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Requisition Number 18-0345
Post Date 7/9/2018
Title Release Manager
Organization Name Macmillan Learning
City Austin
State TX
Description Macmillan Learning is a part of the family-owned Holtzbrinck group of companies and is one of the leading educational technology companies. Through deep partnership with the world's best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire student curiosity and measure progress. Macmillan Learning is comprised of renowned brands including Bedford/St. Martins, W.H. Freeman, Worth Publishers, Sapling Learning, SkyFactor, Intellus Learning, Late Nite Labs, and Hayden-McNeil. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to reflecting a broad representation of differences -- race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, age, family status, economic background and status, geographical background and status, and perspective-- in our workplace. The successful candidate for this position will become an employee of Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC (“BFW”), d/b/a Macmillan Learning. Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC has developed an affirmative action program in compliance with the NY Department of Education’s guidance. Portions of the affirmative action program are available for review by applicants and employees by contacting Human Resources.
Requirements We are looking for an Release Plan Manager / Agile Program Manager that can lead mission critical initiatives that sit at the heart of the Macmillan Learning digital strategy. As a Program manager you will be part of a team that will lead the strategic program that consists of multiple large scale initiatives running simultaneously.

Reporting through the PMO, the ideal candidate will draw upon exemplary program / project management, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, with a passion for creating reliable, maintainable, value based systems inside of a software development environment.

Experience inside an agile development organization is a must as this person will need to have affinity towards providing value to the organization and the customer. Not only strong at multi-tasking and self directed, you should be striving for continuous process improvement, and effective collaboration with cross-functional business and software development teams.


Key Responsibilities:
• Partner with Agile coach and ScrumMasters to foster an environment of successful delivery and continuous improvement
• Gathering of project data and production of information for management review
• Managing and facilitating the portfolio management process
• Facilitate change management and communication planning activities through project lifecycle
• Assess the workloads and impacts for different departments, identify and track dependencies and risks across teams.
• Facilitate release coordination across engineering teams, governing cadence and communication of release cycles
• Schedules and facilitates meetings to update business operations on project statuses and production issues. (Ex. Steering Committees)
• Assisting in quarterly planning sessions across product and engineering groups, aligning outcomes to business cases, tracking dependencies, and consolidating risks.
• Drive effective teamwork, communication, collaboration, and commitment across multiple disparate groups with competing priorities.


Qualifications:
• Experience in scoping, timeline creation, project tracking, risk management, dependency mapping, and process improvement. Good at managing expectations about risks, issues, resourcing and timeframes.
• Relevant experience of 3-5 years, include managing a large portfolio of products (1+ years)
• Experience in working inside or with agile software development teams (3-5 years)
• Strategic thinker with the ability to transform goals into actionable plans
• Experience in all gamuts of software development lifecycle, seeking history of being hands-on in delivery of products from inception to production
• Track record of successfully building digital business
• Understanding of scaled enterprise agile frameworks (ex. SAFe, DaD,)
• Strong leader with integrity and business acumen
• Strong presentation and communication skills
• Experience with JIRA and JIRA Portfolio is a plus
• Primarily based in Austin with approximately 10% travel to New York
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