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Product Manager, Curriculum

  • Date Posted
    • 11.19.18
  • Organization
    • EL Education
  • Region
    • New York
  • Role
    • National HQ
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • NY/ NJ

ABOUT EL EDUCATION

EL Education is a leading K-12 education non-profit that is meeting the national challenge to raise student achievement. Combining challenging work with the joy of discovery and pride in mastery, EL offers the education we would want for every child: one that prepares citizens with both the skills and the character necessary for success throughout college, work and life.

Our portfolio of instructional materials and coaching services draws on 20+ years of success in more than 160 EL schools, serving 4,000 teachers and 53,000 students in 31 states and Washington D.C. Based on founding principles of meaningful work, character and respect for teachers, EL’s offerings transform teaching and learning to promote habits of scholarship and character that lead to high student achievement, regardless of student background.

In addition to success on standardized tests, EL students demonstrate critical thinking, intellectual courage and emotional resilience; they possess the passion and the capacity to contribute to a better world. For more information, visit http://eleducation.org/.

ABOUT THE POSITION  

The Product Manager, Curriculum provides critical project management for EL Education’s curriculum product portfolio. Reporting to the Associate Director, Product Development, the Product Manager will be responsible for day-to-day project management of our K-8 Language Arts products and will support the development of the curriculum product roadmap.

In order to be successful in this role, the individual must have a solid understanding of the curriculum publishing process, possess excellent project management skills, and be able to effectively map product approaches that balance product requirements and customer needs. The ideal candidate has the adept ability to work within structures and yet can be nimble and creative when a problem calls for an agile solution. 

This is a new full-time, national position, located in the New York City metro area. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Manage workflow of curriculum products from final draft to release, coordinating with internal teams and external consultants, and act as the organization’s liaison with print vendors and large districts.
    • Project manage the end-to-end curriculum development process for new curriculum and related products.
    • Liaise with production vendors.
    • Oversee maintenance of curriculum throughout the life cycle of the products, working closing with the Curriculum Design Team.
    • Manage project consultants and vendors in day-to-day operations, ensuring that work is aligned to EL’s perspective and needs.
  • Act as the in-house expert on print and digital production, advise on ways to create the best possible product with the internal resources available, maintaining awareness of industry trends and a network of vendor and freelancer contacts. 
    • Manage curriculum and related content in EL Education’s Content Management System (CMS) 
  • Support the development of a product roadmap for current and new print and digital curriculum products that incorporate stakeholder feedback to ensure high-quality products.   
    • Oversee quality assurance of print and digital products.
    • Oversee audits and review cycles on digital and print products to prevent, troubleshoot, and resolve issues in coordination with internal and external stakeholders. 
    • Analyze customer feedback and make recommendations for product improvement.
  • Research and identify potential solutions to production challenges (digital and print), and provide expert guidance to the Curriculum Design Team and Product Team about cost-effective, forward-thinking options for specific products or product lines to ensure on-time product launch.
  • Provide internal support for teams as new products are developed, including creating and updating collateral and other materials and supporting special requests.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

  • A passion for EL Education's mission
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years of experience in K-12 curriculum publishing, digital product development experience is a plus
  • Excellent external and internal communication skills
  • Excellent project management skills. Aptitude for developing effective, metrics-based processes and structures to manage complex projects - within and across teams.
  • Strong ability to identify, define, and prioritize problems to develop simple product solutions to customer needs
  • Strong research and data skills
  • Experience managing budgets and/or pricing
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office, Adobe CS
  • Comfortable using various types of technology / platforms (i.e. Google apps/docs/Hangout/Blackboard/Smartsheets/digital assessment management systems)
  • Must be team player who is able to able to work with colleagues to achieve shared goals
  • Sense of humor; flexibility/adaptability
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and approach to problem solving
  • Basic knowledge of HTML preferred 

COMPENSATION

Competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience.

HOW TO APPLY

The anticipated start date for this position is January 2019. Applications will be reviewed until filled.Please submit your resume and one page cover letter in MS Word or PDF format by applying on our website. 

In order for EL to accurately review your application, please attach these documents in MS Word or PDF format and do not include them into the body of the e-mail. The subject line of the e-mail must include “(Product Manager - Curriculum).”

In your cover letter, identify the position you are applying for and how you heard of the job opening and EL Education.

No phone calls please. EL will respond only to finalist candidates. 

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY AND COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

EL Education seeks individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

EL Education provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. EOE