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Project Manager (Contractor)



Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2023

About TalkingPoints

TalkingPoints is an award-winning education technology non-profit organization with the mission to unlock the potential of low-income, underserved families to support their children’s learning by partnering with their children’s schools. We are building a one-of-a-kind product in the market, a multilingual family engagement platform that connects families and teachers using human and artificial intelligence powered, two-way translated messages and personalized supports — eliminating language, time limitations, and know-how as barriers to school/family connection.

Millions of teachers and families are using TalkingPoints in their classrooms, schools and districts across the United States. TalkingPoints works with key school district partners such as Seattle Public Schools, Boston Public Schools, Buffalo Public School, Wake County and NYC DOE. We have won awards from NYU, MIT, Google, Forbes and are backed by Google, Eric Schmidt, AT&T, Cisco, and Stanford University to name a few.

TalkingPoints is at a critical inflection point in the organization's growth. We continue to see exponential growth in both our user base and our own internal structure. It's an important time to join our team and build on our momentum and ability to support students and families during this critical time in which education equity gaps are more concerning than ever. Learn more.

Diversity: we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it!

The opportunity

TalkingPoints is continuously working towards security and reliability improvements and is looking for an experienced Project Manager to lead a multi-phase project implementing improvements to our platform. The project will include supporting our product management, engineering and data teams to plan and release product changes with minimal interruption to end users, while coordinating with our partner-facing teams to communicate the changes and update partnership agreements where necessary.

This project is expected to be completed in phases, with the initial phase complete by the end of November 2023, requiring up to 40 hours per week. The subsequent phases are expected to require up to 20 hours per week, with all phases completed within 8 months of project start. The hourly rate is $50 and hours are flexible, though you will need to be available during business hours for meetings. This contractor position will report to the Director of Project Management.

You will:

  • Lead the planning, execution and monitoring of this project from design through implementation and close.
  • Work cohesively across all departments involved to manage dependencies and risks, taking swift action to escalate or resolve any conflicts that may arise.
  • Maintain clear and comprehensive project documentation and keep project stakeholders informed.

Who you are

  • You have a proven record managing projects, from scope to completion, inclusive of allocating resources as well as managing budgets and project timelines.
  • You are very familiar with software development processes and teams.
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills..
  • You are action-oriented and confident speaking up when needed to keep your project on track. You work with a sense of urgency.

Nice to haves:

  • Experience with U.S.-based K-12 education systems
  • Experience in or empathy with communities we serve (e.g., underserved populations, education, immigration, bilingual and/or multicultural environments)
  • Product management and/or release management experience
  • Jira or similar software development tool experience

Overall fit with our org culture - we look for:

  • User and mission-oriented: we are devoted to our mission with empathy towards the communities we serve.
  • All-in together: we go above and beyond the job description, working together as a team.
  • Agile & action-oriented: we get things done, knowing that our progress is urgent to our communities.
  • Always Learning: we are always learning, with a growth mindset, to reach our full potential.
  • Boldly Courageous: we take risks in order to achieve big things.
  • Resourceful: We are creative, solution-oriented, and scrappy.

What we offer

  • An incredible opportunity to build a mission-driven, rapidly growing startup tech nonprofit
  • Flexibility to work remotely
  • Fun, smart, dynamic, and motivated team

How to apply

Please submit your resume and a link to your LinkedIn profile