Pearson Supervising Editor - Literacy K-5 in Glenview, Illinois

Supervising Editor - Literacy K-5


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Manages the planning and development of a major component(digital or print) within a single-title program or series. With Product Management,works to shape and finalize individual product plans for the title under his orher oversight. Develops prototypes and product specifications and participatesin budgeting process. Manages staff editors and/or development housesthroughout the development process, ensuring that the component is completed ontime, on budget, in alignment with original product vision, and meets highstandards of quality.


Strategy and Planning

  • The Supervising Editor takes responsibility for the planningof a major component within a single-title program or a multi-level series,developing prototypes and product specifications. The Supervising Editor knowsthe subject matter for English Language Arts/Reading and, in combination withthe appropriate editorial staff, uses that knowledge to help ensure that thecomponent plan is both highly competitive and instructionally sound. Inaddition, the Supervising Editor is responsible for encouraging print anddigital development strategies to improve efficiencies and lower overallprogram budgets.


The Supervising Editor is responsible for oversight of theexecution strategy that will ensure that the component he or she is in chargeof is completed on schedule and on budget. This may involve determining an outsourcingstrategy. The Supervising Editor isresponsible for ensuring that staff editors under his or her leadershipunderstand all of the “details” in the plan for the assigned project, includingspecs, writing guidelines, and the plan details for any RFPs. The Supervising Editor is ultimatelyaccountable for ensuring that the evolving product meets the objectives of theplan, its budget, and its schedule. The Supervising Editor also takesresponsibility for ensuring that the component he or she develops is of highquality. The Supervising Editor is likely to be involved in hands-ondevelopment in addition to reviewing work and guiding other team membersworking on the component.


  • Plans for and manages the use of in-house and vendor staffas needed to complete assigned projects.

  • Takes an active role in the performance management ofassigned staff, encouraging appropriate career growth as well as feedback inthe case of performance issues.

  • Writes yearly performance appraisals and objectives forassigned staff.

  • Manages 1 to 3 editorial staff members and/or freelancers.



  • Related work experience

  • 4 years of project management and staff management experience required.

  • Formal education or equivalent

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

  • Minimum 4 years of experience with instructional materials development or in an editorial capacity within educational publishing required.

  • Teaching experience is strongly preferred.


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

  • Understands Pearson budgeting, project approval, and production processes.

  • Able to be strategic and efficient in planning and meeting schedules, budgets, and accuracy/quality goals.

  • Able to create effective product in both print and digital media.

  • Experience in curriculum materials development, in instructional design development, and in the visual delivery of instruction.

  • Must be able to respond quickly in an environment of changing priorities. Must be able to set relevant priorities on a daily basis as the job requires multi-tasking.

  • Strong problem-solving skills in dealing with ambiguity in a fast-paced setting. Anticipates and addresses potential problems that may affect quality and/or workflow.

  • Makes and implements decisions compatible with organizational goals.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills, strong team-building skills, and strong leadership skills.

  • Is able to develop staff and improve productivity through goal setting, coaching, delegating, training, and regular performance evaluation.

  • Prepares and runs team meetings effectively, setting appropriate agenda, keeping everyone on task, and listening to all views.

  • Must have a “customer focus” in working with the team to conceptualize marketable product. Must be able to turn great ideas into concrete product plans that fit the time frame and resources available.

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

  • Actively pursues innovation to create products of the future.


  • Supervise a small team of editors and/or freelancers on a given project in the following responsibilities:

  • Development of competitive component plans based on customer needs and with clear areas of differentiation.

  • Write and edit manuscript for content, style, accuracy, consistency, and clarity.

  • Developing art and technical art specs.

  • Checking of all stages of proof.

  • Evaluating feedback from reviewers for appropriate editorial action.

  • Analysis of competitive programs.

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

  • Ensure compliance with state standard, frameworks, and assessments.

  • Ensure that product responds to customer needs.

  • Ensure that programs are brought out on budget and on schedule.

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

  • 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.

  • Provide marketing support, as appropriate, that may include correlations to state guidelines, and workshop support for departmental products.

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-IL-Glenview

Job: Publishing

Organization: North America

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Experienced

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Sep 18, 2017

Req ID: 1715019