Program Manager

Oracle Education Foundation - Redwood City, CA - Full time

Oracle Education Foundation - Redwood City, CA - Full time

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Program Manager, Oracle Education Foundation

The Oracle Education Foundation seeks an educator, technologist, maker, and design thinker to join our team as we reinvent education.

The Oracle Corporate Citizenship team seeks a Program Manager for the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF), a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle and staffed by Oracle employees. The individual in this position will help manage and deliver OEF's program, and will enjoy all the benefits of a corporate job, plus the sense of purpose inherent in a philanthropic educational role. Position location: Redwood Shores, California.

Candidate must possess:

  • Infectious passion for teaching and strong classroom management skills, ideally at the high school level
  • Extensive knowledge of maker education and relevant hardware and programing languages used in OEF classes (e.g., Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Java, Python, C, C++, etc.)
  • Deep understanding of circuitry and electronics (e.g. Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and peripherals)
  • Experience with 3D design and slicing software (e.g. Fusion 360, Cura)
  • Curriculum development skills
  • Affinity for design thinking
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to deliver our program while simultaneously building it
  • True grit and the “can do” reliability of a genuine team player
  • Relentless optimism and the drive to make things better

Ideal candidate may also possess:

  • Experience with Stanford d.school and/or IDEO workshops
  • Strengths in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM)

Program

The Oracle Education Foundation’s mission is to help young people develop the technical acumen, creative confidence, empathy, and grit to become outstanding designers of solutions to people’s needs and the world’s problems.

In classes provided by OEF, students learn coding and electrical engineering, and apply these skills to design challenges in which they design, build, and code solutions for real users. Oracle Volunteers coach students through these 30-hour workshops, which are both challenging and fun.

Our problem-solving approach is design thinking, a repeatable, human-centered method for creative problem solving and innovation. We partner with Design Tech High School (d.tech), a public charter school founded in 2014 that shares our values. d.tech teaches students to solve real-world problems using a design thinking approach similar to that taught at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school).

In the d.tech educational model, four times a year, for two weeks each time, students break from their regular classes to focus on elective classes. These electives are delivered by the community. Large and small businesses, individuals, nonprofits and community-based organizations provide elective classes. This program is called Intersession and it’s where OEF’s program fits into d.tech’s model.

The person in this OEF role will work in collaboration with two peers (also OEF Program Managers) to develop class curricula, recruit and train Oracle Volunteer coaches prior to each Intersession, lead classes, and provide guidance and support for both coaches and students during these exciting two-week sessions. OEF delivers three concurrent classes per Intersession at Levels 1, 2, and 3. Each class focuses on a particular domain, (e.g., data visualization, wearable technology, 3D design + printing, Internet of Things, experiential game design). Classes are delivered at the Oracle Conference Center, but may extend to other locations relevant to specific classes. OEF provides all the necessary class materials and resources, and identifying, purchasing, and managing these is also the responsibility of the Program Managers.

In 2017-2018, we are adding Level 4 to our program: internships for 12th graders in Oracle business units. Level 4 has a dedicated Internship Manager who will consult with the three Program Managers – including the person in this role – to help optimally match students to internships that match their skills and interests.

The person in the OEF Program Manager role will also support an historic project that Oracle is undertaking: bringing a public school to a corporate campus. Oracle and OEF see such enormous potential in d.tech’s model that, in October 2015, CEO, Safra Catz announced plans to construct the school a home – a 64,000-square-foot, LEED-certified, bespoke facility – at Oracle headquarters. When d.tech takes occupancy in January 2018, it will be the only US public high school located on a company’s campus, while remaining autonomous.

While OEF will partner exclusively with d.tech for a while, we plan to scale our program to other schools and other Oracle communities over time. Partnerships with other schools are unlikely to be as deep as the Oracle +d.tech connection, but the quality of OEF classes delivered by Oracle Volunteers must be universally high. To this end, the person in this role will help develop a library of replicable 10-30-hour OEF classes. As our program scales, she/he will help recruit and train Oracle Volunteers across the country to deliver OEF classes, and will help identify and develop partnerships with schools where the conditions for success exist.

In addition to the above, the Program Manager for OEF will:

  • Collaborate with the Oracle Volunteers program staff to facilitate employees' volunteerism;
  • Manage an annual budget appropriate to program goals, which will scale over time;
  • Identify and secure appropriate materials and resources to enable classes;
  • Collaborate closely with OEF’s Executive Director and other Program Managers, as well as d.tech leadership and other key stakeholders, to evolve the program over time;
  • Support d.tech’s integration into life at Oracle and Oracle Volunteers’ integration in to life at d.tech;
  • Help to ensure the relevance and appropriateness of OEF’s program over time through iteration, innovation, and adaptation to changing conditions.

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree; degree in education, computer science, or other relevant discipline preferred
  • 5 or more years experience in K-12 education, maker education, coding, making or a combination
  • Superb detail orientation as well as vision
  • Exceptional written and verbal English language skills
  • Exceptional critical thinking, program operations, and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to inspire and influence internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Demonstrated success forging, maintaining, and deepening strategic partnerships over time
  • The ability to represent the Oracle Education Foundation and Oracle with passion and professionalism
  • Ability to travel 5-10% of the time
  • Technology industry experience a plus

Apply at: oracle.com/careers > Work at Oracle > Find Open Positions > Requisition Number 17000YX6

Recruiter: Alex Lyubelsky alex.lyubelsky@oracle.com 

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Teaching

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Oracle Education Foundation

The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle. We engage Oracle employees as volunteer coaches to lead students in multiday projects that leverage design thinking at the intersection of STEAM disciplines.

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