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Product Manager

| Greater NYC Area

Newsela is an instructional content platform that unlocks the written word for everyone.

As a Product Manager, Collections at Newsela, you will lead the development of new content products in Newsela’s portfolio. You will have a dual role 1) working collaboratively with Content, Product, Engineering, Data, Sales, and Marketing to launch new products, features and services on our site, and 2) own the management and ongoing development of these products throughout the product lifecycle to ensure their continued success.

Our content products are sophisticated and require partnerships with outside parties and operating dependencies (logistics, planning, business systems, finance, etc.), and it will be your responsibility to ensure optimal collaboration and project execution across all key functional stakeholders. You are passionate about delivering the best possible end-end customer experience, grounding our offerings in pedagogically sound and research-based practices, achieving business as well as product results, and working with multiple external and internal partners.

Responsibilities

  • Develop new content products and programs from strategy to support Newsela’s strategic direction.
  • Oversee content product design and collaborate with design, engineering, content, and data to ensure cohesion of content product offerings.
  • Own and prioritize the roadmap for ongoing improvement and iteration on content products. Make informed decisions by analyzing product metrics, user actions, customer feedback, results from pilots, and other ongoing sources of data. Direct and manage changes and interventions to ensure project goals are achieved.
  • Define metrics for success in customer satisfaction, product quality, and team performance and set tactics for achieving them. Develop an evaluation and efficacy plan to assess product strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Work with outside partners to evaluate offerings and imagine ways to co-develop content products in partnership with business development and partnerships team.
  • Be the go-to expert on the products in your portfolio, collaborating with teammates across marketing, sales, and community teams. Support and lead customer-facing projects that can include implementation materials, beta/pilot support, thought leadership pieces for marketing, customer conversations and sales support.
  • Consult on a budget and operating plan for the program in conjunction with Product and Content Operations.
  • Meet with stakeholders to ensure regular communication regarding project issues and decisions.
  • Produce accurate and timely reporting of program status throughout its life cycle.

The Ideal Candidate

  • 3+ years of teaching or instructional leadership experience in the K-12 education space.
  • 1+ years in Product Management or similar experience
  • Proven experience leading cross-functional teams and facilitating collaboration and teamwork
  • Experience leading and managing product managers
  • Evaluates written work and provides useful, targeted feedback.
  • Excellent communication skills; written and verbal.
  • Proven stakeholder management skills.

A few plusses

  • Master’s Degree in education or learning design
  • MBA or comparable business experience
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, start-up environment.
  • Thrives under short deadlines; nimble and flexible when projects adjust course.
  • A passion for bringing technology into the classroom.

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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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • SanicFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • OptimizelyAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM
    • SendGridEmail
    • MarketoLead Gen

Location

475 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10018

An Insider's view of Newsela

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 have office spaces named after favorite children's books and letters from teachers posted to bulletin boards. We love to keep our mission of "Unlocking the Written Word for Everyone" top of mind.

Ariel

Sales Development Representative

What projects are you most excited about?

Here at Newsela we are constantly trying to improve. This is especially true when it comes to back to school time. How do we get schools, teachers, and students using Newsela at a high level as quickly and seamlessly as possible is a question I think about almost daily. I am so excited about what the start of the 2018-2019 School Year will bring!

Lauren

Educator Specialist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've actually 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?

Newsela offers all the content teachers need. Students are excited to read, to make learning fun and engaging. It's more than accessibility and thoughtfulness and inclusivity - I want everyone to be reading, and I want Newsela to be the experience that helps them build the skills to get them there.

Emily

Content Partnerships

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Marketing is at the core about how people feel about Newsela, so we're always thinking about ways to delight not just our users, but anyone facing challenges we're looking to solve. That could be specific to personalized learning or differentiated instruction, or broader topics concerning school climate and culture.

Sho

Marketing Communications Manager

What are Newsela Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
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
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
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