14 West | Scrum Master - Technical.ly

Scrum Master

14 West |  Baltimore | Ops / PM

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The Oxford Club is looking for a talented Scrum Master to join their Web Development and Operations team.  This is a pivotal role that acts as the agile process owner between the business stakeholders and the web development teams.  The Scrum Master will work closely with the Web Development and Operations (“DevOps”) team to maximize the business value delivered while driving the appropriate agile / scrum ceremonies that will increase team effectiveness and efficiency.

The Scrum Master is the primary Servant Leader for the team, and 1st line of support in relentlessly ensuring and supporting the flow of work for the development team.

The candidate in this role will have an opportunity to impact the delivery of web and mobile solutions in a fast-paced and innovative environment that promotes thinking outside of the box.

For the past four years, The Oxford Club was voted one of Baltimore’s Top Workplaces by The Baltimore Sun.

You can learn more about life at The Oxford Club by checking out our career’s page here.

Responsibilities

  • Defining Velocity: Organize hours/time spent on different kinds of work and per dev. and help give accurate estimates of scope for new projects.
  • Monitor the amount of time spent on proactive project creation vs. reactive bug fixes.
  • Help create strong lines of communication and reporting back to franchise leaders about progress.
  • Help to work with ticket creators to improve description of priority and urgency.
  • Help to shift priorities when unexpected deadlines come up to make sure the projects that are paused are the least vulnerable and are resumed afterwards.
  • Help the team stay organized and accountable and refine who’s working on what at all times.  We want the best devs doing what only they can do, as much as possible.
  • Acts as a buffer between the team and process overhead, so each team member can focus on the timely delivery of the project goals.
  • Assist with requirements gathering, documentation and the creation of business and technical solutions.
  • Lead and coach all Scrum rituals and continuing driving the adoption of Scrum core values across the organization.
  • Manage the release process by coordinating with developers, stakeholders, and QA to ensure a smooth process.
  • Conduct daily stand-up meetings, schedule and facilitate ceremonies, daily scrum, sprint planning, sprint demo, retrospective, etc.
  • Work with Product Owners and Managers in Development and Operations to properly manage backlog refinement and sprint allocation.
  • Effectively inform Product Owner, stakeholders, and other interested parties of the scrum teams progress and activities.
  • Be an ambassador for organization on the adoption of PM platforms and tools such as Asana.
  • Promoting software development best-practices to the Web Team and the larger organization.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Communication, Engineering, or a related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Certified SCRUM Master with 2+ years of SCRUM experience.
  • 2-4 years of Project Management experience preferably managing Kanban and Scrum teams.
  • Familiarity with Project Management best practices and disciplines.
  • Prior knowledge and familiarity with PM systems such as JIRA and Asana.
  • Prior experience implementing and utilizing Agile methodologies in direct support of technology programs.
  • CSM or equivalent certification is a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills are a must.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully drive technology adoption.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing SCRUM / PM fundamentals and optimizing their performance.
  • Strong verbal, written, interpersonal communication and negotiation skills.
  • Proven servant leadership experience in IT solution delivery.
  • Solid understanding and experience with web technologies.
  • Knowledge of Systems Development Lifecycle and the Project Management Lifecycle.
  • Business savviness and emotional intelligence.
  • A willingness to work in an environment that is focused on continuous improvement.
  • Understanding of basic fundamentals of iterative development as well as backlog tracking and task definition.
  • Ability to rapidly prioritize competing requirements.
  • Attention to detail, quick learner, have a positive attitude, ability to multi-task, self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced environment.

Other Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience working with web development teams is a huge plus.
  • DevOps expertise and knowledge
  • Scaled Agile (SAFe) or similar exposure.

We offer high compensation, great benefits, and the opportunity to work in a respected, supportive, ambitious corporate culture with tremendous growth opportunities even at the senior level. 

 

About The Oxford Club

We are a publisher of financial and lifestyle strategies and recommendations. We help our hundreds of thousands of reader’s lead richer lives.

