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Manager, Content Systems and Software
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NWEA | Happy Valley, OR
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Job Description

About this role... .

As Manager of Content Systems and Software within Assessment Solutions, you will manage Agile scrum teams that develop and deliver tools and features to support the creation and delivery of NWEA assessment products. You will manage the implementation of approved features and functionality while triaging real-time issues and needs. This is a key role where you will hold responsibility for the successful delivery of the approved scope of features assigned to your team. Collaboration is essential as you will work cross-functionally to develop NWEA's Content Supply Chain in a way that supports all current and future products. In addition, you will coordinate with other NWEA software teams and represent the Publishing department on various cross-functional teams. 

Your next challenge... .

As a vital member of Publishing's Assessment Solutions team, you will report to the Director, Assessment Solutions and hold a wide range of responsibilities including:

* Provide leadership to assigned CSC Agile scrum teams by working with the Sr Manager Content Systems and Software to clarify sprint objectives
* As Product Owner for one or more development teams, manage the prioritization, sequencing, and approval of their development work based on input from product management
* Facilitate communication and understanding among Publishing teams on deliverables on cross team projects; provide facilitation amongst Publishing and other business units across organization
* Develop solutions to system, item, and test building challenges and close gaps using institutional knowledge, team resources, and NWEA knowledge bases
* Create overall vision for the use of in-house content systems and their application to new products
* Develop item and test management processes for new products in consultation with other Publishing teams

Traits for success... .

* Ability to successfully lead Agile scrum teams
* Experience with the Scaled Agile Framework (highly desired)
* Leadership skills with proven ability to successfully manage and facilitate functional and/or cross-functional teams; ability to build strong working relationships and work with all levels of an organization
* Proficiency in a broad range of agile project management and roadmap tools such as Jira, Target Process and Aha
* Well-developed communication skills, including the ability to transform complexities into clear, concise written communications
* Demonstrated ability to remain cool under pressure and demonstrate competence when challenged. 
* Demonstrated ability to facilitate and influence meetings and discussions where disparate points of views need to be voiced and acknowledged

Education and experience... .

* Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering, or similar discipline required; MBA or other advanced degree or equivalent work experience strongly preferred
* Minimum two (2)  years of practical delivery experience in Agile project management preferred
* Strong preference for experience in the technology and educational industries
* Project management process experience including project portfolio prioritization, estimating, project planning, scheduling, risk and issue tracking

About the Assessment Solutions team... .
NWEA's Assessment Solutions team is one of several groups within our Publishing department. They manage the development of processes and tools to support work not already sustained through production activities on the Item and Test Teams. The Assessment Solutions team supports multiple scrum teams for Content Supply chain (CSC) in the role of Product Owner in addition to managing data for those elements that are not yet incorporated into CSC tools available to Publishing. This team is responsible for the development of item and test prototypes with resulting documentation, collaborating with our Product Management group, among others, in the development of new products and offerings.

About Us...

NWEA™ is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency-and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative Pre-K-12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA). Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. Our tools are trusted by educators in 140 countries and more than half the schools in the U.S.

What we can offer you... .

At NWEA we not only offer competitive pay, a 15% contribution of eligible employees' base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan, career development opportunities and an awesome culture, we also offer industry leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees' holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer more, click here.

Connect with us... ...

NWEA™ endeavors to make www.nwea.org accessible to all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please call us at (503) 624-1951 or e-mail us at onlineaccommodations@nwea.org and let us know the nature of your request, your location and your contact information. This is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.
NWEA™ is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  For our EEO Policy Statement, please visit our website.

 If you'd like more information on your EEO rights under the law, please visit the following EEOC website.

About NWEA

NWEA is a global not-for-profit educational services organization with over 30 years experience developing adaptive assessments, professional development and educational research. Using our mission of Partnering to help all kids learn as a guide, we advocate for a kid-centric education policy based on highly accurate, reliable data. To learn more about NWEA, please visit us at our website.

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