Portfolio Product Leader at Newsela (Remote)

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The Role: 

The Portfolio Product Leader will lead our company strategy, combining general management expertise overseeing the revenue and margin of a SaaS/content product line in a product-first organization with that of a skilled software-product builder optimizing for the user experience. Your role will encompass understanding the market segment and needs, building business cases, and defining and beating goals and KPIs. You will be working with various teams to develop an end-to-end revenue-oriented product strategy and commercialization roadmap and cross-functionally lead the execution. Overseeing our primary product lines, you will be accountable to achieving our product goals. You will also be tasked with planning, communicating and executing the strategy to grow the next phase of our business for this product line. 

Why You’ll Love This Role:

Because this is a new role, you will get to help architect the position and scope, leveraging business strategy, market analysis, influence marketing activities, and lead cross-functional teams to execute on the plan. And because this is for Newsela, you’ll get to influence the future of education, enhance how districts and teachers engage students, and provide time-saving approaches that allow educators to design customized learning for different levels of learners. Your work will directly impact our ability to scale Newsela’s reach, bring our products to more educators and students, and enable accessible, engaging learning that empowers students. You’ll be leveraging expertise in business strategy and/or management consulting to help our team achieve pipeline and revenue targets; and you will get to work with a cross-functional team beyond sales to catapult Newsela’s growth help accelerate our business growth. 

Why We’ll Love You: 

Your experience in strategy lends itself to a track record of understanding buyer needs and you can effectively target those needs and create a quality software/content product, working with cross-functional partners to put that strategy in place and close sales. You have successfully designed and executed on a business plan, worked with executives across teams to get buy-in, and have a strong ability to project and forecast growth sales throughout the sales process (experience in edtech or K-12 education would be a plus). You have technical chops and are deeply versed in the process of building SaaS products to enable your swift prioritization and trade-off decisions, while understanding the cost impact. You are continuously seeking to strengthen your knowledge of your market segment, and have a demonstrated ability to take real-time market data to iterate and drive improvements across the business. In addition to your sales, business, product strategy expertise, you have marketing acumen (as you’ll be partnering with our marketing team) and have a demonstrated ability to lead teams, meetings, and process to decision/action without formal authority or direct reporting lines. 

About Newsela:

One of the fastest growing tech companies in K-12 education, Newsela was founded on the principle that while every child may have unique learning preferences, they all deserve a rich learning experience that ignites a love of learning. We built our platform based on learning science research to deliver the most engaging, authentic content to modernize how teaching happens in the classroom. Along with interactive assessments and tools, we provide teachers with digital content at five reading levels -- from +100 of the best sources -- that is relevant to the diverse backgrounds and interests of their students. Since we started in 2013, we’ve established a presence in 90% of U.S. K-12 schools and over 2.5M teachers and 37M students have registered with Newsela.

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What’s the vibe like in the office?

Amazing. Newsela is a trusting and responsible environment where we have control to get our work done when and where is best for us.

Vanessa

Lead Web Application Developer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team works with school leaders and teachers to create innovative applications of Newsela's content to support our mission of "meaningful classroom learning for every student." Our goal is to engage and empower educators with tools to enhance their students' learning.

JJ

Community Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've grown leaps and bounds at Newsela! I initially started out as an enterprise sales development representative and went through a mentorship program to transition to the customer success management team! I cannot measure the amount of growth I've experienced the past few years.

Emma

Customer Success Manager

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Newsela office is a collaborative workspace. The office is designed to reflect the clients we serve. We love to keep our mission of "meaningful classroom learning for every student" top of mind.

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What are Newsela Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Newsela offers the opportunity to join various affinity groups operated by members of each community to help facilitate an inclusive and diverse workplace where all people are valued.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
In addition to weekly virtual wellness events (guided meditation, yoga, etc.), we offer virtual group discussion sessions with a licensed therapist to help navigate a variety of topics and challenges.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Newsela provides an Inclusive Care Stipend to help offset some of the fees associated with adoption.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Every year we bring Newsela's youngsters to our offices for our Take Your Child to Newsela Day. It's one of our favorite days of the year, filled with crafts, story time, workshops, and even yoga!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free daily breakfast. Employees can select from our cereal bar, yogurts, oatmeal, fruit, granola bars and unlimited cold brew on tap!
Game Room
Our teams love to take time to challenge each other to a game of ping pong or pool throughout the day, and maybe even a ping pong tournament every now and then.
Stocked Kitchen
Newsela has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored seltzer you can handle. You might even be able to catch a Top Chef competition every now and then.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
All remote employees receive a monthly tech allowance to put towards making their home office setup the best it can be.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
All employees receive an annual stipend to put towards professional development or learning courses and resources. We also hold bi-monthly manager training sessions.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer an annual stipend to encourage all employees to keep learning!
Time allotted for learning

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