Technical Program Manager at Otus

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At Otus, a fast-growing EdTech company based at 1K Fulton in the West Loop of Chicago, you will work with people passionate about improving the lives of teachers and students. We are a group of talented designers, developers, coaches, and leaders. We love what we do and strive to the best work we can each day.

On our team, you will find musicians, beer enthusiasts, designer toy collectors, table tennis fanatics, and more.

Your Role

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated technical program manager to help bring the best possible software solutions to educators.

As an early member of a growing team, you must possess a strong work ethic and be upbeat, driven, intelligent, well-organized, articulate, share a passion for learning new technology, and thrive in a fun, fast-paced environment.

You will have the opportunity to immediately contribute and see results of your work in use by students, teachers, parents and district administrators across the country. This position reports to our CTO in our downtown Chicago office.

Responsibilities

  • Work across several of our technology teams through the entire project lifecycle and own the Agile delivery process from beginning to end
  • Technical analysis and documentation in conjunction with the teams
  • Work with product managers and leadership to build and run delivery and project management
  • Identify process risks and clearly communicating them to project stakeholders.
    • You’re equally at home explaining your team’s analyses and recommendations to executives as you are discussing the technical trade-offs with engineers and designers.
  • Release management and technical support processes within the delivery teams
  • Work with team members to alleviate project bottlenecks
  • Facilitate and optimize the processes with your squads
  • In conjunction with leadership, define and measure the performance of teams against roadmap and agile metrics (eg commit vs complete)

Qualifications

  • We value humility, a strong work ethic, flexibility, collaboration, technical curiosity, and constant learning
  • Ability to absorb complex concepts and organize them
  • Attention to detail and pride in project quality
  • Demonstrable experience owning and leading an Agile delivery process across multiple squads
  • Excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Experience managing complex projects and capable of understanding complex systems of architectures
  • Highly motivated, passionate, and self-driven
  • Previous Agile product management experience
  • Superb problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills
  • Value iterative progress over perfection

Perks

  • Competitive Salary and Options
  • Excellent Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401K
  • Working in arguably the best neighborhood in the city with the best food, drinks, coffee and doughnuts all within walking distance
  • Working in an amazing office building with gym, rooftop deck, frequent social events, shuttle to and from train stations

Otus is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity of every kind. You must be legally authorized to work in the US. Unfortunately, the company is unable to support sponsorships at this time. We are not considering applications for this position from candidates not located in Chicago.

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Technology we use

  • Sales & Marketing
    • PardotLead Gen

Location

Otus is located in the Fulton Market District in Chicago's West Loop. Our building, 1K Fulton, is commonly known as the Google Building.

An Insider's view of Otus

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

The goal is to have a reasonable balance between work and life: our flex-time and work from home policies help!

Jess Haberny

Product Designer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

One of my primary responsibilities is to recognize when members of different squads need to connect. I gather the information that needs to be communicated across squads and develop processes, set expectations, and help establish goals. I am responsible for making sure teams are in communication and that information makes it to upper management.

Asia

Technical Program Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

Learned how to build robust and scalable systems. Thinking of potential failure cases, and how to debug complex operations live while being run in production. On a more personal note, learned how to be more independent as a software engineer.

David

Software Engineer

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Being there, to me, is the most important thing a leader can do to show a team that you care. I genuinely care about the people who work here. I don't sit in an office. I want to be interrupted as much as possible if there is something I can do to help us be better tomorrow than we are today.

Keith Westman

COO

What are Otus Perks + Benefits

Otus Benefits Overview

HEALTHCARE
Otus offers medical, dental, vision coverage, and a HSA.

PTO
Employees have 20 PTO days a year, a day off for your birthday or a loved one's birthday and an interest day for you to do something you love.

PARENTAL LEAVE
We believe that parents are the first, and most important teachers to their children. Employees may take up to 12 weeks of parental leave.

401(K)
Eligible to participate in company 401K Plan

LOCATION
Otus is nestled nicely in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, a diverse and changing neighborhood that once was home to and is still home to a few meat packing businesses. There is a great blend of old and new architecture, the best restaurants Chicago has to offer and plenty of places to grab a drink after work. Otus is headquartered in the new Google building at 1k Fulton.

PERKS
We work in a great building that has an amazing rooftop deck, a gym, frequent social events and a free shuttle to and from train stations (CTA and Metra).

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
On tap, no. Stocked fridge including Heady Topper (usually around August), yes.
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Currently, Radio is the most frequent visitor. However, Charlie, Pepperoni, Cali, and Jack come by every now and then.
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
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