Senior Agilist at Jellyvision

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Senior Agilist [Senior Scrum Master]

Jellyvision’s headquarters is in Chicago, and, post-COVID, many of us will be returning to the Chicago offices (by choice, not requirement -- our philosophy is “Flexible First”).  But this position is also eligible for work by a remote employee out of CA, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MI, MN, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, WA, or WI.

Who we are

We’re the proud parents of ALEX®, an interactive employee communications platform that makes choosing (and using) employee benefits easier and more enjoyable. Our credo is a simple one: be helpful. And we think the best way to achieve that is with a staff that reflects the vast range of ideas, perspectives, and experiences of the millions of people who use our products.

How you’ll help

As a Senior Agilist, you’ll be responsible for optimizing the flow of value delivery horizontally across multiple teams and vertically within the delivery teams through the enablement of lean practices and an agile environment. To get there, you will collaborate with other colleagues across the various functions to create an environment built on collaboration, communication, visibility and engagement. Depending on the situation, you understand when to be a facilitator, coach, teacher, or mentor. 

You know that newer teams will need more high-touch applications, and as you empower teams to mature, your focus shifts to a broader scope. To get there, you’ll develop and optimize multiple delivery teams’ current ways of working, structures, and tools and create an environment built on collaboration, communication, visibility, and engagement. 

What you’ll do

  • Coach and grow other roles, colleagues, and leaders in becoming better agilists, team members, and leaders
  • Handle and appropriately address delivery impediments, risks, issues, and changes tied to the product development initiatives
  • Seek opportunities to adopt innovative technologies
  • Be a “rebel with a cause” and look beyond the obvious for continuous improvement opportunities and provide tactical and strategic solutions
  • Serve across different stages of teams’ and departments’ agile journey, from introductory training and coaching to continuously improving high-performing teams
  • Assist at varying levels of scale, from embedding within delivery teams to creating cohesion and alignment across stakeholders in the organization
  • Focus on and coach across programs how to best collaborate, communicate, provide transparency from the start of an idea to product delivery and eventual sunset
  • Utilize various approaches and techniques that enable agility across teams (e.g. Scrum, XP, Lean thinking, Kanban)
  • Identify, utilize, and educate around appropriate metrics that enable continuous improvement
  • Proactively mitigate risks, recommend improvements, and lead improvement activities internal to the team and external to stakeholders
  • Proactively addresses systemic impediments to team agility and guides the team(s) on methods to escalate when needed to prevent challenges from becoming blockers
  • Provide strategies for how to decentralize decision making when needed and lessen dependencies
  • Create an environment that energizes and empowers teams and stakeholders to innovate, focus, and get value delivered with a focus on accountability, adaptability, and collaboration

Experience & skills you’ll need

  • 5+ years of demonstrated experience as a Scrum Master
  • Has seen or been part of a transformation and knows how to incorporate change management techniques
  • Experience leading change management efforts
  • A relentless drive for continuous improvement and self-learning which shows through involvement in industry meetups, knowledge sharing, attending conferences,   
  • Exceptional leadership skills; knows how to co-create a vision, reinforce it, and align teams, stakeholders, and an organization around it
  • Strong decision-making skills that allow teams to take action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences
  • Demonstrated experience with standard software development practices and concepts
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating meetings at multiple levels of an organization and a deep understanding of facilitation techniques
  • Demonstrated advanced ability to operate using analytical, critical thinking, organizational, and project management skills
  • Experience with tools that aid teams (e.g. Jira, Confluence, Drive, collaboration tools), including knowing how to streamline or optimize tools to encourage collaboration and transparency
  • Experience applying various agile frameworks, philosophies, and techniques (e.g. Scrum, Kanban, XP, Lean, LeSS, etc.)
  • Works effectively in ambiguous situations and environments, and can work with others to reach clarity
  • Experience in creating Agile training and workshop material
  • Supports other Agilists and delivery team members through training, mentoring, and sharing of leading practices

Required Competencies

  • Balances stakeholders
  • Drives results
  • Global perspective
  • Manages ambiguity
  • Manages complexity
  • Plans and aligns
  • Strategic mindset

Anything else?

Jellyvision is committed to fostering a more inclusive workplace where people across all dimensions of diversity and intersectionality, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, neuro-diversity, gender identity, gender expression, sex, or country of origin are welcomed, valued, and celebrated! We have an opportunity to increase representation at all levels and need your unique talents, background and perspectives. We look forward to your contributions to our team.

Thanks for your interest in Jellyvision!

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Technology we use

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  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • jQuery UILibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
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    • IllustratorDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • BasecampManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM
    • MarketoLead Gen

An Insider's view of Jellyvision

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Work/life balance isn't a buzzword or a benefit we're striving for at Jellyvision, it's ultimately an outcome of respect and thoughtfulness that permeates the whole company. We trust each other to get our work done, and we don't spend time in the dreaded "meetings for meeting's sake." Schedules are flexible because it works, and it makes us better


Account Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

If I’m coordinating, I absolutely love ending a meeting by summarizing action items any teams are accountable for before everyone leaves. Especially with so much information to keep track of, it helps me to pinpoint the important bits. Making sure there is clarity all around is the best and most efficient way that I can collaborate with teams.


Talent Coordinator/Sourcer

What makes someone successful on your team?

The product team is full of self-driven, curious, scrappy individuals. The most successful are the least afraid of jumping into ambiguity and getting creative in overcoming the numerous obstacles thrown at them every day. Their ability to adapt to change quickly while keeping their teams calm, cool, and collected makes the job look easy!


Principal Product Manager, New Concepts

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

Implementation is a team of ballers, constantly impressing me with new ideas. Our most recent ideas are new classes around Professional Development and a pilot approach to quickly implement customers. These ideas came from folks on the team. When my coworkers have these ideas, my job is to give them the support and resources to run with them.


VP of Implementation

What are Jellyvision Perks + Benefits

Jellyvision Benefits Overview

We are currently redefining the way we will be returning to an office setting. To ensure the health and safety of our employees, Jellyvision will be working remotely until Summer 2021. Going forward, we will be focused on a “flexible first” approach where office space is available for those who wish to use it.

*5% Match on 401k

*Unlimited PTO

*Remote work stipend

*HSA & FSA Contribution

*14 Weeks Maternity Leave - 6 Weeks Paternity/Non-Gestational

*Gender Transition Assistance

*Education Reimbursement

*Medical, Vision & Dental - Multiple Plans

*Legal Services through RocketLawyer

*Hilarious Slack Channels/Community Engagement Groups

*Membership to the Jellyvision Band - they Rock! (pun intended)

*Weekly yoga and meditation classes

*Free Divvy Membership

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
We have an HSA and a transit FSA!
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
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