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Principal Technical Product Manager US Based Remote Opportunity

Company: Common App
Location: Arlington
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

About Us

Do you have a passion for higher education? Do you want to make a positive impact on the college admissions process? Our staff help to remove barriers and encourage students to forge their path to a better future. Common App is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. Each year we support more than 1 million students, one-third of whom are first-generation, as they apply to our more than 900 diverse member colleges & universities using the Common App's free online application.

If you are an experienced Technical Product Manager professional and want to be part of a mission-driven non-profit that uses innovative technology to advance the college admission process, Common App may be a great match for you. Common App is currently searching for a Principal Technical Product Manager.


As a member of the Technical Product Management team, the Principal Product Manager plays a key leadership role in the continued success of the Common App system. They will collaborate with key internal and external constituents to develop a comprehensive understanding of the business processes, user needs, and organizational goals that the Common App supports.

The Principal Product Manager will guide team members managing their technical product roadmaps. They will define and manage release goals across products, collaborating closely with team members in technical product management, design, development, quality assurance and operations roles to ensure the successful definition, development, and roll-out of changes to the Common App. In addition, they will play an important role in educating and building consensus among internal and external communities.

The Principal Product Manager will own processes and tools to achieve goal-aligned outcomes for the discipline. They will advance continuous improvement in the practice of product management discipline and be an advocate for the practice to other groups in the organization. They will also have their own significant area(s) of product responsibility to define and execute a technical product roadmap, working with stakeholders to align business goals and desired outcomes to technical solutions and successful product delivery.


This role requires:

  • Candidates must live in the United States.
  • 2 or 4-year higher education or equivalent work experience required.
  • 5-7 years in progressively responsible product management roles required; experience managing projects required.
  • Knowledge of Agile software development.
  • Leadership skills in product roles in scrum teams required.
  • Skills and experience managing own technical roadmap, ability to navigate dependencies across to other product roadmaps.
  • Strong knowledge of initiative / epic / user story writing; ability to break down, prioritize and sequence complex work into successful release outcomes.
  • Ability to leverage architect, UX and QA knowledge and to involve all disciplines in grooming of complex work.
  • Experience managing stakeholder feedback loops throughout the lifecycle.
  • Ability to adjust plan, requirements and schedule to changes in demand or resources to achieve successful release outcomes.
  • Solid knowledge of Windows / MacOS and mobile OS required; knowledge of front and backend and web-based software architectures and paradigms required.

    The ideal candidate will possess:
    • Credentials / experiences in various aspects of product leadership and technical process management strongly preferred.
    • Matrix work oversight experience with demonstrated ability to manage progress of the team.
    • Knowledge of accessibility standards, security approaches, responsive design, design systems preferred.
    • A passion for higher education is a plus.


      Common App is a virtual first environment. We value our employees' time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive salary and an extensive benefits package including:
      • Vacation Leave (starting at 10 days per year)
      • Sick Leave (15 days per year)
      • Paid Holidays (New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day)
      • Floating Holidays (9 days to be used at employee's discretion)
      • Medical (2 plan options with Cigna including an option for 100% employee coverage)
      • Health Savings Account (HSA) with annual employer contribution starting at $1,500 or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), depending on plan election
      • Dental (plan with MetLife offering 100% employee coverage)
      • Vision benefits (plan with Cigna offering 100% employee coverage)
      • 403(b) Retirement Plan with 5% employer contribution + additional 5% employer match
      • Stipends (virtual office set up and monthly remote work support)
      • Short + Long Term Disability (100% employer paid)
      • Life + AD&D (100% employer paid)
      • Additional Voluntary Life + AD&D insurances available
      • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
      • Future growth opportunities within the organization

        We work to maintain the best possible environment for our staff, where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a diverse, collaborative, team-oriented, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning, and culture.

        How Do i Apply

        To apply for this opportunity, send your resume and cover letter with salary expectations.

Keywords: Common App, Arlington , Principal Technical Product Manager US Based Remote Opportunity, Education / Teaching , Arlington, Virginia

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