The IBM P-TECH Corps is a new initiative launched by IBM to support P-TECH schools where IBM serves as lead industry partner. The program puts highly-qualified, emerging leaders into P-TECH schools as Corporate Liaisons to work with educators at the high school and college level to ensure successful outcomes for all students. These positions are paid opportunities over a 2-3 year period and are available in select locations around the world.
The P-TECH Corps is funded and supported by the IBM International Foundation. As a P-TECH Corp member, you will be employed by Experis as a contractor to the IBM International Foundation.
About the IBM International Foundation
The IBM International Foundation supports award-winning initiatives in education, health and resilient communities across 50+ countries, creatively applying the latest advances in science and technology to tackle complex systemic challenges and respond nimbly to emergent needs.
The P-TECH School Model is a groundbreaking public education reform movement, encompassing close to 200 schools around the globe. Each school spans grades 9-14 and is a partnership between a high school, community college and industry partner, enabled through government funding. Students at P-TECH schools earn both their high school diploma and a free, industry-recognized, two-year postsecondary degree, and participate in a range of workplace experiences, including mentorships and paid internships. Upon graduation, P-TECH students are ready to continue their educations or stand ready to be first-in-line for jobs with their industry partner. P-TECH schools serve primarily disadvantaged students, are open enrollment and have a relentless commitment to education access, equity and inclusion.
Through P-TECH, industry participation is gamechanger, with industry partners providing a range of activities designed to ensure that all students earn their college degrees and are prepared to enter competitive, entry-level jobs. These activities include serving on the school Steering Committee, managing and implementing workplace activities from site visits and speaker and project days, to paid internships and hiring preparation. The continuum of this work is designed to help schools connect what they are learning in school to real jobs, while developing future-proof workplace skills, including problem solving, communication and critical thinking.
IBM, along with educators, created the model in 2011. Within the growing model, IBM serves as lead industry partner for 11 schools, with the other schools being led by more than 550 industry partners. More importantly, IBM continues to steward P-TECH replication around the world. IBM provides technical assistance across the model, and works to ensure the model's implementation with quality, fidelity and impact.
IBM P-TECH Corps
We place Corporate Liaisons at each P-TECH school where we serve as lead industry partner. IBM P-TECH Corporate Liaisons are highly qualified, emerging leaders who are passionate about education and committed to moving this innovative model forward. Liaisons are stationed primarily at the schools and
serve a leading role in implementing IBM commitments and ensuring the overall success of the school and its students, as well as the overall model. This is a unique and highly competitive growth opportunity, empowering the Corporate Liaison to directly enable and impact school-based change, gain invaluable experience and learning with IBM, and build a reputation as a thought leader for public education reform.
- Have direct experience in education, preferably as a teacher
- Bachelor's Degree, with advanced degree in relevant area preferred
- Demonstrated experience working directly with schools, preferably as a teacher
- Excellent organizational skills and experience in project management. Ability to own, manage and implement high-level projects. Ability to manage time and responsibilities effectively and drive programs to successful completion. Can perform a variety of assigned tasks and work within established procedures.
- Excellent communication skills. Able to communicate orally and in writing information, ideas and concepts at a senior level to varied internal and external audiences. Strong verbal and written English with good capability in presenting.
- Knowledge of public policy processes, and the role and operation of local, state and federal government and the not-for-profit sector, especially related to education.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to make informed judgments leading to effective partnerships and sustained relationships with a wide range of individuals and organizations including schools, government, not-for-profit organizations, and Think Tanks, for program delivery and to position IBM's leadership in corporate citizenship.
- Knowledge and awareness of global and local education and corporate citizenship issues and strategies
- Ability to negotiate agreements with a range of external organizations with advice from IBM legal.
- Problem-solving skills. Able to use a range of tools, data, techniques and procedures to identify, understand and resolve various job related issues.
- Able to work effectively in a team with a broad range of people.
- Ability to work flexibly and under pressure, and to combine strategic and administrative tasks within the role.
Candidates will be required to provide examples of specific experiences of success in these areas in previous roles and will be required to be available for interview by the Manager of Education, Corporate Social Responsibility.
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The IBM P-TECH Corps Program is a 2-3 year opportunity. Each Corporate Liaison will benefit from:
- A network of other IBM Corporate Liaisons for sharing and support;
- Opportunities to interface with government leaders and educators working on the model;
- Access to IBM learning;
- Engagement in additional IBM education work as appropriate.