Who's hiring in CLE: Cleveland Codes, CMSD, Bad Girl Ventures and more


Welcome to the latest installment of Fresh Water’s “who’s hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for and how to apply.

Cleveland Codes
As a senior account executive at the online marketing firm Fathom, Matthew Fieldman witnessed first-hand the demand for tech talent in Cleveland. “I saw a need for basic website coders, nothing too fancy.” With a proven track record of having helped launch Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute, Fieldman is knowledgeable of the concept of giving people the tools to succeed in any industry.

So, Fieldman, who is now vice president of external affairs for MAGNET, decided to launch Cleveland Codes. The organization will prepare inner city youth between the ages of 17 and 25 for software development careers.

“Here we have lots of brilliant kids in the Cleveland School District and a need for coders,” explains Fieldman. “This will bridge the gap." He says employers are willing to pay the tuitions for training instead of the usual placement fees they pay agencies to find talent.

Cleveland Codes is on track to launch in the spring of 2016. Students will go through a six-month boot camp to learn coding and then be placed in apprenticeships.

In the meantime, Fieldman is looking for a co-founder, lead educator and coding instructor to help get the program off the ground. “We need to get this person on to complete funding for it, finalize the curriculum and build it from the ground up,” he says. “This person would be the face of Cleveland Codes.”

For more information or to apply for the position, contact Fieldman directly.

MakerGear, a leading manufacturer of desktop 3D printers, is looking for an experienced electrical engineer with excellent programming skills. Candidate will work in a collaborative environment with mechanical and materials engineers on product improvements and new product design development. MakerGear also needs a production technician to perform mechanical assembly of 3D printers using standard tools. To apply for either position, send resumes to the hiring manager.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) has a number of non-teaching positions open, including an admissions and recruitment coordinator, director of student services and a college registrar at Bard High School Early College; dean of arts and dean of academics at Cleveland School of the Arts; and director of bilingual education in the CMSD administration offices. To apply for these positions or to see more positions, go to Teach Cleveland.

Panzica Construction Company
Panzica Construction Company needs an experienced estimator with five to 10 years of experience in commercial construction. Responsibilities include set up of projects to bid, soliciting interest from subcontractors, and managing the bidding process; preparing conceptual estimate and studies throughout the pre-construction process, providing the project team with cost input throughout the process; and performing in-depth quantity and qualitative takeoffs.
Qualified candidates must have a strong knowledge of all CSI divisions including MEP and knowledge of all types of commercial construction. Strong K-12 experience is a plus. Applicants must possess strong communication skills and be proficient with current industry technology. To apply, submit resumes to executive vice president Mark Panzica.

Bad Girl Ventures
Bad Girl Ventures (BGV), an educational and micro-finance, non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and supporting female entrepreneurs in key areas of their business, needs a part-time program manager on a contract basis. Hours range from 15 to 20 hours a week during the academic year and five to 10 hours a week in the summers. Most work will be done remotely, but some Saturday morning and evenings may be required.

Responsibilities’ include program and event logistics related to classes; facilitation of classes and seminars; recruit, organize and communicate with volunteers; organizing alumni events and support alumni program development; develop contact lists; conducing follow-up interviews and surveys; marketing tasks, including a newsletter. Apply BGV Cleveland executive director Reka Barabas.

Because I Said I Would
Because I Said I Would, a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity by making and keeping promises to end suffering, establish peace and build happiness, needs a fulfillment specialist. The organizations ships promise cards to 150 countries and sells products to fund charities. Qualified applicants will have a college degree in business, fashion merchandising or equivalent professional experience; strong communication skills; experience in online research; excellent customer service skills; and experience in e-commerce sales and fulfillment. To apply, email the HR manager with “Fulfillment Specialist Applicant” and your name in the subject line.

Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation
Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation needs a community outreach coordinator to engage and coordinate community members in order to connect stakeholders, improve the quality of life, and encourage empowered leadership in Old Brooklyn. Preferred experiences and skills include community outreach; group and project management; education and youth programming; and volunteer coordination. Comfort with basic software such as MS Office is required. Spanish-speaking candidates preferred. Visit the Old Brooklyn website for more information. Applicants must provide a cover letter and resume to the hiring manager by Friday, July 24th.

OHTec is looking for a quality assurance manager to act as the quality assurance representative for one of the product teams; define, create and maintain test plans and strategies for existing and new products and projects; lead and mentor QA testers; work with product managers, development managers, and others to help drive a test strategy based on Scrum/Agile methodologies and implement best practice; and help design and implement automated testing strategies across multiple systems and platforms

The ideal candidate should be able to understand complex cross-platform software systems and implement manual and automated test strategies. To apply, click here.

Metisentry, which builds, manages and integrates software and data center systems through web, mobile and cloud platforms to manage workflow and change the way people do business, needs a PHP developer with one to three years of experience in WordPress, Magento, MySQL, PHP and jQuery. Send resumes to Medisentry’s HR department.

KnowBase Talent Management Solutions
KnowBase Talent Management Solutions, a growing software solutions company focused on the selection, vetting, training and tracking of talent to make it easier to hire and train people who will have an impact, is seeking an experienced developer and a software engineer. Apply through JumpStart’s careers page.

Casentric, an intelligent software solutions provider, needs an inside software salesperson with two to three years of telesales experience. For more information or to apply, go to JumpStart’s careers page.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture needs a manager to oversee the day-to-day operations and contribute to the overall strategy of the general operating support grant program. The job requires an understanding of nonprofit organizations, including their operational needs and complexities; and a keen interest in and understanding of arts and cultural assets, and the benefit of these assets to the community. Submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements via email to by July 31.

Karin Connelly Rice
Karin Connelly Rice

About the Author: Karin Connelly Rice

Karin Connelly Rice enjoys telling people's stories, whether it's a promising startup or a life's passion. Over the past 20 years she has reported on the local business community for publications such as Inside Business and Cleveland Magazine. She was editor of the Rocky River/Lakewood edition of In the Neighborhood and was a reporter and photographer for the Amherst News-Times. At Fresh Water she enjoys telling the stories of Clevelanders who are shaping and embracing the business and research climate in Cleveland.