APH Career Opportunity: Early Childhood Product Development Project Leader II
Under the immediate supervision of the Director of Educational Product Research, this position develops products to be used by teachers and rehabilitation staff with children ages 0-5 who are blind/visually impaired. The Product Development Project Leader II collaborates and partners with schools, rehabilitation agencies, teachers, experts, APH peers, and others to ensure products meet the needs of our consumers. Products may include books, a variety of physical objects (manipulatives), software, and/or hardware. This is a key position at APH that provides support to other APH personnel, APH’s mission, the customers we serve and others.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Solicit new product ideas from customers and experts using various product research methods such as focus groups and surveys; build relationships with customers and experts in the field of blindness and visual impairment.
- Conduct initial research relating to the relevance of proposed projects. Maintain knowledge of competitor products and services.
- Using proven project management skills, coordinate the development of multiple projects containing multiple products. The Project Leader is responsible for defining the product specifications, developing and meeting project timelines and limiting the scope of projects, thereby managing development costs.
- Collaborate with APH staff and outside consultants to prepare prototypes for field testing and/or expert review. Conduct field-testing among groups that are representative of the population to be served, and assure that the field testing meets professional standards for applied research as regards to validity, reliability, and confidentiality of subjects.
- Compile results from field testing/expert reviews, make appropriate changes to the prototype, and works with staff including Technical and Manufacturing Research, Graphic Design, and Technology to prepare the final product in order to manufacture the product(s).
- Represent APH at conferences through attendance, presentations and support of APH exhibition of products. Provide technical support to consumers of current products, as well as designated APH staff.
- Prepares scholarly written and oral communications for internal and external audiences.
Education, Training, and Experience Requirements
- Master’s degree or advanced certification beyond Bachelor’s. Post-Master’s preferred. Degree must be in an area related to Education.
- Seven (7) or more years of experience related to early childhood education
- Must have a strong understanding of the use of technologies (both software and hardware) in instructional settings.
- Must show experience in leading teams, being able to communicate, compromise, and work across departmental lines while insuring successful completion of projects.
- Current or previous state or national certification in teaching or rehabilitation is preferred
- Must possess excellent verifiable organizational and project/time management experience and skills required in an environment of rapidly changing priorities.
- Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and Powerpoint and Outlook. Must have working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat, internet browsers, and knowledge of assistive technologies.
Please apply online. If you have any trouble with the online form, please contact 502-899-2243.
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is a DRUG FREE WORKPLACE. An offer of employment is conditioned upon successfully passing a drug screening test and background check.
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