The Product Manager owns the product development lifecycle, beginning with ideation and discovery through development and delivery. The Product Manager represents the needs of end-customers, collaborating with the development team to create alignment between the strategic goals of the product and development releases. They work closely with internal and external stakeholders to validate problems and potential solutions. They prioritize daily work across the development team and validate the product.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to manage complicated data products and lighter-touch tools that support education organizations throughout the country.  As part of a growing products team within Kitamba, the Product Manager will also help influence the direction of Kitamba’s broader product strategy.

The Product Manager will:

  • Define features and functionality by making requirements concrete and actionable.
  • Maintain and prioritize backlogs and roadmaps, collaborating with the leadership team, business analysts, project managers, UX designers, engineers, and data scientists.
  • Manage product releases based on projected team capacity, estimated size of features, business priorities, and support constraints.
  • Lead cross functional business teams through lean product discovery practices to validate and identify solutions to customer problems.
  • Help manage Kitamba’s product roadmap.
  • Assist in managing Kitamba’s web properties, as needed.
  • Assist in the development of contracts for development vendors.
  • Create business cases to drive investment decisions.
  • Provide transparency to stakeholders throughout the product development lifecycle.

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • A BA/BS with strong academic background, even better if you have an advanced degree.
  • Previous experience working as a Product Manager and relevant training.  CSPO or CSM certification strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to exceed goals and have a bottom-line, action focused orientation.
  • The ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends and incorporate them into a product roadmap.
  • The capacity for managing and leading people cross functionally; ability to connect with people both on an individual level and in large groups; capacity to enforce accountability, cultivate entrepreneurship, and learn the strengths and weaknesses of the team so as to put people in a position to succeed.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of business concepts, strong business writing skills, strong knowledge of spreadsheet and presentation software, experience with Jira product management software, effective communication skills, with an ability to share and synthesize knowledge.
  • A sense of humor and the ability to work in a dynamic environment a significant plus and an interest in working with an innovative company seeking to expand its focus on products.

We’d be especially excited if you’ve worked in the education sector. If you have any prior experience on a  fast-moving, growing team, please don’t forget to mention it.

Compensation: This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected organization. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality. Kitamba is prepared to offer a compensation package commensurate with your experience.

Location: New York City metro area or Washington, D.C.

We are a proud Equal Opportunity employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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About Kitamba

Launched in 2012, Kitamba, Inc. is a social impact consulting and products firm dedicated to improving educational opportunities for all children, in all communities, with a mission to dramatically improve learning outcomes for students around the world. We believe that great schools and high-quality education have the potential to be life-changing, especially for students in underserved communities.

To achieve our mission, we build data, finance, management, and instructional products for government, philanthropy, and private organizations in the education sector.   We also partner with leaders in those same organizations to co-design and co-implement solutions that meet their unique needs, drawing on our experience in the education sector to produce long-lasting change.

Our team is committed to:

  • Working shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients and building user-centered products to create lasting impact for districts and students
  • Valuing and promoting diversity of perspectives and experiences
  • Constant learning and improvement
  • Having fun

Kitamba values a diverse range of educational and career experiences. Our current team members have a range of backgrounds including law, science, business, policy and instructional experience.