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Microsoft is on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset, a theme of inspiring excellence, and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day. In doing so, we create life-changing innovations that impact billions of lives around the world. You can help us to achieve our mission.

Developers are a driving force in building the solutions that will solve the world’s most pressing challenges. The Microsoft Cloud Communications team (C2) is expanding its focus on developer-centric communications, and we have a unique comms opportunity that could launch or accelerate your PR career while putting you right in the center of the action. 

The Cloud Communications team is looking for a lead for our professional developer audience PR efforts (focused developer tools, languages and services) communications as part of the Microsoft Developer Communications Team. We are looking for a go-getter to assume full responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of the dev tools & languages communications efforts, encompassing responsibility for storytelling and news beats around Microsoft’s developer tools, ranging from the Visual Studio family of products, .NET and devops solutions. This role will also be responsible for telling stories about Microsoft is empowering developers to use popular languages like Python, Go, Java and more.

In this role, you will drive communications for a well-established, yet growing and rapidly evolving business within Microsoft with millions of active users and a passionate community. In this role you must be able to span a broad set of developer technology and topics while also guiding business partners to elevate storytelling, prioritize comms efforts for the highest impact. Creativity and new ideas on how to reach influencers are a must as we launch Microsoft’s developer PR program into the future.

Responsibilities

  • Lead strategy and execution for developer tools, including news beats and proactive storytelling around Microsoft’s developer tools
  • Develop plans and narratives that put professional developers at the center of the action
  • Build and maintain a rhythm of business to support this dynamic business
  • Collaborate with business partners across marketing and engineering to develop creative, impactful programs which have resonance across international markets and support local/regional/global business objectives. 
  • Drive a steady cadence of proactive storytelling and thought leadership. This includes thinking outside the box about how we reach influencers – and how we target the influencers that are most likely to reach developers - in an evolving media landscape.
  • Drive comms strategies around first- and third-party developer events.

Qualifications

  • 5 years of work experience. Experience in comms, marketing or similar function is preferred but not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Self-motivation, creativity, curiosity to experiment, and a positive go-getter approach are a must.
  • Must be comfortable learning how to decipher and up level technical content into meaningful stories and excellent at setting (and sticking to) priorities.
  • Stellar verbal and written communication skills.

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Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.  We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. 

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