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Senior Project Editor, STEM

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Entry  
Organization Type Publisher  
Pay Range $60K - $70K  

Job details


Macmillan Learning is seeking a Senior STEM Project Editor to work collaboratively with the Program Director to ensure the overall health of their projects including strategic, long-term planning; market and competitive analysis; continuous courseware and publication goals; and a focus on addressing customer needs in both our digital and print programs, ensuring that project and market needs and requirements are represented to our digital product group as we build digital products for the discipline. Applies expertise in cultivating relationships, an understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with publishing on schedule and on budget, and is able to work effectively with others, including Production, Digital Product and Technology/Engineering to implement strategies to transition the list from print to digital with an emphasis on enhancing learning. They are responsible for managing project schedules; working with the program director to guide revision and development decisions on products, coordinating all phases in an assigned product’s life cycle, and supporting products through collaboration with other divisions.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage initiatives for relevant titles and projects, contribute to strategy across those projects and course areas, work with program director to help determine how educational trends will affect current and inform future strategy.
  • Support digital transformation through participation in initiatives with the Product team, and Media and Assessment Editorial (which may include but is not limited to participation in Achieve working groups, building Faculty Advisory Boards, attending planning meetings with Product, development of learning objectives frameworks as applicable, and planning migration of content with media and assessment team).
  • Ensure that publication of relevant discipline products are timely to market, competitive, and creative. This includes determining schedules with authors and production while communicating progress to the program director and other team members.
  • Serve as the primary contact for our authors, content developers/advisors, and resource team members. Develop relationships with potential authors, reviewers and members of the discipline community.
  • Recruit reviewers, thought leaders, faculty advisory boards and key decision makers and plan the development of products in the portfolio.
  • Work with the program manager to research, plan, and execute the development and integration of multimedia-based teaching and learning resources to provide for a robust program. Develop plans for a competitive digital portfolio that allows for future innovation.
  • Consider Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in all aspects of program management and innovation, working to ensure that students of all backgrounds and experiences can see themselves in our products. Utilize editorial tools and resources and attend workshops and training to support Macmillan Learning’s DEI values.
  • Direct/instruct freelancers on the editorial and authoring needs of each project.
  • Maintain clear communication with the chemistry team regarding the schedule and work of the project, make sure all editorial work by freelancers meets the project needs.
  • Check and approve all stages of proof, revisions, and final files for editorial accuracy and technical correctness to ensure quality standards are maintained.
  • Ensure that the finished content is reflective of the project goals.
  • Assist in the design of the cover, and review all stages of cover preparation from art/copy through final mechanical, and act as the final approver of the cover, assuring adherence to quality standards.
  • Take lead on the author relationship for assigned projects, and serve as the primary decision maker on questions and issues related to each project in the assigned portfolio with assistance from the Program Director.
  • Communicate frequently with and accurately translate the author’s vision of the project to the production team and members of the media editorial team.
  • Regularly update author concerning the status of the project, and support instructor through each phase of the editorial process (such as providing them with instructions for reviewing page proofs).
  • In conjunction with Program director, manage and serve as the strategic decision maker for assigned projects to accurately evaluate, identify and address existing and potential budgetary issues, obstacles, and opportunities to optimize the health of the projects.
  • Work closely with the Program Director and other partners to analyze and synthesize information to understand issues, risks, identify options, and support sound decision making.
  • Use data, analysis of markets and trends, and insights from sales, marketing, and finance to determine appropriate sales forecasts and pricing strategies.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • 3+ years’ experience in a publishing company.
  • Experience with educational technology and ability to work cross-functionally with media and product teams.
  • Experience applying excellent written & verbal communication skills and strong presentation skills with a variety of audiences.
  • Very good editorial judgment and skill.
  • Excellent project management skills, with ability to juggle multiple ongoing projects, to work effectively in a fast-paced environment, and the ability to delegate and benchmark effectively.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to form productive, collaborative working relationships with authors, author teams, and in-house teams including marketing, content and assessment development, media editorial and production.
  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and work independently.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Apps.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in STEM field.
  • Higher level degree.

Salary Range: $60,000 – $70,000/year.

Exemption Status: Exempt

Physical Requirements: 

Must be able to concentrate and multi-task for long periods of time in a noisy/busy environment. Must be able to travel and work more than 40 hours per week on occasion.

Candidates based in Austin, TX preferred.  The position is eligible for remote employment, excluding the following locations: Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming.  


Regular full-time and qualifying part-time employees and their dependents are eligible for Macmillan benefits, effective on the employee’s date of hire. Macmillan also offers health benefits coverage to qualifying same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners (may require additional documentation) of active employees.

  • Competitive pay and bonus plan
  • Generous Health Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Contributions to your 401k retirement account through Fidelity 
  • Generous paid time off, sick time, floating holidays, and paid holidays (International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Juneteenth, Indigenous People’s Day, and more!)
  • Employee Assistance Program, Education Assistance Program
  • 100% employer-paid life and AD&D insurance
  • And much more!

Macmillan Learning is a privately-held, family owned company that improves lives through learning. By linking research to learning practice, we develop pioneering products and learning materials for students that are highly effective and drive improved outcomes. Our engaging content is developed in partnership with the world’s best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers. To learn more, please visit macmillanlearning.com or see us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or join our Macmillan Community.  Macmillan Learning is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a family-owned global media company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.  

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are actively seeking job applicants who reflect a broad representation of differences, including race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, neurodiversity, age, veteran, family and economic status and background, geographical background and status, and perspective. We believe that the best companies reflect the incredible diversity in viewpoints, backgrounds, and identities of the world in their staffs, and are committed to inclusive hiring across departments and levels. You can read more about our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion initiatives here.

The successful candidate for this position will be an employee of Bedford, Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC d/b/a Macmillan Learning. Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC has developed an affirmative action program in compliance with the NY Department of Education’s guidance.  Portions of the affirmative action program are available for review by applicants and employees by contacting Human Resources at Macmillan Learning. 

Travel required: Yes. 30%

Qualifications: Education

Preferred: Bachelors or better.