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The Texas Tribune
Andy Alford
andy.alford@texastribune.org

919 Congress Ave., The Sixth Floor
Austin Texas United States 78701

Web: https://www.texastribune.org

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Product Manager


Job ID: 9889
Job Views: 497
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
Postal Code: 78701
Job Category: Online | New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: 80000 USD per year
Posted: 07.09.2024

Job Description

The Texas Tribune, the state’s go-to source for Texas politics and public policy news, is hiring a product manager to help take our organizational priorities, processes, and cross-team collaborations to the next level. This is an exciting opportunity to guide major projects that help the Tribune evolve alongside the nonprofit news ecosystem.

This role is housed in the Tribune’s product department, reporting to the chief product officer. The product department is the glue between editorial, technology, and business units, encompassing design, engineering, and analytics teams. This is not a project manager position, although good project management is essential for this role. It is a technical role — while the engineering team determines how to build a solution, the product manager determines what to build and why. They are the organization’s chief facilitator and help multiply our impact, collaborating with others to further long-term initiatives that improve our core products, tools, and organizational processes. We will count on this role to lead and communicate initiatives regarding product definition, idea generation, analytics, and user experience across the staff.

As the sole PM for the news organization, this person should be excellent at prioritization, working to determine the most high-impact work across our website, membership program, newsletter portfolio, AI initiatives and internal workflows, among other initiatives. 

The salary for this position starts at $80,000 and depends on qualifications.

Benefits

This job is full time and has the following benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance
  • Cellphone stipend
  • 20 days of paid time off each year
  • Up to 16 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection
  • 401(k) matching
  • Support for professional training and attending industry conferences
  • Remote working flexibility

Location

While we would prefer candidates to be based out of our Austin office, we strive to enable flexibility in both hours and location, and would make exceptions for the right candidate who is willing to collaborate to find a schedule that works for all, and travel occasionally. 

The Texas Tribune office is located in downtown Austin, steps away from the Texas Capitol building. We have colleagues in the organization that come into the office on a regular basis and colleagues that are based in various cities throughout the United States. We encourage our product team members to work from a location that allows them to do their best work with the exception that we do require that the person in this role be based in the United States. 

How to Apply

Submit your application by Aug. 5. Along with a résumé, please answer the specific questions in the application form. We can't wait to hear from you.

The Texas Tribune is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for all, and we encourage applicants of all identities, backgrounds, ages, and abilities to apply. Learn more about The Texas Tribune here.


Job Requirements

We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

Responsibilities

  • Working with the chief product officer, chief creative officer and engineering manager to set and communicate organizational priorities and goals, and defining and scoping projects in collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Iterating upon templates for product specifications, roadmaps, and priorities.
  • Writing product requirement documents and engineering/design tickets related to new features.
  • Collecting user insights, business needs and stakeholder feedback to inform the product organization’s roadmap.
  • Helping set goals for specific product lines and features.
  • Identifying and plugging seams between departments with a variety of priorities and vocabularies, such as audience, data visuals, engineering, marketing, and revenue.
  • Working with our engineering team to understand and communicate technical limitations and opportunities to move long-term projects forward.
  • Collaborating with our analytics and data team to understand the potentials and limitations of data-informed product development.
  • Focusing on user experience for both our end readers and our colleagues who use the tools that create our journalism. 
  • Advocating for reader and editor experience across departments, always putting the user first.
  • Leading user research efforts, including surveys and user interviews.

Requirements

  • BA/BS degree in a relevant field and 2+ years professional experience OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Experience building and scoping digital media products.
  • Autonomy and self-starting credentials to move projects forward.
  • Ability to to balance short-term needs with long-term goals.
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills.
  • Background working with analytics and data reporting, and ability to work with and communicate opportunities and limitations.
  • Understanding of technical and engineering challenges, or a desire to dive into technical requirements on digital platforms.
  • An open and collaborative mindset that strives to learn from a variety of stakeholders.
  • A clear desire and proven ability to collaborate with other colleagues across the organization.


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