Job opening: Assistant Product Manager, GreatSchools (SF)
- Organization: GreatSchools
Position: Assistant Product Manager
Location: San Francisco, CA
GreatSchools, Inc., and its online media property, GreatSchools.net,
is the nation's premier provider of K-12 school information. Our
mission is to help parents choose the best school for their
children, support their children's education and improve schools. We
are an Internet-based nonprofit organization made possible by the
generous support of foundations and corporations, including the
Pisces Foundation; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation;
Washington Mutual, Inc.; and the New Schools Venture Fund.
Our organization's dedicated and talented team is headquartered in
the SOMA area of downtown San Francisco. Our online guide to K-12
schools, www.greatschools.net, will serve over 20 million users this
year. Our content powers top Internet sites, including Yahoo, AOL,
Google, MSN and the Los Angeles Times.
The Assistant Product Manager (APM) will play a key role in
supporting product development at GreatSchools. The APM will work
daily with design, editorial, business development, engineering and
the Senior Product Manager to design/deliver products and product
enhancements. The successful candidate will be highly organized,
deadline-oriented, possess excellent interpersonal skills, have a
strong user-centric understanding of website usability, and be
comfortable in technical discussions. These demonstrated qualities
will enable the APM to help drive our internal release process
through all levels of management: working with product teams to
create project specs; documenting and communicating release
schedules; identifying and resolving potential production
challenges; making production trade-off decisions as launch
deadlines approach, and conducting cost-benefit studies of projects
after they are launched.
The APM of GreatSchools.net will report to the organization's Senior
. Manage organization-wide release cycle process by: coordinating
release planning process, working closely with engineering to
finalize release details, and documenting and communicating release
. Work closely with product teams to: establish project requirements
and priorities; schedule project responsibilities and phases within
the team; insure on-schedule delivery.
. Conduct quality assurance testing, including identifying bugs, and
work with the engineering and design team to both isolate their
cause and resolve issues.
. Directly manage the development process for new features or
product enhancements, particularly supporting design/UI and
GreatSchools' subscription service; conduct cost-benefit studies
. Provide regular status reports to internal clients regarding their
. Conduct competitive research and user studies to help drive future
. Develop, maintain and analyze performance metrics to identify
usage patterns and drive product improvements with editorial and
. Help draft supporting copy for Web pages as needed
Experience and Skills Required:
. Four-year college degree; at least 2-3 years relevant experience.
. Highly organized and creative problem solver who can manage
multiple high-stakes projects simultaneously.
. Proven track record of coordinating projects across multiple
departments and skill sets.
. Keen sense of Web usability.
. Experience working with engineers in technical Web environment.
. Basic knowledge of HTML required.
. Process and deadline fanatic who likes to "make the trains run on
. Flexible, entrepreneurial and able to work in a fast-changing
. Independent self-starter and outstanding team player.
. Superior written, verbal, presentation and analytic skills.
. Experience working in a start-up environment.
. Interest in the organization's mission of helping parents make
better decisions about their children's education and/or track
record of public service.
Salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time (40 hours
per week) regular position. No contract offers, please. Benefits
package includes: Medical, dental, vision, long-term & short-term
disability, life & ADD and retirement plan.
We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage diversity in the
Application: Please send resume and cover letter including salary
requirements to jobs@... with "Assistant Product
Manager" in the subject line. Applications without cover letters
will not be considered.