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Instructional Design & Technology

Senior Academic Designer (K-12 Math Assessment)

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Senior  
Organization Type Edtech  
Pay Range $55k - $65k/ yr  


At McGraw Hill we create best-in-class, next-generation learning platforms that are used by millions of students and educators worldwide from kindergarten through graduate school. Our goal is to accelerate student success through intuitive and effective learning tools and content that maximize a teacher’s time and a student’s learning experience. We do all of this in a supportive, collaborative environment where you can grow your career in a way that fits into your life.

How can you make an Impact?

As part of our PreK-12 business, you will be part of a team that creates high-quality assessments for McGraw Hill’s innovative math product solutions, and innovative print and digital components that are used by millions of educators and students every day.

This is a remote position and candidates can reside anywhere within the United States.

In this role, the Senior Academic Designer is a content and assessment expert. They help create and review assessment content based on specific product requirements for programs. They collaborate with the Academic Design Directors and Managers, and Product Managers, to help develop high-quality math assessments. 

Your contribution to the team includes:

  • Work closely with the Manager of K-12 Math Assessment as well as other Academic Designers to execute on multi-year publishing plans. Tasks include:
    • ensuring that all content developed meets highest standards of academic integrity and quality, and
    • collaborating with cross-functional teams to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget constraints.
  • Demonstrate strong understanding of secondary (9–12) math pedagogy and assessment
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams and project leads to oversee assessment development through all stages of manuscript and production, including the following:
    • Develop competitive and detailed assessment plans based on customer needs and state requirements.
    • Ensure that all assessments developed
      • are mathematically accurate and age-appropriate.
      • adhere to best practices for assessment (content validity, reliability) and reflect a range of cognitive complexities.
      • embody the McGraw-Hill Education’s Guiding Principles for Supporting English Learners.
      • meeting accessibility guidelines, and helping all learners achieve academic success.
      • align to McGraw-Hill Education’s guidelines for academic integrity.
      • are published on budget and on schedule.
  • Act as the point of contact with vendors, internal engineering teams, contractors, and Academic Design teams with some decision-making authority, including ensuring timeliness and quality of submissions.
  • Understand the implications of customer and sales deadlines, state curriculum requirements, and budget and resource limitations on workflow and schedule.
  • Build positive relationships with cross-functional teams to develop best efficient schedules and assign appropriate resources.
  • Maintain knowledge of item and assessment development processes to support quality monitoring and innovation.
  • Train, mentor, and provide feedback to other Academic Designers on guidelines and specifications of assessment design, alignment, documentation, and planning.

What you will need to be successful:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in math or a math-related area
  • At least 3 years of experience in math assessment and educational publishing with a focus on Grades 9–12.
  • Knowledge of appropriate industry and math content development practices, content standards, and academic and pedagogical trends.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills.
  • Exceptional analytical, problem-solving, and negotiation skills.
  • Effective organizational and time management skills; productive, efficient work habits and the ability to prioritize, multitask, and exhibit flexibility
  • Diverse computer skills, expert-level in MS Office suite, proficiency with Adobe Acrobat, Smartsheet, and K4/InCopy markup preferred.


  • Teaching experience an advantage
  • Experience building accessible content in digital authoring systems is a plus

How we Work:

We are a company focused on continuous learning and growth. These five pillars are critical to our hyper-learning culture at McGraw Hill School.

  • Big We:
  •  We respect one another and genuinely care about our teammates. We work best as one team, not in silos.
  • Listening to Learn:
  •  We listen to one another and collaborate for success. We realize the capabilities of and trust our team members.
  • Ask Learning Questions:
  •  We value differences of approach as opportunities for learning and growth. We seek to truly understand others.
  • An Idea Meritocracy:
  •  We foster an inclusive environment where everyone feels comfortable speaking openly and having challenging conversations. The best idea should always win, regardless of origin.
  • Creative, Innovative, & Emergent Thinking:
  •  We tackle challenging problems and make decisions in favor of the business. We are willing to innovate and not do things as they have always been done.

The pay range for this position is between $55,000 – $65,000 annually, however, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and location.  Additionally, a full range of medical and/or other benefits may be provided, depending on the position offered. Click here to learn more about our benefit offerings. Additionally, a full range of medical and/or other benefits may be provided, depending on the position offered. Click here to learn more about our benefit offerings.