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KIPP POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: PRODUCT MANAGER, TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

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    Location: San Francisco, CA ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: KIPP is redefining the notion of what is possible in public education through a partnership among parents,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 23, 2009
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      Location: San Francisco, CA

      ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW:
      KIPP is redefining the notion of what is possible in public education through a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. A national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life, KIPP provides outstanding educators, more time in school learning, and a strong culture of achievement to help all of our students climb the mountain to college.

      There are currently 66 KIPP schools operating in 19 states and the District of Columbia and serving over 16,000 students. Through a strategic regional growth plan, KIPP plans to expand our network to 100 schools serving 25,000+ students by 2011—impacting the educational outcomes of more students in more underserved communities throughout the country.

      Every day, KIPP students across the nation are proving that demography does not define destiny. To date, 80 percent of our students have come from low-income backgrounds and more than 90 percent are African American or Latino. Nationally, more than 80 percent of alumni from the original KIPP Academies have gone on to college. In 2007, 95 percent of our alumni matriculated to college-preparatory high schools—and have earned more than $25 million in scholarships and financial aid since 2000.

      As we continue to achieve results in our growing network of schools, the KIPP Foundation is committed to sharing all that we learn in an effort to inspire other communities to consider the approach that has made KIPP schools successful. Visit www.kipp.org for more information.

      POSITION OVERVIEW:
      The KIPP Foundation is seeking an experienced and entrepreneurial Product Manager to oversee the strategy, planning and adoption of business solutions throughout the KIPP Network of schools. A key strategic role within the IT department, this person will manage the requirements, prioritization, marketing and end user education initiatives of the KIPP Foundation's technology portfolio. He or she will work closely with the KIPP Network Directors of Sharing, KIPP Foundation Directors and other key leaders to develop and implement the strategic goals of key projects.

      RESPONSIBILITIES:
      • Lead the IT product strategy and roadmap planning efforts with the Directors of Sharing, KIPP Foundation directors and other key leaders within the network. The portfolio of solutions will include knowledge sharing, business intelligence and social networking solutions for the KIPP Network of leaders, teachers and students.
      • Elicit requirements from internal customers, using interviews, document analysis, workshops, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, use cases, scenarios, business analysis, task and workflow analysis.
      • Provide guidance in identifying, evaluating and developing systems and processes that are cost effective and meet user requirements.
      • Proactively communicate and collaborate with internal customers to analyze information needs and functional requirements and deliver the following artifacts as needed: Functional Specifications, Use Cases, UI designs, Business Process and Data Flow diagrams.
      • Develop requirement specifications according to standard templates, using natural language.
      • Drive and challenge internal customers on their assumptions and provide insights and solutions on how to optimize their operations and business processes.
      • Define the core value proposition/messaging, develop the training plans and assist in the delivery of regional end user training
      • Work to identify cost effective vendors and oversee the relationships with external consultants and software providers



      QUALIFICATIONS:
      • At least 5 years of professional experience with a strong comfort level with technology, and a thorough understanding of how to interpret customer business needs and translate them into application and operational requirements
      • Demonstrated success interacting with a wide variety of customers and stake holders and developing cost-effective technology solutions to meet the needs of a diverse audience
      • Team player, highly motivated & detailed oriented. Proven success in partnering across organizations and teams on complex, challenging projects with limited resources
      • Excellent time management skills to balance multiple priorities and ensure delivery of high quality products
      • Ability and willingness to participate in some travel to work with a physically distributed leadership team and network of regions and schools
      • Ability to exemplify KIPP's values: sense of purpose, results, respect, constant learning and humility, and diversity and inclusivity
      • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required; advanced degree preferred

      TO APPLY:
      Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, addressed to Michelle Bruce and outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, at http://jobs.cgcareers.org/application.aspx?id=1424 . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

      The KIPP Foundation provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees.

      About Commongood Careers: The KIPP Foundation has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Product Manager, Technology Solutions. Commongood Careers is a nonprofit search service that connects talented individuals to organizations that are dedicated to creating positive social change. Founded and staffed by nonprofit professionals, Commongood Careers offers personalized, engaged services to jobseekers and organizations throughout the hiring process, as well as access to a wealth of knowledge about nonprofit careers. Learn more about nonprofit jobs at Commongood Careers.
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