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Job opening: Assistant Product Manager, GreatSchools (SF)

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    Organization: GreatSchools Position: Assistant Product Manager Location: San Francisco, CA About us: GreatSchools, Inc., and its online media property,
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 25, 2005
      Organization: GreatSchools
      Position: Assistant Product Manager
      Location: San Francisco, CA

      About us:

      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.

      Job description:

      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
      Product Manager.

      Primary Responsibilities:
      . 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
      after launch.
      . Provide regular status reports to internal clients regarding their

      Secondary Responsibilities:
      . Conduct competitive research and user studies to help drive future
      product development
      . Develop, maintain and analyze performance metrics to identify
      usage patterns and drive product improvements with editorial and
      business teams.
      . 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.

      Essential Qualities:
      . 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.
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