Salesforce Product Manager (Hybrid Position)

at Vanderbilt University
Published November 27, 2022
Location Nashville, TN
Category Default  
Job Type Contractor  Full-time  


The Salesforce Product Manager is part of the Office of Continuous Improvement team at Vanderbilt University and is responsible for the management of Vanderbilts enterprise customer relationship management, marketing, and mass communication systems. Working with cross-functional teams representing Communications, Development & Alumni Relations, Government and Community Relations, Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, and Information Technology, this position is responsible for the design and implementation of thoughtful business solutions and data architecture for Vanderbilts Salesforce and related ancillary systems, MyEmma and related mass-communication platforms, and a multiple division community of users.

The Salesforce Product Manager will have a portfolio of systems for which they are responsible for managing the routine operations and implementing changes through project-based efforts. This includes serving as a key resource for operational leaders in accomplishing business goals through system design, development, and configuration. Additionally, this position is responsible for delivering excellent customer service to both end users and business process owners, monitoring recurring releases from vendors (Salesforce, Affinaquest, etc.) for system changes, conducting configuration and testing for releases, and creating detailed analysis of transactional metrics to support process optimization. The Salesforce Product Manager must be creative, a strategic thinker, innovative, resourceful, and utilize entrepreneurial thinking in meeting challenges.

About the Work Unit:

Vanderbilt University Information Technology is committed to delivering world-class technology and service in support of excellence in teaching, learning, and research across the university. Our guiding principles of developing our team, consistently communicating, setting the dials right, cultivating governance, and focusing on our customers drive our mission to advance the academic strategic plan and institutional priorities of Vanderbilt University.

The Office of Continuous Improvements Enterprise Applications team is charged with maintaining Vanderbilts mission-critical enterprise applications, training the community on system changes and best practices, working strategically across the University to build efficient, repeatable business processes, and engaging in continuous improvement activities. This team functions in a highly collaborative way, with a culture focused on supporting each other in getting the right work done the right way.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Managing Work Processes

  • Communicates comfortably at all levels within the university; consummate team player able to work effectively up, down and across the university

  • Builds and maintains strong working relationships with university stakeholders

  • A bias for action even in the face of ambiguity and complexity.

  • Attacks everything with drive and energy; drives to finish everything he/she starts. Is effective and efficient at marshalling multiple resources to get things done; lays out tasks in sufficient detail to mark the trail; is able to get things done with less and in less time; can work on multiple tasks at once without losing track; foresees and plans around obstacles.

  • Is an effective process, work flow, and systems designer; is good at figuring out what to measure to track progress; can quickly diagnose and fix a work flow problem; always looking for incremental process improvement.

  • Adapts easily to changes in technology and process

  • Models intrinsic integrity and excellent professional judgment while exhibiting unquestioned discretion with highly sensitive and confidential information

  • System Knowledge

  • Maintains an extensive understanding of Salesforce platform and related tools and can translate business needs into technical solutions

  • Possesses a deep familiarity with the Salesforce security model and comfort with the latest Salesforce technologies, including Lightning Flows and Dynamic Forms

  • Understands integrations between Salesforce and other systems used at Vanderbilt

  • Designs scalable, robust solutions on the Salesforce platform to meet business requirements

  • Serves as an expert on Salesforce functionality and provides guidance to business on its purpose and fit with business needs

  • System Architecture

  • Translates the institutions business needs into the appropriate design and configuration, or where those needs cannot be met, work with leaders to find suitable alternatives

  • Monitors release notes for impact of upcoming system changes and communicates as necessary

  • Coordinates the evaluation, scope and completion of new development requests

  • Maintains custom objects, custom buttons/actions, formulas, validation rules, flows, workflows, process builders, approvals, and assignment rules

  • Works collaboratively with enterprise applications team, functional leaders, and information technology colleagues to prioritize change requests

  • User Support

  • Serves as escalation point for end-user support requests

  • Provides ongoing support to functional teams

  • Serve as source of truth for system functionality

  • Assists with management of vendor support requests/tickets


  • Bachelors degree necessary

  • 3+ years of Salesforce Solutions experience including a detailed understanding of CRM core and integrated application architecture necessary

  • 4+ years of experience as a administrator in a Lightning org preferred

  • Salesforce Application Architect or Salesforce Technical Architect or Salesforce Solution Architect certification preferred

  • Sales Cloud, Service Cloud and Developer certifications preferred

  • Affinaquest experience preferred

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education. Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.