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Senior Director, Product Management (Renter & PM Craft)

Apartment List

Apartment List

Product, Sales & Business Development
United States · Remote
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

At Apartment List, we’re on a mission to find every renter a home they love at the value they deserve. Finding the right place to live is one of the most important, time-consuming and expensive decisions that all of us make. Getting it right matters. We’ve helped millions of families find a home they love, and we’re just getting started.

Who we are

Apartment List is the premier rental matchmaker, connecting ready-to-move renters with compatible city properties. Our renters benefit from cutting-edge technology and a personalized approach when we match them with curated properties that fit their wishlist. Meanwhile, our supply partners harness our generative AI and machine learning to efficiently connect with our qualified renters. With performance-based pricing, our partners’ success is our success as we strive to deliver renters a home they love at the value they deserve.

Responsibilities And Expectations

We are seeking a visionary Senior Director of Product to lead our Renter Pillar at Apartment List, the next generation ILS and premier rental matchmaker for city dwellers ready to move. As the Senior Director of Product, you will play a pivotal role in leading the product strategy for the Renter Pillar. Our ideal next leader brings extensive expertise in spearheading product advancement and harnessing AI and ML innovations, complemented by a deep grasp of user experience. This role calls for both a strong operator as well as strategic leader who champions both our internal team and external marketplace customers. We are looking for a craft leader in product management who elevates the discipline within our organization through deep expertise, mentorship, innovation, and advocacy. Reporting directly to the Chief Product and Technology Officer (CPTO), you will be responsible for driving the vision, roadmap, and delivery of our marketplace products, Apartmentlist.com and Sunny.com. You will collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to define and execute product initiatives that enhance the rental experience for both renters and property partners. And you will work closely with the Product team to foster a culture of excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement in order to create a world-class product organization.

In order to be successful in this role, you will need to be comfortable working in a fast-paced and agile environment and with a team of dynamic people across the globe. Not only do you embrace the beautiful mess, but you thrive in the gray zone - it’s where you win! You excel in problem-solving and are able to lead with clarity, especially fostering stability amidst ambiguity and change.

  • Lead the Renter product pillar team in developing and executing a compelling product vision and strategy aligned with company goals and market trends, with a deep emphasis on renter demand
  • Represent the product organization in strong partnership with the head of engineering, head of design, and operations teams to define and deliver the product roadmap and other strategic initiatives
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with other departments, including design, user research, engineering, marketing, and sales, to ensure alignment and successful execution of product initiatives
  • Ensure a culture of strong accountability across the product org, emphasizing transparency in team initiatives and deliverables, with a keen focus on follow-through and meeting commitments
  • Ensure that the product team maintains a customer-centric approach, understanding and addressing customers, users, and business needs
  • Develop and retain top product talent, fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence
  • Stay informed about industry trends, competitor products, and emerging technologies to drive innovation and maintain our competitive edge
  • Staying hands-on – effective line management of product managers is critical to success

Key Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Bachelor's degree in related field
  • 8+ years of experience in product management, with a proven track record of delivering successful products in a fast-paced environment
  • 5+ years of leadership experience, managing and developing high-performing product teams, and serving as a leader of their product craft
  • Has demonstrated expertise in developing people, fostering a culture of leadership excellence, and driving high performance across teams through skill development and meticulous process implementation
  • Has led a product organization and managed people leaders within a company that focuses on customer-centricity
  • Must possess a strategic mindset and demonstrate leadership in driving the strategic vision for our user experience, including leveraging high judgment to prioritize initiatives effectively
  • Has unapologetically high standards and is detail-oriented with a high degree of accuracy
  • Will create structure out of ambiguity and has a pragmatic “can do” and “make it happen” attitude in a collaborative way
  • Shows a deep understanding of marketplace dynamics, consumer behavior, and product design principles

Here's the Pay Range:

At Apartment List, we carefully consider a variety of factors to determine compensation for each position, including the role, level, and work. The US base salary range for this position is:

  • Zone 1: $246,000 - $272,000 + bonus + equity
  • Zone 2: $228,000 - $263,000 + bonus + equity
  • Zone 3: $209,000 - $246,000 + bonus + equity

This reflects the compensation target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Please note, the compensation details provided do not include benefits and perks that we offer.

We also rely on market indicators along with considering your work location, job related skills, experience and relevant education and training, to determine compensation that is fair and competitive for you. Apartment List will consider paying compensation near the higher of the range in exceptional circumstances, where candidates have the experience, credentials or expertise that would warrant such consideration. It is always our goal to hire exceptional talent and we would be happy to share more about compensation during the hiring process.

Here's what's in it for you (full-time employees only; does not apply to contract roles):

  • Competitive Compensation: Including annual salary, pre-IPO stock options, and other financial compensation (if applicable)
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage: 100% of premiums covered for you AND all of your dependents
  • Unlimited Flexible Time Off: Unlimited FTO in addition to 12 company holidays per year, quarterly “recharge” days, and a week-long holiday break
  • Home Office Reimbursement: To cover home office furniture and supplies, monthly home internet, and monthly cell phone (if applicable)
  • Health & Wellness Reimbursement: To cover monthly gym membership or other qualifying expenses
  • Parental Support: Generous parental and family leave, fertility benefits, and employer-sponsored stipends towards family forming services
  • 401k Plan: To support you in your individual retirement goals
  • Team Events: Frequent team-building events, fun team off-sites, and bi-annual company meetups
  • Commitment to DEI: To prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within our workplace and to stay true to our values and mission
  • Mentorship and Training: To get you onboard quickly, learn new professional skills, and invest in your career development
  • Impact and Visibility: To expose you to and provide the opportunity to work on highly strategic initiatives that will transform the business
  • Encouragement and Empowerment: To explore and adopt new technologies and drive meaningful decisions and outcomes

At Apartment List we believe that everyone deserves a home they love AND a career they love. We strive to build a diverse team that is a reflection of the people we serve; this is made possible through our commitment to fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity, and connectedness.

As a proud equal opportunity employer, we celebrate the collection of individual differences, life experiences, ideas, perspectives, knowledge, and talent. We hire candidates of any race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital or family status, disability, Veteran status, and any other status.