Product Manager (Tech Team)

ORGANISATION

The Global Disinformation Index (GDI) is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing online disinformation by identifying and labelling domains with a “risk of disinforming” rating. Our goal is to create a world where we can trust what we see in the media.

OUR 3 PILLARS

The GDI is built on 3 pillars:

  • Independent: The GDI is not for profit and diversely funded. It exists solely to assess online publishers’ risk of disinforming their readers.
  • Neutral: The GDI is apolitical, global, and evidence-based.
  • Transparent: The GDI’s rating criteria, index methodology, and detailed assessments will all be public, auditable, and disputable.
BEHAVIOURS

We continually strive to model the following behaviors in our interactions with others:

  • Positivity: Be a problem solver, not a problem raiser.
  • Responsibility: Make it your problem – if it’s not right, fix it.
  • Trustworthy: Make sure others can depend on you – If you say you are going to do it, do it.
  • Respect: Treat everyone, especially those with whom we disagree, with courtesy and respect.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

Support the CTO in delivering the technical build out of the prototype disinformation index. The index will have an automated AI-powered classifier which will provide an initial classification of domains. Those domains that cannot reliably be identified as “junk” by the classifier will then be assessed by analysts using a framework agreed by a panel of experts.

You will be comfortable working with the technical team to define product specifications and solutions, setting product goals and roadmaps, and tracking progress and schedules.

This will involve working with the team of engineers, analysts, and data scientists to create a functioning disinformation index that can plug into the programmatic ad exchanges to steer adverts away from high-risk domains.

Specifically:

  • leading an internal team of four (4) people to set out project timelines and meet agreed delivery dates;
  • keeping product to agreed specs and ensuring design integrity;
  • liaising with the CTO and GDI project director on scheduled deliveries, challenges and any delays;
  • working with the CTO to manage the overall delivery by the technical team; and
  • being a team-spanning resource to ensure both technical and manual sides of the index methodology are developed in sync.

A successful candidate will be comfortable working in a start-up environment which may require greater ownership and flexibility with evolving priorities. A successful candidate will also enjoy product iteration with both customers and internal stakeholders to best meet the evolving needs of the organization.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • 4+ years’ product management experience for web applications and data science projects’
  • Experience leading cross functional product teams, including data scientists and engineers;
  • Experience advocating for the customer and solving real customer problems, while using research to validate and inform product direction;
  • Experience with agile development methodology for rapid prototyping;
  • Experience defining and articulating guidelines, principles, expectations, goals and success metrics for products;
  • History of building and growing successful products;
  • Is data-driven but also able to make strategic decisions in the absence of data;
  • Experience communicating openly and confidently to a wide range of audiences—including executives, engineers, and data scientists; and
  • Experience working on a product with logistical complexity is a plus.
LOCATION

Ideally New York City, but any US location will be considered.

AVAILIBILITY

We will consider part time applications also but require a minimum of 3 days per week. Freelance or employment contracts of 1 year can be considered.

REPORTNG TO

Danny Rogers, Chief Technology Officer

APPLICATIONS TO

Forward inquiries to info@disinformationindex.org

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