Product Manager (Contract Role)

Job description

Taproot Plus, Taproot Foundation’s online marketplace for pro bono, directly delivers on our mission by connecting nonprofit professionals with passionate, skilled volunteers who share their expertise pro bono via online, virtual programming. Since 2015, business professionals have delivered over $35M in consulting expertise in areas like marketing, strategy, HR, and IT strategy so that organizations are even more equipped to positively affect society. Taproot Plus is Taproot’s largest and most impactful program. The Contract Product Manager sits on the Taproot Plus team, that’s responsible for our online platform as well as the organization’s technology infrastructure.

This Contract Product Manager will help bring to life our engagement strategy, particularly the technical coordination behind scaling our online services including global expansion and corporate usage. This includes closely coordinating with our program delivery, program design, product, and external relations teams to thoroughly understand the needs of nonprofits, skilled volunteers, and internal staff, and will successfully translate those needs into product requirements.

This role is for you if you are an expert project manager who can work independently or collaborate on an internal team to bring innovative and meaningful product ideas to life. You are excited to grow your product management skills in research, user experience mapping, a/b testing, roadmap management and data analysis.

We’re looking for this role to commit to 20-30 hours per week.

This is a remote position and can be located anywhere in the United States. Taproot Foundation has offices in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.


The reason behind the role

Reporting to the Director of Product, you will be directly responsible for improving the Taproot Plus platform across 4 different products and working collaboratively with our engagement team. You will need to work collaboratively with the other members the product team, proactively identifying areas for improvement both in the product and our collaborative process.


This role is 20 to 30 hours per week. We are looking for this contractor to be with us until December 23, 2022 with the potential of extending this position into 2023.


  • Support and coordinate the execution of Taproot’s technology roadmap, with responsibility to recommend the allocation and management of available resources.
  • In partnership with Taproot’s developers, determine the needs for Taproot’s backend technology, and clearly communicate the needed priorities and decisions.
  • Project manage Taproot’s technology team in building Taproot’s full slate product experiences.
  • Lead the management of Taproot’s online experience for various stakeholders, including internal staff, nonprofits, skilled volunteers, and corporate partners from concept to UI to development.
  • Invest in understanding Taproot’s program environment and business needs across the organization, and partner with leadership to define core technology strategies and priorities.
  • Prepare and maintain any needed technical documentation.
  • Perform other job-related duties, as assigned.


  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in designing and managing complex, consumer facing web applications in a product management or other technology role.
  • Experience shipping products in an agile environment
  • Fluency and comfort with using data to test, analyze, and plan for effective development priorities
  • Full-stack familiarity, with some experience with database structures
  • Be able to understand and speak technology, while also being able to translate to audiences of varying technical knowledge
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.