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New York Times Program Manager, Games in New York, New York

Job Description

The New York Times is looking for a Program Manager for Games to support its fast-growing and expanding subscription portfolio of products that includes Crosswords, Spelling Bee and new games in development. This role may be based in New York or remotely.

Why should you apply?

This is an opportunity to work on a product that people love: The New York Times Crossword is a unique brand, with a 76-year history and regarded as one of the pre-eminent puzzles on the planet. In the last years, we have expanded our puzzle offering into new games, building on our legacy of creating smart puzzles.

You will get the chance to work on the country's most popular puzzle, solved by millions of people every day. You'll be part of a fast-growing team at The New York Times, which has more than tripled its subscriber base in the past five years. You'll have the chance to shape how the team is organized, how it works, and how the games product is operated. You will inspire and motivate the team to achieve its goals.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Partner with Product, Design, Engineering and Editorial to create scalable solutions that meet the diverse needs of our users across platforms.

  • Champion agile software development practices, tailor the team's processes to best meet their needs, and improve those processes as the team grows and evolves.

  • Ensure project sure scopes and schedules are well defined.

  • Anticipate issues, monitor risks and remove barriers to progress.

  • Report status to the project team, partners and leadership.

  • Cultivate a healthy culture of curiosity, experimentation, collaboration and inclusiveness.

  • Demonstrate flexibility in adapting and changing tasks according to project needs.

What you’ll do

  • Set the tone for and work well in a collaborative and iterative environment. Bring order to chaos and strengthen the team's overall health.

  • Unite and motivate cross-disciplinary teams to ship regularly.

  • Ensure the team delivers the most impactful work, making roadmap tradeoffs when needed.

  • Communicate a plan of action for risks and dependencies.

  • Embrace a build-measure-learn mentality that supports innovation, experimentation and iteration.

  • Enjoy the challenge of mediating among different interests and personalities.

  • Have a deep empathy for user needs, coupled with an enthusiastic and curious approach for meeting them.

  • Connect business goals and player desires.

  • Champion our mission. You have a passion for the news, games, and for making the Times an indispensable daily destination for our readers.


  • 5+ years' project management experience with consumer and subscription products

  • Well-versed in applying concepts and techniques from multiple agile approaches

  • Experience shepherding product development teams from discovery through execution

  • Proficient in SaaS-based collaboration tools required to lead modern game teams, including G-Suite, JIRA, and more

  • Understanding of the roles, responsibilities, priorities and challenges of each function (e.g. design, engineering)

  • Grasp of digital products' core engineering capabilities and challenges

  • Speak candidly and empathetically with people from all departments and all levels of seniority


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.

Help shape the future of The New York Times

Whether it’s bringing new truths to light through reporting, optimizing products and formats to deliver a world-class digital and app experience, or analyzing data to better understand how we can best serve our readers, Times employees are part of a growing, unified team that is driven to build the best destination for journalism in the world.

That’s always been the case, but it is especially so today. In a time of uncertainty we’ve provided information and guidance to help readers navigate daily life — whether it’s understanding health risks or getting advice on staying sane and productive at home. This would not be possible without our journalists, data scientists, marketers, designers, engineers, project managers and many, many more.

Home to world-class talent

To create journalism and supporting products that stand apart, we must recruit the finest talent in the world. Journalists, data designers, videographers, agile marketers, art directors, and many others, we’re looking for people at all stages of their careers to bring different perspectives and practices to our teams. Together, we can make our journalism more insightful, meaningful and essential to the daily lives and understanding of people around the world.

Employee-driven benefits

If you see a job opening here that might be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision plans for employees and their families, health and wellness programs, a 401(k) plan, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation, paid parental leave and much more.

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