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VP of Product Strategy Higher Education

Company: Education, Washington, DC
Location: Washington
Posted on: July 14, 2018

Job Description:

We are seeking a Vice President of Product Strategy to work alongside the Product Development and Higher Education vertical leadership to oversee creation, implementation and management of a product strategy aligned with the business needs of the higher education market. They will analyze market and competitive conditions, laying out a product vision that is differentiated and delivers a compelling value proposition which meets customer demands for products serving students, faculty and staff. The Vice President of Product Strategy will engage with product development leadership to set priorities that ensure COMPANY can meet its financial objectives for product sales and ensure high levels of customer satisfaction. The Vice President of Product Strategy will be a member of the Higher Education leadership team and will participate at the leadership level. This is a unique opportunity for a hardworking, reliable, and determined industry leader to play a key role in a rapidly growing education technology company. Responsibilities: Product Ownership Set the product vision. Clearly articulate the value proposition for relevant products to all stakeholders so that the purpose and intended outcomes for new and updated products is clearly understood. Analyze the higher education market and collaborate with leadership to choose the best product strategy for each market segment. Ensure all stakeholders are informed about the “why” behind the products and their impact on partners (customers) and learners (students, faculty and staff). Utilize customer research to assess the market and inform product decision-making. Research industry trends, competitive products and other factors that shape solution positioning and the product roadmap. Prepare return-on-investment analyses for new products and collaborate with product development so timelines and schedules are established. Contribute to the requirements development process including both functional (end user) and technical (content and platform) requirements. Sales and Marketing Create portfolio and product packaging options for the higher education sales organization. Develop pricing models for packages of solutions. Collaborate with Product Marketing to ensure user stories for current and future products address market problems. Assess product market data by calling on customers with field sales professionals to inform product strategy. Track competitors, and develop product-focused strategies and tactics to reduce or eliminate competitive threats. Thought Leadership Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending higher education conferences and events; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies. Serve as thought leader for the organization helping internal stakeholders understand market trends and impact on business strategy. Participate at conferences and in client meetings to represent the point of view of COMPANY in the market. Required Skills & Experience: 5-8+ years of product management experience. Deep experience with the Higher Education market highly preferred. Solution strategy and positioning experience specifically in SaaS or enterprise software environment. Tech savvy and passionate about building products. Strong analytical skills with a proven record of strategic data-driven process improvements. Strong writer and public speaker in front of large groups and senior audiences. Outstanding project management and coordination skills with ability to track multiple, simultaneous projects and initiatives. Superior communication and presentation skills, both written and oral. Independent, self-starter with strong prioritization skills; and ability to excel in a fluid, cross-functional team environment.

Keywords: Education, Washington, DC, Washington DC, VP of Product Strategy Higher Education, Executive, Washington, DC

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