Deputy Director of Instructor Training

Posting date: 26 November 2019

This position has now been filled.

The Carpentries is committed to “training and fostering an active, inclusive, diverse community of learners and instructors who promote and model the importance of software and data in research.” We seek an engaged and collaborative individual who shares this vision for a full-time position as the Deputy Director of Instructor Training for The Carpentries. The Deputy Director of Instructor Training has a broad responsibility for developing and supporting our global Instructor Training community, training and onboarding new Instructor Trainers (who teach our Instructors), and exploring new modes of assessment to examine the impact of our Instructor Training program.

As Deputy Director of Instructor Training, you will engage with and support our Instructor Trainer community through effective communication, transparency, and collaborative leadership. You will train and onboard new Instructor Trainers, and you will contribute to the ongoing development of that training program. You will also serve as an Instructor Trainer, helping new Instructors gain pedagogical skills and organisational knowledge for running Carpentries workshops. The Deputy Director of Instructor Training will be key in developing an assessment strategy for evaluating our Instructor Training and Trainer Training programs. You will disseminate the results of assessment projects to diverse communities via blog posts, Twitter, and related outlets. Additionally, you will facilitate connections between The Carpentries Instructor Training community and other relevant communities of practice, within and beyond The Carpentries. You will work with researchers, learners, instructors, and member organisations around the world to advance our mission.

The Carpentries is an open, global community teaching the skills and perspectives to turn data into knowledge. We build capacity in essential data and computational skills for conducting efficient, open, and reproducible research. We believe in a world where more people have the computational skills and perspectives to work with data to address their questions in science, scholarship and society. We aim to build that world by scaling evidence-based teaching, creating inclusive environments, and building communities of practice based on open principles. In this role, you’ll join a diverse team of professionals working to spread data-driven research skills. Our community comprises 50,000 learners, 2,000 instructors, 80 Trainers, and 85 member organisations from research institutions around the world.


We are looking for someone with skills and perspectives that complement our existing team and an enthusiasm for the role and the goals and approaches of our organisation.


  • Post-graduate level training in education, educational assessment, or teacher training; or equivalent experience
  • Experience working with academic communities (PhD or comparable)
  • Experience developing and implementing qualitative and quantitative assessment strategies
  • Excellent written and real-time communication skills
  • Customer-service orientation
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in professional or volunteer settings
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Able to work virtually with a distributed team


  • Advanced degree or research experience in a Social Science field
  • Experience with The Carpentries
  • Experience working with volunteer and/or online communities
  • Experience mentoring or training instructors, instructional aides, or other teaching staff
  • Experience teaching technical subjects
  • Familiarity with the open-science, open-source community
  • Project management skills
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following: Git, GitHub, R, Python, SQL
  • Demonstrated experience with social media and/or blogging

Our team values openness, honesty, fairness, and transparency as the keys to fostering trust. We believe that individuals are the most important part of our organisation and our strongest resource. We strive to make decisions that prioritize people first and empower the growth and success of all who are part of our organisation. We value a growth mindset in all that we do and strive to be always improving and evolving ourselves and our methodologies, being receptive to feedback, responsive, curious, and willing to learn.

About Us

We’re a core team of eleven staff and independent contractors, with a nine person Executive Council. We’re a fiscally sponsored project of the 501(c)3 Community Initiatives. We have a large community of instructors and contributors, and a much larger community of users. We use evidence-based teaching practices to teach the core skills for effective computational and data work, and we promote reproducible research and open science/open source widely. All interactions in The Carpentries community and spaces, both virtual and in-person, are governed by our Code of Conduct.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a remote position and is initially funded for 3 years, with the possibility of extension. For US-based candidates, compensation will be $59,500 - $80,750 USD annually, commensurate with experience. Outside the US, total compensation may need to be adjusted in accordance with legal and financial costs associated with international hiring and contracting for a US-based entity. All qualified applicants are highly encouraged to apply, and we will make every effort to be transparent about the impact of costs on potential compensation during the interview process.

In the US, Community Initiatives offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision
  • 401k with employer match
  • Basic life insurance, AD&D, STD & LTD
  • 4 weeks of vacation
  • 12 paid holidays
  • 4 floating holidays

Outside the US, Community Initiatives will make every effort to support the hiring or contracting of international workers, following all local laws related to employment and benefits, ensuring a competitive compensation package.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Carpentries is dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. We are an equal opportunity employer and give consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by US federal, state, or local law. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume or CV to If you would like to be considered for any of our other open positions, please indicate all positions you are applying for in your cover letter. Please also clearly indicate the country in which you pay taxes.

Applications received before 11 December 2019 will receive full consideration.

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