Project Manager

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Self-motivated project leader specializing in the design and development of educational products for a wide range of disciplines and channels. Experience in learning technologies with a strong track record of developing and producing products that drive revenue and improve learning outcomes. Passionate about building innovative learning solutions that produce positive user experiences.  

A flexible, process-driven, natural-planner, who thrives when working hands-on to solve problems, bring order to a project and effectively meet business goals. Skilled at fostering innovation and collaboration across project teams and unifying stakeholders.

Experienced in needs analysis, adult learner curriculum design, technology development lifecycle management, constructing design & requirements documentation as well as project plan and proposal writing.


Lover of food, dogs, jigsaw puzzles, and baseball.

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Job Description

PM with over 10 years of experience in the digital learning industry

I specialize in Educational Product Development (B2B or B2C) with a focus on higher ed, adult learning and professional development programs. My ideal role exists at the intersection of project management, product design, and learning design and allows me to:

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to create and validate product concepts in order to deliver valuable and positive user-experiences and drive business growth
  • Manage product development lifecycle: planning, scoping, scheduling, budgeting, project controls, reporting, and executing all activities
  • Use market research and user testing data to identify opportunities for innovation and improvement
  • Manage internal and external stakeholder communication to drive consensus, identify dependencies, and manage change
  • Solve problems, foster teamwork and bring order and momentum to cross-functional teams
  • Strong desire to work in a flexible, innovative, and convivial environment.

Rate is dependent on scope of project.

Teammate Profile Information

Experience: 11-15 years

Availibility: 40+ hours/week

Type of work: Part-time contracting, Full-time contracting, Permanent part-time position

Work location preference: Local, Remote, Available to travel

City and State: Montclair, NJ

Portfolio link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathiprofitko/

Skills:

  • Learning design
  • Learning technology
  • Project management
  • Quality assurance
  • Accessibility
  • Learning analytics
  • Content curation
  • Custom content writing
  • UI/UX design

Education

Certificate at Instructional Design Graduate Certificate, University of Wisconsin - Stout

Certificate at PMP Certification, PMI

Bachelors degree at BS Business Administration, Wagner College

Work history

International Culinary Center (from 06/2015 to 05/2018)
Director, Online & Curriculum Development, Designed, developed and launched new culinary business program. Key success metrics: 98% retention rate, 41% increase in student success, above average rating in student exit surveys, and 50% decrease in program run costs. Responsible for client stewardship and partnership relations, scope definition and profitability analysis for new business proposals, implementation and management of contract training. Launched ebook program for costs savings of $200K per year.

Pearson Education (from 12/2012 to 05/2015)
Director, Digital Studio, Unified and managed studio of 15+ local and remote project managers, instructional designers and producers as part of a cross-unit team responsible for producing higher educational product portfolios. Managed internal operations with a focus on profitability while deploying zero-defect product with plant budgets of $12M+. Portfolios produced growth of $100M+ over three years.

Pearson Education (from 12/2008 to 12/2012)
Project Development Manager, Led cross-functional project teams to elicit, prioritize, and validate requirements including design, user experience mapping, data collection and reporting and technical specifications for educational technology product including ebooks, simulations, video, and adaptive assessments. Defined and managed a $2M+ annual plant budget.

Pearson Education (from 07/2002 to 12/2008)
Content Development Manager, Content project manager for MyITLab, a market-leading assessment and training product that transitioned MS Office Application textbook material into a simulated learning experience. Defined and implemented content requirements, instructional strategies and authoring tool development. Managed development and end-user testing through three Microsoft Office release cycles. Key success metrics: 5M+ users and revenue of $25M+.