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Assoc Learning Architect K-5 ELA Editor

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Date: Nov 21, 2018

Location: Boston, MA, US, 02110

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 14562

Additional Locations: Orlando, Boston, NY, Round Rock, Evanston


Under direct supervision, the Associate Learning Architect (ALA) is responsible for ensuring that assigned Reading/Language Arts components (print, digital, and customized) for Grades K–5 meet market needs and are delivered on time and on budget. The responsibilities of this position require a supervised level of independent and collaborative work to deliver assigned work according to project guidelines and on schedule. Success entails working collaboratively with the editorial team and other departments within the organization. The ALA applies process, content, and technical knowledge to assigned projects, may participate in project planning, and continues to develop subject-area expertise.



  • Supports Lead Learning Architects or Senior Learning Architects on assigned projects to design content for the educational market that meet specified learning and user requirements.
  • Under direct supervision, edits manuscripts according to project guidelines, project schedules, budgets, and divisional standards of quality and accuracy; may write or revise portions of manuscripts, scripts, and storyboards; proofreads copy and makes necessary corrections. Develops bookmaps, writes photo specs, and has ownership of other tools as needed.  
  • Under direct supervision, prepares art specifications and checks all stages of art and proof for assigned projects, including assisting in preparing materials for Design; participates in the creation and checking of content for print and digital products; effectively utilizes tools in the publishing process to facilitate development efficiency and enhance product quality.
  • Participates in project planning for assigned projects and makes suggestions that address customer needs; completes competitive and standards analyses, research, literature searches, fact checking, and customer correspondence. Creates and accurately maintains planning and tracking documents for the project team.
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with other members of cross-functional project teams, including other Learning Architects, Design Architects, Production Managers, and Content Shared Services providers.




  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education or relevant discipline
  • Minimum of one year of experience in classroom teaching or educational publishing


  • 2+ years of educational publishing experience
  • 2+ years of editorial experience
  • Teaching experience helpful
  • Experience in the K-5 Reading/Language Arts market
  • Strong design/aesthetic sensibilities



  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills, with attention to detail
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and time-management skills
  • Self-motivation, ability to work with and communicate effectively with a variety of technical and creative individuals
  • Very good decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines regularly and to highlight risks at early stages
  • Passionate about creating engaging and effective (fun!) learning products
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office products



  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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