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Blackboard plans to hire about 60 people as soon as possible. Mary Good, senior vice president of human resources, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.

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your company do?

We're the market leader in developing e-learning and commerce software solutions for more than 2,000 universities and other educational institutions globally. The software we develop enables students, faculty and staff to learn, connect and share educational resources over the Internet. Our software can be used for anything from the dissemination of course materials to professors sharing their research and getting feedback to the "smart cards" the students use in the residence halls and for dining.

What do you think your employees would say are the best reasons for working at your company?

One of the things that differentiates us is that people who work here really feel connected to the mission of education. That's an overarching spirit and a part of the company's culture. People here understand how what they do contributes to the mission of education, and as a result of that we have a passionate and loyal workforce. It's also an entrepreneurial company so people have a lot of opportunity to operate autonomously and because we're growing so rapidly and globally, that provides a lot of opportunities.

Who owns your company?

The company is publicly owned. We're traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?

We're a $100 million company, we're profitable, we have a strong balance sheet, and we've had consistent growth since we were founded seven years ago. The global expansion has been significant, and we're in a huge and growing education market with tremendous potential, particularly internationally.

What are the demographics of your company?

Company-wide we are 34 percent female and 28 percent minority. Within the seven-person executive management team there is one woman and no minorities. Four of our 20 vice presidents are women.

What positions do you have available and what level of expertise do you want?

We're looking for five technical support managers with at least two years of experience doing client support work. We also have 10 positions open within product development where we're looking for people who are product managers, software engineers and quality assurance testers with various levels of experience. We're also looking for 11 technical consultants including Oracle database administrators, technical architects, project managers and Java developers with at least five years of experience in any technical environment. We also have 31 positions open in sales in all regions in the United States and globally. We're hiring regional sales managers, sales managers and account managers, and we're taking people from entry level all the way up to people who have software sales experience and people with experience in higher education and K-through-12 education. We are actively looking for new college hires.

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