Houghton Mifflin Math Solutions Editorial Assistant (Project) in Boston, Massachusetts

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Date:Sep 15, 2017

Location:Boston, MA, US, 02110

Company:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 8124

PLEASE NOTE: This is a temporary, project opportunity. The term of the project is anticipated to last approximately six months. This contingent position is paid by a third party payrolling vendor while the Consultant is providing services for HMH to HMH clients.

Overall Responsibility:

Math Solutions is seeking an energetic, organized, detail-oriented individual to provide overall support in the development and workflow of all titles in a busy publications department.

Primary Accountabilities:

  • Acquisitions

Provide support in all aspects of the acquisitions cycle, including:

  • support receipt, cataloging, and review of publication proposals

  • solicit and facilitate receipt of reviews of those proposals

  • draft PTP (proposal to publish) documents, including extensive market research

  • give recommendations for new product based on market research

  • manage legal documentation for all publication projects, from acquiring to scanning and filing (this includes trademark pursuit and other pubs-related issues requiring legalities)

  • Editorial

Provide support in all aspects of the editorial cycle, including:

  • ensure that high editorial standards are achieved (thorough scrutiny of manuscripts for internal consistency and completeness)

  • actively support editing, with an increase in developmental editing work as determined by management

  • prepare incoming manuscripts for production and publication (coding and copyediting prep)

  • work with authors to ensure schedules are met

  • Production

Provide support in all aspects of the production cycle, including:

  • scan, manage, and return student work for publications in production

  • assist authors in the securing of permissions, including creating permission logs and soliciting permissions from other publishers

  • create art and figure logs for publications in production

  • support posting to, checking, and correcting proofs from printer

  • assist with sending out advance copies of new publications

  • apply for CIP with Library of Congress for each new publication

  • Additional Responsibilities

  • ​​​​​​​handle changes to and process of reprints (with support from production)

  • assist in retreat and conference preparation (scheduling author meetings and dinners)

  • assist in receipt, cataloging, and response to publication-related permission requests

  • contribute to long-range planning for growth and development of department

  • perform related duties as required


  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

  • Professional manner in dealing with colleagues, authors, and third-party partners

  • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines

  • Extremely detail-oriented

  • Ability to conduct thorough, meticulous research, manage multiple projects/priorities, and become engaged with the content a must

  • A passion for education and knowledge

  • Familiarity with and enthusiasm for the authors we represent and our mission (www.mathsolutions.com)


  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Experience in teaching and/or the book publishing industry is a plus, especially areas of professional development and math

  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word and Excel

This position is based in the Boston Office and follows a full-time hours work week.*This is a temporary, project opportunity and those hired will be W-2 employees of a third party payrolling vendor.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom. HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

For more information, visithttp://careers.hmhco.com


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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