The short version ⏳
Mission: Be one of the driving forces for building Aula’s vision; take full ownership of an entire product area working hand-in-hand with designers and engineers. Deliver an excellent product through sharp product strategy and refining our product processes.
Why: Engagement is one of the most strongly-correlated predictors of success in learning. We are shaping how teachers teach and make every student feel a part of their classroom.
Who: An experienced product manager with a background in engaging products. You understand what makes an authentic, engaging experience.
What is Aula? ?
Aula is a remote-first 50-person team from 18 nationalities building a social learning platform for education. Think ‘Slack for education’.
Powered by an ecosystem of integrations, Aula is the foundational layer in the tech stack that shapes a whole industry.
We built Aula because we believe digital infrastructure should encourage community and social learning.
We’re backed by people like the founder of Unity, CTO at Eventbrite, a co-founder of Zendesk, a co-founder of JustEat and world-class VCs like Project A, BrightEye and Sunstone.
Product @ Aula ?️
What the platform is aboutWe’ve had to rethink what the core teaching and learning platform at universities could be if we were to place engagement front and center.To get a deeper sense of what that means and how we approached designing Aula, read through Adrian’s medium post:Education starts with conversation: how we designed Aula
- Engagement first.
- Enable educators to create the most engaging learning experiences.
- Never more than 1 click away from human interaction.
Who we’re building for
We’ve got a number of personas we’re building for. Teachers, students, and university leaders. Although we keep all 3 in mind, we are particularly interested in the type of educators we’re building for.Aula Personas
How our users benefit
Students: Aula means less one-way communication from the teacher, more collaboration with fellow students and easier access to student services like the welfare team. We aim to give every single student the sense of being part of their university’s community.
Educators: Aula means connecting with every student in your class and creating a truly engaging learning experience in a welcoming atmosphere.Universities: Aula is where the sense of belonging lowers student dropout rates and enables a move of focus from physical building to more social learning.Here are some educators describing Aula in one word:
Product challenges we’re working on
- Building the foundational educational experience for every educator and student at our partner institutions.
- Helping educators become more effective as they transition their current classes to leverage Aula.
- Increasing authentic engagement of students in all classes and throughout their academic career.
How our development team will look in 12 months
Each product area will be led by a trio consisting of a tech lead, a product manager and a designer supported by full-stack contributors. This will almost positively change as we learn more about our product and our team.
The role: Product Manager ????
We’re looking for a product manager who will increase engagement while owning our strategy around the core experience of the platform – Spaces, and Direct Messages (DMs). You will be a guiding voice throughout the company for how to build engaging products for teachers and students.
How are the teams set up? ?
Working with an engineer and designer, you will own the set of core engagement solutions (Spaces and DMs) and you’ll be able to work closely with other engineers, designers and our CPO to determine the next steps for that product area.
What do you expect of me? ?
You are driven by building software as a team and you understand your own limitations. You are not a solo-player. You give feedback to your team, you seek out feedback, you are self-aware, you give space, and you see your ultimate goal as building a product that changes how students and educators teach and learn.
A bit more about what you will be building ?️
We are replacing core teaching and learning infrastructure at universities with a focus on driving authentic student engagement. We’ve spent a large part of the last 12 months building the key pieces that allow universities to move away from their learning management system and we’re now at a point where we can double down on Aula’s core experience. You will be driven by engagement metrics as well as user-love metrics.
Have a look at Adrian walking through what Spaces and DMs are in Aula:
We’d love to hear from you if… ?
You are the type of person who…
- Appreciates the value of diverse and inclusive teams.
- Thrives in caring and direct feedback environments.
- Likes to improve your process as much as you like to improve your product.
- Isn’t afraid to knock on doors to meet teachers and understand teaching workflows.
- Wants to foster a culture of no-ego team players.
- Can arrange a working day with 6 hours of overlap with the workday in GMT.
You’ve done some of these things…
- Been part of an excellent product-focused organisation.
- Worked to increase engagement as part of your measure of success on a previous project.
- Worked on an Agile development team with incremental releases (or continuous delivery).
- Worked closely with designers on a user-facing product.
- Lead a product, a product area, or a product feature.
What it’s like to work at Aula
We’ve open-sourced our handbook, the The Aula Brain, so you can see for yourself.
Here are some pages you might be particularly curious about:
- Why Aula is remote
- Social life
- How we work together
- Benefits (note, for ?? candidates we offer 100% medical, dental and vision insurance)
- Mission and Values at Aula
- ? Anonymous data on what Aula team members think it’s like to work here
Why join Aula? ?
- Who we are
We are a bunch of curious and silly-ambitious people who have set out to do our lives’ work.A video call with people in 13 different countries.We thought we’d put a face on some of the people you’ll be working with:
Another good source of information to see if we are the right kind of team for you:
- The kind of workplace we’re building
- We grow our people, focused on feedback. Read more here.
- Openness. For example, open investor calls.
- Commitment to building an inclusive company. For example, a Scandinavia-like parental leave and pay policy.
- We’re curious about the future of work: from a globally distributed engineering team (we have fortnightly remote lunches) to heavily tech-enabled workflows (see a snapshot of our new employee onboarding here).