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Microsoft Learning is Hiring-inquire within

I just received a request to ask around for anyone who might be interested in a position with Microsoft Learning. The job description is below. If you are interested, please use my contact form to ask how to apply.

Would you like to be a key driver in Microsoft’s brand new certification program that enables individuals to differentiate themselves as well as directly impact technology success? The Microsoft Learning Certification group is building an innovative certification program and we need a creative, results-oriented program manager to help drive planning of this important new certification program. You’ll work in partnership with the product manager and with key stakeholders in the Microsoft product group to define the right portfolio of certification exams and assessments. From there you’ll work with the development teams to ensure the products are delivered within program time constraints.

As a long time industry leader, Microsoft’s certification program drives deep customer capability and lifelong loyalty for Microsoft, solid return on investment for our customers and partners, and career opportunities for millions of individuals around the world. But we’re never satisfied. Could you drive worldwide relevance and innovation excellence by envisioning new ways of teaching, training and certifying people? Do you have what it takes to transform the largest and most-respected IT certification program in the world? If so then we have the opportunity for you to excel at Microsoft Learning.

The successful candidate will be extremely inventive and be able to manage multiple concurrent projects. We’re looking for someone with a passion for skills acquisition and validation. Excellent oral and written communication, organizational, and arbitration skills are required. Deep understanding of the information worker audience is highly desired. Everyone on our team is extremely excited about the project, and the program manager will need to channel that excitement into unique and compelling program that ships on time.

Specific requirements include:

  • A minimum of 3-5 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience required

  • Sound problem resolution, judgment, negotiating/prioritization and decision making skills

  • BS/BA from an accredited university in Computer Science, MIS, Business or a related field

  • Good oral and solid written communications skills

  • Able to drive resolution to complex problems in a cross-group environment utilizing solid interpersonal skills

  • Solid familiarity with MS applications such as Word, Excel, Visio, etc.

This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.

New Blog

I’ve started a second blog at in light of my employment at MS. The second blog will be targetted toward IIS and my work at Microsoft. I will continue to post technical content about personal projects here if the scope falls outside of work context. If this starts to get too confusing, I may make additional changes down the road.

i-Pod – Microsoft Style

As an outsider to Microsoft, I’ve often said that one of the downfalls of the company was their ability to complicate the simplest idea. I was, apparently, not the only one to think so. This video at provides a little insite into someone elses feelings of Microsoft. As I fly out to Seattle next week, I’m hoping that I can prevent myself from getting entangled in over-engineering and complexity.