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Technical Mentor (Independent Contractor) - Intro To Programming Nanodegree (US Canada, Europe, MENA, India & APAC Timezones)



Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2023

About Us

Udacity is on a mission to change lives, businesses and nations through radical talent transformation in digital technologies. We offer a unique and immersive online learning platform, powering corporate technical training in fields such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Autonomous Systems, Cloud Computing and more. Our rapidly growing global organization is revolutionizing how the enterprise market bridges the talent shortage and skills gaps during their digital transformation journey. Udacity is proud to be backed by respected investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, Bertelsmann and Drive Capital, among other leading VC firms, and provides a powerful and differentiated solution inside of a $32b total addressable market opportunity. Udacity has more than 100 enterprise customers including Airbus, Bertelsmann, BNP Paribas, Leidos, Mazda, and the United States Air Force.

In our mission toward powering careers through tech education, we are doubling down on the support that we offer to our students. As a part of this, we want to extend an opportunity to you to become a Technical Mentor with Udacity. Our Tech Mentors are industry professionals who provide world-class technical support to our students in their Nanodegree journey. All our Technical Mentors are handpicked through a rigorous selection process so that we can truly be #studentfirst.


Required skills/qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience in Intro To Programming
  • English fluency is a MUST

Technical competence:

  • Proficiency in HTML and its structure, including tags, elements, attributes, and basic form validation.
  • Proficiency in CSS including selectors, properties, layouts, responsive design, and media queries.
  • Proficiency in Python programming language, including knowledge of its syntax, data structures, control flow, functions, libraries, OOP, and Web API.
  • Strong understanding of JavaScript, including concepts like variables, functions, loops, conditionals, DOM manipulation, and event handling.
  • Experience with debugging techniques, code documentation, and testing.
  • Understanding of data structures and algorithms commonly used in introductory programming courses.
  • 2+ years of working experience related to the above skillsets.
  • Graduate from Intro to Programming Nanodegree Program is an added plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Student-oriented mindset and focus on understanding their problems
  • Flexibility at their current job to take this challenge as a part-time, independent contractor


Your responsibilities as a technical mentor will be divided into three major tasks.

  1. 1:1 video calls
  2. Virtual Technical Deep-Dive Sessions
  3. Group Q&A sessions

Personal 1:1 Session:

  • Mentors will answer any questions that learners have about the project or course content.
  • Prior to the call mentors are expected to review the students' previous project submission(s) - provided by the Mentor Success Team when available - and/or any specific areas of the Nanodegree content or project that the student has expressed confusion or difficulty with.

Technical Deep-Dive Session:

  • For concept deep-dives, mentors will come prepared with a slide presentation that reviews a Nanodegree concept in more detail, share different use-cases for the concept to broaden student perspectives and understanding, and hold a Q&A session with the learners.
  • For project walkthroughs, a mentor will come prepared with a slide presentation that outlines each element of the rubric to help learners understand expectations and typical problem areas they may encounter. This can include a mentor “grading” a sample submission to demonstrate what mentors are looking for when reviewing projects.

Group Q&A Session:

  • Mentors will host office hours/Q&A sessions to answer any questions learners have regarding projects.
  • These sessions may be held on Slack or video call.
  • No preparation is necessary for these sessions.

Why should you apply?

  • Gain recognition for your technical knowledge
  • Earn additional income
  • Contribute to a vibrant, global student community
  • Stay updated on the latest cutting-edge technologies

There are only Limited open positions, so please don’t wait too long to apply!

Before applying, we would request you to kindly complete the General Information Form if you haven't filled it already.

Note: Technical Mentors work independently and set their own schedule. However, the above-mentioned opportunities are subjected to a specific schedule and agenda. If selected you would be provided with access to the Mentorship Nanodegree program. You are requested to graduate from the Mentorship Nanodegree in order to be onboarded as a Technical Mentor.

What We Do

Udacity’s mission is to train the world’s workforce in the careers of the future. We address the complex dynamic of workforce challenges and strive to be the change we need in the world to transform talent to create opportunities for heightened productivity and retention. Udacity is where lifelong learners come to learn the skills they need, to land the jobs they want, and to build the lives they deserve.

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