Product Manager, Learning

Location: New York, NY

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Manager/Supervisor

About Noodle Partners

Noodle Partners is a leading ed tech company focused on using technology and outsourced services to improve higher education while ultimately lowering tuition.  Many universities supplement their campus-based programming with online degree programs - especially those at the graduate level - in order to make them accessible to a broader audience.  Companies called Online Program Managers (OPMs) have built a $2 billion industry, selling comprehensive packages of technology and services that include everything the university needs to create and deliver online programs. The downside of working with an OPM is high expenses (60-70% of tuition revenue), long-term contract commitments (7-15 years), a lack of control over the end product ‒ which leads to higher tuitions ‒ and, in many cases, inferior service.

Noodle Partners offers a new approach to online program management. We offer universities great online programming by assembling a team of the best ed tech and higher-ed service providers in the marketplace and working with them to integrate their products and services into a comprehensive, customized solution for universities.  We develop only limited technology ourselves and instead focus our resources on assembling a stack of best-of-breed ‘Partners’, negotiate favorable pricing, guide their integration, manage their delivery, and evaluate their performance against goals set with each university.

About this Position

Can you imagine building “online nirvana: by integrating best-in-class technologies for every aspect of an online course delivery system? The Product Manager, Learning does this and more.  Responsible for creating the ultimate online learning experience for the students and faculty of Noodle’s online programs, this product role is like no other:you are literally building a unique environment for every university implementation.  Working closely with Noodle’s head of product, head of technology, the Product Manager integrates Noodle’s selected best-in-class partner technologies,  resulting in a single, cohesive, learning platform. The ideal candidate has a hunger to learn new systems and will dive in to become a super user of Noodle partner systems and collaborate with partners to push their product development efforts to the next level. For each University Noodle serves, the Product Manager  works hand in hand with the Learning Specialist of each program to create a custom Learning Stack.  This stack will be a combination of the university’s legacy systems and Noodle’s best-in-class partners, each time assembling a consistently excellent, cohesive user experience.

In addition, many of our current and future customers are deeply invested in Sakai, a worldwide open source learning management system.  While a decent LMS for ground-based instruction, Sakai lacks many of the features and functions needed to cultivate a truly excellent online learning experience.  In order to better support our Sakai universities, Noodle Partners is investing in improving Sakai. The Product Manager, Learning will have the opportunity to take Sakai to the next level and impact student learning learning world-wide.

 

About You

You have:

  • 5-7 years of product management experience in education technology, preferably in the online higher-ed space
  • A passion for higher education and creating compelling online learning experiences
  • Familiarity with a wide array of learning-related technologies, in particular learning management systems used to deliver online learning experiences
  • Experience managing third party technology partners
  • Experience with systems integration
  • Experience documenting requirements, creating wireframes and writing specifications
  • A strong track record of hitting goals  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills  
  • Excellent leadership, organization and management skills
  • A can-do attitude ‒ this is a start-up, which means you must be able to embrace uncertainty with poise

Compensation

  • This position is full time; compensation based on experience
  • Bonus of up to 20% based on meeting student and faculty satisfaction ratings
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