Senior Product Manager, Advocates Experience (Greater Denver Area, CO or Remote)

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Everyone is welcome at Handshake. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply.

If you are not sure that you’re 100% qualified, but up for the challenge – we want you to apply. We believe skills are transferable and passion for our mission goes a long way.

Your Impact 

Handshake is hiring a Senior Product Manager reporting to the VP of Product on the Spark Engagement team. You will lead our Advocates squad. Advocates is our term for the people who have the jobs students want. Advocates work for employers who use Handshake, but they aren’t recruiters. They may be engineers, marketers, teachers, finance professionals, scientists or any number of other professions. They are often recent college graduates with a strong connection to their alma mater. They serve as a gateway for students to the world of careers and full-time employment.

You will be responsible for activating and engaging Advocates on Handshake. In doing so you’ll open up vast new opportunities for students to develop meaningful connections as they begin their careers. We view this as one of Handshake’s most important initiatives over the next several years. Right now, Advocates form a small slice of the active employer users on Handshake. If you’re successful, Advocates will outnumber recruiters many times over as active users of Handshake.

You’ll be part of the Spark Engagement team, a close-knit cross-marketplace team building experiences for both students and employers. In addition to the Advocates squad, other squads on the Spark Engagement team include the Messaging squad and the Campaigns squad. In addition to working with engineers, designers, user researchers and analysts, you’ll also collaborate closely outside of R&D with product marketing, sales and customer success. All the while, you’ll be mindful about making positive societal impact, including improving diversity, equity and inclusion in early talent recruiting.

Your Role

As a senior product manager, you’ll plan and deliver a roadmap to:  

  • Expand and innovate: how Advocates onboard and use Handshake, how they are introduced to students, and how these users form meaningful connections with one another

  • Engage users: whether they are Advocates, other employer users or students

  • Drive marketplace value: continually strive to identify and optimize the key points of value creation across all three sides of the network

You’ll own the lifecycle end-to-end for your product area, including:

  • Product development process: Leading a high performing cross-functional squad, including engineering and design partners, from research and roadmap planning to delivery 

  • Launch and adoption: Partner closely on go-to-market and implementation. You never hesitate to roll up your sleeves and tackle something hands-on. It’s never someone else’s problem. You’ll run beta programs and pilots to maximize learning and minimize code investment, getting close to the customer and the details through the process. 

  • Cross-Handshake partnership: Work with stakeholders across Handshake to innovate quickly but deliberately

  • Goals, metrics and tracking: Create a robust and clear thread of data from strategy through development through in-market iteration.

Your Experience
  • Strong foundation in roadmap development and releasing products for complex, multifaceted marketplace businesses or SaaS platforms.

  • 5+ years partnering with engineering teams to ship code. Ideally in a many-stakeholder environment with dependencies and collaboration. 

  • Strong systems and analytical thinker. Can connect the dots, spot challenges and edge cases, integrate multiple considerations.

  • Extensive experience presenting both internally and externally including working with customers, users, and internal cross-functional partners and executives.

  • Working knowledge of SaaS products including solving for more than one user persona.

  • Experience working at a consumer marketplace, ideally a B2B2C marketplace like Handshake

  • User focused. You dive headfirst into understanding the needs of employers and build products grounded in data and research.

Compensation Range
  • $150,000-$195,000 (depending on level and location)

For cash compensation, we set standard ranges for all U.S.-based roles based on function, level, and geographic location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. In order to be compliant with local legislation, as well as to provide greater transparency to candidates, we share salary ranges on all job postings regardless of desired hiring location. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including geographic location as well as candidate experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

About Us:

Handshake is the #1 place to launch a career with no connections, experience, or luck required. The platform connects up-and-coming talent with 650,000+ employers - from Fortune 500 companies like Google, Nike, and Target to thousands of public school districts, healthcare systems, and nonprofits. Earlier this year, we announced our $200M Series F funding round. This Series F fundraise and new valuation of $3.5B will fuel Handshake’s next phase of growth and propel our mission to help more people start, restart, and jumpstart their careers.

