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Product Manager, Platform

Ignite Reading

Ignite Reading

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Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Ignite Reading teaches kids to read.

Today, 67% of students and 82% of low-income students can’t read at grade level by the end of third grade. That’s when you are supposed to go from learning to read to reading to learn. It’s America’s number one education crisis and we know how to fix it.

Ignite teaches kids to read by providing 15 minutes a day of 1:1 virtual reading instruction. We focus on the reading fundamentals (letters, phonics, and sight words) kids need to master so they can decode a sentence. Our program accelerates reading progress 2.4x and we are disrupting how schools think about reading instruction.

Ignite launched our first school implementation in the fall of 2021. Sixteen months later, we will have grown our number of schools and students 35x.

Ignite Reading is a mission-driven public benefit corporation. We believe we can do well for our team members and shareholders while we solve one of the nation’s biggest challenges. We believe we will be more successful with a diverse team and are seeking candidates who have lived experience related to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Your Role

Ignite Reading uses technology to enable the delivery of our virtual tutoring services, maximize the learning of our students, and accelerate our ability to scale. The platform is the foundation for delivering our services to schools and has four key components:

  • Student Rostering
  • Student Portal
  • Tutor Portal
  • Tutoring Sessions and Reporting

Reporting to the Director of Product, the Product Manager for Ignite Reading will manage the development and launch of our platform products, ensuring they meet customer needs and business objectives. You will work closely with cross-functional teams – including engineering, operations, customer support, data analytics, and marketing – to define product requirements and ensure successful product launches.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct market research and analysis to identify customer needs.
  • Develop product roadmaps and work with cross-functional teams to prioritize and execute them.
  • Define and document product requirements, including user stories, use cases and functional specifications.
  • Collaborate with design and engineering teams to create and deliver high-quality products that meet customer needs.
  • Act as the product owner on the Scrum team and participate in Scrum ceremonies.
  • Work with marketing and operations teams to develop go-to-market strategies and ensure successful product launches.
  • Monitor product performance and gather feedback from customers to identify areas for improvement.
  • Define and track product metrics to measure success and drive continuous improvement.

Competencies

  • 5+ years of experience in a product management role.
  • Experience with Education Technology is not required but is considered a plus.
  • Strong understanding of the software development lifecycle and agile methodologies.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and project management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams in a fast-paced environment.
  • Passion for creating innovative products that meet customer needs and drive business growth.
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as computer science, engineering, or business.
  • Experience at early-stage startups is a plus.

Additional Details

  • At Ignite Reading, we believe in building and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer where all applicants are considered for employment without attention to color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.
  • We are a virtual organization with headquarters in the California Bay Area.
  • We offer competitive compensation, equity, and generous benefits packages.

Apply

  • If you are passionate about product management and have the skills and experience we seek, we would love to hear from you. Please apply with your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are the right candidate for this role.

At Ignite Reading, we’ve decided to embrace a transparent compensation structure for a few reasons:

To promote fairness and equity: This approach supports fairness within our structure. When everyone knows how compensation decisions are made, it reduces the likelihood of pay discrimination based on factors like gender, race, relationships, or negotiation skills.

To provide accountability for our approach: The same role receives the same compensation, with no negotiation.

To build trust within the organization: When employees understand how their compensation is determined, they are more likely to trust organizational structures and decisions, which can lead to overall better culture.

To support legal considerations: Many states are moving to requiring compensation listed on job descriptions and we want to follow these rules.

Salary: $140,000 - $160,000 ​​

We also ensure you have the tools you need to thrive both in and out of work.

  • Employee Stock Options
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision (80% employee coverage, 50% dependent coverage)
  • Short-term disability (100% employer-paid)
  • Technology Stipend
  • Unlimited PTO + 12 paid holidays
  • Professional Development Stipend
  • Wellness Reimbursement
  • Internet Stipend
  • 12 Weeks of Parental Leave
  • Yearly Staff Retreat
  • Voluntary Life Insurance

At Ignite Reading, we believe in building and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer where all applicants are considered for employment without attention to color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. Research shows that candidates from underrepresented backgrounds often don't apply for roles if they don't meet all the criteria – unlike majority candidates meeting significantly fewer requirements. We strongly encourage you to apply if you’re interested!

We are seeking candidates who have lived experience related to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are a virtual organization with headquarters in the California Bay Area.