Director of Product Management at ThinkCERCA

ThinkCERCA is an education technology startup that helps educators teach critical thinking through argumentative writing. Named a "game-changing" education t tool by Bill Gates, our product is proven to help students achieve two years of academic growth per year. We're on a mission to make these results a reality for all students across the country


To help us get there, we’re looking for a “live-in-the-wild” Director of Product Management to become the voice of the product and drive a vision that delivers unique value based on what is best for our educators and students. This position will work with the entire organization, including the CEO, who is a former educator, to define and execute against a strategic product roadmap that will produce the best literacy platform and partnership offering in the industry.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and drive product strategy based on business objectives, competitive landscape, and resource constraints.
  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop this strategy into an achievable roadmap.
  • Become the “who, why and what” of ThinkCERCA customers through research, data analysis, user experience analysis and testing, competitive research, surveys, school visits and other tools.
  • Critically evaluate information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, decompose high-level information into details, abstract up from low-level information to a general understanding, and distinguish user requests from the underlying true needs.
  • Collaborate with developers and subject matter experts to establish the technical vision and analyze tradeoffs between usability and performance needs.
  • Lead projects through definition & discovery stages, ensuring we’re solving the right problems and meeting our goals.
  • Work cross-functionally to keep stakeholders engaged and informed.  
  • Work with UI/UX and visual designers to create preliminary design concepts and work with development to implement and iterate.   
  • Run beta and pilot programs with early-stage products and samples
  • Act as a leader within the company and work with your peers across the company to execute the overall company vision
  • Successfully engage in multiple initiatives simultaneously
  • Manage a team of business analysts to execute requirement building and day to day coordination with development


Required Skills & Experience

  • Strong technical and product expertise - the ability to dig deep, analyze business problems and drive market-changing solutions.  
  • Track record of success in fast-paced entrepreneurial organizations.
  • Collaborative approaches to drive effective solutions.  
  • Data-driven and analytical. Innate problem solver. Proactive in finding problems AND arriving at a variety of creative solutions.
  • Strong influencing skills – able to manage without authority and to influence those who are not direct reports across all levels of the organization internal and external to ThinkCERCA
  • User-focused instincts for product design and development
  • Innovative problem-solver who can find ambiguous problems and turn them into clear solutions.
  • Proven leader who can drive results in collaborative, cross-functional environments with little instruction or oversight.
  • Clear communicator (both written and oral) comfortable in front of all team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with large quantities of information and to deliver data driven solutions
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as a senior product manager in consumer marketing or consumer technology companies. Educational product management experience highly preferred
  • Resource and team management experience
  • Knowledge of education and/or education technology, highly desired
  • Demonstrated success defining and launching game-changing products

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