Senior Instructor - Product Growth
San Francisco, CA
About This Role
The Product Growth - Instructor role is an opportunity for an experienced product professional to help us define and spread the future of the function. You will become the face and voice of our professional education programs on the Product Growth track including the Growth Series, Advanced Growth Strategy, and Retention & Engagement Deep Dive.
Our programs are highly selective. You will be a center of influence for emerging and existing leaders within the fastest growing technology companies. Our participants include experienced practitioners from Facebook, Google, Airbnb, Slack, HubSpot, and many more.
You'll be joining as part of the foundational team of a profitable proven startup, doubling seven figure revenue year over year, that is led by experienced entrepreneurs. In addition, you will be integrated into our community of subject matter experts include the leaders behind building companies like Slack, Pinterest, CreditKarma, ClassPass, ipsy, Eventbrite, SurveyMonkey, Thumbtack, and more.
Reforge was founded by Brian Balfour (former VP Growth @ HubSpot, 3X venture backed founder) and includes key advisors (Andrew Chen, Managing Partner @ Andreesen Horowitz, former growth @ Uber) and Russell Glass (Former founder/CEO Bizo - acquired by LinkedIn). We are based in San Francisco, but welcome remote team members based in the US. We offer competitive salary, benefits, flexible vacation, minimal travel requirement, continuing education support and more.
Our professional world is changing faster than ever. This accelerating change creates more opportunity, but how we as professionals capture this opportunity is lagging far behind. Professional development and masters level education is a lifelong endeavor, however, there is a growing gap of what professionals want/need and the existing options available.
Reforge develops professional development programs for top performers. We work with the leaders of the fastest growing and most innovative companies such as Uber, Pinterest, Atlassian, and HubSpot to teach frontier topics to today's emerging leaders. Our programs focus on:
Results over certifications
Going deep, rather than skimming the surface
Continuous learning, over static expertise
In just a couple of years, we've built a thriving community of emerging leaders solving problems at Airbnb, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Amazon, Facebook, New York Times, Peloton, Stitch Fix, and many more. Here are just a few comments from our alums:
“I got my MBA at Berkeley, but this program has been more transformational for me than the entire two years I spent there. Thank you!”
“Reforge is easily the highest quality professional skills program out there. If I had to choose between attending an unlimited number of industry conferences, versus going only to the Reforge, I'd choose Reforge without hesitation.”
“Reforge has easily been one of the best investments of time and money I've ever made in my professional development. I love how the course codifies what I've been doing for the last four years as VP of Marketing.”
Why This Role Is Unique
Influence The Future of Product - You'll have the opportunity to help shape the future of the product management function in tech by spreading best practices around frontier topics.
Reforge Community - The role will be plugged into both our community of experts (VP's at top tech companies) and the Reforge alum community (PM's → VP's in Series B to public software companies).
Deepen Your Knowledge - One of the best ways to learn something is to teach it. You will become a though leader and knowledge expert in frontier topics.
As a professional education company, we are thoughtful about how each role will contribute to the career progression and desires of each individual. A typical candidate will spend 12 to 24 months within this role, and then progress in one of two directions:
Build and Lead A Team
You will be part of the foundation of the Reforge team. Within 12 to 24 months, build and lead a team of instructors across multiple topics areas.
Full Time Instructor
Make a career out of helping professional fulfill their potential. There are progression paths internally for those who wish to spend more of their career teaching and coaching with out sacrificing compensation or ownership.
Transition Into a Product, Growth, or Data Leadership Role At A Top Tech Company
After 12 to 24 months in this role, you will have become a knowledge expert in multiple frontier, high demand topics and seen the leading strategies across a breadth of companies. In addition, one of the best ways to strengthen your leadership skills is to teach. With our network of leading managers, alums, and venture capitalists, we have an inside line to open roles at almost every major tech company and startup and will work with you to get placed at a role of your desire.
What You'll Do
Deliver An Engaging Experience
Know the material of our programs better than anyone on the team.
Be the face and voice for multiple Reforge programs
Lead our live sessions which include case studies, expert interviews, peer discussions, and more.
Record engaging video material for courses
Create and deliver compelling interviews with subject matter experts that draws out unique stories and examples.
Facilitate and Coach The Community
Facilitate conversations between participants, alumni, and experts at live sessions
Engage regularly with the community via Slack, Zoom, forums, Meetups, and trainings
Be a primary point of contact and feedback for Reforge members.
Create + Improve
Be a primary stakeholder to our program development team to help guide improvements and updates to our program offerings.
Experiment with new live formats with the goal of continuously improving the engagement and effectiveness of our programs
Help design and implement custom versions of our programs for large company customers.
NOTE: The primary role of the instructor is to deliver, facilitate, and coach. Not to create curriculum.
Who You Will Work With
CEO - You'll work closely with the CEO, Brian Balfour. Learn more about Brian here: https://brianbalfour.com
Program Research and Creation Team - You'll work closely with our cross-functional program creation team of research leads, designs, and content strategists.
Subject Matter Experts - All of our programs integrate a variety of leading practitioners from the world's leading tech companies. You will work with them directly on an engaging experience.
World Class Students - Our programs are application only and selective. They attract top performers from the world's leading tech companies.
What We Are Looking For
5+ years in a product, growth, or data function within startups or larger technology companies
Experience teaching, presenting, or facilitating groups in
You bring a positive and engaging energy to everything you do.
Ability to communicate complex topics in simple ways using stories, analogies, and examples.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills; comfortable and compelling in public speaking situations
Intelligent, dedicated, flexible with a willingness to experiment
A deep passion and curiosity for defining and spreading the best practices of the frontier of product management
The internal mission of Reforge is to create an environment where you create the best work of your career. In order to do that we offer:
Flexible/Distributed Work Environment - Everyone does their best work in different environments. We operate as a distributed-first team and offer financial support that enables you to create the schedule and environment that fits to you. We offer financial support in creating this environment.
Professional Development - We focus on a culture of learning. We offer full financial reimbursement for almost all professional development interests and efforts.
Benefits - We offer top rated health, vision, and dental insurance. We cover 100% of monthly premiums for employees, and 70% for dependents.
Salary + Equity - We offer highly competitive salary and equity inline with top tier technology companies.
Flexible PTO - Having plentiful “off the grid” time is a key to doing your best work. We offer flexible PTO. Take time when you need it. Everyone must take at least 14 days per year, and we highly encourage more.