VP of Product

Project Wayfinder - Remote - Full time

The Organization

Imagine if adolescent education was designed for all students to develop lives of meaning and purpose. In 2015 Project Wayfinder was founded at the Stanford d.school to answer this call. With our fifth academic year upon us, our toolkits + trainings have journeyed to over 70,000 students, 4,000 teachers, 300 schools across 34 states and 20 countries.

With our $6.5M Series A funding secured, we are now pushing our expansion across the country + globe. Our goal is to continue to double our impact and revenue each year for the coming years. Our vision is to become the preeminent SEL curriculum company in the world - leading the global movement of purpose learning, meaning making and belonging-based education world wide.

What We Value

You will be joining a staff of incredibly motivated and dedicated staff members that are committed to living the values of our organization. We have a very close culture where team members get to know one another and build lifelong relationships. We also feel and act like a purpose-driven organization. To the best of our abilities each person’s role aligns with their own sense of purpose which feeds into the organization’s larger sense of purpose.

Read this article by our Founder about our workplace culture in Conscious Company.

We also value access, equity, diversity, and belonging. This is represented primarily in three ways: our product, our staff, and our schools.

Product: We have intentionally developed our curriculum to be able to cross national, racial, and socio-economic boundaries. During the process of curriculum development, we have had over 30 educators work on and develop the curriculum from a variety of backgrounds.

Team: Our team is composed of people from a diverse range of backgrounds and life experience. We intentionally recruit, hire, and work with people from diverse identities + experiences.

School Partners: We intentionally target a wide array of educational partners from traditional to non-traditional that work with a range of students from different socioeconomic groups: we have taught our curriculum in low income schools in the Bronx, independent schools in Silicon Valley, and after-school programs in San Antonio.

Learn more: Project Wayfinder Team + School Partners

The Role

Wayfinder’s VP of Product is responsible for the vision, strategy, delivery, and performance of our product line. The VP of Product ensures our products add sustainable value for the business while simultaneously providing an exceptional and valuable experience for districts and schools around the world.

We strongly encourage people from traditionally underrepresented populations in tech - such as women, People of Color, People with Disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people, etc - to apply!

Responsibilities

  • Set a compelling vision for our product portfolio that aligns with customer needs and business goals.
  • Define product requirements and shape roadmaps that align with the vision.
  • Collaborate effectively with our executive leadership team on matters related to strategy and operations.
  • Oversee our Curriculum, Engineering, and Design teams and ensure they collaborate effectively.
  • Provide leadership and mentorship for Product VPs and their teams.
  • Own and drive the product lifecycle, from research and prototyping through execution and delivery.
  • Develop key metrics and KPIs to measure product performance and identify areas for improvement.
  • Identify and anticipate staffing needs for a rapidly growing product team.
  • Direct and oversee research that informs critical product decisions.
  • Understand customer and user needs through direct engagement and analytics.
  • Ensure digital and print products ship on-time and on-budget.

Requirements

Essential experience

  • Minimum of 5-10 years leading the delivery of successful and innovative education products for other EdTech companies or fast-growing startups.
  • Proven ability to define a product vision and a roadmap for achieving it.
  • Proven ability to effectively scale a product team.
  • A track-record of working with engineers, designers, and content experts to create coherent and intuitive user experiences.
  • Comfort with human-centered design principles, particularly customer empathy.
  • Experience working directly with customers and interpreting customer feedback.
  • Expertise in data collection and analysis for the purpose of making data-informed decisions.
  • Exceptional collaboration skills with an ability to communicate simply and effectively with a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience with product development software such as Asana, Jira, Zenhub+Github, Trello, etc.
  • Outstanding time-management skills and experience working efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset and a bias towards action.

Preferred experience

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent in business administration, product design, software engineering, user experience, or a related discipline.

Benefits

We offer a competitive package that is based on location and experience. We also offer the following benefits:

  • + Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing venture-backed company.
  • + 401k: We care about your ability to save for your future.
  • + Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families.
  • + Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.
  • + Healthcare: Medical, dental, and vision policies.
  • + Goodies: Whatever hardware and software you need to get the job done.
  • + Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, annual retreat, and celebrations.
  • + Learning: Learning & Development Opportunities to grow your skills and career.
  • + Great team: Working with fun, hard-working, kind people committed to making a difference!
  • + Flexible culture: We are results-focused. We don’t work at the office every day.
  • + ...And much more! Lots of other perks make this company an incredible place to work.

Location

Remote work. This role is remote, but requires you to be available for calls for at least 4 hours between 9am-5pm US Pacific Time. As such this role can be anywhere where you can commit to working half the day to overlap with that timezone, and will not require relocation once COVID is over.

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Role

Product Management

Experience Level

Mid Level

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