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Platform Product Manager, Sophia Learning

Strategic Education, Inc.

Strategic Education, Inc.

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Sophia Learning (part of Strategic Education, Inc.) seeks an innovative leader to spearhead the conceptualization and deployment of cutting-edge technical solutions. The ideal candidate will drive collaborative efforts with stakeholders to architect groundbreaking product features tailored to the evolving needs of our learners. This candidate will oversee the entire product lifecycle, from ideation to execution, directing development teams with precision to ensure timely delivery of high-impact solutions. Responsibilities include driving forward the product roadmap and prioritizing the backlog for software features and enhancements. Additionally, the candidate will own/support strategic decision-making integral to our business objectives. With a focus on fostering alignment and maximizing business value, the candidate will play a pivotal role in defining and achieving ambitious goals in both short-term sprints and long-term initiatives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Build robust analyses to evaluate the impact of product features, analyze business performance, and inform strategic product decisions.
  • Analyze complex user data to distill pain points into actionable product solutions (i.e., Product Requirement Documents (PRDs))
  • Shape the product vision, roadmap, and prioritization process; actively drive sprint-planning sessions.
  • Generate innovative ideas for new features and products, prioritizing initiatives based on company objectives and data-driven insights
  • Lead key projects from conception to execution, collaborating closely with cross-functional teams
  • Provide transparent communication of progress, roadblocks, and solutions to key stakeholders (from team members to executive leadership).
  • Demonstrate learner-centric empathy in all endeavors, creating an exceptional learning experience.
  • Explore and manage potential partnerships with relevant industry players to drive product growth and innovation.
  • Stay up to date on emerging industry trends and best practices to inform product strategies.
  • Conduct targeted ad-hoc analyses to answer big ambiguous questions in response to specific business needs and challenges.

Job Skills:

  • Blend technical expertise with business requirements to drive innovative solutions.
  • Exhibit strong negotiation skills to navigate controversial situations and influence stakeholders effectively.
  • Thoroughly grasp complex business and technical issues to plan, prioritize, and organize solutions strategically.
  • Hands-on experience in grooming product backlogs and managing conflicting requirements.
  • Solid technical background with practical experience in software development and web technologies.
  • Communicate effectively through superior verbal and written skills, translating technical concepts for non-technical stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in relevant technologies and digital design principles to drive innovation.
  • Apply superior problem-solving and analytical skills to define and decompose product KPIs and metrics.
  • Assess value, develop use cases, and prioritize features to align with overarching product strategy.
  • Manage all aspects of the product lifecycle with autonomy and precision.
  • Cultivate strong interpersonal relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders.
  • Approach problem-solving with a hypothesis-driven, action-oriented mentality.
  • Leverage outstanding data analysis skills, including advanced proficiency in Excel and SQL, to inform decision-making.
  • Deploy quantitative and qualitative insights to develop, plan, and prioritize ideas effectively.
  • Passion for solving problems in the education sector.

Work Experience:

  • 3+ years of software product management, management consulting, or equivalent experience is preferred.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Economics, Computer Science, Engineering, or other relevant field.


  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time.
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Typical office setting.
  • Mobility within the office including movement from floor to floor.
  • Travel via plane, car, and metro may be required to perform this job.
  • Must be able to work more than 40 hours per week when business needs warrant.
  • Access information using a computer.
  • Effectively communicate, both up and down the management chain.
  • Effectively cope with stressful situations.
  • Strong mental acuity.
  • Regular, dependable attendance and punctuality are essential functions of this job.
  • Other essential functions and marginal job functions are subject to modification.


  • SEI is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive community. We welcome applications from all. While it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top end of the pay range at SEI, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package. The actual base pay offered to the successful candidate may vary depending on multiple factors including, but not limited to, job-related knowledge/skills, experience, business needs, geographical location, and internal pay equity. Our Talent Acquisition Team is ready to discuss your interest in joining SEI. The expected salary range for this position is below.

$92,700.00 - $139,100.00 - Salary

If you require reasonable accommodations to complete our application process, please contact our Human Resources Department at Careers@strategiced.com.