Product Associate, Remote

Location US-Washington, DC
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(2/24/2023 10:28 AM)
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Experience (Years)
Editorial (US) - College Acquisitions


SAGE Publishing seeks a Product Associate (PA) to join the College Product and Market Development department. The College Division publishes textbooks and digital educational products in social science fields, including Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication, Business and Management, Psychology, and Education.


PAs manage the development of several titles from project signing through to product launch and publication. PAs interact with authors, production, marketing, and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests, and anticipate the needs of multiple stakeholders. The work is project-based, fast-paced, and above all, collaborative.


The role is best suited to individuals who are flexible, adaptive, and passionate about higher education and the power and impact of social science research. No publishing experience is required, but an interest in publishing is a plus! This is a full-time, entry-level position that requires a minimum of 12 months of experience in an office. The position is flexible enough for a PA to move into Marketing and Sales positions, or deeper into our Content Development team.


SAGE has offices in Thousand Oaks, CA and Washington, DC, however the PA position may be performed remotely.

Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities

The job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:


Content Development

  • Set up and run onboarding sessions to train authors to ensure they follow guidelines pertaining to:
    • manuscript preparation
    • inclusion or removal of third-party content and permissions clearance, and
    • digital-first best practices that anticipate ebook and courseware use
  • Manage the publishing process from pre-revision reviews, schedule tracking, manuscript delivery, and transmittal
  • Manage the development and transmittal of digital resources that accompany book text/narrative that are created by vendors
  • Support content development efforts, including benchmarking and comparison, table/figure/exhibit appraisal, and photo research
  • Assess draft chapters to model correct manuscript prep, assess third-party content, evaluate content for fair use, and provide feedback on chapter content
  • Analyze review and survey results and write up key findings with recommendations for changes to content/coverage, pedagogy, length, level of writing, and effectiveness of visuals
  • Answer all author inquiries and requests throughout the editorial process in a timely fashion 

Market Research & Market Development

  • Research topics, identify or track trends, gather and analyze market data, and benchmark comparative products
  • Research, find, and qualify review or survey candidates
  • Select and customize template reviews and surveys in SurveyMonkey, send to vetted instructors to elicit feedback on book/product proposals, batches of draft manuscript, various digital resources, courseware functionality, and video programs, compile and analyze feedback 

Project Management

  • Track the status of all assigned titles in development and in production to help ensure that key achievements are met
  • Generate author schedules for delivery and periodically assess their progress throughout development, reporting back with any issues or delays
  • Continuously update a project tracker to show and monitor progress on all assigned projects 

Leadership within the Team and the Department

  • Train new PAs and Interns as needed in key areas such as third-party content, permissions, contracts, transmittals, and other basic tasks
  • Support managers by keeping the PA Manual up to date and provide ideas on ways to continuously improve processes

Qualifications & Education

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


  • At least one year of office experience required
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Office 365 products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Proven demonstration of high level of maturity and professionalism
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with authors, customers, and colleagues
  • Ability to manage time to meet deadlines and work professionally under pressure
  • Ability to read, comprehend, analyze, and interpret concepts, documents, etc.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work with diplomacy
  • Ability to reason and problem-solve
  • Ability to be flexible with ambiguity in a changing industry

Pay Transparency and Benefits Package

SAGE Publishing is committed to being an inclusive employer where all individuals are treated with fairness and respect. SAGE is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. 


Compensation at SAGE is influenced by several factors, including but not limited to skill set, nature and level of experience, qualifications, and other relevant considerations. We anticipate the minimum full-time salary range for this position to be between $41,400 - 47,600. Please note that the compensation details listed in U.S. role postings reflect the base salary only and do not include bonuses or benefits. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range and additional aspects of the compensation/benefits package for this position during the hiring process. If your desired salary falls outside of this range, we hope you'll still apply as there may be other positions that better align.


In addition to compensation, SAGE offers a highly competitive and comprehensive PPO medical, dental, and vision care benefits package with SAGE covering most of the premium costs. Unique program benefits that support a healthy life, a company-sponsored anniversary trip every 5 years, a 401(k)-matching program of 100% up to 5% of pay, and other significant meaningful benefits. In alignment with our value for education, SAGE offers financial support for bachelors and graduate-level degree programs as well as learning for personal interest.


SAGE offers freedom and autonomy in your day-to-day with hybrid or remote work, depending on the role. Join the nearly 2,000 SAGE employees worldwide who deliver products and services that serve to fulfill our noble goal of education and dissemination of knowledge globally. We’d love to meet you!



SAGE U.S. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Charter

SAGE Publishing is committed to being an inclusive employer where all individuals are treated with fairness and respect, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and partnership status, pregnancy and parental responsibilities, race, religion and belief, sex, or sexual orientation.


We believe that diversity is a cornerstone of a vibrant culture. We want SAGE to be an organization where the most talented staff and high-potential staff are recruited, have the opportunity to grow, and want to work. We strive to achieve a better representation of diverse talent at all levels, including leadership, across our workforce.


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