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Blackboard Overview

Washington, DC
1001 to 5000 employees
1997
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Blackboard partners with clients to drive institutional and student success with connected experiences, data-driven insights, and flexible solutions. With 15,000 clients and 100 million users across 90 countries, an unmatched partner ecosystem, the most comprehensive student ... Read more

Mission: We understand that the way people learn is dynamic, and that the education landscape is continuously evolving. Our mission is to partner with the global education community to enable student and institutional success, leveraging innovative technologies and ... Read more

Company Updates

  • "The Amazon Alexa Skill called My Blackboard lets multiple students connect their Blackboard accounts to a single Amazon Alexa account, allowing guardians to track progress."

    How Amazon Alexa Can Impact Education

    In times, when everything right from seeking information to receiving answers can be done within seconds, having Amazon Alexa is just the beginning to find out ways in which students could use a different resource. Just like Twitter made its users witty writers and editors, digital audio assistants like Amazon Alexa will bring clarity and improvement in speech.

  • Apple & Blackboard are working together to make Digital student IDs available this fall.

    Apple Wants Your Student ID Card to Live on Your iPhone

    With the launch of digital student ID cards currently being developed by Apple, the need for physical identification might soon be eliminated. Using Near-Field Communications technology, students will just have to wave their iPhone or Apple Watch near compatible readers to access residence halls, eat at the dining halls, get in the gym or borrow a library book.

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Blackboard – Why Work For Us?


With nearly 20,000 organizational customers and millions of student users, Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. Blackboard is shaping the future of education with big ideas that challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning. Every day we’re inspiring people to find new ways to learn, connect and drive change in the way education is delivered and experienced. Using technology as a conduit, we bring people closer to the knowledge they seek and to ways they can change their own education and the world for the better.

Culture and Values

Here at Blackboard we treat each other with mutual understanding and respect. Our values are what shapes the relationships and bonds at the company.

Integrity

We are committed to doing the right thing. We build trusted relationships through our honest and transparent communications with our colleagues and clients.

Excellence

We challenge ourselves to raise the bar by driving a high-performance culture focused on excellence. We are results-oriented and rigorously measure our progress. 

Innovation

We seek innovative ways to deliver market-driving solutions. We take risks, learn from failure and embrace creativity. 

Accountability

We hold ourselves and each other accountable for keeping commitments. We are decisive in our actions and take personal responsibility for outcomes.

Work at Bb

Want to truly impact the way the world is learning? Work at Blackboard. Every day brings new challenges and new ideas. And you’ll never get bored in the fast-paced fields of education and technology.

At the heart of our business we’re committed to creating a better education experience. We live this mission every day. When we’re not evolving the industry, we’re volunteering in local classrooms, interacting with educators and investing in education.

Join our team of thinkers, doers and visionaries. Share ideas and be heard, build relationships and be part of environment where energy and innovation are contagious.

Never stop learning. Work at Blackboard.

Blackboard is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer.

Charitable Giving

I wanted to pause on this #GivingTuesday and reflect on the wonderful work being done by the Blackboard Charitable Giving Program. The program recognizes nonprofit organizations whose outstanding work is helping provide a world with increased opportunity for all through better access to education and technology.

I’d also like to recognize the generosity of our employees who are focused on doing the right thing to positively impact education outcomes – both in the work that they do every day and in activities like our Charitable Giving Program.

Denise Haselhorst
HR Senior Vice President, Blackboard

Check out our 2017 Award Recipients below:

 

Digital Harbor Foundation

Digital Harbor’s vision is to create productive, economically sustainable youth through both its direct-service youth programming and educator capacity-building. To achieve this vision, it focuses on increasing access to high-growth technology education, dual-enrollment, and employment opportunities; encouraging development of career-readiness skills; building the capacity of other educators to offer high impact technology programming through in-person and online offerings; and increasing direct impact through its Rec2Tech model to create new Tech Centers in Maryland and around the country.

For Love of Children

The organization’s mission is to provide free educational services beyond the classroom to help low-income students succeed from first grade through college and career. It brings together students, families, volunteers and community partners in proven programs that teach, empower and transform. Since its founding in 1916, the organization has served more than 10,000 youth.

Hopecam, Inc.

Hopecam’s mission is simple – to use technology to overcome the social and academic isolation of children homebound and hospitalized because of their cancer diagnosis. When Hopecam founder Len Forkas’ son Matt was diagnosed with Leukemia 17 years ago, one of the first side effects was that Matt could not go to school. Forkas put a computer and a webcam in his son’s third grade classroom and another in his bedroom. Seeing the remarkable change in Matt’s demeanor persuaded Forkas to found Hopecam in 2003 so that other children could stay connected while being treated for cancer.

International Minority Hub

Created in 2014, International Minority Hub seeks to empower a successful integration for refugee communities, serving as a one-stop shop for families. Recognizing that lack of knowledge and access to opportunities limits success, it provides over 15,000 connections to employment, education, health and basic needs services. The organization acts as advocates and teachers to and for refugees. Over 1500 people have been served in just the Manchester/ Concord areas in only 3 years!

John W. Knight Curiosity Lab

The John W. Knight Curiosity Lab is an initiative to spark and support curiosity, creativity and entrepreneurship for youth of all ages, from toddlers to high school. Founded by Erin Knight, and inspired by the limitless curiosity and innovative spirit of her late husband and engineer, John Knight, it works to create cutting-edge, responsive learning environments and experiential, 21st century educational opportunities for learners of all ages. Its mission is to provide learners with access to the tools, materials and permissions necessary to make and break things, to tinker and explore, to play with ideas, to question and reimagine everything and to feel empowered to act and pursue their emerging curiosities.

STEM for Her

STEM for Her is a non-profit foundation that promotes education to empower girls to change the world through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers. By providing financial support to programs that foster interest in STEM, the foundation works to create awareness, excitement and opportunities for girls and young women throughout the DC Metro region. Founded in 2003 by Women in Technology, it works with organizations throughout the region to provide STEM-related programs to girls ages 12-25.

We are proud to help each of these organizations achieve their mission. To learn more about the Blackboard Charitable Giving Program, please click here.

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    Pros

    -Great place to learn about the software development process
    -Competitive pay
    -Employees recognized for hard work
    -Opportunity to grow your career if you grow your skills/experience
    -Generous PTO

    Cons

    -High deductible healthcare plans
    -Telework policy can be strict

    Advice to Management

    Hire for not only the skill set but also a cultural fit- each location has a different culture. Both aspects are equally as important.

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Blackboard Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Blackboard (Somerset, KY).

    Interview

    I applied online and got an email back a day or two later, I then had to take a general typing test and submit those results and got and phone call for the one on one interview. I was asked a couple questions about myself and my hobbies and got started training the same week.

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Blackboard Awards & Accolades

  • Best Compliance LMS and Best Academic LMS, Talented Learning LMS Awards, 2017
  • Best Advance in Mobile Learning Technology and Best Advance in Technology for Virtual-Classroom or Conferencing Technology, Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in Technology, 2017
  • New Product: Blackboard Classroom, Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence, 2017
  • First place: Learning Management Systems & E-Learning Platforms, Campus Technology 2017 Readers' Choice Awards, 2017
  • Best Places to Work in Indiana, Best Places to Work in Indiana, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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