A Y Combinator/Imagine K12 company, ClassDojo’s long-term goal is to give every child on Earth an education they love. The ClassDojo app is the #1 communication app for micro-communities of K-8 teachers, children and families globally; they use it to stay connected, sharing what’s happening through the school day through photos, videos, messages, and activities. The company is now helping kids get learning experiences they love, beyond school. Today, ClassDojo is used by 95% of pre K-8 schools in the US, as well as in a further 180 countries.
As a product manager, you are embedded with a team of engineers, researchers, product designers, and other cross-functional partners. You will be involved in every aspect of the product development process, from conception, to launch, and ongoing iterative improvements, working at both a strategic and tactical level to create products that teachers, parents, and students love.
What you’ll do:
Turn data, research, and intuition into products that people want and love to use. In the process, you get perspective by exploring divergent directions, converging on feasible, innovative designs, and optimizing for learning each step of the way. Design and ship experiences that are simple and elegant across multiple platforms.
What you’ll bring to the team:
Experience in designing, building, and shipping quality consumer apps across platforms. You’ve shipped products and led cross-functional teams. You know how to generate and translate customer insights into meaningful product strategies, what details matter at each stage of product development, how to lead teams to get the fit and finish right, and what’s most likely to go afoul at each stage. You can share several shining examples of real work you’ve shipped, and what you learned along the way.
You thrive best when helping to define the right product, not just coordinating different functions. You deeply empathize with users and craft experiences that delight them. You facilitate and draw the best ideas from teammates. You have the ability to think at a high level about product strategy and vision (not just ‘how it should look’ but ‘what we should build’) You can think and talk about the bottom line. Analytics don’t scare you, and you know which features can act as force multipliers on your company’s business model. You want to contribute to high-level strategic decisions with the rest of the product and executive teams.
You possess excellent communication skills (you should be able to clearly articulate your beliefs and win people over to your vision). You like sharing your work, even if it’s still in progress, to bring the team inside of your process. You have a sharp ambiguity filter, always seeking to clarify what is unclear for yourself and others.
You know that shipping doesn’t end after you release. You work with your teams to ensure a culture of continuous improvement, driven by qualitative and quantitative insights. You give and solicit feedback from teammates in order to continually raise our bar for quality.
You are at home with data and statistics. You have strong quantitative skills and create/refine hypotheses by exploring user data. You’re excited to iteratively improve metrics and you can write your own SQL to monitor product progress and opportunities.
ClassDojo’s mission is to bring communities together, and help them create an education experience their children love. Founded in 2011 (ImagineK12 / Y Combinator) and based in San Francisco, California, ClassDojo started as a communication app: a simple way for teachers, families, and children to share the magic of the school day through photos, videos, and messages. It creates a close-knit classroom community, and exciting, inspiring and creative classrooms and homes for kids. We’re one of the fastest growing education companies of all time, used and loved by tens of millions of teachers, families and children in 90% of K-8 schools in the US, and 180 other countries.
You can read more about our vision to change education from the ground up here: https://medium.com/@samchaudhary/https-medium-com-samchaudhary-how-to-change-education-from-the-ground-up-f82b8f3e4b95.
We believe focused, talented, non-hierarchical teams can achieve a surprising amount: https://blog.ycombinator.com/its-surprising-how-much-small-teams-can-get-done-sam-chaudhary-of-classdojo/. Our team is made up of talented, motivated, intense and interesting people from around the world, with deep backgrounds in education, as well as from leading consumer internet organizations like Instagram, Netflix, Dropbox, Uber, Y Combinator and more. We’re building a company that is pioneering the future of education, and one that is the kind of place we’ve all always wanted to work. We believe you’ll do the best work of your life here.
ClassDojo’s vision is to give every child on Earth an education they love. We strongly feel the best way to do this is to work with people from diverse backgrounds that truly reflect the world. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. In accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We are happy to accommodate any disabilities or special needs. We hire both locally in San Francisco, and distributed teammates around the world.
If you’re interested in pioneering the future of education at massive scale, we’d love to hear from you.