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Associate Product Manager, Growth

| Greater NYC Area

Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that combines engaging, leveled content with integrated formative assessments and insights to supercharge engagement and learning in every subject. Students and teachers use Newsela to find digital content from hundreds of the best sources—from National Geographic to NASA, Biography.com to Encyclopedia Britannica, the Washington Post to the Wichita Eagle. Content is instructionalized to meet students where they are, with interactive tools and analytics to take them where they want to go. Newsela has become an essential solution for schools and districts, with a presence in over 90% of U.S. K-12 schools. Newsela is the content platform for the connected classroom.

The Newsela product experience, across web and mobile, is where our users, teachers and students, engage with content, take integrated assessments and leverage data insights to supercharge student reading and learning.

We are looking for an Associate Product Manager to join the Product team focussed on Growth. Growth at Newsela seeks to improve the acquisition, engagement and retention of product users with a goal to optimize the path to purchase. Teachers, schools and districts have unique needs in how they discover content, use data insights and are involved at different stages of the purchase process. The opportunity for this role is to innovate the product experience around these specific needs to drive engagement and product leads to revenue.

We work in cross-functional teams, spanning engineering, design, data, content, marketing and sales. In this role, you’ll be responsible for building and executing the products and features with which our users engage daily. Our testing-driven model focuses on exploring and defining great ideas then validating them against our core metrics through live testing with iterative, short-cycle sprints. We’re seeking an entrepreneurial product manager who can pair quantitative insights with qualitative findings and who possesses an innovative but disciplined approach to development.

The ideal candidate will have product management experience, a passion for content and education, demonstrable commercial acumen in addition to a strong analytical background.

Key responsibilities

  • Defining and owning part of the Growth roadmap for the Newsela
  • Working cross-functionally with teams across Newsela to develop and execute ideas through all aspects of the product development lifecycle including design, development, testing, productization and launch
  • Working closely with the content, community and sales team to define new product innovation opportunities
  • Data analysis to identify opportunities and ideas to execute against

Experience and Skills

  • Huge enthusiasm for defining and evolving a content experience for teachers and students
  • 2 years experience in areas of product management with demonstrated history defining great product experiences at a consumer technology or media company
  • Experience and demonstrated leadership working effectively with design and engineering teams
  • Proven instincts about user experience, design, and consumer needs
  • Understanding of quantitative research methods such as AB testing and analytics
  • A strong critical thinker with a balance of creative, analytical and commercial skills
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to influence and excel in a dynamic, intellectual, results-driven environment
  • Direct experience in product design and/or engineering is a plus
  • A bachelor’s degree; BA/BS in STEM subject field preferred
  • A passion for content and education and building best in class products
  • Comfortable with ambiguity in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, start-up environment.

Newsela is strongly committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all individuals. Newsela will make all employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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Location

Situated in the New York Times building, our location boasts not only convenience for commuters, but also plenty of food and shopping options nearby.

An Insider's view of Newsela

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Amazing. Newsela is a trusting and responsible environment where we have control to get our work done when and where is best for us.

Vanessa

Lead Web Application Developer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

On the Community team, we work with school leaders and teachers to create innovative applications of Newsela article content to support our mission to "unlock the written word for everyone". Our goal is to engage and empower educators with tools to enhance their students' learning.

JJ

Educator Specialist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've grown leaps and bounds at Newsela! I initially started out as an enterprise sales development representative and went through a mentorship program to transition to the account management team! I cannot measure the amount of growth I've experienced the past two years.

Emma

Account Manager

What is your vision for the company?

I work with a team of kind, smart people, who are energizing on a daily basis. It is important to put your values to work during the interview process—create accountability for culture when new people join, and don't forget about it as they grow.

Kieran

Chief Technology Officer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Newsela office is a collaborative workspace. The office is designed to reflect the clients we serve. We love to keep our mission of "Unlocking the Written Word for Everyone" top of mind.

Ariel

Sales Development Representative

What are Newsela Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Newsela offers the opportunity to join various affinity groups operated by members of each community to help facilitate an inclusive and diverse workplace where all people are valued.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free daily breakfast. Employees can select from our cereal bar, yogurts, oatmeal, fruit, granola bars and unlimited cold brew on tap!
Game Room
Our teams love to take time to challenge each other to a game of ping pong or pool throughout the day, and maybe even a ping pong tournament every now and then.
Stocked Kitchen
Newsela has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored seltzer you can handle. You might even be able to catch a Top Chef competition every now and then.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer an annual stipend to encourage all employees to keep learning!
Time allotted for learning
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