Coordinator, Product Development

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Education/Instructional
Department:18300000 - ED-LASTINGER CENTER

Classification Title:

Project Manager I

Job Description:

The Lastinger Center for Learning is an education innovation hub within UF’s College of Education focused on creating equitable education systems that improve teaching and learning across early childhood and K-12 education. Specifically, the Center targets kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading proficiency, and algebra proficiency as critical milestones in children’s educational trajectory that are predictive of success in school and life. The Center works at the nexus of research, practice, and policy to develop sustainable systems that leverage educational technologies and improve the implementation of research-based practices. Housed in one of the nation’s elite public research universities, the Center operates as a dynamic, entrepreneurial workplace focused on executing against UF’s service mission to strengthen the human condition and improve the quality of life.

Lead product development processes for the Center’s family engagement and early learning product lines 

  • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation and presentations.
  • Proactively manage and communicate ongoing changes in product development project scope, identify potential crises and devise contingency plans.
  • Support the continuous development of best practices and tools for product development project management and execution.
  • Create product development project plans, including timelines and milestones.
  • Facilitate meetings and drive product development project issues through to resolution.
  • Researches, analyzes, and seeks resources for resolution of issues that impede product development project progress
  • Maintain a clear product roadmap for each product line (family engagement and early learning) that aligns with the product line’s strategic vision, utilizing market and end user data according to the Center’s product development protocols
  • Recommend business model design(s) for the product lines to executive leadership for consideration and adoption to advance at scale and deepen engagement and impact, facilitating consensus and finalization to advance progress
  • Lead the product development efforts, including prioritizing, prototyping, testing, refining, and launching products within these two product lines, such that each product is built following the Center’s research-based and data driven decision making process
  • Lead the design of family engagement and early learning products, including content development, by working collaboratively with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) across the Center, College and those contracted to develop content and instructional design of related products
  • Refine products using feedback solicited from end users and to achieve the greatest impact 

Support family engagement and early learning fundraising

  • Lead pre-proposal stage of proposal development with philanthropic funders to help ensure alignment of proposals with product roadmaps and contribute to discussions of resource allocation and effort estimation for proposal line items
  • Work with executive leadership, including the Assistant Director of the New Worlds Reading Initiative and the Chief Academic Officer, to write and/or coordinate the development of fundraising proposals focused on expanding the family engagement and early learning products in the education market
  • Evaluate the financial aspects of fundraising, such as budgets, expenditures, research and development appropriations, or return-on-investment and profit-loss projections

Support product development infrastructure development 

  • Conduct post product development project assessments and evaluations.
  • Track and report on product development activities across each product line’s roadmap to Center leadership 
  • Contribute to the development, refinement, and ongoing improvement of the Center’s library of product development lifecycle protocols and product management tools 
  • Participate in ongoing job embedded professional development to strengthen the Center’s workflows related to product management

Other duties as assigned

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The mission of the Lastinger Center for Learning is to create equitable educational systems where every child and educator, regardless of circumstances, experiences high-quality learning every day to support children’s achievement of critical milestones that are predictive of success in school and life. In order to achieve this mission, the Lastinger Center is committed to attracting, hiring, and retaining a dynamic and diverse team.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in also aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits and training.

Hybrid work location policy: Lastinger Center for Learning supports and promotes a healthy work-life balance. To achieve this, the Lastinger Center offers a flexible, hybrid work schedule that aligns with the university’s Flexibility in the Workplace Policy. Allowing employees to stagger arrival and departure times as necessary and to vary the number of workdays in the office so long as an employee’s FTE commitment is fulfilled within the university workweek. This policy also allows for occasional, incidental remote work based on individual circumstances.

Expected Salary:

$75,000 - $85,000

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree with background in education and three years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in designing and developing educational products and services. 
  • Experience working directly with early learning educators and/or families. 
  • Experience convening, facilitating, and staffing cross-functional teams.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No


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