Braille Literacy Product Manager
Job Details
1839 FRANKFORT AVENUE - LOUISVILLE, KY
Optional Work from Home
Full Time
Braille Literacy Product Manager

Reporting to the Director of Educational Product Innovation, the successful candidate will be responsible for product management, planning, and execution throughout product lifecycles, including: gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision, and working closely with all stakeholders to ensure customers’ problems are solved and business goals are met.  

The Braille Literacy Product Manager leads all aspects of the research, design, field testing, and marketing of braille literacy products to develop, strengthen, and refine literacy skills for students and adults who are blind/visually impaired. The position is also responsible for the modernizing of existing APH products. The position collaborates and partners with schools, rehabilitation agencies, test developers, teachers, experts, APH peers, and others to develop/modernize products. 

This is a key position at APH that provides support to other APH personnel, APH’s mission, the customers we serve and others in the area of braille literacy.

Major Duties And Responsibilities

  • Define product vision, strategy, and road maps.
  • Act as a product champion, both internally and externally, serving as primary media contact, lead for training activities, as well as primary contact for major partners.
  • With a solid understanding of collaboration, engage with the field, including partner vendors to balance and leverage partnership opportunities.
  • With a solid understanding of project management principles and methodologies, define the product scope, develop and adhere to project timelines, and manage the scope of projects and development costs. 
  • Successfully manage products throughout the products’ lifecycles, making informed decisions on when to refresh and/or retire products.
  • Track mainstream market trends, and analyze competition to ensure APH’s products are competitive, innovative and for the classroom and beyond.
  • Analyze the competitive landscape, provide feedback to help in developing and maintaining product roadmaps, and define changing user scenarios.
  • Analyze ongoing sales information and trends to inform product strategy.
  • Ensure all products are within compliance guidelines set by APH. 
  • Write clear product use cases, work collaboratively across APH and partner resources to ensure those use cases are understood and developed into specifications according to user needs. 
  • Represent APH at conferences through attendance, presentations, webinars, etc...
  • Actively participates in national working groups and committees related to braille literacy.
  • With a solid understanding of “Voice of Customer” principles, solicit product feedback and ideas from customers and experts using various product research methods.

Education, Training, And Experience Requirements

  • Master’s degree or advanced certification beyond Bachelor’s preferred.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience related to braille literacy is desired.
  • NLS certification or good working knowledge of braille is also desired.
  • Knowledge of tactile graphic design a plus.
  • Must have a passion for creating high quality, innovative, and inclusive products and experiences.
  • The candidate will demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Current or previous state or national certification in teaching or rehabilitation is preferred.
  • Must be knowledgeable of basic educational principles and concepts. 
  • Must show experience in leading teams, including being able to communicate, compromise, and work across departmental lines while ensuring successful completion of projects. 
  • Experience with product development and familiarity with the stage-gate process preferred.
  • Must have advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Project management experience preferred.
  • Must be willing to travel 3-4 weeks per year.

To apply, Click Here. If you have trouble accessing the application through Paycom, please contact Kristah Ward at kward@aph.org or 502-899-2331.

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