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    GreatSchools San Francisco, CA Senior Product Manager GreatSchools.net is a nonprofit, online guide to K-12 schools. Based in downtown San Francisco, we are a
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      GreatSchools
      San Francisco, CA
      Senior Product Manager

      GreatSchools.net is a nonprofit, online guide to K-12 schools. Based
      in downtown San Francisco, we are a small Internet corporation
      funded by philanthropists, corporations and foundations. Our mission
      is to provide parents with the information they need to choose
      schools, support their children's education and advocate for
      educational excellence.

      Senior Product Manager
      Job description:

      The Senior Product Manager will play a key role in building the next
      generation UI, design and product offering of the Web's leading K-12
      resource.

      The Senior Product Manager will be responsible for managing all
      aspects of product planning and development for GreatSchools.net:
      identifying customer needs and trends; determining market
      requirements, inventing product solutions; and managing the design,
      development, and continuous improvement of high-quality product
      content and features. Priorities will include: improving Web site
      usability through improved UI and design; helping to expand and
      refine our fee-based subscription service; growing our newsletter
      subscription acquisition; promoting new and current content
      offerings; and working with the management team to develop,
      introduce and iterate new features.

      The ideal candidate will have an excellent sense of Web-user
      behavior and preferences, plus the organizational, analytical and
      communications skills required to create an outstanding user
      experience. Excellent communication skills, a strong technical
      background and a proven track record of interfacing between cross-
      functional teams (e.g. editorial, business and engineering) are
      required.

      The Senior Product Manager of GreatSchools.net will report to the
      organization's Vice President of Marketing.

      Primary Responsibilities:
      - Work closely with the other members of our product management team
      to develop a product roadmap, establish product requirements and
      priorities, schedule projects, and insure timely implementation of
      product enhancements and new products.
      - Guide projects through the development process by communicating
      technical requirements to the editorial team, prototyping user-
      interface possibilities, writing functional specifications for the
      engineering team, and conducting QA of finished products.
      - Gather and synthesize user and staff feedback, assess the degree
      to which the site meets the needs of our target market, and
      recommend interface changes to improve functionality and usability.
      - Work with the engineering team on the timely development, testing
      and rapid deployment of new features for GreatSchools.net
      - Implement changes to the site, including building HTML,
      coordinating content coming from the editorial and marketing teams,
      and moving changes from the development server through the staging
      server to the live server.
      - Conduct quality assurance testing, including identifying bugs, and
      work with the engineering team to both isolate their cause and
      resolve issues.
      - Develop and analyze site traffic metrics to identify usage
      patterns and drive product improvements with editorial and business
      teams.
      - Perform competitive analyses and identify opportunities for
      product differentiation
      - Work closely with other members of the GreatSchools.net product
      team to devise and implement an evolving vision of the site.

      Qualifications:
      - Demonstrated leadership and product management skills—a minimum of
      5 years experience managing the development of successful Web
      products and services for a national audience, including 3 years
      working with consumer products/services.
      - Excellent hands-on production skills and extensive experience in
      Web site development.
      - Proven track record of coordinating projects across multiple
      departments and skill sets.
      - Experience working with engineers in technical Web environment.
      - Basic knowledge of HTML required; knowledge of PhotoShop, MySQL
      and Perl (or other comparable programming language) very valuable.
      - A background in working with parents and education-related
      products preferred.
      - Experience developing online communities a plus.

      Personal Characteristics:
      - Flexible, entrepreneurial and able to work in a fast-changing
      environment.
      - Independent self-starter and outstanding team player.
      - Ability to manage multiple priorities in an effective manner.
      - Highly organized, deadline- and detail-oriented.
      - Superior communications, presentation and strategic analysis
      skills.
      - Strong commitment to the organization's mission of helping parents
      make better decisions about their children's education and improving
      public schools.
      - Salary commensurate with experience. Medical, dental and vision
      benefits plus retirement plan. Diversity welcomed.

      Application:
      Please send resume and cover letter including salary requirements to
      jobs@... with "Product Manager" in the subject line.
      Applications without cover letters will not be considered.
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