Chief Product Officer for LEAP Innovations in Chicago, IL

Chief Product Officer

LEAP Innovations - Chicago, IL - Full time

LEAP Innovations - Chicago, IL - Full time

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The LEAP Chief Product Officer will be an accomplished general manager who will be responsible to develop a suite of technology-enabled products that allows LEAP to scale its innovative model nationwide. The Chief Product Officer is responsible for product vision, product strategy, product design, and the delivery of customer centric solutions. The CPO will partner closely with LEAP’s professional development team and Chief Marketing Officer to codify the current highly innovative practices, translate them into the virtual environment, and successfully bring them to the K-12 education market. Success for the CPO is defined as scaling LEAP’s model and generating a sustainable revenue stream that will eventually reduce / eliminate LEAP’s dependence on philanthropic funding.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Product Roadmap & Development

  • Build the roadmap for developing and launching the suite of products and align stakeholders around it
  • Evaluate, select, and manage the external vendors (domestic and overseas) who will build the technology platform
  • Collaborate with the Chicago Learning Design team to translate and package the LEAP PD model for the scalable environment and to manage ongoing product development
  • Lead a regular process for gathering input from internal and external subject matter experts to prioritize product requirements

Market Insight

  • Conduct market research through an external vendor to deeply understand the needs of the buyers and users of the product
  • Develop deep expertise on the competitive set and how LEAP should be positioned vis-à-vis current market leaders / offerings
  • Map out the customer journey and ensure that the product addresses needs as they emerge
  • Cultivate deep expertise on the virtual learning environment to ensure LEAP’s platform reflects cutting edge models for engaging adult learners

Go-To-Market Strategy

  • Recommend the pricing models for different tiers of usage and conduct market testing on their attractiveness
  • Partner with the CMO and external vendors to brand the product and develop the supporting collateral
  • Develop the launch strategy and refine revenue projections based on continual market testing and refinement

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

The ideal candidate will be a mature, proven leader with 7+ years of product and general management responsibilities, oversight of a high performing team, and experience in bringing a new product to market. In addition, she / he will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree, MBA or equivalent is preferred
  • Demonstrated success in leading the process to design a new product and bring it to market
  • An understanding of the adult e-learning marketplace and / or the market for K-12 professional development
  • Well-versed in Agile and Scrum methodologies
  • Success in change management and maintaining stability during times of rapid growth, ambiguity, and uncertainty
  • Ability to rapidly shift altitudes from strategic to executional and to proactively identify and remove obstacles
  • Proven ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, to encourage teamwork and collaboration, to make it safe to learn, and to build a sense of community and pride
  • A passion for education as demonstrated through academic study, volunteerism, or work in public sector roles, and a commitment to LEAP’s mission
  • A positive outlook and appreciation for working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work

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Role

C Level Executive Leadership

Experience Level

Senior Level

LEAP Innovations

Connecting innovation and education to dramatically transform the way students learn, LEAP Innovations® leads the nation in developing and scaling personalized learning practices, technology and innovations in classrooms throughout the U.S.

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