Work with VNN

Build a winner with us

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Open Positions

VNN is like ESPN.com for high schools. We’re building the future of high school sports 
media, and we’re looking for talented people to help us execute our
 national vision.

Through VNN, high schools gain access to a comprehensive online platform that
 rallies their community around student athletes. By giving local communities one place to rally around athletes and their activities, VNN creates 
highly targeted opportunities for businesses of all sizes to speak with their 
customers.

Love sports? Nerdy about technology? We want to meet you.

Click on a position below to find out more about our career opportunities.

Product Manager

Product Management at VNN is holistic. This means a Product Manager owns the whole product, from the time it is conceived until the time it is replaced. While a Product Manager must collaborate effectively with other specialists in the company and respect their expertise, ultimately it is the Product Manager who will be called to account for the product’s success or failure in the market.

A Product Manager, while only one person, plays the key role in guiding the course of the product throughout its lifecycle, like a captain guides a ship, or like a conductor guides an orchestra. There are many individual activities and actors, each with specialized skills, but only one overriding purpose: to guide the product effort to market success and return on investment, while effectively championing that cause with multiple stakeholders.

A Product Manager must especially be able to answer the “What?” and “Why?” questions regarding a product:

  • What should the product be?
  • Why should the product be this and not that?
    A Product Manager will be called upon to answer these “What?” and “Why?” questions throughout each phase

of the product lifecycle. Keeping teams aware of what we are building and why we are building it is essential. We have outlined seven phases that overlap in the process of bringing a product from initial concept to market success. A Product Manager is responsible for leading a product effort through each of these seven phases:

1. Discover

  1. Conduct research to Discover addressable markets (with the Marketing team).
  2. Evaluate market needs, trends and competition that will expand or limit opportunity.
  3. Create a business case for an unknown product X that would return Y on investment Z.

2. Define

  1. Explore alternative product concepts vs. market needs, opportunities, and competition.
  2. Evaluate each product concept along multiple lines of value, fit, and return on investment.
  3. Select the best concept and Define the product requirements and success metrics.

3. Design

  1. Explore alternative Design expressions of the defined product (with the Design team).
  2. Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the design alternatives toward achieving goals.
  3. Approve the design that best expresses the product identity and its market goals.

4. Develop

  1. Explore product architecture, platforms, and performance (with the Development team).
  2. Evaluate alternatives relative to market, product, and design goals (with Dev team).
  3. Approve the recommended path to Develop the product software and hardware.

5. Debug

  1. Create the acceptable quality metrics for the product (with the Quality Assurance team).
  2. Participate in functional and market acceptability testing to Debug the product.
  3. Approve the product quality achieved relative to market requirements (with QA team).

6. Describe

  1. Explore the best ways to Describe the product and its value to customers (w/ Marketing).
  2. Evaluate positioning, messaging, training, support, and launch plans (w/ Mktg/Sales/Ops).
  3. Approve positioning, messaging, training, support, and launch plans (w/ Mktg/Sales/Ops).

7. Deliver

  1. Participate with sales teams to Deliver the product to customers at meetings and events.
  2. Evaluate the product’s success for customers and partners (with Sales and Marketing).
  3. Propose product roadmap revisions to capitalize on learnings & optimize future success.

If interested in this position please submit your resume to Bob Barber by hitting the button below, or tweet us, #ApplyVNN

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Media Sales Representative
Located in locations across the US
1-5 years experience

Do you have a passion for media sales, sports and winning? Are you the best at what you do? We are too!

We are seeking full-time Sales and Media Account Executives. As media sales consultants, your focus will be on adding to our existing network of high schools using VNN websites and technology, as well as selling advertising onto the sites. Your customers are high school athletic departments and local advertisers. Your leads will come from a combination of school referrals, purchased lead lists, inside sales leads, cold calls, and online prospecting efforts. This position has the potential for advancement and high income growth.

