GHC Program Manager

We are actively seeking a GHC Program Manager to join our team in Palo Alto!  As a GHC Program Manager, you will be an integral team member of the GHC Content Team supporting the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, the world’s largest conference for women technologists.

The work environment at ABI is very fast paced, ever-changing, always innovative and highly cross functional.  The culture at ABI has a very entrepreneurial feel – feeling more like a high tech startup than a traditional nonprofit organization.  You will work two days a week in our Palo Alto office and three days a week remotely.

Role Description

Reporting to the Head of Content, Sr. Manager of GHC Programs, the GHC Program Manager will lead or support multiple programs for the Grace Hopper Celebration.  In order to be successful in this role, you must have excellent multi-tasking skills, great communication skills, experience working with and in cross-functional teams, have the ability to be flexible and must be proactive.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a key member of the GHC Content Team in the overall execution of the Grace Hopper Celebration. This includes being responsible for projects with a tight deadline or providing backup detailed work.
  • Effectively lead or support multiple projects concurrently.  Involved projects may include:
    • Open Source Day Code-a-thon for Humanity
    • Manage Keynotes/Plenaries and Special Programs
    • Professional Development Leadership Workshops
    • Management of Speaker Ready System as well as the internal submission tool
  • Support the annual Call for Participation to ensure high quality program content for both technical and career sessions.
  • Support the Head of Content, Sr. Manager of GHC Programs in managing 800+ volunteers, hundreds of conference sessions and special events to ensure a smooth and exciting conference for our attendees.
  • Work cross-functionally with all departments responsible for collectively executing Grace Hopper, including Business Development, Programs, Marketing, Systems and Finance.
  • Assist with recruiting volunteer committee leaders and members for GHC Track Committees.

 Measures of Success

  • High program ratings for every program aspect of GHC that the GHC Program Manager is responsible for.
  • Meeting deadlines and executing against well thought out project plans.
  • Effective team communication resulting in high team morale and increased loyalty to ABI from the community of volunteers.
  • Willingness of volunteers to continue their engagement with ABI.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Technical BS/MS a plus.
  • Five or more years of work experience in program/project management, or in an operations role in a cross functional environment.
  • Experience managing project execution in a deadline-driven environment.
  • A passion for ABI’s mission and ability to relate to the broader community of women technologists is a must.

Skills Desired

  • Prior experience with project management tools and methodologies.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Strong fluency in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrated capacity to learn and innovate.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively manage many external constituents.
  • Ability to bring structure to situations that need it.

Qualified candidates passionate about closing the gender gap in computer science should email a cover letter and a resume to and indicate the GHC Program Manager in the subject line.

About Anita Borg Institute

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology was founded in 1994 by renowned computer scientist Anita Borg, Ph.D. (1949-2003). Through our work every day, The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) provides resources and programs that help industry, academia and government connect, inspire and guide women in computing to meet the growing global need for technology workers and to increase technological innovation. The Institute works with industry partners to make the global technology workplace more welcoming to women.

We have experienced high growth in our programs in the last few years. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is ABI’s signature program, being the largest convening of women technologists in the world. In 2015, this conference brought together almost 12,000 attendees from over 60 countries.

The Anita Borg Institute offers medical, dental and vision coverage to employees and eligible dependents.  Other benefits include paid holidays, a generous vacation plan and a work-from-home schedule.