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Product Manager, Content Discovery

| 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.

We’re looking for an amazing Product Manager to lead the development of our content discovery across our web and mobile products. If you’re interested in doing for student reading engagement what Amazon did for ecommerce, Spotify has done for streaming audio content, and Netflix is doing for streaming video content, this is your opportunity.

Your goal will be to save teachers and students time by providing just-right recommendations on which articles and text sets teachers should assign next and what students should read next. You will have at your disposal (1) a fast-growing library of thousands of high-interest, accessible articles; (2) more than a million registered teachers and and more than ten million registered students who want to spend their time reading and teaching, not searching; and (3) world class engineering, data science and design teams.

Responsibilities

  • Lead product vision for our teacher platforms and represent the voice of K-12 teachers on a team that is responsible for achieving unprecedented levels of user engagement within Newsela.
  • Establish short- and long-term product goals and strategies.
  • Lead an autonomous team devoted to designing, building, and maintaining components of the Newsela website and mobile apps that specifically focus on increasing user engagement and learning.
  • Engage closely with our creative team and software engineers to help determine the best design and technical implementation methods and reasonable execution schedules.
  • Understand and analyze user needs and conduct research on markets and competitors.
  • Build and manage a product roadmap to support our goals and strategies.
  • Initiate and prioritize projects, track product development, and partner with the product marketing team to develop product launch plans.
  • Translate ambiguous problems into structured recommendations and clear product vision through strategic thinking, data analysis, and an insightful understanding of our customers.
  • Optimize current and build new discovery mechanisms to maximize relevance and connect teachers and students with the most impactful content.

The Ideal Candidate

  • 2+ years of product management or product design experience at a consumer technology or media company.
  • Strong analytical skills and supporting technical skills
  • Demonstrated record of success in establishing recommendation product vision and strategy and leading implementation teams, resulting in measurable real world impact.
  • Experience in developing Internet products and technologies.

A Few Plusses

  • BA/BS in Computer Science or a related technical field.
  • A passion for education.
  • Strong quantitative analytical ability and excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Comfortable 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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