ScrumMaster/Software Development Project Manager

About Niche
Niche is the leader in school search. Our mission is to make researching and enrolling in schools easy, transparent, and free. With in-depth profiles on every school and college in America, 140 million reviews and ratings, and powerful search tools, we help millions of people find the right school for them. We also help thousands of schools recruit more best-fit students, by highlighting what makes them great and making it easier to visit and apply.

Niche is all about finding where you belong, and that mission inspires how we operate every day. We want Niche to be a place where people truly enjoy working and can thrive professionally.

About the Role
We’re looking for an energetic and bright Software Development Project Manager who will manage and coach Product Teams through the development lifecycle. This position primarily wears the Scrum Master hat, manages multiple ongoing software development projects, and contributes to the team using their agile project management skills. 

What You Will Do

During the 1st Month:

  • Attend onboarding sessions to better understand our internal processes and learn about the company
  • You will collaborate with various team members across Tech, Product and Design to learn about how your role fits within the team, the product development organization, and Niche
  • You will shadow a product team and begin understanding our Agile development framework
  • You will begin building relationships across the organization and start to generate improvement ideas

Within 3 Months:

  • You will grow as a contributing member of a product team by supporting and communicating with the Product Owner and Development Team to help manage projects
  • You will begin exercising your agile or scrum knowledge by facilitating team meetings, tracking progress, assisting in the breakdown of work, and removing impediments from your team
  • You will independently manage 1 product team

Within 6 Months:

  • You will independently manage 2 product teams
  • You will begin conducting trainings to further the agile and scrum frameworks 
  • You will feel comfortable iterating towards more and more useful processes

Within 12 Months:

  • You will have a deep knowledge of our product, company, and engineering organization
  • You will guide teams as a leader and coach 
  • You can contribute your project management skills by managing additional projects outside of product teams
  • You openly and freely collaborate with the project management staff and contribute to the evolution of our team within the company

What We Are Looking For

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical field, or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years project management experience in a software development environment
  • Scrum Master and/or Product Owner experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively with members of the Engineering, Product, Data, and Design staff
  • Ability to communicate and train teams in Agile and Scrum
  • Ability to iterate on process, solve problems creatively, and motivate teams
  • You are passionate, spirited, hard-working, and feed off of collaboration and coordination
  • You have a proven track record in the software development industry for delivering high-quality results, especially under the pressure of a fast-paced culture
  • You place value in the team as a whole—above yourself or any other individual contributor
  • You understand the need to be flexible with process in order to stay nimble and provide just enough space for the makers to do what they do best: contribute to the enhancement of a highly dynamic, high traffic website
  • Most importantly, you want to be a part of something big that helps millions of people, and you want to have fun doing it

Why Niche?

  • Full time, salaried position with competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health plan, including vision and dental, provided at no cost to the employee.
  • 20 PTO days, 10 Paid Holidays and 3 Volunteer Days Off per year
  • Parental leave
  • Stock options and 401(k) with employer match
  • Your ideas and work will make an immediate impact on our company and millions of users

Niche will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship now or in the future for this opening.

Candidates only.  No recruiters or agencies, please. All of our open positions are located in our Pittsburgh, PA office and we are also open to remote candidates. Sorry, we do not offer relocation assistance.

Niche is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative environment with the best employees. Therefore, we provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

As interviews are being held remotely, if there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience, please let us know.

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Niche is a small team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We’re a unique blend of data scientists, engineers, parents, and “yinzers” who are looking for exceptional talent to grow our company. Read more about Niche and check out our team page.

We believe people’s lives are made better by having the right resources to inform their biggest life decisions. Your ideas and work will make an immediate impact on our company and millions of users.

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