Project Manager/Scrum Master, NPR Digital Services

Overview

A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. NPR listeners value information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide.
Note: this position is located in Boston, MA and supports the Digital Services division, which works with public radio stations nationwide to develop digital strategies and capabilities that will grow audience in local markets.


Role


We are looking for an experienced, talented, and knowledgeable project manager/scrum master who will provide day-to-day leadership of cross-functional teams that connect NPR with its digital audiences. We seek a person who feels comfortable in a servant-leader role for one or more teams, is passionate about Agile methodologies, and approaches their responsibilities with both a firm understanding of traditional structures and optimistic adaptability in applying the right tools and methods for the needs of a particular team.

 

The best candidates share these traits with our team:


● Creativity, initiative, curiosity, and flexibility -- tempered by pragmatism, patience, and acute attention to detail
● Love of (bordering on obsession with) Agile methodologies and culture
● Strong leadership and analytical skills. You are the information hub for work our teams are doing, and if you don’t have the answer yourself, you know how to get it. You can successfully operate at the micro and the macro level: a mashup of Switzerland neutrality and the sailor in the crow’s nest looking out for obstacles and opportunities for individuals, teams, and the division.
● Honesty, a friendly attitude, and a good sense of humor

Essential Duties Include

As the Project manager/Scrum master, you are responsible for facilitating planning, daily progress, work reviews, and retrospectives; assisting product owners in translating project vision and business objectives into a backlog; facilitating backlog grooming; tracking the team’s progress against prioritized work; removing impediments for the team; and identifying risks to the team and management.

 

You ensure productivity by fostering team creativity, empowerment, and accountability, and you assist with work and resource prioritization, as well as the continuous improvement of Digital Services processes. In addition, the project manager/scrum master advances the role of Agile practices across NPR by leading/participating in training and by coaching teams, including some outside of Digital Services.

 

 

Qualifications

Basic skills:
● Experience managing cross-functional digital projects in a Scrum framework
● Scrum Master certification
● Ability to communicate at all levels of the organization (including senior management) on issues of strategy, risk, process, and ongoing operations
● Capable of handling multiple deadlines and projects
● BS/BA degree

 

Bonus points for:
● Strong knowledge of and hands-on experience with other Agile project management methodologies and tools, especially Lean Startup, Lean, or Kanban
● Business acumen combined with a tech background
● Atlassian tools (Jira, Confluence), Google Drive, Slack
● Salesforce platform

 

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered

 

What else?

  • We’re an Agile shop, provide formal Scrum training and use tools geared toward rapid development. Recently, we added Lean to our toolbox, and we constantly try to improve how we do what we do.
  • We are located in a Boston’s Innovation district in South Boston. We are a 10-minute walk to South Station and within 15 minutes of a great range of restaurants, retail, and culture around the Fort Point Channel and Seaport Districts.
  • We are diverse, lifelong learners. We read omnivorously from NPR’s giveaway bookshelf (getting hints from the NPR Books Tumblr), and edit bad grammar on milk cartons. We work hard to play hard. 

 

NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development. NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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