Manager of Product Development

Position Overview: The Manager of Product Development leverages strengths in managing projects and leading creative teams to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of processes from design through publishing. Grounded in the fields of child development and family support, this position champions efforts to generate relevant, high-quality resources for professionals and the families they serve.  

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Collaborate with senior leadership and other staff to understand the product development and revision needs and priorities, and to establish deadlines.

  • Serve as an expert and administrator of editorial processes, workflows, and project management tools.

  • Work with the VP of Professional and Program Development to manage budgets associated with product development, contracted services, and publishing.

  • Work with customer service staff to identify patterns in issues related to online curriculum and serve as the liaison to curriculum publishing vendors such as NxtBook.

  • Support other project leads with use of project management tools, logistics, and resources and in facilitating teams that become stuck/stagnant.

Management

  • For each development or revision project, establish timelines and the online tracking process that will accurately reflect the organization of materials, work assignments, and status of individual tasks.

  • Convene staff for project teams and support the recruitment of external members as needed.

  • Oversee editorial contractor schedules, working with procurement staff when necessary. Work with the Curriculum Product Editor and project lead to ensure efficient and effective use of contractors.

  • Maintain product revision schedules and track product development, contracted services, and publishing expenses, managing projects within budget.

  • Ensure contractor invoices reflect hours worked and appropriate accounting codes.

  • Provide regular supervision to the Curriculum Product Editor and to contractors.

  • Synthesize input from the field and learning associated with beta testing to inform product development.

Intellectual Property

  • Maintain a working knowledge of the core curricula and serve as the project lead on all core-curricula revision projects.

  • As Foundational Group Coordinator within the learning management system, provide curriculum updates and lead discussion forums to support and learn from customers.

  • Ensure the attainment of copyright protection for both new and previously published curricula, resources, and trainings.

  • Support efforts to publish, replenish, and maintain product inventories.

  • Work with project leads and the Curriculum Product Editor to ensure that revisions and updates include the most recent advances in research and evidence, and that they reflect the Parents as Teachers approach to working with families.

  • Be familiar with non-core Parents as Teachers products in order to assist staff members and customers with questions about scope and content and to maintain revision schedules.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in editorial, project, or non-profit management, or related field, Master’s degree preferred.

  • Experience in managing creative teams and facilitating project management processes.

Other Abilities:

  • Collaborative facilitation skills

  • Curriculum development experience

  • Systems and process thinking

  • Knowledge of the early childhood parenting and family support field

Computer Skills:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and familiar with other programs in the Office suite, including Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

  • Familiar with or willing to learn to use online tools for project management, webinars, and team collaboration.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to communicate information concisely and clearly.

  • Ability to interface successfully via phone and e-mail with external contractors and vendors.

  • Ability to read and speak Spanish at a basic level is preferred, though not required.

Math Skills:

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Work Environment:

  • The dynamic structure of the project teams requires flexibility and an ability to shift priorities on short notice. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae, along with names/contact information of three references, and salary requirements, to jobs@ParentsAsTeachers.org.