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Project Manager, Collections

| Greater NYC Area

Our teams bring great expertise and passion to helping Newsela fulfill its mission to unlock the written word for everyone. You bring the skills and tactics to keep these teams working from the same playbook. When we’re aligned in our vision, equipped with the information we need when we need it, and know what others are expecting and when they’re expecting it, we are capable of extraordinary achievement. Your role is to clarify, illustrate, coalesce, orient, document, catalyze and encourage. You’re adept at managing competing priorities, keeping multiple stakeholders informed, and enabling teams to hit their stride. You’re adaptive, optimizing for successful product launch and sustainable process development.

This is an excellent opportunity for creative, detail-oriented minds: a role that is equal parts project management and spearheading the execution strategy of Newsela products. We’re looking for self-starters who are proactive and exceptionally organized to join a fun, creative environment. As Project Manager, you are responsible for day-to-day management and smooth operation of cross-departmental projects. You’ll be managing, tracking and reporting on resources, budget, quality, efficiency, risk and team satisfaction. By operating and iterating project practices, you’ll impact project success and the broader success of Newsela. You will have the opportunity to set company norms around good project management and contribute to a culture of healthy cross-departmental collaboration.

Responsibilities of the Role:

  • Responsible for developing project plans, estimating staffing needs, deadline and schedule management, and executing on launch plan for high priority company projects
  • Facilitate greater company alignment and sustainable workloads
  • Contribute feasibility assessment during a project's initial prioritization and scoping.
  • Ensure that projects are delivered on time, within budget and according to plan
  • Lead and manage multiple concurrent projects through planning, production, and delivery; manage and prioritize work based on importance and urgency
  • Serve as the point-of-contact for status reports on projects; proactively communicate goals and changes in status; identify risks across all departments involved and to leadership as needed
  • Advocate for and suggest product changes that will improve efficiency or fix pain points to product manager
  • Implement systems that scale for management of new projects and unify disparate teams around its effective adoption
  • Document process improvements to inform direction of new projects; manage cadence of updates to process documentation such as point of contacts, process steps, workflows, and system access for all stakeholders
  • Assess the success and quality of project launches through monitoring of incoming bugs, code changes to identify quality issues and trends, post-launch fixes, and leading retros


  • Project Management Professional certification
  • Undergraduate degree from a four-year institution
  • Expertise in the practical application of project management principles and tools
  • Experience in a variety of project management methods at a lean tech organization; willingness to adopt new methods

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620 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

An Insider's view of Newsela

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Newsela office is a collaborative workspace. The office is designed to reflect the clients we serve. We have office spaces named after favorite children's books and letters from teachers posted to bulletin boards. We love to keep our mission of "Unlocking the Written Word for Everyone" top of mind.


Sales Development Representative

What projects are you most excited about?

Here at Newsela we are constantly trying to improve. This is especially true when it comes to back to school time. How do we get schools, teachers, and students using Newsela at a high level as quickly and seamlessly as possible is a question I think about almost daily. I am so excited about what the start of the 2018-2019 School Year will bring!


Educator Specialist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've actually grown leaps and bounds at Newsela! I initially started out as an enterprise sales development representative and went through a mentorship program to transition to the account management team! I cannot measure the amount of growth I've experienced the past two years.


Account Manager

What is your vision for the company?

Newsela offers all the content teachers need. Students are excited to read, to make learning fun and engaging. It's more than accessibility and thoughtfulness and inclusivity - I want everyone to be reading, and I want Newsela to be the experience that helps them build the skills to get them there.


Content Partnerships

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Marketing is at the core about how people feel about Newsela, so we're always thinking about ways to delight not just our users, but anyone facing challenges we're looking to solve. That could be specific to personalized learning or differentiated instruction, or broader topics concerning school climate and culture.


Marketing Communications Manager

What are Newsela Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
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Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
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Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
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Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
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Stocked Kitchen
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Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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