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Chief Product Officer, iCivics

  • Full time
  • Remote

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Who We Are

At iCivics, we are deeply committed to elevating the importance of civics in our schools. We are a fast-growing civic education nonprofit founded by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Our mission is to collaborate with teachers and leaders across the country to re-imagine civic education for American democracy. We champion equitable and nonpartisan civic education, while providing engaging resources that empower educators in the critical task of preparing young people for lifelong civic engagement.

In partnership with iCivics, nearly 10 million students learn about our government, the rule of law, and civic issues. We make civic education relevant to new generations of Americans through online games and innovative classroom resources available at no cost. Our reach is substantial: 156,000 teachers across all 50 states are registered with iCivics and we are growing by leaps and bounds based on a 30% increase in just one year in teacher accounts and active users. Student engagement is at the heart of the iCivics story: our games have been played by students a staggering 148 million times.

But we’re not only the leading provider of civic education, but also working to catalyze a movement to prioritize civic education in the United States and demonstrate its impact in sustaining and strengthening our nation’s constitutional democracy.

What You’ll Do

The iCivics Chief Product Officer (CPO) will be an innovative leader charged with oversight of our product portfolio. Reporting to the CEO, our CPO will be a visionary who understands the education market, understands iCivics strategic direction, and will make purposeful connections between our people and products to amplify the impact of our efforts. The CPO will lead iCivics’ overall product strategy and the growth of the portfolio, while ensuring that all products are aligned with the company’s values, vision, and mission. A successful CPO will model the way as a product evangelist and entrepreneur – a leader who is capable of spotting trends and setting goals for years ahead. To realize iCivics’ vision, our CPO will collaboratively design and implement long-term plans across product lines. They will turn concepts into sustainable earned revenue models. Inherent to the success of the CPO will be the ability and experience to amplify capacity to drive systems change in schools, districts, and states in support of our mission to reimagine civic education for American democracy.

Key Responsibilities (The “What”)

Develop Product Vision & Strategy

  • Drive product design, development, and release for iCivics’ market leader, mature, core product line. Ensure the mature product stays at the forefront of an expanding market. Research and facilitate an evolving vision for the core product that consistently delivers value to educators and students.
  • Align strategies and plans with product performance metrics that reflect customer growth, engagement, and retention.
  • Oversee innovation efforts for the emerging Educating for American Democracy (EAD) product line. Lead the curriculum team responsible for EAD curriculum development, localization of curriculum, family engagement, piloting and evaluation of the product. Ensure the integration of pilot efforts, including data collection, research and evaluation, and robust partnerships.
  • Work to ensure strong alignment and integration between existing and emerging product lines, including development processes and editorial guidelines.
  • Work in coordination with the professional development team to integrate training and product strategic plans.
  • Work in coordination with the technology team to ensure strong integration between technology and product plans.
  • Communicate the vision of ideal outcomes and identify ways to organize for efficiency with a diverse set of internal stakeholders in multiple facets of the organization.

Build Earned Revenue Products

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the school-based K-12 education market and innovative platforms that attract today’s users.
  • Oversee research around and development of earned revenue opportunities within or across product lines.

Build Capacity in Cross-Functional Teams

  • Organize work across staff responsible for dynamically different product lines to create clarity and maximize efficiency in product design and development with an eye toward success measures.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the organization to assess our current approaches to measuring product effectiveness and overall impact, and implement efforts for continual improvement.
  • Facilitate the documentation of internal learnings and processes to build capacity to scale what works.
  • Utilize multiple data sources to drive growth and build on what works. Report on key performance indicators across the organization to monitor progress and develop solutions and innovations.

Leadership

  • Lead with collaboration, flexibility, and humor that is at the heart of iCivics’ culture.
  • Build on an iCivics ecosystem that fosters teamwork, creativity and maintains a deep commitment to teachers and students.
  • Contribute to strategic planning, direction, and goal setting as part of the iCivics senior leadership team.
  • Lead the staffing of the Program Committee of the Board.

Skills You’ll Need to Be Successful (The “How”)

Passionate Commitment & Service Mindset

We are committed to the success of our mission to bring high-quality civic education to every student nationwide. We believe all our work should be done with purpose, focus, and a sense of urgency to further our mission and achieve our goals. We are relentless in our commitment to doing what’s best for teachers and students to increase educational opportunities in civic education.

Advocacy for Equity & Inclusion

We are committed to equitable access and the intentional efforts required to ensure each and every student receives a high-quality civic education that presents a full, inclusive, and balanced view of civics and U.S. history. We believe that students benefit from civic education that reflects and honors their identities and experiences while helping students understand and appreciate others’ perspectives. Learning about the wide range of experiences, contributions, and perspectives of the many groups that constitute American society provides a fuller and deeper understanding of our nation’s history.

Exceptional Communication

We will thrive as an organization with an empathetic leader in this role who is excellent at building relationships with district leaders, educators, and the iCivics team–one who listens and creates innovative solutions around systems change. You are relentlessly devoted to the mission of expanding access and commitment to inquiry-based civic education. You adapt to quickly evolving priorities and respond with grace, humility, and humanity in a fast-paced environment.

Collaborative & Innovative Leadership

We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students in teaching civics knowledge, skills, and dispositions in a relevant, equitable, and engaging way. For this reason, we collaborate with educators, partners, students, and with each other to continue to develop and share the best educational materials. We understand that all great things start with a groundbreaking idea and are followed with diligent and collaborative execution and insight. We create conditions for iCivics stakeholders to trust us and to feel confident partnering with us.

What You’ll Bring

  • Advanced degree in education, government, systems change, policy, or a closely related field.
  • 10 years of experience in the education field, which must include substantial experience in editorial or curriculum development/planning or instructional product management within a district or Charter Management Organization leadership or in publishing services.
  • Game development expertise is a +.
  • Business development experience, as well as educational professional services, also a +.
  • Track record of success building earned revenue opportunities in educational technology.
  • Experience managing, coaching, mentoring, and developing cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to set the vision, build relationships, listen, gain buy-in.
  • Competencies to lead a district through systems change related to structuring and implementing a civic learning plan.
  • A sense of self-awareness and ease in effectively navigating a multi-layered organization to influence change.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects efficiently and simultaneously.
  • Technical expertise in product and platform.
  • Deep passion and knowledge of civic education, K-12 school systems, environments, and culture.

Our Commitment

iCivics is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. iCivics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or political or other viewpoint in making any employment decisions.

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