Solstice | Kin + Carta
Chicago, IL

Principal/Director of Program Delivery at Solstice | Kin + Carta

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Solstice | Kin + Carta is a modern software engineering firm that helps Fortune 500 companies seize new opportunities through world-changing digital solutions. As strategists and consultants, we help organizations evolve their digital strategy to solve mission-critical problems. As designers and developers, we build incredible hardware and software solutions that transcend a standalone product and transform an organization’s relationship with its customers. As instructors and coaches, we help companies transform from the inside out by adopting a high-speed culture of innovation. We’re strategists, researchers, designers and engineers hell-bent on changing the way the world does business. We’re headquartered in Chicago and have delivery offices in New York, London, and Buenos Aires.

We are looking for someone to join our Chicago team as a Program Manager, with particular interest or experience educating and coaching organizations on the Agile Scrum methodology.

  • You are just as excited about driving change with digital solutions as we are and meet the following requirements:
  • Mastery of Agile Scrum roles, artifacts, and ceremonies and able to communicate and teach processes effectively to teams
  • Experience working with Rally or a similar project management software
  • Comfortable in leading multiple project teams in the spirit of Servant Leadership
  • Have effectively managed a large budget while keeping deliverables on time and within budget
  • You have worked as a consultant and understand how to become a trusted advisor to your clients through transparency and authenticity
  • You easily understand client motivations and show your commitment to client timelines, key dates and deliverables while challenging the status quo
  • You have a keen eye for delivery issues and risks, and a sense of urgency for removing blockers and driving continuous improvement
  • You know when to escalate and how to communicate issues and risks
  • You understand healthy team dynamics and know how to coach and grow a high-performing team
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • 8+ years of project delivery experience
  • At least 5 years of Agile experience in a Scrum Master role
  • Bachelor’s degree 

You’ll be working next to industry experts to pave the future of digital transformation in the enterprise by:

  • Managing and growing client relationships at a strategic level
  • Leading the cross-functional leadership team on a large program and driving change to processes
  • Facilitating all necessary team meetings (scrum of scrums, release planning, program status reviews, internal leadership alignment, etc.)
  • Facilitating Agile release planning and helping the PO manage the release backlog.
  • Coaching multiple delivery teams in Agile relative estimation techniques, cross-functionality, and self-organization
  • Identifying, managing, and mitigating program issues and risks
  • Leading by example - knowing when and how, to push for more results
  • Proactively identifying and removing impediments that interfere with the ability of multiple teams to deliver the sprint commitments
  • Being the coach and all-around advocate for the Agile Scrum delivery methodology amongst project team and client stakeholders

We welcome Solsties to show up as their full selves everyday. Because this is so important to us, Solstice | Kin + Carta is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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What are Solstice | Kin + Carta Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Solstice's value of "Make A Difference" is shown through quarterly events and activities. One in particular, Pay It FWD, is our annual day of volunteering where Solsties combine forces & give back!
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our Diversity, Philanthropy, Wellness, and Social Committees can be joined by any Solstie who wants to collaborate on events and make an impact upon our culture!
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
From sponsored 5Ks, Lunch & Learns, and a discounted gym membership, our Wellness Committee enables a workplace that encourages environmental and social support of a healthy lifestyle.
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
One of our Wellness Committee's annual initiatives includes sponsoring race teams throughout the year, like the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some of our favorites include our New Hire Happy Hours, our company-wide holiday party, our annual volunteer event (Pay It FWD), and team outings!
Game Room
Solstice's game room is decked out with snacks, a ping pong table, Wii games, a shuffleboard, and board games for all employees to use when they need a break.
Stocked Kitchen
Our Office Management team helps to ensure that we always have fruit, coffee (brewed & a fancy espresso machine!), tea, snacks available, and all of the flavored LaCroix that we can handle.
Some Meals Provided
Solstice celebrates our employee's birthdays with a monthly breakfast or lunch that the whole company is able to attend.
Happy Hours
Company-wide happy hours, as well as team happy hours are common at Solstice. The themes and locations differ, but they are always a good time!
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer a wide range of training programs like Solstice University and a mentor program. All full-time employees also receive $5,000 annually to pursue professional development.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Solstice is committed to positively impact, promote, support, and raise awareness of diverse communities in the Technology industry with the leadership of our Diversity Committee.
Lunch and learns
Solsties plan and host lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
All Solsties are assigned a mentor who provides 1-to-1 support, career mentoring, and leadership advocacy.
Continuing Education stipend
We offer $5000 annually for continuing education.
Time allotted for learning
Employees are allotted two extra PTO days to use for their own personal training and development.
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a variety of fun perks at Solstice, but our favorites focus on employee development! We know that investing in employee development is crucial to our success as a growing and forward thinking firm. All full-time employees have an annual personal training budget and time off. Employees will use this to take classes, buy materials, and go to conferences. We also have our internal training program Solstice U, a mentorship program, and knowledge sharing through discipline circles and Lunch and Learns!

An Insider's view of Solstice | Kin + Carta

What are some social events your company does?

Solstice celebrates holidays with our office in Argentina - our US offices have introduced Argentina to Halloween, and the Buenos Aires office introduced the US to “Friends Day” in July. We also have a book club, a board game club, football and a Bachelor fantasy draft, co-rec sports, wine tastings and happy hours to celebrate new hires.

Andrea

Client Principal

What does your typical day look like?

My days are pretty dynamic — I could be preparing to lead a workshop, working on a product roadmap, sitting with research on customer interviews, mentoring team members, etc. A few things are constant every day, though: I get to solve interesting problems, I get to be creative, and I get to work with amazing people.

Michelle

Director of Solution Delivery

What makes someone successful on your team?

To me, what makes individuals on my team successful is a recognition that there is always something new to learn and always more room for growth. An open, honest desire to not only learn from your teammates' expertise, but also to share your own, is a huge part of what makes a teammate at Solstice successful.

Reid

Technical Principal

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

As a digital innovation firm, creativity is in our DNA. We hold an annual 24-hour innovation blitz to harness the creativity of our employees. We stop all client work and self-organize around employee ideas in solving problems with emerging technologies. Many of these ideas have gone on to become part of our Solstice Labs initiative.

Kelly

CEO

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