• Senior Product Manager, Higher Education

    Job Locations US-IA-Iowa City | US-Remote
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/2/2018 12:14 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Product Development
    Up to 25% Travel
  • Overview

    ACT is a nonprofit organization helping people achieve educational and workplace success.  Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning in schools and workplaces around the world. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues. ACT is passionate about making a difference in all we do.


    Learn more about working at ACT at act.org!


    Position objective: The Senior Product Manager provides experienced product management leadership and is accountable for the day-to-day management of a portfolio of products throughout their lifecycle, as well as supporting the need for continuous incremental innovation that results in a world class user experience.




    Typical work-related activities include:

    • Execution of product strategies including product launch and sunset
    • Achieving volume, revenue, and margin targets as well as other key performance metrics
    • Manage product change including release of new versions, operational, and system updates
    • Analysis of desirability, viability, and feasibility for incremental innovations of products
    • Collaborate with Corporate Market Research team on qualitative and quantitative market research
    • Rapid prototyping and usability testing using internal and external resources
    • Support development of business cases
    • Utilize Agile methodology, prepare epics, break down epics into features, and prioritize while working closely with product owner and other key business owner(s)
    • Day-to-day management of product related strategic partnerships
    • Monitoring and management of commercial readiness for new and existing products and services including development and management of product service models
    • Strong customer advocate able to provide insight into educational market and competitor trends
    • Support development and communication of product road map and vision
    • Collaborate with product managers, product owners, business analysts and cross functional teams



    • Bachelor’s degree in a related area required, preferably in business administration or marketing
    • Master’s degree preferred
    • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired



    • Minimum of five years’ experience either in product management or development required
    • Minimum of five years’ experience working in or for higher education institutions preferred
    • Experience with the following preferred:
        • Lean and Agile software development principles and tools
        • Pragmatic Marketing Framework preferred
        • Design Sprint and rapid prototyping processes
        • Online assessments
    • Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Proven ability to be successful in a fast paced environment with limited budgets
    • Self-starter, action oriented, and strong independent contributor
    • Ability to manage multiple projects or products at one time
    • Proven ability to collaborate across multiple functional areas
    • Strong analytical skills
    • Proven ability to solve complex and detailed problems using an analytical and data driven approach – strong judgement and decision making capability
    • Successful history meeting aggressive deadlines
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Strong writing and presentation skills
    • Strong communication skills
    • Energetic and creative with a positive attitude
    • Strong change management skills
    • Strong financial acumen
    • Willingness to travel as required



    Starting salary commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits and work environment.


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