Amazon has announced that it’s looking to fill jobs for its new headquarters in Arlington, Va., and to help build up the community, according to a blog post.
The company said it wants to create 400 jobs this year and about 25,000 in the next 10 years and beyond.
“Today marks an important step in the process as we lease office space and begin hiring,” Amazon Vice President of Workforce Development Ardine Williams said in the post. “We will welcome our new employees to our temporary office space on Crystal Drive in June while we work toward opening our first building this fall.”
On Monday (April 29), there were five job listings at the new headquarters: three global category managers, one senior financial analyst and one HR specialist.
“While the number is small, these employees will help build the foundation of our workforce and workplace,” Williams said. “The human resources leaders will help us recruit diverse and customer-obsessed teams and the finance, sourcing and facilities professionals will support the development of our new sites with the goal of building a unique, sustainable, and urban campus for our employees and the local community.”
Williams also said Amazon was going to help with funding for intro and AP computer science classes in 27 schools across the state as part of its Amazon Future Engineer program, a “childhood-to-career program to inspire, educate and propel children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities to pursue careers in computer science.”
In addition, Williams wrote, “we are also funding literacy programs, robotics clubs, and STEM labs in more than 50 schools across the Commonwealth.”
She said Amazon has invested upwards of $34 billion into the Commonwealth of Virginia, and will invest billions more.
“We hope our continued investments will create more opportunity for the region’s skilled workforce and underrepresented communities,” she said.