Content Development Manager

US-DC-Washington, D.C.
1 week ago
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Editorial (US) - College Acquisitions


In accordance with the publishing priorities of College Editorial this position is responsible for the management of designated members of the content development group, as well as the direct development of the full range of College Editorial’s educational content in support of teaching and learning.


Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Associate Director and in consultation with appropriate acquisitions editors and team members:


  • Understand our college markets and the diverse needs of adopters and students.
  • Recruit, manage, and train content development editors and interns to meet editorial goals and strategies for print and digital products and services.
  • Manage the performance of direct reports in the content development group to ensure their success, including setting individual performance objectives, assigning projects, monitoring performance, conducting ongoing performance evaluation and feedback, identifying and meeting training needs, and conducting annual performance appraisal.
  • In conjunction with the content development management team, plan and execute broad-scale goals and strategies to meet needs in content development.
  • Provide mentorship, coaching, and leadership of direct reports and others to develop knowledge and skills to meet needs in content development.
  • Manage content development for books, courses, and digital resources in accordance with our publishing priorities, including development plans, author support, competitive benchmarking and analysis, reviewing and market feedback, feature and pedagogy development, and art programs. Digital resources include interactive ebooks, assessment (e.g., test banks, quizzes, remediation), PowerPoints, various types of video, interactive and social media, online activities and simulations, web resources, journal articles, and study tools.
  • Plan and manage video programs in accordance with our publishing priorities, to accompany books, courses, and for other educational purposes, including original and third-party video.
  • Develop and manage plans, schedules, and budgets that correspond with editorial, marketing, sales, and production schedules, and the needs of our markets.
  • Find, commission, and manage freelance DEs, SMEs, and other specialists to assist in content and product development.
  • Manage transmittals, manuscript/content review, permissions, and design memos. During production, ensure efficient workflow and quality control by attention to page proofs, art/design, user testing, and functionality.
  • Manage preparation and transfer of digital files and resources for disposition and posting. Ensuring efficient workflow and quality outcomes in IEBs, instructor and student companion sites, coursepacks, and in other platforms.
  • Solicit market feedback and conduct market development activities through focus groups, interviews, peer reviewing, surveys, webinars, product demonstrations, and lead generation. Develop materials and tools in support of products.
  • Prepare and assist with product and competitor information in support of Marketing, Market Development, and Sales, including market research, lead generation, creative brief work, product information, transition guides, and sales tools.
  • Travel to campuses a minimum of 4 days each year meeting with faculty, scouting for authors, reviewers, preparers, promoting SAGE titles, and conducting market research. Represent SAGE at regional and national academic conferences.
  • Participate in department management as needed, including recruitment and selection of College Editorial staff, oversight of interns, and representation of the department within the company.
  • Provide training, mentorship, and general support within the organization.
  • Develop and maintain project logs, reports, guidelines, standards, and training materials.

Qualifications & Education

Any combination equivalent to, but not limited to, the following:


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 5 years of book and/or digital publishing experience, preferably in higher education
  • 3 years of experience in project management
  • 1-2 years of management experience desirable
  • Demonstrated skill in writing, editing, and content development
  • Experience in meeting management


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