Product Manager

Massachusetts, United States
25 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture and benefits that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future then take a look at this opportunity.

PRODUCT MANAGER, Political Science-MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB), to develop innovative products and technologies that reduce corruption and improve government responsiveness to citizen needs in developing countries. Will create and lead a product-development program; conduct research on potential markets, users, existing products, and technologies; work with in-country partners to evaluate and prioritize product opportunities; build product specifications; assemble a team of two to three people to understand product needs and capture them in the form of user stories; define product requirements to achieve desired outcomes; define a minimum viable product (MVP) and success, examine tradeoffs, and manage risks; and work with an engineer/data scientist, field research associate, and faculty principal investigator to define execution plans for the user stories.

This unique position offers an opportunity to be part of building a new approach to designing and delivering citizen-to-government-to-citizen solutions and technologies that improve government performance and result in productive citizen-government interactions.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor's degree (master’s or higher preferred) in computer science, engineering, business, or related field; at least four years’ experience in product design and development; experience operating in a fluid, fast-paced, start-up environment; demonstrate abilities related to roadmap ownership and development; team leadership, collaboration, conflict resolution, presentation, and negotiation skills; advanced-level knowledge of the latest user design techniques, product development specifications, and technical and data requirements for software development; data-driven, iterative approach to work; and  a continuous improvement focus. Experience in civic technology and/or international development a plus. Job #18416

The position involves travel estimated at up to 25%, initially to sub-Saharan Africa (e.g., Nigeria and Kenya).

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.