Senior Producer, i-Ready Reading

Curriculum Associates - Remote - Full time

At Curriculum Associates (CA), we believe a diverse team leads to diversity in thinking, making our products better for teachers and students. If you read this job description, feel energized by what you see here, and believe you could bring passion and commitment to the role, but you aren’t sure you meet every qualification, please apply! Above all, we are looking for the right person!

The Senior Producer either leads smaller-sized projects or assumes several components of a larger project, or a complex portion of a large program with minimal supervision. Senior Producers lead cross-functional teams of editors, designers and engineers to develop new instructional offerings from conceptualization through execution. The projects they lead likely require cross-product dependencies and/or development of or implementation of new processes or procedures.

Why join this team:

The i-Ready Reading team has a passion for helping students become stronger readers through research-based instruction and by thinking creatively about how to engage students in reading in a digital environment. If you love thinking outside of the box and collaborating with educators, curriculum developers, designers and engineers to create engaging learning experiences, then the i-Ready team will be a perfect fit!

The impact you’ll have:

The Senior Producer will be leading the full product lifecycle for a major strand for a brand new middle school offering. The Senior Producer will lead cross-functional teams of editors, designers and engineers to develop this offering from conceptualization through execution. This is an exciting new offering that offers an opportunity to step back and define new ways of driving reading engagement and learning gains.

  • Product Definition: Work with Product leadership to define and document required scope of work, including cross-team or cross-product dependencies. Communicates scope to the project team and stakeholders at the onset of the project clearly and completely.
  • Team Management and Collaboration: Lead cross-functional team to work effectively together to define instructional approach and activity design that achieves quality criteria while balancing schedule, resource capacity and budget. Support development of healthy team dynamics. Identify potential team issues before they materialize and proactively manage them to resolution. May mentor less experienced team members and as tenure increases, may manage junior team members.
  • Process Improvement: Identifies and implements project-specific process improvements. Identifies and begins to drive program-level process improvements with increasing ownership.
  • Innovation: Develops resolution to diverse and complex problems often requiring creativity. Exercises judgment within procedures and practices in selecting methods and techniques for arriving at solutions.
  • Budget Development: Able to see big picture as well as details and identify risks at both levels in terms of quality, schedule, budget. Partners with PMO to ensure realistic schedule is built and holds team accountable for meeting dates. Proactively communicates pain points in process and advocates for change. Emerging understanding of how to staff teams effectively.
  • Market Knowledge: Be knowledgeable and conversant about trends, key issues and competitive offerings in assigned product area within instruction. Build emerging understanding of overall instruction, ed tech market and competitors. Build emerging understanding of how instruction is implemented and of user pain points and opportunities relative to instruction. Begin to understand broader i-Ready offering, including connection between assessment and instruction.
  • Field Support and Communication: Develop or coordinate development of materials to support more complex field/customer questions and requests. Proactively identify "disruption" potential of new releases and inform communication to / discussion with support teams. Collaborate with senior team members to support project needs from marketing, sales and field partners as needs and requests arise.

Who we’re looking for:

  • Track record of building successful digital learning / children’s media products
  • Proven ability as a Product Owner
  • Proven ability to lead both internal and external teams with excellent management skills
  • Ability to effectively lead a large team and collaborate cross-functionally with editorial, design, project management and engineering teams
  • Strong negotiation skills and proven record of executing development plans
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to initiate, foster, maintain, and manage others toward positive working relationships with all cross-functional internal teams and external vendors
  • 5 years of working experience with at least 3 years' experience working with developing interactive products in a product owner or product manager capacity
  • Some experience in the education space (classroom teaching, ed tech or other)
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

We’d also love to see, though not required:

  • Master’s degree in education a plus
  • Teaching experience a plus

More about this role -

Location: Billerica or remote

Starting Date: ASAP

Travel Expectations: If remote, 2-4 visits to home office in Billerica per year; 1-2 visits to schools to get teacher and student feedback Compensation & Benefits: Competitive salary with great benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, employer contributed 401K.

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Product Management

Experience Level

Mid Level

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