• Associate Content Development Editor

    Location US-Thousand Oaks
    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/12/2018 12:38 PM)
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    # Positions
    Editorial (US) - Corwin Editorial
  • Overview



    In accordance with a strategic Editorial plan, the Associate Content Development Editor is responsible for supporting his/her editorial team in its efforts to reach specific goals set forth by the Editorial Director for his/her assigned discipline. In its broadest sense, this includes providing support for goals related to book signings, book transmittals, books published, and online product and video development. The Associate Content Development Editor supports the daily acquisitions, editorial development, project management, production, administrative, and scheduling needs of his/her assigned team. In addition, the Associate Content Development Editor exercises a leadership role with the Editorial Assistants (EAs) on his/her assigned team.


    The Associate Content Development Editor role also has a more specific focus on project managing and coordinating the overarching publishing process and content development needs for books, ebooks, book revisions, companion websites, and ancillary or supplemental print and digital products to ensure they meet market needs and high quality standards. In this capacity, the Associate Content Development Editor collaborates with authors, peer reviewers and freelance developmental editors or ancillary content writers, as well extensively across internal departments and teams including legal, editorial, marketing, production, design, manufacturing, Professional Learning, and Online Learning.


    The Associate Content Development Editor also provides as-needed developmental and/or line editing assistance for select projects under the guidance of the Acquisitions Editor, takes the lead on coordinating cover and interior design with the art department, and reviews page proofs as needed.


    As such, this position requires the ability to coordinate and lead multiple editorial projects, provide targeted developmental and line editing support as needed, and to manage relationships with multiple stakeholders.



    • Collaborate with the acquisitions editors, marketing team, sales, professional learning, and online learning staff, as needed, to ensure that the quality of content meets or exceeds the expectations for Corwin Editorial and is competitive with the market.


    • In conjunction with the assigned editorial team, collaborate on the creation and management of project schedules. Lead team project management meetings to report on the status of all products in proposal, development, transmittal, and post-publication phases and keep all projects on track. Take initiative in identifying, pre-empting and solving problems, troubleshoot as needed within designated project budgets and schedules.


    • Work closely with the Production and Design teams to execute the vision established by Editorial and Marketing for each product. Work with graphic designers to brainstorm elegant and effective design solutions. Interface with production editor supervisor to troubleshoot production-related issues and strategize scheduling considerations.


    • Identify and leverage in-house resources, and negotiate with and manage third party freelancers, subject matter experts (SMEs), and vendors related to product development for core content. In working with freelance content providers, maintain a focus on optimizing expenses and being a prudent steward of company resources.


    • Lead and manage special research and competitive benchmarking projects as assigned.


    • As requested and in conjunction with the Acquisitions Editor, Publisher and/or Editorial Director, assist with annual budgeting related to ongoing product development and closely track and monitor projects to stay within budget.


    • Oversee the development and management of training for Editorial Assistants, as needed

    Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities

    Editorial Content Development and Project Management


    • Under the direction of the Acquisitions Editor and/or Publisher, assist with the preparation of new book proposals and supporting materials for review by the Content Strategy Committee.


    • In coordination with Editorial Assistant, serve as key liaison between editorial and the legal department for resolving complex legal matters related to author contracts, freelancer agreements, permissions and copyright issues, and other relevant legal concerns.


    • Under the direction of the Editorial Director and in consultation with the appropriate acquisitions editors, manage the development of selected projects under contract, ensuring schedules are met and all projects reflect the highest quality and meet market needs. This includes managing, in tandem with the leadership of the Acquisitions Editor and/or Publisher the support of the Editorial Assistant, the schedule, the peer review process, manuscript revisions, permissions, the art program, and any associated ancillaries.


    • On select projects, provide developmental and/or line editing support, photo research, and cover and interior design direction. Edit blog posts and serve as key coordinator and editor of the author newsletter, as assigned.


    • Manage the internal and external reviewing of draft manuscripts for selected projects. The internal review includes working with the Editorial Assistant, production, the art department, and the permissions editor to ensure that all aspects of manuscript preparation are complete and acceptable. The external review includes summarizing key points from peer reviews for the author and ensuring that the appropriate revisions are made.


    • In consultation with the appropriate acquisitions editor and in coordination with the appropriate editorial assistant, be responsible for the timely, accurate, and complete transmittal to production of titles managed and developed, including assisting the acquisitions editor in the selection and preparation of necessary product information for the Marketing and Sales departments.


    • Collaborate continually with production, design, and manufacturing post-transmittal to ensure product quality, author satisfaction, expense management, and timely publication.


    • Through working closely with the Acquisitions Editor and/or Publisher, Marketing Manager, and authors, create project plans for companion websites, ancillary products, and potential consumables and other new products that build/expand upon existing products and/or branch out into new areas that resonate with team vision and goals to meet market needs. Participate in related brainstorming and/or assistance with/execution of specific tasks set forth by the Acquisitions Editor and/or Publisher. Collaborate with the production and design departments to implement tasks and attain related goals.


    • Develop and maintain a good understanding of the K12 professional development market and current trends. This will include spending a few working days on district or school site visits each spring and fall to understand how educators and key decision makers are using professional development resources and wanting them delivered. During these site visits, also actively promote Corwin products and services and work closely to coordinate such activities with the Corwin Sales and Marketing staffs.


    • Attend conferences and/or Corwin Institutes each year as assigned. Convention activities include meeting with authors, reviewers, and ancillary preparers as well as promoting titles to potential adopters.


    • Under the direction of the Editorial Director and/or Publisher and Acquisitions Editor, manage controllable expenses such as reviewer, permissions, and art budgets, as well as T&E and other operational costs.


    • Assist Acquisitions Editor and/or Publisher as needed to prepare for annual strategic review, and participate as needed in annual strategic review process.


    Staff Mentoring


    • Mentor and contribute to the career development of editorial assistants, as requested. Act as a source of training and information for new editorial assistants. Work collaboratively with the editorial assistants to update editorial assistant guides and training as necessary, thereby ensuring a smooth hire and transition period.

    Qualifications & Education

    Include, but not limited to, the following:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and related work experience required
    • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written, and communication skills
    • 1-3 years of book publishing experience, preferably in the K12 education arena.
    • 1-3 years of experience in K-12 math publishing preferred
    • Proven excellent project management skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to effectively negotiate contracts and create and manage budgets related to editorial development projects
    • Ability to work on and prioritize multiple projects and meet strict deadlines in a team-oriented environment
    • Ability to learn new technologies and evaluate evolving content/business needs
    • Prior experience and proven ability to supervise authors, freelancers, SMEs, third party vendors, and in-house staff
    • Knowledge of market trends and competitive landscape in the education market space


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