Product Manager (Core public notice product)

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Column · Remote (USA)

Product
Public Service & Civic Engagement
Posted 1 month ago

Excel
Product Management

Why We're Hiring

Column is excited to grow its product team! We are looking for a full-time Product Manager to join a small team at an early-stage, venture-backed startup focused on the future of public interest information and journalism.

As one of the early members of the team, you'll have an immediate impact on our product strategy and team culture. In practice, this means everything from exploring potential new features to build, diving into the complexities of our current product and spec'ing out how this can be improved, working directly with engineers to bring your product features to life, and speaking with our wide range of users to guide the future of our product and company.

We think this role is excellent for someone who is drawn to joining a dynamic team trying to do something of consequence, enjoys a high degree of ownership and responsibility, and wants to help build a product function and product-led company from the ground-up.

About the Column Team

For many of the early members of the team, this is our second company together. We are building a company of consequence and know from experience that having a team of exceptional people is the best part of the journey.

Our team is made of folks that have followed non-traditional paths to local media and to startups. Our founding team's first jobs included: newspaper delivery, political campaign staff, professional baseball, museum docent, library book-shelver, chartering planes, and rec-center marketing. We know that experiences with other industries, geographies, and life backgrounds are critical to creating the best product possible for our partners.

Column is a remote-first company with core members of our team on four continents and an in-person headquarters in Miami, FL.

Responsibilities

This role will report to the Head of Product and work collaboratively with our product, growth, and engineering teams.

  • Own the execution of Column's product management efforts for our public notice ingestion platform, including diving into the complexities of our current product and creating product specs to working directly with engineers to bring your product features to life.
  • Inform the product roadmap with insights from both quantitative and qualitative feedback, including both data and user research.
  • Report regularly to the team on your successes and failures, providing actionable insights that will lead to the success of the company.
  • Identify and prioritize problems, develop several proposed solutions, and work with team members to own the execution of these solutions.
  • Lead the standards, practices, and infrastructure of the product function of a rapidly growing software product.

Qualifications

  • Prior experience in a Product Manager role or similar.
  • Technical background and the ability to understand, synthesize, and convey technically challenging products.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Excitement to be building processes where processes might not yet exist, and enthusiasm to move confidently in a direction you've only just charted.
  • Excitement to be a part of building a company, and a product team, from the ground up.
  • Experience building, or commitment to building, diverse and inclusive product teams.

Qualities We're Looking For

  • Rigor — attention to detail without losing the forest for the trees; strong analytical lens on what's working and what isn't, with consistent and adept follow-through.
  • Humility — a quiet confidence switching gears between the fast-paced articulation of problems to be solved to finicky rote work involved in the execution will be helpful in this role.
  • Optimism — we are setting out to do a hard and important thing in an industry underserved by modern technology, something entirely uncertain, and optimism that it is possible is a must.
  • Effective Communicator — we want folks who are empathetic, great listeners, and clear & concise communicators verbally and in writing.

Compensation & Benefits

Our benefits will grow as fast or faster than we do, starting with:

  • Base salary and meaningful equity stake in the venture
  • Healthcare, Vision, & Dental coverage for you and your dependents
  • Unlimited (and encouraged) paid time off
  • Paid parental leave

What You'll Do

  • First Week: dive in to Column's product, users, growth opportunities, and more.
  • First Month: guide your first product features through to launch.
  • First Six Months: demonstrated success of pushing our product to proven results.
  • First Year: serve as one of the first hires on a growing team, and provide key contributions and actionable insights that will lead to the success of the company. One year is about as long as the company has been around, so we're looking to you to help us define what else this milestone includes!

Please note that this is a remote position, and potential candidates should be willing to work within 3 hours of Eastern Standard Time. Travel (10-20% of the time) may be required.

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