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Principal Technical Program Manager

Varsity Tutors
Milwaukee, WI
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Varsity Tutors is hiring a Principal Technical Program Manager to transform our engineering organization and help drive the growth of our educational products and programs. The right candidate will possess excellent leadership skills, strong technical expertise and hands-on project management skills. They will have a proven track record of leading large and complex projects with cross-functional teams; having shared goals while managing without direct authority. You should thrive in a startup and an entrepreneurial environment and shouldn't be afraid of ambiguity or multiple competing priorities.

As a Principal Technical Program Manager, you will anticipate bottlenecks, own escalation management, anticipate, and make trade-offs, while balancing the business needs versus technical constraints. The right candidate will be adept at writing technical specifications and owning program schedules from idea to launch. You will work effectively across the entire technical team and across partner teams including product, data science and UX; managing deliverables for critical milestones. Maturity, high judgment, ability to influence and deal with ambiguity, analytical talent, and leadership are essential to success in this role. You will wear many hats and possess a unique combination of strong technical skills and business acumen. If this speaks to you, ping us.

About Nerdy

Nerdy (NYSE: NRDY), the parent company of Varsity Tutors, is a leading platform for live online learning, with a mission to transform the way people learn through technology. The Company's purpose-built proprietary platform leverages technology, including AI, to connect learners of all ages to experts, delivering superior value on both sides of the network. Nerdy's comprehensive learning destination provides learning experiences across 3,000+ subjects and multiple formats—including one-on-one instruction, small group classes, large format group classes, and adaptive self-study. Nerdy's flagship business, Varsity Tutors, is one of the nation's largest platforms for live online tutoring and classes. Its solutions are available directly to students and consumers, as well as through schools and other institutions. Learn more about Nerdy at The company publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange in September 2021.


  • Experience managing projects across cross functional teams and partner teams, building sustainable processes and coordinating to deliver on our roadmap.
  • 7+ years of relevant engineering experience and 5+ years of technical program management experience
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Computer Science, Operations Management, or similar field.
  • Proven experience setting organization level goals, formulating program backlogs, and driving delivery across engineering and partner teams.
  • Proven track record of discovering the true requirements, ability to recommend alternative technical and business approaches, and lead engineering efforts to meet timelines with solutions.
  • Understand and be able to teach an agile software development process and experience shipping high quality software fast.
  • Strong business and technical vision.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, and high comfort to present to C-suite executives.
  • Self starter who can roll up their sleeves and self serve (including on data analysis).


  • Collaborate and coordinate project work with multiple business, operations, and technical teams to define and deliver high quality products and programs.
  • Plan and manage multiple parallel projects.
  • Anticipate bottlenecks, provide escalation management, and balance the business needs versus technical constraints.
  • Maximize resources and drive efficiency in a constrained environment
  • Identify, assess, track and mitigate issues and risks at multiple levels.
  • Drive effective teamwork, communication, collaboration and commitment across multiple teams with competing priorities.
  • Communicate project issues and status in a concise, accurate, and professional manner
  • Remain flexible to changing priorities and exhibit comfort with ambiguity
  • Develop detailed technical project plans and execute on the plan until completion.
  • Coordinate with the engineering team to align cross-tech team sprint schedules & release plans.
  • Document and drive efficient processes, automating as much as possible.

Varsity Tutors Leadership Principles

Relentless Focus on Customers * Comfort with Ambiguity * Ownership * Simplify * Intellectual Curiosity * Build Teams * Think Big * Insist on High Standards * Bias for Action * Build Trust * Go Deep * Have Conviction * Deliver Results * Are Right, a Lot


  • Competitive Base Salary plus Equity in the company
  • Healthcare Plans (Medical, Dental, Vision, Life)
  • 401k Company Matching Plan
  • Remote Position, fully work from home (or wherever you like!)
  • Flexible PTO
  • Paid VTO ("volunteer time off" to do community service/charity work)
  • 52 hours of Free Learning Sessions per year for you or immediate families members and free access to our online classes
  • Once in a lifetime opportunity to help transform how the world learns!
  • Fun, collaborative, and team-oriented work environment with plenty of training and a feedback rich culture

Varsity Tutors is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. (INDHP)

Varsity Tutors


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