Job description: Product Owner
Taskstream is a leading assessment management system used by colleges and universities to improve the quality and effectiveness their educational programs. Taskstream strives to delight our users by providing the platform and services for higher education institutions to effectively and efficiently create new and use existing data to continuously improve and adapt their ability to fulfill their educational mission.
As Product Owner, you will be passionate about building effective and innovative software. You will be able to transform big-picture vision into product backlogs and represent market needs as well as the voice of our users and customers throughout the development process. Strong analytic and communication skills are a must with the ability to clearly articulate complex concepts, features and benefits to customers, partners, prospects and your SCRUM team.
This position reports to the CTO and is based in our New York City office.
Facilitate requirements gathering sessions with customers to understand, document and prioritize detailed user needs to inform solution development activities
Synthesize multiple streams of market and customer information to understand and communicate requirements and priorities to both management and teams
Clearly articulate customer and user needs to Agile SCRUM teams through user stories and a well-groomed product backlog
Daily collaboration with developers, scrum masters, user experience designers and QA analysts to support definition, design, development and testing of new product functionality
Conduct compelling product and feature demonstrations to a variety of internal and external audiences that convey product and subject matter expertise
Transform high-level strategic initiatives and concepts into actionable projects for SCRUM teams to execute against
Create and evolve internal processes to improve organizational efficiencies
Collaborate with other Product Owners to ensure consistent cross-team implementation of Agile best-practices
5+ years applicable experience in product management/product ownership
Passion for and/or experience with improving education
Excellent written communication and presentation skills
Solid grounding in software technologies with proven ability to work closely with development teams
Strong interpersonal skills with a focus on teamwork and the ability to foster/maintain relationships internally and externally
Superb project management and organizational skills with ability to gather business and functional requirements
Strong quantitative analytical skills and sharp business acumen
Bachelors degree required, Masters or higher degree in relevant field
Agile SCRUM experience
Higher Education experience, especially administrative and accreditation processes that support educational quality assurance (e.g. analytics, business intelligence, outcomes assessment, accreditation, strategic planning, etc).
Knowledge of enterprise software and interoperability frameworks that are used in higher education (SIS, LMS, etc) including relevant APIs and standards (TinCan, LTI, etc). Experience developing or integrating these systems a strong plus.
Additional technical skills (for instance SQL familiarity).