Manager, Web Product Portfolio (Corporate Education Partnerships)

Discovery Education - Charlotte, North Carolina - Full time

Who We Are:

As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement.

What You'll Do:

Discovery Education’s Corporate Education Partnerships (“CEP”) team is mission-driven and drives the organization’s public/private partnerships, collaborating across all sectors with like-minded organizations to support critical needs in the K-12 universe in order to drive youth achievement. The output of these partnerships includes cause marketing initiatives, workforce development solutions, and support for K-12 school service distribution in schools nationwide. We believe that access to dynamic learning experiences should not be dependent upon a student’s zip code and are committed to the transformation of teaching and learning in order to drive student achievement.

Discovery Education is seeking a growth-oriented product manager to oversee, lead, and help evolve our transformative digital learning K-12 web-based and digital instructional for our 40+ corporate partner programs.

The Discovery Education platform has a library of over 500k learning objects and media assets, robust creation tools for teachers and search/discovery functionality to help teachers and students find just what they need. Our products focus primarily on workforce development, STEM learning, and niche curricular areas and span across the K-12 education levels.

If you’re passionate about transforming student learning and love building products that can make a huge impact, then this position is right for you.

Web Strategy

  • Work with the CEP team to articulate the vision and set the roadmap for our K-12, web-based digital instructional products sponsored by our corporate/foundation partners.
  • Work closely with web developers and engineers to allow for scaled development and evolution of digital programs that are more efficient to build and take advantage of the best practices in web development.
  • Partner with our research and analytics team to measure the impact of our program websites on both teachers and students.
  • Work with UX/UI designers to craft an ideal experience for both teachers and students.
  • Drive experimentation, including working with engineers to measure quality and assess the potential impact of new features on customers’ needs.
  • Assist in managing the prioritization of new features and bugs.
  • Research, troubleshoot, diagnose, and recommend solutions to complex business and technical problems.
  • Make sure that your team is strong and healthy – including capabilities, happiness, resilience and growth.
  • Communicate and coordinate with internal and external stakeholders, including marketing, sales and customers.
  • Collaborate effectively with our K-12 team of product developers to engage in a holistic viewpoint of our digital products at Discovery Education.

Web Tactics

Lead, Project Manage and Traffic all Digital Product Components, Assets and Edits

  • Kickoff development meeting with development and design.
  • Look ahead for the upcoming 3 – 6 – 9 months: lead proactive planning and resource management
  • Ensure all site function optimally and are fully secure

Monitor incoming tickets continuously to assess level of urgency and clarity of requirements.

  • Clarify requirements if needed with Partner Success Team or Design Team
  • Monitor web developer progress daily to ensure all projects are on track.

Team Meetings – designed for efficiency, clear communication, and productivity

  • Lead Weekly Sprint Organization
  • Run Daily Development Standups
  • Weekly UI/UX and Development Meeting
  • Weekly Partner Success Meetings

Weekly Executive Reporting

  • Site audit update/results
  • Major accomplishments
  • Major issues/roadblocks

Who You Are

  • You have 6-8 years of product management experience and demonstrated success defining product roadmaps specifically for web based and platform products, building collaboratively with design and engineering peers, and shipping at scale.
  • You have experience setting KPIs of product health and success and managing and iterating towards those goals.
  • You have familiarity working on a cross functional team of front and back end web designers, engineers, user experience and interface designers.
  • You possess strong analytical skills and are able to interpret data and trends, diagnose problems, and recommend effective action plans to resolve issues. Experience with analytics packages (e.g. Google Analytics) and SQL are strongly preferred.
  • You have experience working in an Agile/Scrum environment.
  • You are experienced in setting and executing on a product backlog, balancing innovation, maintenance and support.
  • You are experienced at creating and communicating a narrative about the value of data and platforms to transform end user experiences.
  • You are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and as part of a diverse team.
  • You have a blend of strategic and tactical thinking, creative and analytic reasoning, a deep knowledge of human-centered design, a love of data, and a background in and/or passion for K-12 education with instructional/curriculum experience.
  • You have a passion for identifying and solving real consumer and business problems, and proven ability to prioritize high leverage opportunities to deliver to market.
  • You have a bias to action and a proven track record of delivering both minimum viable products and scaled solutions within a matrixed organization to market at rapid speed.
  • You have a passion for and experience of not just launching products but owning their success and growth.
  • Growth Mindset: Committed to the relentless pursuit of improvement and ways to grow and scale the business through the delivery of creative assets that amplify the DE brand and promise to educators.
  • Mission-Driven: Passionate about Discovery Education's vision to transform teaching and learning and a high degree of creativity with a passion for driving performance.
  • Highly Adaptable Leader: Capable of delivering consistently great results in rapidly changing environments with an expertise in building and leveraging capabilities for competitive advantage and increased profitability. Known for transparent and collaborative leadership style, exceptional ability to recruit top talent, and passionate about developing high-performance teams. A direct and dedicated leader who drives company priorities and leads teams to seek creative solutions and work toward a shared vision.
  • Technical Skills: Experience and proficiency using: JIRA and Smartsheet or very similar systems. Clear knowledge of Drupal and ability to code effectively in Drupal the manage content when needed. Proficiency in Microsoft applications: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook
  • Communication: Stellar at communicating succinctly and effectively with diverse employees and external vendors to ensure quality and efficiency while driving a professional, positive working environment.
  • Champion and engage company culture: Proven ability to lead with purpose, and effectively communicate company goals and KPIs to key stakeholders.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field.
  • Hustle: The courage and confidence to work hard and with passion; committed to getting the job done; sustain effort in the face of adversity. Maintain consistency and focus over time with a positive “never give up” attitude.
  • Motivated Self-Starter: The ability to do what needs to be done without being micromanaged; ability to manage/prioritize multiple tasks, proactively manage numerous projects, and prioritize competing timelines; demonstrate a problem solving/ solution-oriented approach.
  • Learning Orientation: Always willing to learn something new, not rigid in beliefs or expectations.
  • Sense of Humor: Because we all need to laugh sometimes.
  • Flexibility: Candidates must be willing to travel 15-20% of the time to meet with partners, customers, or internal meetings.
  • Bachelor’s degree required and advanced degree’s preferred
  • Legal right to work in the United States

Discovery Education is an equal opportunity employer. Discovery Education is committed to being an employer of choice, not just a good place to work, but also a great and inclusive place to work. To that end, we strive to recruit and maintain a workforce that meaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich communities that we serve. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disabled status or, genetic information.

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Product Management

Experience Level

Mid Level

Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Our services are in half of the classrooms in the U.S. and UK, and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in over 90 countries.

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