The LaunchCode Foundation
  • 22-Feb-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Candidate Engagement
  • Kansas City, MO, USA
  • $55,000.00
  • Salary
  • Full Time


Candidate Engagement Manager


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.

Candidate Engagement Manager

We're looking for a self-motivated Candidate Engagement Manager to help us expand tech greatness in the Kansas City area.

The Candidate Engagement Manager serves on the frontline in the battle to discover, train and employ the next great programmers and is the lynchpin to the service LaunchCode offers. You will be LaunchCode's first point of contact for the general public and for the people we serve. It will be up to you to help them understand the benefits of our training and job placement services. You'll use your organizational skills & tech knowledge to manage the delivery of our FREE education programs, and apply your awesome closet-journalist interview skills to assess candidates' technical knowledge and help them improve from tech skills to tech superpowers.


  • Be the operational lead for running coding education programs - hiring, training, and overseeing contracted course staff, recruiting students, and coordinating student support for a training cohort of about 150 students.
  • Coordinate with and provide feedback about the effectiveness of our educational programs to the Education Team
  • Review and evaluate technical applications to LaunchCode's Apprentice program
  • Use those incredible interview skills mentioned earlier to assess candidates' job readiness
  • Give useful constructive feedback to candidates, connect them to resources, and mentor them in their professional development
  • Be a library of information for individuals who have questions about applying to LaunchCode
  • Work with the Company Relations Team to identify good matches between jobs and candidates
  • Reports to the VP of Impact (located in St Louis)


  • Have a working knowledge of computer programming languages and technologies - particularly fluency with Javascript/Angular, Java, C#, HTML/CSS, and SQL
  • Ability to conduct interviews for technical and behavioral standards
  • Possess shockingly good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Think working quietly without talking to other humans all day long sounds like utter torture
  • Have a passion for opening doors to help people from all backgrounds succeed
  • Are an effective team member in high-intensity environments and able to thrive under pressure

What it's like to work at LaunchCode

Are you a person who's always listening for connections? Got an earnest drive to open doors to opportunity for others and make an impact on their lives? If so, then you've come to the right place.

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. But beyond the 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: collaboration, trust, appreciation, and being kind.

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 above. 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 We are happy to provide any information or resources that will make this process accessible.

We Heart Diversity

Thanks for reading this far! 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. LaunchCode is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Program and employment policies of LaunchCode are nondiscriminatory in regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

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