VP, Product & Technology (Remote)
Job Details
Fully Remote
Full Time
$162,588.00 - $219,972.00 Salary/year

About Benetech

Benetech is a nonprofit dedicated to reducing social and economic inequity in partnership with the communities that we serve through software for social good. Benetech’s initiatives are transforming how students, jobseekers, and older adults across the globe read, learn, and work. Benetech believes that access to information is a human right, and no person should encounter barriers to education, literacy, or employment due to differences or disability. People at Benetech believe strongly in its mission, and we work hard to embody our Truths each day.

 

Benetech is considered a leader in tech for accessibility, serving those with print disabilities such as visual impairment and dyslexia. Bookshare, Benetech’s core product, is the largest global digital library of accessible content. In the US, Bookshare is helping achieve education equity and inclusion by making learning content any student with a print disability needs accessible and available at the same time as their peers. Around the world, we have teams and partners in various countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and North America to whom we provide our platform for accessible digital content, support educators and target users via digital literacy training and other programs, and bring systems change in the publishing industry by certifying the production of accessible digital content.

Attracting candidates from all backgrounds 

Our users come from all kinds of communities, and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our organization stronger in delivering social impact. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, veterans, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities. 

The Opportunity 

The VP, Product and Technology is a new senior leader position at Benetech shaping and managing the product, engineering and design functions of the organization. This is a strategic role leading a well-functioning and experienced engineering team with several priorities and opportunities to shape product and design and advise on tech choices ahead. Benetech is seeking a visionary who can inspire teams and look beyond the day-to-day, is driven to make easy-to-use and engaging products, is efficient in resource allocation and throughput, is realistic in managing expectations and timelines, and is a strong voice on the senior leadership team that represents the technology group, something that is integral for a tech nonprofit social enterprise.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Nurture a human-centered and user serving orientation in the technology team

  • Lead the ongoing development and growth of Bookshare and other Benetech products to create easy-to-use, engaging, modular, and global products

  • Identify and direct the scoping and build out of new products such as our use of AI to make STEM content accessible

  • Get stakeholders internally and externally interested in product changes and new product and technology initiatives

  • Support the engineering team’s agile approaches, and encourage adoption of new practices and tools, constantly seeking to improve and innovate

  • Coordinate closely with senior leaders of Content, Programs, and Business Management groups to reflect their priorities and promote cross functional collaboration

  • Coordinate closely with the new Data Insights Team to support infrastructure and other endeavors to make Benetech a truly data driven organization

  • Manage and coach direct reports: Director of Engineering, Senior Product Manager, Product Manager, Head of User Experience

  • Keep abreast of new technologies, such as rapidly improving assistive technologies, and identify areas where we need to invest time and money towards

  • Bring a strong network in and keep Benetech connected to the rest of the tech world, so they are aware of Benetech and vice versa

  • Bring a global outlook to our product development, prioritizing needs of underserved communities domestically as well as globally, where technology and internet use is significantly different

Qualifications and Core Competencies

Required Experience in:

  • Senior management and strategic leadership roles, responsible for organizational objectives and key results or key performance indicator

  • Product management

  • Elevating user experience and design in software development

  • Releasing products and product launches

  • Coaching and managing people

  • Managing distributed teams and promoting a fulfilling, motivated, productive and creative culture in distributed work environments

  • Cultivating innovation with a demonstrated track record

  • Mission driven and user-centered orientation

  • Collaborating cross-functionally, communicating clearly, and being entrepreneurial

  • Inspiring internally and externally

Preferred:

  • Exposure and experience with accessibility or assistive technology 

  • Experience in EdTech

  • Experience with nonprofit or public good organizations

  • Bring a strong network in big tech

Travel Obligations

Travel for this position may be up to 15%, with the possibility to expand according to level of interest and consistent with Benetech’s travel policy due to COVID.

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