Candidate Engagement Manager

  • Main Street, Kansas City, MO
  • Full-time

Company Description

LaunchCode is a non-profit solving the tech talent gap and paving new pathways to economic opportunity through apprenticeships and job placement in technology. Since 2013, we've launched over 2,300 careers across the nation and have provided free, skills-based training to over 8,000 driven individuals. Check out our most recent impact report here.

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Job Description

We're looking for a self-motivated Candidate Engagement Manager to help us expand the CoderGirl program into the Kansas City area. Note that we said "expand" here - if you like building new things - keep reading!

The Candidate Engagement Manager works to discover, train and employ the next great technologists and is a key partner to the service LaunchCode provides. You'll be on the Impact Team, where our values center around humans first and growth mindset.

You'll combine organizational skills & tech knowledge to manage the delivery of our FREE education programs, use your interpersonal and interview skills to assess candidates' skillset, and coach candidates to improve and showcase their tech skills in the best light possible. If you love helping people grow and develop, this is the job for you!


  • Be the operational lead for running tech education programs - hiring, training, and overseeing contracted course staff, recruiting learners, and coordinating support for a training cohort of about 150 learners.
  • Coordinate with and provide feedback about the effectiveness of our educational programs to the Education Team.
  • Review and evaluate technical and behavioral skills to assess readiness for LaunchCode's Apprenticeship program.
  • Provide useful constructive feedback to candidates, connect them to resources, and mentor them in their professional development.
  • Work with the Company Relations Team to identify matches between jobs and candidates.

What it's like to work at LaunchCode

  • You're part of changing the tech landscape and changing lives - traditionally, tech education hasn't been widely accessible to many demographics and populations. Of LaunchCode students enrolled in courses in 2020, 50% identify as people of color and 56% identify as women. 69% come from low-to-moderate income households. After being placed in a permanent position, the average LaunchCoder more than doubles their previous salary.
  • You'll be part of a company that values diversity, equity, and inclusion among our staff, students, and board - In 2019, the St Louis Women's Foundation named LaunchCode as an honoree in its employment scorecard initiative for demonstrating a strong commitment to women in the workplace. Forbes also named us one of 2020's best startup employers in the U.S. Beyond external recognition, we believe deeply in Black Lives Matter, celebrating Pride all year round, and uplifting women in tech.
  • You'll be immersed in a culture based on shared values - We love to laugh, compete for the best GIF game on Slack, and show off our pets. We also share these values: being kind, collaboration, trust, and appreciation.

Position Type

Full Time - 40 hours/week. Role requires some evenings and/or weekends.

All full-time roles at LaunchCode come with:

  • Competitive salary - This will be a salaried position at $55,000.
  • Benefits - We offer competitive healthcare (including access to an HSA), dental, and vision plans, with employer premium contributions, and an optional life insurance plan. We also offer an employer match to a 401(k) plan and immediate vesting.
  • Personal Time Off - All full-time employees get 20 Personal Time Off days per calendar year and 10 company holidays.
  • Remote work - We recognize that the best work environment differs from person to person, and offer remote work options.
  • Flexible hours - Everyone has different schedules and responsibilities. We encourage you to be "online" when you work best, as long as you are available for team meetings and can communicate effectively with your coworkers.
  • Laptop and phone reimbursement - LaunchCode provides a monthly phone stipend for full-time employees and a laptop reimbursement of at least $1000 for all new employees.
  • Professional development - We offer ample internal and external opportunities for each employee's continued career growth, including a professional development stipend.
  • Paid family leave - Employees who have been with LaunchCode for at least 6 months are eligible for a family leave plan of up to 3 weeks paid and 3 weeks unpaid. Employees who have been with LaunchCode for at least 1 year are eligible for a family leave plan of up to 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid. Family leave is offered to all eligible employees, regardless of gender.

To Apply

Apply online by filling out the form on this page. No phone calls, please. References should be available upon request. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We highly recommend applying as early as possible for the best chance of moving forward. The employment eligibility of all new hires will be verified using E-Verify.

If we can make any accommodations for you at any point during the hiring process (applying online, interviewing, on-boarding), please contact [email protected]. We are happy to provide any information or resources that will make this process accessible.

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  • Have a passion for opening doors to help people from all backgrounds succeed.Thrive off dialogue and connection with colleagues, candidates, and external partners, comfortable with written and verbal communication.
  • Have a working knowledge of skills and technologies in the tech industry; bonus points for knowledge of Data Analysis or Product Owner fields.
  • Ability to collect and interpret data and adapt program delivery in response to data patterns.
  • Desire to work within a kickass and supportive team, working with and advocating for your teammates. Plus, we always need help finding a funny gift for each other's birthdays! 
  • Possess incredibly solid interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct interviews for technical and behavioral standards; comfort coaching, giving feedback and identifying growth areas for candidates. 
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented; cool with work being high pressure from time to time.

We only accept applications through our website (

Additional Information

We Heart Diversity

Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized folks tend to only apply when they check every box. So if you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit!

LaunchCode supports and fosters leadership from underrepresented communities. We strongly encourage folks from immigrant communities and communities of color, as well as those who identify as women, LGBTQ, or under-resourced to apply. Program and employment policies of LaunchCode are nondiscriminatory in regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.