Entry Level Product Manager

Job description

Optimal’s mission is to help students make informed decisions about their education by providing transparent, data-driven, and user-focused products. We embrace a culture of growth, experimentation, and creativity. Our small and agile team allows all members to exercise great responsibility and freedom, allowing each person to have a measurable impact on our business and experience continual growth. We reward results with a unique profit sharing program and encourage self-development through benefits like our tuition reimbursement program.

Note: Optimal was formerly known as SR Education Group until January of 2020, when the company rebranded.

Our PMs envision and build content and features across our websites to deliver unique value to our users, driving projects from start to finish and working closely with developers, designers, and marketing managers. If you are someone who thrives off of the energy and enthusiasm of a collaborative team and loves to solve problems, we want to hear from you.


Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Identify market opportunities and define product vision and strategy
  • Understand customer needs and gather product requirements to improve engagement
  • Work with other product team members to drive content strategy
  • Define requirements for our development team and drive an agile implementation process
  • Work within a proprietary CMS, writing HTML and CSS, to make product changes

We are looking for passionate, creative, and driven individuals. We offer a competitive salary as well as a profit sharing program that substantially increases your overall compensation over time. The starting base salary for this position is $65-$75k with annual profit-based bonuses starting in the employee’s first year.


  • Bachelor's degree: new and upcoming graduates with a stellar academic background, demonstrated work ethic, and eagerness to learn are encouraged to apply
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Superb oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational/project management skills
  • Strong technical aptitude, demonstrated by proficiency in some technical skill (preferably related to web content/programming or data analysis)


Title: Product Manager (aka Program Manager, PM)

Position Type: Full-time

Compensation/Salary: $65,000-$75,000 DOE

Benefits: Profit sharing; profit-based bonuses; health, dental, and vision insurance; retirement contributions; competitive & flexible vacation policy (up to 6 weeks with seniority); tuition reimbursement program.

Optimal values and welcomes diversity, and we strive to create an environment that allows everyone to make unique contributions and perform to the best of their abilities. We recognize that differences among us assist the company in developing new ideas, finding creative solutions to business challenges, and ultimately contribute to our overall success. Such differences include, for example, differences in our backgrounds, cultures, life experiences, work experiences, skills, gender, race, age, and perspectives. It is our collective responsibility as a company to foster an environment where our differences are appreciated and where everyone is able to make contributions towards our success.

Our waterfront office is located in downtown, historic Kirkland. We keep our kitchen fully stocked and have ping pong and pool tables, a growing board game collection, and a troop of quirky office dogs. We hope you’ll consider joining us and being a part of our team at Optimal. Due to the current environment, our team is operating completely remotely, but we still share photos of our dogs and play games virtually!