Viget is a digital agency /software development shop headquartered in Falls Church, VA with offices in Durham, NC and Boulder, CO. We've been at it since 1999 and have earned a solid reputation as a rare firm that does both great design and development work when building award-winning websites. We work with early-stage web startups, as well as established non-profits and for-profits.
At Viget, Digital Project Managers are much more than just project coordinators. They work closely with clients to understand organization goals, define solutions, answer hard questions, and ensure the overall quality of a project. They handle tasking, budgeting, and day-to-day communication with clients and internal teams. They are both empathetic and demanding, cultivating a culture of efficiency, productivity, and progress on their projects.
As a DPM at Viget, you’ll lead a variety of projects, including software development efforts. You’ll facilitate product design sprints, document and prioritize requirements, collaborate with our brilliant designers and developers to design and build products, help lead QA and user testing efforts, and celebrate thrilling launches. More than any other role at Viget, you’ll contribute to all areas of a successful product.
Here are a few examples of the kind of work you’d lead:
- developing a custom CMS to support all the World Wildlife Fund’s granularly structured content, content relationships, and responsive design flexibility;
- creating a nimble, stand-alone web app for Dick’s Sporting Goods that turns massive amounts of football jersey sales data into a fun, new way for fans to compare and brag about their favorite teams;
- helping the Wildlife Conservation Society fight animal trafficking with a mobile app that aids in the identification of illegal animal products;
- building a web-based design studio that lets Shure customers design and buy custom mics using cutting-edge technology.
If these are challenges that you would thoroughly enjoy, then this job might be a fit for you.
You'll need to be able to work well in our technical environment. Here are things we’re looking for (note: we recognize that you may not have done all of these before, and that's okay):
- You have worked in an agile environment before, whether at an agency, product company, or software development shop.
- You know how the web works and how a web app works, which means you’re aware of technical constraints when talking to clients. You don’t hesitate to ask a lot of questions in order to define an app.
- You can break down a set of wireframes into actionable tasks for back-end and front-end developers. You’re passionate about finding innovative, efficient, and effective ways to document those tasks.
- You can shepherd often-vague client requests and ideas through the definition process. You know when to rely on a UX designer, but you’re comfortable thinking through logic and creating useful documentation of that logic.
- Working with developers: you’ve done it and you’ve enjoyed it.
- You’re able to describe workflows and tasks purely from an end user’s perspective, helping developers make informed implementation decisions.
- You’ve performed QA. You can distinguish a bug from a functional update from a new feature request. You don’t write merely good bug reports. You write better bug reports -- or, at least, that’s your goal each and every time.
You'll also need to communicate, collaborate, and lead effectively. Here are the things we're looking for:
- You’re a polished and persuasive communicator (without BS-ing). You consistently listen, synthesize, write, and speak better than most people.
- You were born with an awareness of and appreciation for details.
- You get made fun of by your friends because you’re “too” organized (as if THAT’S possible).
- You meet deadlines across multiple, simultaneous projects.
- You build long-term relationships with clients based on thorough planning, timely and professional communication, and intelligent problem-solving.
- You have a "thick skin" when the going gets tough. If and when conflicting demands emerge, you communicate diplomatically to reach a resolution.
- You demonstrate integrity through your words and actions.
With regards to years of experience: we are open-minded. We care about what type of experience you may already have, but the number of years aren't a major factor when we evaluate candidates for this role.
For even more insight into the DPM role at Viget, check out these articles about:
- how one of our DPMs thinks about the nature of DPM work
- some thoughts on project definition and documentation
- even more clues to what makes a great DPM
- non-obvious paths to a DPM career
- why we also now offer a DPM Apprenticeship
How to Apply:
Please use the form below to introduce yourself. The form goes directly to Erica, so feel free to write it as an email to her. She (or Emily) will reply as soon as possible. We ask that everyone attach their resume and submit a thoughtful “cover letter,” which we hope will include specifics about how your previous experience relates to the position description and why you want to work at Viget. Examples of your previous work are also much appreciated.
Before you get in touch, learn more about Emily and Erica on Viget's People Team. You can also get to know us better on Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook, and by exploring pointlesscorp.com.
We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Viget maintains a drug-free workplace. Please note, we are unable to offer work visa sponsorship at this time.