Product Owner

American Prison Data Systems - Remote - Full time

Company Description:

Founded in 2014, APDS’s mission is to prepare every justice-involved individual for a successful and sustained reentry to society. Through a digital learning platform and secure tablet hardware, APDS is creating better outcomes for incarcerated learners, returning citizens, and corrections staff through individualized education, rehabilitation, and reentry programming. APDS products leverage digital content, learning management systems, and data analytics to produce outcomes-driven results. Currently, APDS products and services are deployed in over 100+ facilities across 16 states -- and growing.

APDS is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) and certified B-Corporation, with a business model that never charges incarcerated individuals or their friends and families for its technology or services.

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The Opportunity

APDS is growing and we are looking for an experienced Product Owner to roll up their sleeves to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Collaborate and execute on the product strategy resulting in significant increases in product adoption, outcomes and renewal.
  2. Increase the quality and timeliness of product delivery by writing and vetting high-quality requirements, user stories, business rules and acceptance criteria

The Product Owner will own key elements of strategy, execution, delivery, and growth for APDS’s platform that will accelerate APDS’s position as the transformative provider of digital programming services for justice-involved individuals. The Product Owner will report to the Director of Product and work closely with development, implementation and support teams to analyze, define and manage product development.

The Product Owner will ensure that APDS prioritizes, builds, and delivers our product suite in a cohesive and timely manner to create growth and traction of our solution in Departments of Corrections, Jails, Parole, Probation and alternatives to incarceration across the country.


  • Own the agile product lifecycle for assigned product(s), delivering on the product roadmap
  • Define, prioritize, and release user product features in the form of user stories, requirements, and specifications working closely with the Scrum team
  • Develop high-quality documentation, including requirements, release notes, product training, user support, and sales support materials
  • Define and analyze metrics that inform the success of the platform
  • Continually develop and refine an understanding of the market, end user, and customer needs
  • Collaborate with Technology teams to develop products on release schedules
  • Collaborate with other product teammates in feature definition, cross-product planning, and joint release planning
  • Support go-to-market activities including launch planning

Qualifications and Experience

  • 2+ years in B2B/enterprise Product Ownership experience or commensurate experience being responsible for backlog creation, management and prioritization.
  • In-depth knowledge of Scrum and Agile Software Development Methodologies
  • Exceptional judgment in weighing the tradeoffs among time to market, budget, and product features that maximizes ROI
  • Very strong communication, written and verbal
  • Excellent project management skills, particularly the ability to handle multiple priorities, stakeholders and workstreams
  • Product Owner certification is preferred but not required (e.g. CSPO, PSPO).
  • Experience and understanding of education in a correctional context is preferred but not required.
  • Experience managing education platforms (e.g., learning management systems, student information systems, educational assessment and/or analytical systems) preferred but not required.
  • Track record of being conscientious, reliable, and a self-starter.
  • Belief in APDS’s mission to reduce recidivism and improve the life chances of incarcerated learners and returning citizens

Location and Travel

  • New York City or remote.
  • Travel: Up to quarterly (post-COVID) for team collaboration and industry events.

Salary and Benefits

  • ADPS offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience and a generous benefits package.


APDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and firmly believes in creating a workplace that respects and values diversity of cultural, ethnic, and experiential backgrounds. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. As an organization committed to the successful reentry of justice-involved persons, we strongly encourage candidates who share the life experiences of the citizens we serve to apply. 

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Product Management

Experience Level

Entry Level

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