When it comes to our workforce strategy, we’ve thought deeply about how work-life should look here at Handshake. With our Hub-Based Remote Working strategy, employees can enjoy the flexibility of remote work, whilst ensuring collaboration and team experiences in a shared space remains possible. Handshake is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Denver, New York, and London and teammates working globally. So, whether you live on the coasts, the midwest, or overseas, chances are we have a hub near you offering the best of both worlds. 

Check out our careers site to find a hub near you!

What We Offer:

At Handshake, we'll give you the tools to feel healthy, happy and secure.

  • 💰Equity and ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • 🍼16 Weeks of paid parental leave for birth giving parents & 10 weeks of paid parental leave for non-birth giving parents.
  • 💝Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision policies including LGTBQ+ Coverage. We also provide resources for Mental Health Assistance, Employee Assistance Programs and counseling support.
  • 💻Handshake offers $500/£360 home office stipend for you to spend during your first 3 months to create a productive and comfortable workspace at home.
  • 📚Generous learning & development opportunities and an annual $2,000/£1,500 stipend for you to grow your skills and career.

(US Handshakers)

  • 🏦401k Match: Handshake offers a dollar-for-dollar match on 1% of deferred salary, up to a maximum of $1,200 per year.
  • 🏝 All full-time US-based Handshakers are eligible for our flexible time off policy to get out and see the world. In addition, we offer 8 standardized holidays, and 2 additional days of flexible holiday time off. Lastly, we have a Summer and Winter #ShakeBreak, two one-week periods of Collective Time Off. 

(UK Handshakers) 

  • 🏦Pension Scheme: Handshake will provide you with a workplace pension, where you will make contributions based on 5% of your salary. Handshake will pay the equivalent of 3% towards your pension plan, subject to qualifying earnings limits.
  • 🏝Up to 25 days of vacation to encourage people to reset, recharge, and refresh, in addition to 8 bank holidays throughout the year.

Benefits above apply to employees in full-time positions.

Looking for more? Explore our mission, values and comprehensive US benefits at joinhandshake.com/careers.

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Location

1200 17th St., Denver, CO 80211

An Insider's view of Handshake

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've been at Handshake for 4 years and have held 4 different titles. I'm inspired and constantly learning from the leaders on our team and my colleagues. I learn something new every day and in every role. It's great to work on a sales team where there is so much support, positivity and resources.

Janessa

Enterprise Account Executive, Employer Sales

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We instill a 60/20/20 rule for engineers’ time management: 60% time is spent on building new product, 20% on maintenance, and 20% on innovation. We make sure our engineers can invest time in innovating and trying new ideas. We act with empathy, and we focus on our impact and how we can improve.

Robin

Senior Director Of Engineering

How does the company support your career growth?

As a G&A Recruiter at Handshake, I had the opportunity to work on various projects that fired me up. I developed programming for our summer intern class and supported DEI initiatives. Fast forward six months, I'm transitioning into an Early Career & DEI Program Manager role!

Stephanie

Early Career & DEI Program Manager

What are Handshake Perks + Benefits

Handshake Benefits Overview

Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing company.

401k: We care about your ability to save for your future.

Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families.

Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.

Healthcare: World-class medical, dental, and vision policies.

Goodies: Whatever hardware and software you need to get the job done.

Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, sports, game nights, book clubs.

Learning: Learning & Development opportunities for you to grow your skills and career.

Great team: Working with fun, hardworking, nice people who are committed to making a difference!

...And much more!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Employees can take up to 2 days of paid time off to be used in service of a non-profit organization, charity, or towards participation in social and civil activism.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Handshake also provides 10 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
We provide free breakfast on Fridays. Employees get free lunch on Mondays. We also offer dinner on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns

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