Product Owner - remote

Illuminate Education - Remote - Full time


Remote; will work primarily with teams in CST and PST zones.


As a Shared Services Product Owner, you will lead the gathering, development, and direction of business/functional requirements and design of our software platform and integration with other Illuminate products and external education systems. You will write user stories, manage the backlog and project plans, and provide overall leadership and management of our usability and technical requirements and acceptance criteria. This position will be part of the Product team and report to the VP of Data Integration and will partner with the Engineering Shared Services team and other product teams. Overall, this role is part of a team, but it also holds substantial feature design and product leadership opportunities and responsibilities for the Illuminate portfolio. The challenge with this team is that nearly all work will have dependencies on other teams, so this person has to be able to effectively work and coordinate across multiple teams.

Here’s what you’ll be responsible for:

  • Ensuring seamless execution on one of the most important initiatives the company has underway.
  • Become an expert on the Illuminate product lines, platform and assessment measures.
  • Build expertise on industry standards such as EdFi and IMS Global, and data sharing architecture between products and external educational systems.
  • Work with the Product, Engineering, and QA teams to define business & functional requirements, designs, and stories, including driving internal working sessions across the teams.
  • Present feature requirements, design, and stories to architects and engineers through story grooming and planning sessions.
  • Facilitate analysis of alternatives, provide recommendations, and generate innovative ideas to resolve problems
  • Provide user story and requirements consultancy throughout the development and test cycles of the project.
  • Work closely with the development team to assure a timely solution according to the specifications, project plans and implementation of business needs.
  • Handle complex issues and discrepancies of opinion among stakeholders to negotiate resolution and priority across the Shared Services team, and other product teams as needed.
  • Develop and maintain a repository of product documentation to be shared with the stakeholder community, including requirements documentation, use cases, UI mock-ups, test cases, requirements traceability matrix, etc.
  • Participate in the daily scrums and retrospectives, lead sprint reviews and refinement processes.
  • Work cross functionally with other Business Analysts and Product Owners and their Scrum teams to facilitate communication and planning for projects involving multiple teams.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent technical and work experience
  • Attention to detail, good organizational skills, and able to solve tasks of high complexity
  • 3+ years work experience as a Business Analyst or Product Owner
  • Experience with software development projects and agile methodologies
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and presentation communication skills to effectively influence and interact with all levels of the organization
  • Must possess strong analytical skills and have the ability to take a large topic and break it into smaller components
  • Independent, self-directed and responsive problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Proven track record of delivering quality products within aggressive timelines
  • Experience with Education Assessments is desired
  • A sense of humor and humility is a must ;)

Minimal travel required – may include up to 10% of travel.

Illuminate Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Product Management

Experience Level

Mid Level

Illuminate Education

Illuminate Education partners with K-12 educators to equip them with data to serve the whole child and reach new levels of student performance.
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