivation: The drive to proactively take the initiative,
identify problems and opportunities across your portfolio, develop
recommendations, and take action on those recommendations.
- Passion for Social Change: The drive and desire to contribute
to making change in our society, especially for children and in
education and beyond, with interest in social change theories and
putting those theories into practice.
Compensation + Benefits
This is a full-time, salaried position with a salary range of
A competitive benefits package is provided, including:
- Up to $950 per month to elect from the offered health
insurance, dental insurance, and vision insurance plans
available through the BootUp PD insurance premium-only plan
provided by United Healthcare
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- Life insurance*
- Short- and long-term disability insurance*
- SIMPLE IRA retirement plan through Fidelity with eligibility
starting upon date of hire and an employer match of up to 3%
- Unlimited PTO + sick leave; 11 annually recognized
- A $125 monthly allowance for home internet + wireless
phone/data access and an additional $10 monthly mobile device
- A one-time $500 allowance for any necessary home office
equipment or furniture
* Coverage provided at no cost to the employee
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The practice of not posting salaries perpetuates the gender and
racial wage gap and discriminates against women, people of color,
and other historically excluded populations by causing individuals
to negotiate from a disadvantaged starting point.
Location, Travel + Work Hours
The Executive Director position is fully remote. Occasional
travel to meet with partners and funders and to attend industry
conferences is expected.
BootUp maintains a “virtual office,” meaning that employees can
work from home, from a school district site, or from wherever they
choose – preferably somewhere with good Wi-Fi and cell phone
access. Because our partner school districts and collaboration
partners cover multiple time zones, there are no set office
EEO + Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
BootUp PD is an equal-opportunity employer. We know diversity
makes us stronger and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive
and welcoming environment for all of our applicants and employees.
BootUp follows the spirit and intent of all federal, state, and
local employment laws and is committed to equal employment
BootUp is committed to equal opportunity without regard for
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pregnancy-related conditions, breastfeeding, or medical conditions
related to breastfeeding), national origin, age (40 or older),
disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender
expression or identity, or any other class or expression protected
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