Edelman: Grassroots, Technical Product Manager (Contract)

Posted by | February 23, 2011 | Web Pro Job Tips

Location: Washington, DC

URL: www.edelman.com

Product Manager for Grassroots Enterprise
The Product Manager will be
responsible for the replacement of Grassroots Multiplier, Edelman’s own
online communications and public advocacy platform, comprised of
integrated online advocacy, mass email, content management, member data
and reporting components. The Product Manager will have proven
experience in product development, project management, and a background
in technical implementation. As such, you will help us reconcile user
and business-driven needs, choose development vendors, evaluate
technologies and vet solutions that you will research or solicit as
needed. You will be responsible for determining the approach to
identifying, prioritizing and directing the delivery of the features
that best satisfy those needs. It is essential that you can
knowledgeably and effectively understand and communicate with technical
resources as well as executive and client team stakeholders. Past
experience supporting the development of online communications tools
provided in the software-as-a-service business model is required. Past
experience in online advocacy or public affairs is preferred.
QUALIFICATIONS: The vice president must have at least eight years of
relevant experience in public relations and/or related fields including
research, advertising, management consulting, media and publishing.
Required Skills
  • Proven ability to be a self-starter and work independently
  • Excellent communication skills to be applied in the course of:
  • Gathering requirements from users and business managers
  • Maintaining documentation of priorities and requirements, making
    sure they are understood by stakeholders and technical developers
  • Communicating the status of development and whether or not requirements are met
  • Proven analysis skills to evaluate business trends, technical
    services and products relevant to informing priorities, requirements,
    and supporting implementation
  • Understanding of and proficiency in choosing and applying different
    design processes for software development environment (e.g. “Waterfall”
    vs. “Agile”)
  • Proficiency with Project Management practices and tools
  • Working knowledge of technologies and development practices specific to web application implementation.
Desired Skills
  • Skills honed from direct experience in technical implementation of commercial-grade web applications:
  • Database design and management
  • Application development skills
  • Familiarity with system architectures that support scaling, redundancy, and high up-time
Work Experience
Past work experience should be directly
involved in the management, development or maintenance of a high
availability web platform that served the public affairs market,
  • At least 5 years experience in Technical Project Management
  • At least 3 years experience leading Product Development and Specification
  • At least 2 years managing a development team or development vendor
  • At least 2 years experience with online public advocacy tools
ABOUT EDELMAN: Edelman is the world’s largest independent public
relations firm, with offices in 53 cities and 3,700 employees
worldwide.  Edelman was named Advertising Age’s top-ranked PR firm of
the decade and one of its 2010 Best Places to Work; Adweek’s “2009
Agency of the Year”; PRWeek’s “2009 Agency of the Year” and “UK
Consultancy of the Year”; and Holmes Report’s “Agency of the Decade,”
“2009 Best Large Agency to Work For” and “2009 Asia Pacific Consultancy
of the Year.” Edelman owns specialty firms Blue (advertising),
StrategyOne (research), RUTH (creative expression), DJE Science (medical
education/publishing and science communications), and MATTER (sports,
sponsorship, and entertainment).  www.edelman.com EEO/AA Employer

To apply: Please apply online at www.edelman.com or through this link https://tbe.taleo.net/NA1/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=EDELMAN&cws=1&rid=660

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