We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Development Director to join our team and lead the development of our innovative gamified mobile-first platform targeted at teenagers and young adults. In this role, you will be responsible for shaping the platform's overall development strategy, collaborating with cross-functional teams, and managing a talented team of developers, designers, and technical staff.
The ideal candidate for this position is a visionary leader with a strong technical background, exceptional project management and soft skills, and a passion for education and personal development. As Development Director, you will be instrumental in driving our platform's success and making a lasting impact on the lives of our users.
Join our dynamic team and play a key role in revolutionizing the way young people learn, grow, and develop skills for success in today's world. Responsibilities
Skills and Qualifications:
- Product Development Strategy: Define, develop, and implement the overall product development strategy for the product (platform) in alignment with company objectives and market trends.
- Cross-functional Collaboration: Collaborate with various departments, including content, design, marketing, to ensure the successful development and launch of new product features and enhancements.
- Team Management: Lead, mentor, and manage a team of developers, designers, and other technical staff to ensure efficient and high-quality product development.
- Project Management: Oversee the planning, execution, and delivery of development projects, ensuring they meet timelines, budgets, and quality standards.
- Technology Selection: Evaluate and recommend appropriate technologies, tools, and platforms to support the development of the product, ensuring scalability and performance.
- Innovation: Identify and explore new technologies, trends, and opportunities to enhance the platform's functionality, user experience, and market competitiveness.
- Quality Assurance: Establish and maintain rigorous quality assurance processes and standards to ensure the platform meets the highest levels of reliability, usability, and performance.
- Vendor Management: Manage relationships with external vendors, partners, and contractors, ensuring their work meets project requirements and company standards.
- Budget Management: Develop and manage the development budget, ensuring efficient resource allocation and cost control.
- Reporting: Provide regular updates and reports to senior management on development progress, challenges, and opportunities.
- Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field.
- Proven experience in a leadership role within a software or product development environment, preferably in the edtech industry.
- Strong understanding of development methodologies, such as Agile or Scrum, and project management tools.
- Excellent team management, leadership, and soft skills. Complete understanding of design-thinking approaches.
- Strong problem-solving abilities and a creative approach to product development.
- Familiarity with emerging technologies, trends, and best practices in the edtech industry.
- Experience in managing budgets, resources, and timelines.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
- A passion for education, personal development, and creating innovative learning and entertainment experiences.
- The Development Director will play a crucial role in building and shaping the platform's success, leading the development team and ensuring the timely delivery of innovative features and improvements. With their technical expertise, strategic thinking, and strong leadership skills, they will drive the platform's growth and impact in the edtech market.
- Russian/English Language – Advanced