Pearson Editor, Literacy (12 month Term of Project) in Boston, Massachusetts

Editor, Literacy (12 month Term of Project)


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

This is a Term of Project, benefits eligible position with an estimated duration of 12 months.


Assists in all phases of a project, with primary emphasis on writing and editing content for literature/literacy products. With supervision, coordinates with Design, Production, Digital Production, and other departments from manuscript stage to final product. May oversee work of freelancers and/or development houses.

Formulates solutions to schedule and quality problems. Prepares accurate status reports on a regular basis.


Dollar responsibilities (budget and/or revenue)

Job impact is meeting predetermined schedules and budgets. Management at this level is usually for smaller projects.

The Editor knows the subject matter for his/her assigned area and uses that knowledge to develop competitive offerings. The Editor is knowledgeable about all of the “details” in the plan for the assigned project, including specs, writing guidelines, and the plan details for RFPs (if appropriate). The Editor relies on guidance from his/her direct supervisor to ensure that the evolving product meets the objectives of the plan, its budget, and its schedule.

Supervisory responsibilities (direct and indirect)

Manages in-house and freelance staff on a limited basis to complete assigned projects.


  • With supervision, write and edit manuscripts.

  • Monitor appropriateness of text material as to reading level, content accuracy and currency, freedom of bias, and teachability.

  • Write and provide art specs for artists and photo-researchers. Participate in evaluation of sketches and choice of photos.

  • Working with Product Management and Marketing, analyze competition and market trends and incorporate findings into program.

  • Oversee work of in-house editors, freelancers, and outside developers.

  • Ensure compliance with state standards and assessments.

  • Participate, as appropriate, in market research efforts (e.g. prepare sample lessons, conduct phone interviews, attend focus groups, etc.)

  • Participate in planning assigned projects; make creative suggestions that reflect an understanding of the market place and an awareness of customer needs.

  • Ensure that product responds to customer needs.



Related work experience

  • Minimum 3 years experience in curriculum development or the development of instructional materials.

  • Teaching experience preferred.

  • Must be knowledgeable regarding educational methodologies and instructional design.

  • 2 years relevant editorial experience.

Formal education or equivalent

  • A BA/BS in a related field required. Master’s level degree preferred.


  • Proficient user of computers and software programs including MS Word, Excel, and Power Point.

  • Exhibits excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Understands the production process for print and digital instructional materials.

  • Demonstrates ability to write original content, and to edit and rewrite content generated by others, to meet standards of accuracy, style, grade level, and market need.

  • Able to create and deliver content in a format suitable for digital products.

  • Promotes sense of teamwork and works to reduce team barriers and conflicts.

  • Able to respond quickly in an environment of changing priorities. Must be able to set relevant priorities on a daily basis and meet deadlines.

  • Commands work habits that are highly productive, working efficiently to develop quality content.

  • Must be strategic and efficient in planning and executing to ensure consistent on-time delivery of product.

  • Must be able to utilize constructive feedback to refine skills and reduce mistakes.

  • Must display a “customer focus” in working with teams to conceptualize marketable product.

  • Knows how to translate knowledge of literacy and literacy teaching into formats that meet customer needs.

  • Proactive in anticipating, evaluating, and solving for issues to avoid disruptions in workflow.

  • Displays self-confidence in actively participating in meetings and open forums.


Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: US-NJ-Hoboken

Other Locations US-MA-Boston, US-IL-Glenview

Work Locations: US-NJ-Hoboken-221 River 221 River Street Hoboken 07030

Job: Publishing

Organization: North America

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 6, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1814758

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.