Director of Product

Open Up Resources - Remote - Full time

Who We Are

Open Up Resources is a publisher of high-quality open educational resources in core content areas, with a vision of providing teachers with the tools to engage students in liberating educational experiences.

Open Up Resources’ portfolio seeks to include the highest-quality, standards-based PK-12 curricula, with validation from respected third-party entities, evidence of efficacy, effective supports for multilingual learners, inclusive strategies for students with disabilities, embedded culturally relevant pedagogy, and professional learning that is inclusive and culturally considerate.

We are transforming instructional materials through our commitment to anti-racism. This intentional commitment infuses every program, partnership, and practice. Our desire is that Open Up Resources' curricula catalyzes anti-racist norms, structures, practices, and policies in education and society.

The Role

This position will direct the product strategy for curriculum offered by Open Up, which includes new product development for print and digital delivery. Translating the business strategy from our leadership team into execution-ready product strategy, this position will partner across the organization to achieve our vision cohesively and effectively. The Director of Product will serve as a key leader driving our product strategy, from roadmap to launch, and will ensure the ongoing quality and impact of our curriculum products and services.

Primary focus and key responsibilities:

  • Work with Open Up Resources' Chief Operating Officer and MD of Product Engineering to outline print and digital product strategy, effectively prioritizing efforts across initiatives, teams, functions, and external partnerships.
  • Identify methods to bring innovative instructional programs to life, resulting in higher quality teaching and learning experiences.
  • Spearhead research into emerging areas of anti-racist and culturally relevant product design, software development, and curriculum delivery in partnership with the CAJO, COO, and MD.
  • Identify trends and growth areas in the PK–12 education space to be utilized in identifying growth areas for Open Up Rsource’s current and future products.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of educators’ pain points and deliver solutions that drive growth and customer retention.
  • Work with the Open Up Resources Academics team content experts to ensure instructional intent is upheld in final products.
  • Identify key measures of success, set expectations with all relevant stakeholders, and regularly report on these KPIs
  • Work closely with Engineering and Sr. Product Managers across the full product life cycle, from user research to requirements refinement to prototyping to production.
  • Collaborate with Sr. Product Managers to see feature development through from concept to launch, from post launch analysis to ongoing optimization.
  • Collaborate to ensure all product development and revision efforts are aligned with and driven by overall product strategy.

Position Core Competencies

Ethics and Integrity: Behave in a fair and ethical manner toward peers, partners, and customers; instill mutual trust and confidence; act with honesty and integrity.

Business Skills and Knowledge: Demonstrate a solid literacy in areas related to OUR’s business and curriculum products; able to design and develop organizational strategies to align performance with business needs or desired results.

Planning/Organizing/Goal Setting: Demonstrates the ability to organize people and tasks; develops realistic action plans while being sensitive to time constraints and resource availability; defines realistic, specific goals and objectives; prioritizes objectives.

Teamwork and Collaboration: Work with colleagues to build morale and team commitment to goals and objectives. Cultivates a positive partner and customer service relationship, and fosters two-way communication; delivers products that exceeds or meets customer expectations.

Diversity: Understands that each individual is unique and celebrates individual differences including race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, veteran status, education, training, position, level of authority, seniority, full-time or part-time status.

Continuous Improvement: Continuously seek opportunities for innovative approaches to address organizational opportunities supporting strategic initiatives. 

Solution Oriented: Able to take action in solving problems, using reason and a systematic approach.

Managing Change: Embrace an environment nimble to change, both internally and externally, in response to adjusting business needs, educational ecosystem and/or strategic shifts to meet the mission.

Qualifications

  • 7+ years of experience in product leadership, including hands-on prioritization and requirement specification.
  • 5+ years of professional experience specifically in the areas of curriculum development and instructional design.
  • Deep familiarity with long-term and short-term trends in K-12 education in and out of the classroom.
  • Solid understanding of the extension of curriculum content to both print and digital applications.
  • Demonstrated data-centric and listening-led leadership, with confidence to dive deep into product performance metrics and to seek insight from user research.
  • Passion for building great products and commitment to growing and developing a team while collaborating in cross-team environments.
  • Excellent communication, time management, conceptual, organizational, and analytical skills.

Additional Details

  • At Open Up Resources, we believe in building and fostering a diverse, inclusive and anti-racist remote workplace environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer where all applicants are considered for employment without attention to color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
  • We are seeking candidates who have lived experiences related to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • We are a virtual organization with headquarters in the California Bay Area.
  • We offer a highly competitive compensation and generous benefits packages.

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Role

Product Management

Experience Level

Senior Level

Open Up Resources

Open Up Resources is a publisher of high-quality open educational resources in core content areas, with a vision of providing teachers with the tools to engage students in liberating educational experiences.
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