What We’re Looking For:
The Product Development Manager will serve as a senior expert combining expertise with new technologies, development knowledge, market analysis and end‐user feedback to establish a product vision and partner with Development, QA and stakeholders to deliver world‐class solutions.
This individual will work closely with the stakeholders to understand what the needs are in terms of launching and supporting product concepts, translating those needs into technical requirements that provide a clear roadmap to the development team and successfully bringing the product to market.
What You’ll Be Responsible For:
Guide Products throughout the full SDLC lifecycle
Drive a solution set from conception to implementation by developing a business case, use cases, visual prototypes and design specifications
Transform vision of product team to measurable deliverables for QA and Software Development teams
Read organizational business model and build out from technology perspective
Facilitate communication across tech team and internal stakeholders
Working across vendors and conducting regular status calls
Maintain documentation for all project aspects
Serve as liaison between Content Production/delivery and TechDev
Work alongside the engineering team to set development priorities, define and implement a product roadmap through initial launch and subsequent releases
Be the product champion on LMS and related tools recognizing/communicating the value and shortcomings of the product through your expertise and education
Display market expertise by articulating the needs, challenges and direction of the higher education community
Things That Should Be in Your Background:
Candidates who possess both higher education/higher education technology and project/product management backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.
Must have knowledge of, and experience in, higher education academic processes
Experience with higher education technology products strongly preferred
5 years experience in project management required, specific project management experience working with SDLC strongly preferred
Experience managing partnerships with component and solution providers.
Bachelor’s degree required
Advanced degree preferred; MBA or Education related advanced degree strongly preferred
Other Attributes That Will Help You in This Role:
Ability to command respect from a highly skilled engineering team
Strong sense of ownership
Must possess excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
Ability to work in a dynamic and flexible environment
Ability to travel occasionally, up to 10%
Founded in 2008 by a unique team of education veterans with unparalleled experience, 2U, Inc., formerly known as 2tor, Inc., partners with preeminent institutions of higher education to deliver rigorous, selective degree programs online to students globally.
2U supplies universities with the tools, expertise, capital, and global recruiting needed to build and support programs of quality and scale.
Technology: 2U develops state-of-the-art technology platforms that give universities the ability to deliver traditional offline curricula in a unique online learning environment.
Instructional Design: Our instructional designers work closely with faculty to translate classroom courses into a compelling combination of synchronous and asynchronous online and real-world experiences, using the best educational and social technologies available. We work side-by-side with professors to evolve those courses. We make improvements as usage and learning patterns emerge and new technologies become available.
Infrastructure: 2U provides the support infrastructure and the logistical components of our partners’ online programs. This includes comprehensive student support services from enrollment through graduation and beyond, as well as practical learning experiences in communities around the world.
Resources: 2U makes an upfront investment of over $10 million in each of our partner programs. By supplying capital and global marketing capabilities, we enable universities to give high-performing students around the world a transformational educational experience.
Since our founding, 2U has partnered with some of the most prestigious research universities to deliver groundbreaking online degree programs. You can read about our partners here (www.2U.com/partners ).
Why It’s Great to Join Our Team
There are plenty of reasons, but here are a few:
Benefits – at 2U we offer a great benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability and 401k. We also offer paid time off and company holidays. That’s not all! Employees receive a 100% paid tuition benefit for themselves, their spouse and their legal dependants.
Our Culture – We are a highly energetic, innovative start-up company with room to grow. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and strive to maintain a casual, professional and highly productive work environment for our team. 2U employees enjoy many perks, including the ability to wear jeans to work every day.
Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time-to-time, as needed.
2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans' status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2U’s equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits, pay, and dismissal.