Compensation Includes

  • Base Salary
  • Generous commission plan
  • Quarterly bonus opportunities
  • Expense and benefit reimbursement

Desired Skills and Experience

  • 1 to 5 years of outside sales experience required. (Internet, media, or local advertising sales background a plus).
  • Self starter, with the personality and drive to establish and grow a territory through cold calling potential new business (on the phone and in person), as well as servicing existing accounts.
  • Proven ability to conduct sales presentations, negotiate, overcome objections, close sales, and meet established quotas.
  • As these are work-from-home position, the Account Executive must be self-motivated and proactive, with a high level of drive, energy and persistence. Strong time management skills are required.
  • Helps to have an interest and passion for helping high school sports programs, while increasing earning potential
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PHP Developer

You’re likely already among the most talented developers in your network – our commitment is to help you broaden your influence, and develop into the developer you were meant to be. 
If we’re describing you, apply today by sending us your portfolio. Show us your skills, your commitment,and your passion by sending us some code examples, and telling us why you’re proud of them.

Skills & Requirements

  • 1+ year’s experience in PHP/MySQL as well as experience with different programming 
languages/paradigms
  • Experience with multiple MVC frameworks
  • A passion for building software to solve complex problems
  • A commitment to agile processes – but no specific formula
  • Strong written/spoken communication skills

If interested in this position please submit your resume or Github portfolio to Bob Barber by hitting the button below, or tweet us at #ApplyVNN

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Senior PHP Developer

Varsity News Network is looking for an experienced Senior PHP Developer. A 
person who knows software inside and out and can make insightful, every-day 
decisions to ensure delightful user experience.

VNN enables athletic departments to leverage social technologies to promote their
 sports teams, in doing so crafting a unique and memorable experience for athletes.
 This person will be comfortable joining a small team leading that charge, based on a 
keen understanding of VNN’s business goals and strategy.

We favor people who have a passion for sports, and can bring that background and 
insight into their daily development decisions. We favor those who thrive on the
 pace of a start-up, while valuing the processes and systems of a more mature
 company, provided that they’re implemented at the appropriate time.

While you’ll be responsible to work with a small team to lead development efforts 
and ensure the successful execution of our technology strategy, you shouldn’t view
 yourself as a simple “developer”. Your success will also result from cultivating an 
ongoing relationship with users, and leveraging those unique insights to craft their
ideal experience.

Skills & Requirements

  • Knowledge of how to work in a object-oriented PHP development and Git-based version control.
  • Comfortable with automated testing (TDD, BDD, full-stack integration, and continuous integration.)
  • A commitment to agile processes – but no specific formula.
  • Strong written/spoken communication skills.
  • Experience with different programming languages and paradigms.

If interested in this position please submit your resume or Github portfolio to Bob Barber by hitting the button below, or tweet us a link at #ApplyVNN

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Sales Director
Multiple national openings

Varsity News Network is a rapidly growing group of passionate professionals that 
is the industry leader in promoting and celebrating High School Athletics. We 
are currently looking for experts in media sales leadership that embody VNN’s 
winning culture and share in our affinity for sports.

As a Director of Sales, your focus will be on building
 a team of Outside Sales Representatives and increasing our existing network
 of high schools using VNN. As well, your team will be tasked with promoting 
the sales of advertising space on the websites to businesses, supporting the area’s 
respective local High School Athletic Department.

This is a great opportunity to use your sales leadership experience to build a 
region from the ground up. Successful candidates will build a local sales team,
 expand relationships with state associations and sell large sponsorships in the
 region. This position has the potential for advancement and high income growth.

Compensation Includes

  • Base Salary
  • 
Generous commission plan
  • Quarterly & Yearly bonus opportunities
  • 
Expense and benefit reimbursement

Position Requirements

  • 2+ years of successful, sales management experience and demonstrated
 success with building, leading and growing an outside sales team.
  • 2+ years experience selling media, websites, sponsorships or digital ad sales.
  • Proven ability to conduct sales presentations, qualify, overcome objections,
 close sales, and coach reps to do the same.
  • As this is a work-from-home position, the Director of Sales must be self-
motivated and proactive, with a high level of drive, energy and 
persistence.
  • Strong time management skills are required.
  • Helps to have an interest and passion for helping high school sports programs, 
while increasing earning potential.
  • Using technology must be part of your everyday life. You’ll be using smart
phones, tablets, phone apps, Word, Excel, Power Point, Google search, Salesforce CRM and more.

If interested in this position please submit your resume to Bob Barber aby hitting the button below, or tweet us, #ApplyVNN

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