Program Manager, University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI)

at Ripple
Published June 9, 2022
Location San Francisco, CA
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


Ripple is a mission-driven company, with a goal of making global financial systems more efficient, accessible, affordable and sustainable for everyone everywhere. Ripple is committed to leveraging its technology, financial resources and talented workforce to create social good at scale, through both its core business and Ripple Impact, its corporate social impact program.

Ripple Impact is helping to develop a more scalable, sustainable, ethical and inclusive global blockchain ecosystem by supporting education, research and technical innovation in blockchain and fintech through its flagship university partnerships program, the University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). UBRI now includes more than 40 universities from nearly 20 countries worldwide.

Ripple is deepening its commitment to university partnerships and we’re growing Ripple’s UBRI team. As Ripple UBRI’s Program Manager, you will play a vital role in building Ripple’s relationships and programs with university partners. You will help ensure Ripple employees are fully engaged in participating in collaboration with faculty and students.

This person can be located in either San Francisco, CA or New York, New York.

What You’ll Do

  • Work with Ripple’s Director of University Partnerships to ensure the University Blockchain Research Network (UBRI) continues to be a global leader in blockchain and crypto research and innovation
  • Work across Ripple’s teams to identify and pursue opportunities to leverage Ripple’s core products and network to advance Decentralized Finance, financial inclusion, CBDCs, NFTs, XRPL utility and sustainability globally
  • Work with the Recruiting and Events Marketing teams to ensure Ripple is an employer of choice for outstanding students pursuing careers in fintech by organizing career panels, hackathons and speaking engagements on campuses to attract talent to open roles
  • Work with the Director of University Partnerships to grow and develop Ripple’s university partnerships program, the University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI)
  • Help organize and coordinate requests for research collaboration from university partners and help organize and execute UBRI’s annual conference and other, smaller events, as needed
  • Help manage Ripple’s primary partnerships and collaborations with Universities to drive special initiatives, industry based projects, competitions and knowledge sharing events
  • Work with internal teams and external research partners to measure the efficacy of UBRI initiatives and to share learnings and best practices with key stakeholder audiences
  • Work with both university partners and internal partners (eg, HR, People, Recruiting, D&I) to identify and attract diverse candidates for internships and open positions at Ripple

What We’re Looking For

  • 3+ years experience working as a corporate manager in social impact / CSR, product management or comparable role, preferably in the tech sector
  • Experience managing collaborative programs with an exceptional ability to identify, capture and synthesize data
  • Familiarity with or experience in blockchain and cryptocurrency a plus
  • Additional subject matter expertise in one or more of the following thematic areas:
    • Corporate-university partnerships / higher education
    • Diversity and inclusion, especially in the tech sector
    • Virtual and live event curation and delivery
  • Experience working with engineers and technical product managers
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Proven and highly effective collaborator
  • Significant experience managing external partnerships

What We Offer

  • The chance to work in a fast-paced start-up environment with experienced industry leaders
  • A learning environment where you can dive deep into the latest technologies and make an impact
  • Competitive salary and equity
  • 100% paid medical and dental and 95% paid vision insurance for employees starting on your first day
  • 401k (with match), commuter benefits
  • Industry-leading parental leave policies
  • Generous wellness reimbursement and weekly onsite programs
  • Flexible vacation policy - work with your manager to take time off when you need it
  • Employee giving match
  • Modern office in San Francisco’s Financial District
  • Fully-stocked kitchen with organic snacks, beverages, and coffee drinks
  • Weekly company meeting - ask me anything style discussion with our Leadership Team
  • Team outings to sports games, happy hours, game nights and more!

Ripple is flexible-first: Ripplers have the option to work remotely, from our offices, or a combination.

Who We Are

Ripple is doing for value what the internet did for information: enabling its instant and seamless flow around the world. We call this the Internet of Value (IoV). Using blockchain and cryptocurrency technology, Ripple is dedicated to creating powerful gains in financial efficiency, equity and inclusion. In addition, Ripple is developing and enabling the future use cases that will catalyze the new digital economy for governments, businesses and consumers.

Ripple has offices in San Francisco (HQ), New York, London, Mumbai, Singapore, São Paulo, Reykjavík, Washington D.C. and Dubai.

Ripple is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. We do not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual preference, sexual identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military status, or any other characteristic protected by local law or ordinance.

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