Executive Editor

Cengage Learning Boston , MA 02298

Posted 2 months ago


Do you dare to reinvent the future of education?

National Geographic Learning (NGL) is a Cengage company delivering comprehensive educational programs and academic instructional materials that offer the same engaging high-quality content that you've come to know and expect from National Geographic. As a member of the NGL team, you'll help transform learning for students of all ages (from Pre-K through adults), providing access to a wide range of academic materials that enhance learning for a wide range of disciplines, including: Reading/Language Arts, ESL/ELD, Mathematics, Sciences, and Social Studies. Collaborating with the best of the best, you'll feel challenged and inspired to do breakthrough work. Together, there's no limit to what we can imagine, create and innovate!

Are we right for you?

We set the bar higher by bringing our unique talents and points of view to the table every day. We're curious and comfortable with change and are willing to take risks to transform education for the better. Most importantly, we put learning first with everything we do. We also offer a fun, challenging, and rewarding environment with the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in our industry.

What You'll Do Here:

As Executive Editor for our Primary list, you will supervise the development of multi-level, multi-component programs, as well as significant strands/components or other programs, in multiple delivery formats. You will participate in research and planning with the goal of meeting the needs of the customer and strengthening National Geographic Learning's impact in the marketplace. The successful candidate will exhibit educational subject-matter expertise, familiarity with classroom practices, awareness of educational trends in the competitive marketplace, and will be able to apply these towards defining new products/components and contributing innovative, customer-centered ideas to program plans. Through skilled supervision of staff and effective communication with vendors, the Executive Editor will also ensure that our products meet NGL quality, creativity, and market/customer expectations while being produced and delivered on schedule and within budget.


1.Conceptualization and Planning (25%)

  • Participates in content and editorial research for programs and program components by viewing focus groups, making school visits, and attending professional conferences and webinars, and by reading professional publications.

  • Works with the Publisher to apply knowledge of market trends and competitive environments to help conceptualize new products and define product configurations and specifications.

  • Assures that new, customer-centered technology is appropriately integrated into all program plans. Collaborates with digital team to make this happen.

  • Maintains working knowledge of international and national assessments and standards. Under the supervision of the Publisher and/or Editorial Director, develops program scope and sequence or other program frameworks, ensuring coverage of appropriate skills and content for the products' target markets.

  • Supervises the team in applying topics and strategies from the program scope and sequence to the assigned components, ensuring coverage of standards and successful state adoption submissions.

  • Assists the Publisher and/or Editorial Director in assuring that an appropriate level of customization is anticipated and achieved and that life cycle planning is built into the publishing plan.

  • Collaborates with program authors and consultants during conceptualization and planning of programs and program components.

  • Participates in market research debriefs and planning sessions, working with the Publisher and/or Editorial Director to understand research results, to establish program direction that is consistent with the research, and to foster understanding of the direction among project staff.

  • Manages the editorial team and external contributors to create prototypes and product models for new products, contributing effective and creative ideas that impact product definition. Collaborates with design to ensure that prototypes meet expected guidelines and forward the National Geographic Learning

  • Collaborates and communicates with colleagues in the publishing center and in other departments to assure consistency within programs and across product lines.

  • Oversees the creation of program plan documents, including writing and editing specifications, and participates in program planning that accounts for all interdependencies.

  • Contributes to the creation of project resource plans, including component level budgets and internal labor projections. Develops staffing, freelance, and vendor plans to meet program goals.

  • Understands formal approval documents and contributes to their creation, as requested.

2.Product Development (45%)

  • Collaborates with the Publisher, Managing Editor, Production Manager, and Digital Production Manager to determine the best methods to produce products.

  • Works with the Production Manager, Ditital Production Manater, and Managing Editor to establish and implement workflows, schedules, and end dates. Ensures that component charts are kept up to date.

  • Leads or supports product launches for assigned components. Collaborates with the Publisher, Design, Production, and Digital to plan launches. Drives the creation of product specifications and ensures accuracy and comprehensiveness.

  • Assists in directing and managing the product development process. Sets priorities, manages internal and external resources, and solves problems to ensure that products are developed efficiently and within schedule and budget while creating the best quality possible within the parameters.

  • Creates, monitors, and reports status on schedules of assigned components and problem solves as necessary. Manages component-level budgets and supports the Publisher and/or Editorial Director in managing program budgets. Attends program risk and interdependency meetings.

  • Manages the selection of editorial vendors, and works collaboratively with the Managing Editors and Production Managers to identify and choose vendors.

  • Communicates proactively and effectively with all project stakeholders, including internal and external contributors and staff in other departments.

  • Supervises the writing and editing of content outlines, guidelines, manuscript, and each page stage for all assigned components to ensure that specifications are met and instructional integrity is maintained consistently across components and levels and to assure fidelity to program vision.

  • Reviews the planning and preparation of content and instructional guidelines for assigned program components.

  • Researches, writes, edits, and/or reviews content per program guidelines. Assists Editorial director in directing how content is reconciled per authors, consultants, and teacher reviewers.

  • Maintains factual and editorial quality in own work and reviews editorial team's work, ensuring factual and editorial quality through all phases of development.

  • Trains writers and editors to accomplish content and market goals.

  • As requested, participates in the rollout of new products.

  • Supervises post-publication reviews and ensures that corrections adhere to agreed-upon department policies, state requirements, budgets, and schedules.

3.Financial Management (5%)

  • Understands the components of a project budget and the cost drivers of a project.

  • Makes development decisions that keep program budgets within approved cost projections. Exercises sound judgment when managing to financial targets.

  • Assures financial transparency and adherence to department and company policies.

  • Coordinates with Publishing Operations and with all contributing functions to achieve fiscal discipline within projects.

4.Leadership (15%)

  • Understands the roles of Sales, Marketing, Inventory, Manufacturing, and Finance.

  • Participates in leadership forums to support NGL and department vision.

  • Understands and supports product line strategy.

  • Manages in-house employees and independent contractors. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

  • Shares ideas to take advantage of new opportunities.

  • Models a high level of expertise in the basics of editorial work and in the use of publishing technologies.

  • Assists in interviewing, hiring, and training new editorial employees.

  • Participates and manages partnerships, including internal partnerships with the National Geographic Society.

  • Initiates and supports process improvement initiatives.

5.Staff Development (10%)

  • Assists in formulating staff development policies, programs and schedules.

  • Assures that staff are prepared to meet changing internal and external needs.

  • Assists in planning job assignments and mentors staff to ensure best utilization of department talent, appropriate matches between skills and assignments, and overall professional growth among editorial staff.

  • Evaluates work of staff, including temporary and length-of-project staff, as well as outside vendors.

  • Conducts performance evaluations for assigned staff.

Skills You Will Need Here:

  • Degree from a four-year college or university or equivalent (Masters preferred)

  • Minimum of ten years' related publishing experience and/or training (Primary and lower secondary ELT publishing experience preferred) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Expertise in MS Office and publishing software.

  • Expertise in using the Internet efficiently for research.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret ministry guidelines and standards, common professional journals, financial reports, and legal documents.

  • Ability to create clear documents, such as specifications, instructions, and procedures checklists.

  • Ability to effectively present information to senior management, authors, reviewers, project teams, and customer groups.

  • Experience in working collaboratively as a member/leader of cross-functional development teams.

  • Track record in managing complex editorial projects to successful conclusion.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills within the ELT publishing industry.

  • Subject matter and relevant pedagogical expertise.

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