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Product Owner

Date: May 12, 2022

Location: New York, NY, US, 10016

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Title: Product Owner

Location: Remote (US)


As Product Owner, you will participate in cross-functional product development team to enhance a K-8 innovative practice program. As a team member, you will manage priorities for specific components within an integrated platform experience. This includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:

  • Manage priorities and project deliverables to support delivery of high-quality functionality on schedule that meet customer needs.
  • Contribute to Agile product development team as Product Owner, attending daily Scrum meetings, keeping Scrum artifacts visible, helping resolve impediments to the team, and assisting with backlog maintenance, sprint planning and review meetings. Gather requirements, write user stories and acceptance criteria for new functionality.
  • Determine feature priority through Pragmatic Marketing framework guidelines, including school visits, collaborating with Product Management, Product Development, and other key stakeholders.
  • Responsible for sign-off of features prior to production release.
  • Liaise between project teams and internal stakeholders (e.g., engineering, editorial/learning architecture, design, QA, etc.) to collect and synthesize feedback, manage/align project schedules, and motivate team.
  • Work collaboratively with the engineering team to articulate and clarify requirements.
  • Perform risk assessments and analyses to prioritize and make trade-offs to ensure on time project completion while maintaining educational integrity of products.
  • Proactively communicate with internal and external stakeholders at all levels including project documentation, follow up, and status reports to ensure on-time product and/or feature deliveries.




  • 4+ years participating in or managing cross-functional product development teams
  • Strong organizational, communication, and multi-tasking skills
  • Innovative team player with the ability to proactively and creatively solve problems
  • Passion for creating innovate technology solutions for students and teachers


Knowledge and Skills:


  • Prior experience working on cross-functional teams utilizing Agile methodologies and project management tools (e.g. MS Teams, JIRA, Kanban Boards)
  • Demonstrated success managing projects 
  • Proven success acting as a liaison between technical and business stakeholders
  • Knowledge of education technology (K-12) industry, user experience (educators and students), and classroom needs
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite



  • Pragmatic Marketing Framework Certification or knowledge
  • Agile Scrum Master Certification and/or Instructional design experience a plus


Physical Requirements

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.


Benefits and Salary Range

Salary Range - $76,000 - $95,000


Benefits - See Career Page - Careers at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a learning technology company committed to delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower educators and improve student outcomes. As a leading provider of K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions and professional learning services, HMH partners with educators and school districts to uncover solutions that unlock students' potential and extend teachers' capabilities. HMH serves more than 50 million students and 3 million educators in 150 countries. For more information, visit


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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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