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Date: Dec 13, 2018

Location: Evanston, IL, US, 60201

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 14323

Additional Locations: Round Rock, Evanston, Boston, Orlando

The Director, Project Management, (DPM) is a people leader who is responsible for a team of Lead Managers with experience and skill sets in delivering print and digital production projects within a particular program or discipline. The DPM works collaboratively with Lead Production Managers to ensure that workforce needs are met and teams are created to produce high-quality product. The director ensures that team members are trained, coached, and given development opportunities and project assignments that meet professional and personal development needs as well as organizational and business needs.



  • Manages People: Oversees a team of 6-8 Leads. Manages personal and career development for the lead PMs, manages workforce utilization across the department for effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Manages Performance: Manages performance of team members, conducting performance reviews and regular check-ins with project teams, ensuring behavioral standards are met. Manages career development of team members, providing coaching and feedback.
  • Supports professional development:  Works with department head, Product, Planning, Development and Marketing University, Human Resources and Leads to ensure that the training and skills development needs of the team are met.
  • Impacts Organizational Performance: Works with Senior Management Teams to enhance strategic direction. Uses functional expertise, best practice communication and leadership skills to manage complex relationships and influence positive change.
  • Represents production team: Acts as a role model for the Production Management team in all aspects of the role. Advocates and participates in process improvement and positive change initiatives. Works with the production team to enhance engagement and to impart and understand Business goals.
  • Focuses on results: Oversees program deliverables in conjunction with senior management and Leads. Ensures that status, risks and issues are managed and communicated and that reporting requirements are adhered to. Supports production teams to meet program goals.



Education Level and or relevant experience



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business or relevant discipline
  • 10+ years of proven people-management experience
  • 10+ years of educational publishing experience in multiple discipline areas



  • Master’s degree
  • Experience developing learning solutions for the K–12 market


Knowledge and skills

(general and technical)

  • Strong people-leading skills, with ability to develop, coach, and provide feedback effectively in a strong-matrix environment
  • Excellent project management skills
  • High level of organization; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to prioritize
  • Extensive experience developing interactive software for learning
  • Extensive experience in application and web-based development
  • Ability to lead an agile development methodology supporting multiple platform offerings when appropriate
  • Extensive experience in digital and print production, including specific knowledge of the educational market requirements
  • Excellent negotiation, communication, leadership, and supervisory skills
  • Excellent problem-solving ability
  • Ability to remain objective
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, coach, and develop people
  • Ability to act as a change agent within the organization
  • A strong collaborator across diverse groups; a strong team-builder
  • Experience in building, leading, and managing a high-performance team.



  • Collaborating – Working cooperatively with others to help a team or work group achieve its goals.
  • Compelling Communication – Clearly and succinctly conveying information and ideas to individuals and groups; communicating in a focused and compelling way that captures and holds others' attention.
  • Customer Focus – Ensuring that the internal or external customer’s perspective is a driving force behind strategic priorities, business decisions, organizational processes, and individual activities; crafting and implementing service practices that meet customers’ and own organization’s needs; promoting and operationalizing customer service as a value.
  • Decision Making – Identifying and understanding problems and opportunities by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information; choosing the best course of action by establishing clear decision criteria, generating and evaluating alternatives, and making timely decisions; taking action that is consistent with available facts and constraints and optimizes probable consequences.
  • Innovation – Creating novel solutions with measurable value for existing and potential customers (internal or external); experimenting with new ways to solve work problems and seize opportunities that result in unique and differentiated solutions.
  • Coaching and Developing Others – Providing feedback, instruction, and development guidance to help others excel in their current or future job responsibilities; planning and supporting the development of individual skills and abilities.
  • Guiding Team Success – Using appropriate methods and a flexible interpersonal style to build, motivate, and guide a cohesive team to complete team goals.
  • Business Savvy – Demonstrates a keen understanding of basic business operations and the organizational levers (systems, processes, departments, functions) that drive profitable growth; draws from personal experience to quickly evaluate business plans and processes to identify data or recommendations that need further investigation.
  • Building Self-Insight – Demonstrating an awareness of own strengths and development needs as well as the impact of own behavior on others; modifying behavior based on self-awareness to improve impact.
  • Leading Through Vision and Values - Motivating individuals toward higher levels of performance that are aligned with the organization’s vision and values.
  • Establishing Strategic Direction – Establishing and committing to a long-term business direction based on an analysis of systemic information and consideration of resources, market drivers, organizational values, and emerging economic, technological, and regulatory conditions.

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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