We define “wealth” as not only having financial capital, but also social and intellectual capital. Our flagship franchise, The Oxford Club, has been successful for over 30 years in helping enrich its members’ lives through its award-winning portfolio recommendations, a proprietary investment system, educational webinars, subscription letters and research, and seminars. The Oxford Club also continually develops new franchises and services around exciting new ideas and fresh market approaches and talent. Many of the today’s leading investment publishers were born out of our group. Opportunities abound at our company for leaders who are entrepreneurial, want to grow their teams, and become Publishers or Specialists.

Our financial experts have managed multi-million dollar portfolios, authored best-selling books, have hundreds of thousands of followers of their writings, traveled the world, and counseled leading CEOs and world leaders. Moreover, helped millions take control of their financial destiny.  Every month we hear from our members how we have changed their lives for the better.

At the Oxford Club, we don’t reserve all the benefits of our investment and business knowledge and experience for our subscribers. We work hard to enrich the lives of our employees too, with financial education, multiple opportunities for further training, travel, life and career coaching, networking, team building activities in beautiful surroundings, and enjoyable celebration when we hit our goals.

*Interested candidates will visit the Club’s stunning Clubhouse in the high-end, historic Mt Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. We welcome you to learn more about this company.

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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
Parental Benefits
  • Generous Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Company Outings
  • Snacks
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Online Trainings
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

What’s it like to work at 14 West in Baltimore?

Missing a day in the office at 14 West makes you feel as if you’ve missed out. We have a great group of really smart and motivated people that come up with truly brilliant solutions to the challenges we face in the publishing and subscription services we enable. This being said, the office is totally casual — people bring their dogs to work and there’s work/life balance in that you can work remotely if needed.

Our offices are beautiful. They make up a campus of 12 individual buildings in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. In the summertime when we have interns working with us it starts to feel like a college campus as you see the interns going from building to building with their backpacks. The buildings are a mix of incredible historic homes and some modern construction. We sit in massive open offices that carry mixes of the functional roles; this enables cross collaboration. You can stand up and go talk to anybody, you don’t have to set up formal meetings. It’s open and easy, and that’s how we’re able to move so quickly to get things done each day.

Who is 14 West and what do you do?

14 West is the backbone of The Agora; a network for over forty companies in publishing and direct marketing that exist across 17 countries. The various companies span from Money Map Press to The Oxford Club and the very first of The Agora Companies, International Living (now based in Waterford, Ireland). At 14 West, we are a centralized service provider that enables the growth and innovation of all these different niche companies; internally we refer to them as affiliates. We are the technology, accounting, human resources, legal and facilities teams devoted to them.

What’s a common attribute amongst 14 West employees?

The preeminent traits seem to be a desire to learn and curiosity. If you are willing to work hard and want to understand how 14 West works, how The Agora Companies make their money, how things are done and how to contribute new ideas, you’ll be rewarded and will move up quickly. One thing that is expected of everyone that walks in here is you need to raise your hand and you better have high expectations for yourself. If you’re waiting for someone to tell you what to do, that gets noticed very quickly and not in a good way.

What is the team working on at the moment?

We handle all of our enterprise data. A lot of our focus right now is in optimization and building world class tools for our affiliates. One specific project our team is working is developing a set of new self-service applications where instead of Agora affiliates reaching out to our team directly for data and reports, they’ll be able to source what they need on their own. We are developing a series of new, cutting-edge feed applications where data can be loaded in, reports can be generated on the fly and our developers can understand exactly what the affiliates most want.

How do 14 West employees stay connected and engaged with each other?

A lot of us travel to different conferences to develop our skills and that’s always a great way to reconnect in a more personal way with your colleagues.

We do a lot of volunteer work within the community right around us here in Baltimore. Aside from this, we take pride in having the best holiday parties — there have been people caught trying to sneak into them! We also do a lot of happy hours in the office (employees enter their preferred beer or wine via their Drizly account). 

What can new employees expect?

New employees can expect extensive training through 14 West’s learning and development division, which features hands-on classroom learning and online guided courses that ensure new hires have been inducted into the company through a mentored program. Otherwise, get ready to run with your ideas. We like big ideas and if you bring them to the table you better be ready to act on them, we’ll provide the resources to drive it.

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