Program Manager
Redmond , Washington
January 17, 2018
Disciplines: Program Management, Technical Evangelism

Program Manager, Azure Student Developer Growth + Ecosystems

Do you LOVE sharing your passion for technology with everyone around you? What if your new role at Microsoft was doing just that, interacting with the *most* influential university professors and students? Join the team that builds scalable programs, offers, communities, and technical content that help tomorrow’s generation of developers pick Azure as their Cloud Platform.

The C+E Ecosystem Team’s mission is to grow adoption of developers, enterprises, students, startups, and partners into our Azure ecosystem and ensure their ongoing success with our cloud technologies. We are at the core of transformation across Microsoft - with significant opportunity for you to jump in and influence how student devs use open source with our tech in scenarios like Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cross-Platform App Development, and High-Performance Computing.

We’re looking for a highly-motivated and technically-focused talent with strong program management skills to lead how we implement Azure inside the university classroom and at on-campus events through technical content & labs and automation. You’ll also develop an acute understanding of what faculty and students want and build scenarios & functional requirements that help ship product with our engineering teams. You’ll have an opportunity to grow your leadership skills, expand your Microsoft network, and to have significant influence and impact across the company through our network of field-based Commercial Software Engineers (CSEs). This role also provides you an opportunity to occasionally speak at, participate in, listen, and code with real student developers at university workshops or hack events worldwide.

Key Responsibilities:

• As a Program Manager in Azure Student Developer Growth + Ecosystems, the core impact of this role is about building repeatable *technical* programs with a Bill of Materials (BOMs) that scale worldwide and empower CSEs to deliver locally. You’ll need to prioritize what you create yourself and what you lead others to create via your fellow engineers and vendors alike. Your day-to-day might include:

• Lead the editorial development and pipeline of our technical content library which may include courseware, workshops, and labs, tech talks, blogs, and online learning across a broad range of Open Source and Cloud topics. Improve how student developers discover technical content through our Microsoft Imagine digital experience.

• Innovate and automate how Azure services, pre-installed environments, and course content that help make Azure “just work” in academic course settings. You’ll collaborate with Faculty, CSEs, and lead vendor teams that create tutorials, scripts, and new marketplace-like experiences tailored for academic audiences.

• Interact with faculty and students at top universities to understand their technology needs, preferences, and perspectives on Microsoft developer products. Work with product engineering and marketing teams to deliver new insights, product feedback, and partner with them in planning cycles.

• Lead cross-company technical v-teams and vendors by defining clear roles & responsibilities, communications, planning & rhythm of business activities, and milestones & handoffs that ensure quality delivery.

• Develop and maintain a deep understanding of relevant industry trends, our competition, and the role open source plays in the developer ecosystem. Be known as a tech expert across our extended Growth + Ecosystems team; collaborate and contribute your insights and ideas to strengthen your peers’ contributions and that of our team.

Preferred Skills and Experiences:

Our group is all about working across teams and leading others through impact and influence to drive our Microsoft’s product adoption goals worldwide. The ideal candidate is a highly-motivated, self-starter with a strong technical acumen who thrives amidst ambiguity, has a can-do attitude, is comfortable occasionally speaking to faculty, students and other public audiences, and has a minimum of 5 years in engineering program management.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:

• Passion for technology with some subject matter expertise in Azure and open source (OSS). Past technical content publishing and coding experience in at least 1 scenario (web platform dev, cross-platform app dev, data science workloads) is highly preferred. Code creation is not the primary focus of this role itself.

• A willingness to learn, share, and improve. Ability to self-study; ramp to new technologies

• An ability to communicate complex ideas to audiences with various technical backgrounds

• Understanding of university faculty and student developer audiences, and why/how they make choices about the technologies they use

• Very strong core skills in program management and project management especially in a fast-moving, changing environment of emerging technology

• Excellent written, verbal presentation, and communications skills - including the keen ability to translate complex ideas into various mediums (code repos, slides, speaker’s notes, email, and other docs) for effective, audience-appropriate consumption

• Ability to work under deadlines and prioritize several complex projects and tightly manage a budget

• Experience executing global programs at scale through worldwide field roles - prior experience interacting with technical audiences is highly desired

• A business and/or technical degree is required, MBA or software engineering degree preferred

• Travel: 4-6 weeks per year, typically to university or other university events worldwide

Basic Qualifications:

5+ years in engineering program management.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to

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