Position: Outreach Program Manager – Lagos
This position can be based in Johannesburg, South Africa; Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; or Lagos, Nigeria.
The area: Engineering
Simply put, Google engineers make computers do amazing things. Populated by extraordinarily creative, motivated and talented people, our Engineering team gets excited by developing new applications that really make a difference and are used by millions of people. We’re driven by Google’s mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. If you seek to tackle such challenges as building a highly scalable computing infrastructure, novel storage systems, innovative user experiences or the next big application that will change the world, then this might be a perfect fit for you.
The role: Outreach Program Manager
As an Outreach Program Manager at Google, you will be responsible for helping the developers, start- ups, and business and IT professionals in the region successfully build applications and grow their businesses using Google’s products, developer tools and APIs. This position will benefit from a software engineering background and active participation in all three of the local technical, developer, and business communities. In this role, you will coordinate and execute both online and offline outreach and support programs in the region. This could include helping the Developer Relations team with large- scale Google events such as those targeting developers as in Google Developer Days or DevFests (i.e. large budget, high attendance, high visibility), and regional technology industry and business blogs.
To achieve your goals, you will work with cross-functional Google teams, covering product management, engineering, developer relations, local volunteers, along with external vendors. Additionally, you will manage relationships with, and foster creation of, local developer, start-up, and business communities, both formal (Google Technology User Groups) and informal (discussion boards, casual meet-ups, non-affiliated user groups). You will also meet with local developers and businesses, promoting Google technologies to them and ensuring that they get the support and information they need to be successful.
The Program Manager helps bring awareness to Google’s mission, open web technologies and our products within the regional technical community.
Plan and run regional strategy, community outreach and development, including large-scale public events and grass-roots programs
Meet with external tech community including developers, businesses and technical executives to advocate their adoption of our products, explaining business and technical value propositions
Own regional blogs and ensure publication of frequent, high-quality content
Lead cross-functional project teams and act as the liaison between other global outreach teams and the various product and Engineering groups in Google
Build and manage relationships with local developer and start-up communities, industry influencers and bloggers
BA or BS university degree preferred, ideally in Computer Science or Software Engineering
Proven experience in a technical role in internet and/or mobile industries strongly preferred
Experience with conference presentation or other technical public speaking
Experience as an active participant (ideally as a leader) in technical/developer/business communities
Strong project and program management skills as well as excellent communication skills
Fluent spoken and written English is a must. Additional French language skills are a significant plus.