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Cengage Learning Managing Development Editor in Boston, Massachusetts

We believe in the power and joy of learning

At Cengage Group, our employees have a direct impact in helping students around the world discover the power and joy of learning. We are bonded by our shared purpose – driving innovation that helps millions of learners improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.

Our culture values diversity, engagement, and discovery

Our business is driven by our strong culture, and we know that creating an inclusive and diverse workplace is absolutely essential to the success of our company and our learners, as well as our individual well-being. We recognize the value of diverse perspectives in everything we do, and strive to ensure employees of all levels and backgrounds feel empowered to voice their ideas and bring their authentic selves to work. We achieve these priorities through inclusive programs, benefits, and initiatives that are integrated into the fabric of how we work every day. To learn more, please see https://www.cengagegroup.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity/.

The Managing Development Editor is a member of the National Geographic Learning ELT product development team. This position oversees the development and successful launch of ELT programs for both print and digital delivery. The position involves managing, collaborating with, and supporting the professional development of in-house editors; managing authors, editors, and other external partners; project management, including scheduling and budget tracking; planning and conducting both quantitative and qualitative research among current and potential customers; conceptualizing, analyzing, preparing, reviewing, editing and writing content; content quality assurance; and creating/implementing product enhancement strategies.

This position is accountable for the entire lifecycle of assigned products, and participates in creating product strategy by developing hypotheses, evaluating data, analyzing market and competitive trends, testing ideas in the market, iterating, and ultimately making product decisions based on evidence and insights. While keeping in alignment with business priorities, this position works with the Publisher and Executive Editor to take customer needs from concept to launch, focusing on timely delivery, comprehensive product quality, and an effective learning experience.

About National Geographic Learning

At National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Group, our goals are to bring the world to the classroom and the classroom to life. Our learning programs prominently feature the compelling content of National Geographic to inspire students to develop the skills they need to achieve success in life and work. We teach English and the world.

What You’ll Do Here:

  • Displays people management skills that develop talent, motivate and engage staff, and successfully leads staff to meet performance and development goals

  • Deploys project management skills to plan, prioritize, resource, and runs multiple projects with complex interdependencies

  • Builds relationships, influence partners, and empower teams to creatively develop differentiated features by developing or contributing to research plans, product briefs, stakeholder updates, author and editor guidelines, and more

  • Applies and understanding of market segmentation and product differentiation to develop products that exceed customer expectations

  • Manages all stages of the product development lifecycle of all or major program components for flagship projects by setting clear objectives and timelines; creating, implementing, and managing detailed project schedules with interdependencies for entire product array; and allocating and managing project resources in order to release a product to market on time and within scope

  • Hires and manages internal direct reports, external writers, editors, and other partners, and supervise in-house staff on the project as needed to bring projects to completion within specified deadlines and budgets

  • Trains and mentors staff on editorial skills and processes Engage in problem-solving throughout the entire produce development lifecycle

  • Engages key sales and marketing partners during product planning and development to ensure strong sales launches and to help shape the go-to-market product strategy

  • Engages key accounts during research and development in order to improve the product and facilitate increased adoptions and sales

  • Travels to schools and/or engage with customers virtually to help close business, research needs, and test product assumptions

  • Drives brand, content design principles, and sound language pedagogy in all products

  • Performs other duties as needed to meet department and company goals

Skills You Will Need Here:

  • BS or BA degree or equivalent; MA in TESOL, English, or Education preferred

  • ESL/ELT teaching experience preferred

  • Minimum of 6 years of textbook publishing experience

  • Proven expertise in publishing ESL/ELT content

  • Effective communication and collaboration skills that demonstrate proactive listening, adjusting message for audience, handling conflict, and influencing across teams

  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to oversee multiple projects and tasks, meet established deadlines and budget parameters, and allocate and lead resourcing across projects

  • People management experience preferred

  • Understanding of market and customer research best practices

  • Self-discipline with a high degree of accountability and personal urgency

  • Natural curiosity and willingness to learn paired with a desire for continuous improvement

  • Demonstrated writing and verbal presentation skills enabling you to prepare and present information and recommendations to a diverse and often senior audience

  • Must be eager to learn, highly motivated, and team-oriented

  • Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks and meet established deadlines

Cengage Group is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, cultural background, organizational level, work styles, tenure and life experiences. Or for any other reason. You may view Cengage’s EEO/Affirmative Action Policy signed by CEO Michael Hansen (https://p.widencdn.net/pdvq6j/EEO_Policy_Statement_January_2017) and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notice (http://embed.widencdn.net/pdf/plus/cengage/ybs5gt19ik/eeopost-merged.pdf) by visiting their corresponding links.

Cengage Group is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at accommodations.ta@cengage.com or you may call us at +1 (617) 289-7917.

About Cengage Group

Cengage Group, a global education technology company serving millions of learners, provides affordable, quality digital products and services that equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be job ready. For more than 100 years, we have enabled the power and joy of learning with trusted, engaging content, and now, integrated digital platforms. We serve the higher education, workforce skills, secondary education, English language teaching and research markets worldwide. Through our scalable technology, including MindTap and Cengage Unlimited, we support all learners who seek to improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.

Cengage Group, a global education technology company serving millions of learners, provides affordable, quality digital products and services that equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be job ready. For more than 100 years, we have enabled the power and joy of learning with trusted, engaging content, and now, integrated digital platforms.

We serve the higher education, workforce skills, secondary education, English language teaching and research markets worldwide. Through our scalable technology, including MindTap and Cengage Unlimited, we support all learners who seek to improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.

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