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Product Manager

Company: Teachstone
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

Title of the position: Product ManagerDepartment: Product ManagementType of Position: Contract Duration: 12 month Pay: Exempt
Role Overview Product Management is our voice of the user, supporting our product development teams by finding the best opportunities and keeping us true to what our customers need most. Product Managers are the connective tissue between stakeholders across the company - Sales, Marketing, Customer Support, Strategy, Impact, Research & Evaluation, and Product Development - leading us to align behind successful product strategies and deliver the highest value to our customers.
This is a project-specific role in which the Product Manager will be responsible for determining product features and capabilities for the conceptualization and development of an informal observation suite, based on the needs of our users, communicating these capabilities to the development team, and launching new and enhanced products. The suite will consist of an easy-to-use platform, as well as training, and resources to support educators, coaches, and leaders in conducting focused, informal observations. The platform is intended to facilitate reflection, provide immediate, actionable feedback, and support planning, focused on improving key interactions within the context of educators' daily work and routines.
Company Overview Teachstone - was founded in 2008 to deliver the Classroom Assessment Scoring System - (CLASS -) nationwide and around the globe. Developed through years of research, the CLASS observation tool measures the interactions between teachers and children, which have been shown to drive learning and lifelong achievement. Teachstone helps organizations conduct classroom observations and provides professional development so that teachers improve and children learn more. Our online subscription service, myTeachstone, simplifies CLASS implementation by combining observation data with a robust library of CLASS resources and professional development.
At Teachstone, everything we do is about improving the ways teachers interact with their students. We train coaches and observers, build and deliver online support programs, design professional development - all of it grounded in one proven fact: the interactions teachers have with students have a lasting impact on their academic and developmental success. By helping educators describe, measure and improve their interactions and relationships with students, Teachstone is transforming education nationwide, one interaction at a time.
Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesContinuous Market Discovery:

  • Serve as a passionate champion for our customers and solutions that address their needs. Understand, articulate and evangelize market needs
  • Know target markets, buyers, and users, as well as the processes they follow to purchase products and drive engagement
  • Develop product business plans to ensure alignment with value delivered to the market
  • Collaborate with external partners to understand market problems, needs, and ideasStakeholder Management:
    • Manage stakeholder expectations by ensuring processes for internal insights/feedback loops during and after build
    • Collaborate with the Senior Director of Social Impact and team to support conceptualization and implementation of informal observation project
      Product Lifecycle Management:
      • Work cross-functionally to guide products from concept to launch by connecting the technical and business worlds
      • Track product line success metrics and analyze inputs to inform product lifecycle management
      • Support evolution of product line and change management efforts by defining product requirements
      • Plan and coordinate all aspects of product launches, includes supporting marketing and sales, customer support, and professional services teams
      • Identify, monitor, and analyze indicators to determine how well a product is performing in the marketProduct Development and Product Ownership:
        • Build use cases and user stories to communicate with development teams in an agile work environment
        • Work with our UX designers, product architects, and engineering teams to deliver on the product roadmap
        • Manage software consultants and strategic third party vendors central to our product offering
        • Work with our Impact team to innovate features and functionality to drive cutting edge solutions with our technology
        • Work across Product Management team to integrate specific product features into the broader platform vision and valueDesired Qualifications and Skills
          • Bachelor's degree
          • 5-10 years of Product Management experience, ideally in the education sector
          • Experience with successfully conceptualizing and launching interactive platforms/apps in the education market
          • Experience building tech enabled solutions for educators
          • Experience working with distributed (remote) teams
          • Skilled in asking questions, listening, learning and synthesizing knowledge to create value
          • Strong quantitative, analytical, and problem-solving abilities to distill insights from raw data
          • Excellent organization and project management skills
          • Demonstrated user-centered design approach to product discovery and ideation
          • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong presentation and public speaking skills
          • Experience and comfort working in a high-growth organization and enthusiasm for a fast-paced, collaborative work environment
            Preferred Qualifications
            • Experience with agile development environments
            • Experience in ECE or K-12 Professional Services markets
            • Design thinking training
            • Experience with Google Suite, Jira, Asana, Aha and Pendo

Keywords: Teachstone, Charlottesville , Product Manager, Executive , Charlottesville, Virginia

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