Director of Product | Noodle.com

Location: Boston, MA

Department: Noodle.com

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Manager/Supervisor

Why Noodle.com?

Education is the 2nd largest industry of the US economy, yet there is no “zillow of education”. Sick? WebMD. Buying a car? Cars.com. Traveling? TripAdvisor. Need lunch? Seamless. Have a question? Google it.  

Finding the right school, tutor, course, or other education outlet is a painful, clunky, disorienting process. Regardless of level/type or area of study (k12, college, grad school, online vs. campus, business vs. nursing, wine course vs. code academy). And yet education is likely the most (or 2nd most) expensive asset in which we invest. Further, education attainment correlates directly with our future earning potential and career trajectory.

Noodle.com seeks to be the “Zillow of education”. We will make the process of finding the best educational choices simple, efficient, and effective. We provide transparency to a process that historically has been confusing and full of misleading statements and data.

In the next phase of Noodle.com, we will help millions of people to have a clearer path to the best education options for them. Curated for them, based on their desires, interests and needs.

If you want to work with great people for a well-funded organization on an initiative that matters, we want to talk to you. Come make a difference in people’s lives!

Noodle Benefits

  • Competitive salary, stock options and 401k
  • Generous vacation package
  • Flexible schedule
  • Mac or PC? You decide
  • Our insurance offers  medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability coverage, plus supplementals for all employees and dependents
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Paid vacation and sick days
  • Qualify for potential free tuition in select graduate school programs

Job Description

Who are we hiring?

Noodle is looking to bring on a passionate, hands-on Product Manager to build our next generation of the primary product - Noodle.com. This is a terrific opportunity for a Product Manager to use their talents to impact the way prospective students engage with one another, and ultimately make wiser decisions regarding their learning path.

The Director of Product will operate cross-functionally, in an agile development environment made up of engineers and designers. The Director will play a lead role in collecting requirements, defining goals and scope, analyzing metrics, and guiding teams through ideation, design, implementation and rollout. This position will be in Boston, and requires that you live in the immediate Boston area.

Responsibilities & Duties

The successful Product Director will continuously improve our website to deliver a positive and engaging experience for our users, while collecting data to advance our mission. The Product Director will be expected to contribute to a growing team focused on user experience and long-term engagement.

The Director will oversee innovative features of the website, including but not limited to:

  • Using Ai and ML to give visitors the content, tools, and data most relevant to them
  • Working with our army of Noodle Experts, to present real-time responses to visitors from the most informed experts in respective categories
  • Introducing product features that drive user sign ups higher, and engagement deeper

In this role, you’ll also be expected to:

Design Great Solutions

  • Lead the development of our user experience, collaborating closely with the design, engineering, and marketing teams
  • Have a good feel for the latest design patterns and technical constraints
  • Understand how to use data to evaluate opportunities, analyze product impact, and balance business needs, user needs, and technical feasibility in making sound recommendations
  • Work closely with UX Designers, User Researchers, and Business Intelligence Analysts to generate and test hypotheses, establish design direction, and create effective user experiences
  • Recognize when software is only one aspect of a great solution and work with business stakeholders to apply marketing and operations levers in delivering business results

Drive for Results

  • Continue to establish a brand new website as the best experience for users
  • Identify, design and build the use cases best platforms, and measure how users use them  
  • Rapidly break down objectives into plans with specific, actionable steps
  • Prioritize, manage inevitable scope creep, and understand when it’s “good-enough”
  • Keep the team motivated and on track, course correct when necessary, and deliver projects on schedule

Engage Others

  • Work across departments to understand opportunities for product enhancements to support company-wide initiatives
  • Empathize and see the perspective of a wide range of team members and customers
  • Develop an understanding of our users and their varied needs
  • Facilitate trade-off discussions between different stakeholders: marketing, research, engineering, design, etc.
  • Communicate clearly and appropriately in writing, in visuals, and face-to-face

Continuously Improve

  • Keeping mobile in mind, stay abreast of current technologies, design thinking, and product development techniques -- and then share your learnings with others
  • Build trusting and respectful relationships with colleagues
  • Seek feedback to grow and develop

Skills & Qualifications

  • You have at least 2 years of relevant product management and 4-5 years of overall experience
  • The ideal candidate most likely has a bachelor's degree in a relevant field from a top institution

If this looks like it could be a good fit for you, get in touch right now!

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