Director/Senior Director of Product
Location: Baltimore, MD
About the Company:
The company is a high profile, well-funded startup that is supported by some of the top names in the media industry, including The Lenfest Institute, Mike Bloomberg and Stewart Bainum Jr.
Solely focused on the Baltimore area, they are creating a new paradigm for digital-first, cross-channel local media. Their content will extend across web, mobile (app), radio (terrestrial and satellite) and video (TV and digital). Their vision is to be the leading provider of news and lifestyle content in the Baltimore area.
About the Job:
The company is seeking an experienced leader for their Product Team, who is looking to apply their digital media skill set in a dynamic and fast-growing organization, reporting to the Chief Product Officer. The ideal candidate leads a digital-first, data-driven Product team in responsive web and mobile apps.
We are looking for a Director of Product who is able to quickly interpret business and customer needs and turn them into compelling solutions. Often working under tight deadlines while overseeing multiple projects, the Director of Product must be a skilled leader of Product Managers and Business Analysts. The Director of Product must be an effective communicator, especially when it comes to relaying abstract or creative concepts to engineering and design teams, as well as company stakeholders. Domain expertise in digital news and editorial products is preferred, in particular responsive web and mobile apps (Android and iOS).
Transform business requirements and engagement needs into high-functioning features and products.
Take responsibility for the standard of output across team members who work under them.
Pitch ideas confidently and present the product vision clearly to stakeholders, as well as communicate in the same manner to members of the creative and engineering teams.
Have strong people management and leadership skills in order to hire, develop, and inspire the product team.
Lead multiple projects from conception to completion in accordance with deadlines.
Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders.
Ask smart questions, take risks, and champion new ideas.
A degree in computer science/engineering, visual or experiential design, journalism or domain expertise, or equivalent professional experience.
Extensive experience as a senior-level Product Manager or Head/Director of Product. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience directing complex solutions for digital products.
Ability to work with stakeholders to understand detailed requirements and determine a plan that will ensure they are met or exceeded.
Excellent interpersonal skills to clearly and effectively communicate the creative vision, concepts, ideas, and solutions to stakeholders and internal teams.
Ability to work effectively in a team setting, including synthesizing abstract ideas into concrete design implications.
Extensive supervisory experience (including leadership, team-building, and delegation) leading and managing a Product team.
A solid grasp of editorial publishing, photography and the visual arts, popular culture, fluency in current technology, and a deep understanding of the zeitgeist of social tastes and current affairs.
Be excited about collaborating and communicating closely with teams and other stakeholders via a distributed model to regularly deliver design solutions for approval.
Be open to receiving feedback and constructive criticism.
Strongly data-driven product development approach.