Scrum Master

Company: School Specialty, Inc ( Learn More )

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4 Year Degree
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Job Description

Scrum Master - Are you ready to make a difference? 

School Specialty is dedicated to changing education for the better. That means working closely with educators, sharing experience, and traveling into unchartered territories together. - Are you ready to join us on the journey?

This position is located in Appleton, WI, you would need to be located in the area.  No relocation or sponsorship provided.

The Scrum Master takes a bold and vigilant attitude toward using servant-leadership to deliver the highest quality software projects. The Scrum Master must be experienced in the Scrum Framework and be well versed in the tenets and values of Scrum.  The Scrum Master will be responsible for protecting the team and for ensuring that the tenets and values are followed.  Additionally, the candidate should be familiar with engaging Product Owners who are new to the Scrum Framework.  We are looking for a candidate who enjoys working in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment that values speed and quality, with a strong desire to drive change as we continue our agile transformational journey.

We are looking for a highly motivated professional that wants to be part of a winning team.  We give you the opportunity to work at a company where you can contribute, grow, and make your own path to success.   The rest is up to you.  

Summary of Essential Job Functions

  • Enables team in scrum development and product releases according to road maps for delivery
  • Facilitation of scrum ceremonies, including release planning, backlog grooming, sprint planning, sprint retrospective, sprint review and ensuring full team engagement.
  • Facilitate technical coordination between scrum teams by participating in the “scrum of scrums” and proactively coordinating between inter-related work teams.
  • Work with the Product Owners to support short and long-term release planning, and to maintain backlog health in preparation for execution.
  • Guide Product Owners and Scrum teams in Minimum Viable Product (MVP) discussions.
  • Guide teams in delivering effective, quality source code in alignment with defined architecture.
  • Guide the scrum team on how to use Scrum best practices.
  • Monitor and track defects to ensure quality deliverables
  • Protect the team from external interference to enable optimal functionality and productivity
  • Anticipate, addresses and negotiate potential or actual impediments to team delivery (cultural barriers, logistical challenges)
  • Foster close collaboration across all team members; encourages cross-training and team support
  • Helping the teams to become worthy or respect
  • Administer metrics tracking and other duties on behalf of the team
  • Educate and drive adherence to the scrum principles across agile delivery teams.
  • Enforcement of the core agile and related practices, such as test driven development, unit test coverage, code reviews, continuous integration, simple design, and refactoring.
  • Manage budget, spend, and reconciliation.
  • Continuous evaluation of budget/burn-rate, estimation to completion AND reporting throughout project life cycle.
  • Change is part of our daily routine, which means you have the chance to leverage your creativity and imagination every day.  You’ll be encouraged to push the envelope, to lead through action, and to innovate regardless of your role.  We’re shooting for nothing short of greatness.   These aren’t just words, this is how we work.  Are you up for it?

    Job Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in technology or equivalent project management experience.
    • 3 years of progressive project management / Agile responsibilities.
    • 3 years Scrum Master role applying Scrum principles, practices, and theory.

    Knowledge/Skills Required

    • Experience with agile and project management software like Jira, SharePoint, and Project Online.
    • Excellent communication and mentoring skills.
    • Good skills and knowledge of servant-leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency.
    • Experience Coaching distributed IT teams located in multiple time-zones and in complex environments with onsite-offshore model.
    • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or Professional Scrum Master (PSM)
    • A plus: Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)
    • A plus: Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Certification

    We’re determined to positively impact the future, one child at a time.   If you share our passion, we need to talk.

    Imagine what we could do together.

    Core Competencies

    Action Oriented – Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.

    Business Insight – Applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization’s goals.

    Collaborates – Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.

    Customer Focus - Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.

    Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

    Plans and Aligns – Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.


    • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
    • School Specialty, Inc. is a Drug Free Workplace. All applicants are subject to a drug screen and background check as a condition of employment.
    • EEO/AA including Vets and Disabled
    • If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at [Click Here to Email Your Resumé] and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.
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