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Product Owner-Compliance


PowerSchool | R&D | Folsom, CA

This position will work closely with the Manager of Product Management and Product Managers to define and write product features to be implemented by the Product Engineering and QA teams. You are responsible to assist in the definition of high-value extensions and enhancements to PowerSchool’s State Reporting and Compliance product portfolio. This position will follow the Agile development process, to define the scope of work for the product development team by gathering detailed requirements from the state’s department of education; creating epics and user stories; developing acceptance criteria; clarifying and refining requirements with customer focus group members; and refining the product backlog.  Working with other product management staff and subject matter experts, you will apply incremental delivery principles to working practices, driving the delivery of value through your teams; communicating progress, eliciting feedback and enabling stakeholder reviews for validation in the process.  This position will also use their skills to ensure that our customers’ funding milestones are met through timely rollout of data collection and reporting solutions that meet both the functional requirements and timeframes determined by the State/Provincial departments of education.


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Support the product manager and Manager of Product Management in the development of product vision, goals, themes and features. This translates into a product roadmap and long-term product strategy and feature development​
  • Attending daily scrum ceremonies, leading refinement sessions, and engaging with your Engineering team, providing direction and focus ​
  • Support the development of a prioritized Product Backlog, including the development of epics, user stories, acceptance criteria and scenarios for your Product Engineering Team to develop working software. Understanding PowerSchool’s customers and their needs, engaging in agile and scrum methodologies to elicit feature requirements​
  • Review QA test plans to align with acceptance criteria​
  • Review relevant documentation for technical accuracy​
  • Effectively communicate product release contents and expected product capabilities/behavior to stakeholders including external and internal customers​
  • Coordinates products between departments for global visibility​
  • Communicate the product vision to the technical teams as well as to other teams within the company​
  • Ensuring the correct features are being development, considering the value being delivered against the cost of delivery​
  • All other duties as assigned 
Skills & Requirements

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum 2-5 years’ prior experience in a product owner role
  • Basic understanding of Agile Values and Scrum Methodology
  • Eliciting and defining requirements for the development teams
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including upper management, clients, and other departments
  • Ability to handle a heavy workload and multiple projects with frequent interruptions and schedule changes
  • Ability to work in a changing, dynamic environment
  • Basic understanding of the software development life cycle (SDLC)
  • Strong attention to accuracy and detail, while still results oriented
  • Preferred experience working with and presenting to individuals in an organization
  • Interest in Agile/Scrum methodology practices
  • Preferred experience working with teams and group projects
  • Preferred experience with some level of business analysis, documenting use cases or requirements gathering
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or computer science, or equivalent work experience