Director, Nearpod for ELL

Location: Miami, FL
Date Posted: 03-21-2017
Company Overview: 
Nearpod is an award-winning education technology company focused on developing digital learning tools, virtual reality and interactive content across mobile devices that provides teachers an easy and efficient way to leverage technology in the classroom by creating learning experiences that engage and inspire students.

Since its launch in 2012 Nearpod has become a leader (& teacher favorite) in teaching and learning with technology. Nearpod currently reaches ~5M students monthly. In 2016 it was named one of Inc. 500’s fastest growing private companies and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and local news channels across the country.

Nearpod has offices in Miami, Florida and San Francisco, California and is backed by notable investors like Insight Venture Partners, Reach Capital, Storm Ventures, the Stanford StartX Fund, the Knight Enterprise Fund, Arsenal Ventures, as well as Marc Benioff (the CEO of Salesforce) and Scott Cook (founder and Chairman of Intuit) and his wife, Signe Ostby.

Position Overview:
There are approximately 5 million English Language Learners (ELLs) in the U.S. K-12 education system. Within the next decade, ELLs will account for 1 in 4 students. Nearpod for ELL is a new product offering that leverages Nearpod’s award winning learning platform to provide ELLs with interactive lesson plans and research-based curriculum.
We are looking for a strong leader with entrepreneurial spirit to further develop this new business unit and to grow it  into a key component of Nearpod’s product offering.   The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic, dedicated business manager who is excited to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and has a proven track-record interacting with various departments within a company.  This person has deep knowledge of the ELL market and has had concrete experience working within Sales, Marketing and/or business development organizations within ELL-oriented businesses.
Role and Responsibilities: 
  • Develop a comprehensive go to market strategy for “Nearpod for ELL”, in collaboration with Nearpod’s Sales, Marketing, Product and Content teams
  • Work closely with Sales to develop new business with districts nation-wide, and interact directly with ELL  district administrators in key districts
  • Collaborate with the Customer Success/Training team for successful product roll-out and implementation in key customers
  • Work with the product team to develop new product features that cater the specific needs of ELLs, teachers and administrators
  • Coordinate with the Content team the development of the ELL content strategy
  • Explore content partnerships with publishers to develop new ELL materials lesson plans and other instructional materials
  • Work with Nearpod’s  marketing team to successfully position “Nearpod for ELL” as an industry leader and trusted partner who can serve effectively ELLs and its teachers
  • Act as an ambassador for the product internally and externally
  • Build and lead a small dedicated team for Nearpod x ELL, including a Jr Product Manager, a ELL content development specialist, and an implementation specialist
  • Define, obtain approvals and manage “Nearpod for ELL’s” budget
Preferred Skills and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university required
  • Master’s Degree  (MBA or Education) preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working with education, ELL products
  • Deep knowledge of the ELL market
  • A passion for bringing technology into the classroom as well as a desire to learn about education technology and new curriculum trends
  • Ability to coordinate many internal stakeholders to execute the defined strategy
  • Incredible precision, attention to detail, and organization skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit – you’re not here to just execute; challenge us and inspire us and make this your company too
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
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