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Group PM / Director of Product, Premium



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2024
Company Overview
Academia.edu is a venture-backed, for-profit business based in San Francisco whose mission is to accelerate the world’s research. Our platform enables researchers worldwide to effortlessly find and access academic papers, stay current with peers and relevant research areas, and enhance their ability to publish and distribute their work. With over 100 million academic papers, a vast user base of over 250 million and adoption by over half of the academic community, we're at the forefront of transforming the $25 billion academic publishing industry.
The Role
We are seeking a high-performing Product Leader to lead our Premium Products group. This group is responsible for the monetization efforts for our business, encapsulated in our Premium subscription. Your mandate will be to drive up the number of academics subscribing to Academia, through both pricing and payment innovations and by improving our ‘Premium’ offering. This includes pricing, product marketing, new feature development, and existing feature optimization. You will be responsible for 4 product teams, both with PMs in seats and the need to build out (and hire) the area further.

Key Responsibilities

  • Drive adoption and growth of the Premium product offering
  • Define the overarching strategy for your group and align with exec stakeholders
  • Hire and support a high-performing product team; with a track record of empowering reports
  • IC a product team in the early stages of your time with us, in order to show execution excellence and model performance to your reports
  • Advocate for and up-skill product as a function in your area, and across the company


  • 7-12 years of product experience, with a focus on B2C and/or subscription products
  • Previous experience in one of growth, pricing, subscription feature development
  • Previous experience hiring and leveling-up PMs
  • Strong IC product skills; you know how to “lead from the front” and teach best practices
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral
  • Demonstrated ability to make a significant business impact, autonomously
  • Customer-centric approach with a knack for data-driven validation
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams (ENG, UXR, Data, Design) and leaders
  • Startup experience is essential; bonus for a history of successful product pivots
  • Technical understanding and ability to engage in high-level technical discussions
  • Extensive experience with A/B testing and user research (both qualitative and quantitative)Proven expertise in scaling products to millions of users

Nice to Haves

  • Experience in Edtech or Academia
  • A stint in growth-stage tech companies during a ‘high-growth’ period, particularly with a subscription model
  • Experience in launching products from inception to market (0->1)
  • Background in working with Large Language Models (LLMs)
Diversity and Inclusion
Academia is a proud equal-opportunity employer and we are committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.