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Principal, IP Acquisition Dir

Date: Jan 31, 2023

Location: Orlando, FL, US, 32819

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 18039

Additional Locations: Fully remote. Can work in any state.

Who We Are 

HMH is a learning technology company committed to delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower educators, and improve student outcomes. As a leading provider of K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions and professional learning services, HMH partners with educators and school districts to uncover solutions that unlock students' potential and extend teachers' capabilities. HMH serves more than 50 million students and 4 million educators in 150 countries.

What you’ll do:

Working in Intellectual Property Rights Acquisition the Principal, IP Acquisitons Director will be responsible for the following primary duties:

The Principal, IP Acquisition Director serves in a product owner-type role in IPRA Scrum teams, ensuring proper prioritization of work within IPRA sprints and alignment with business objectives in major programs and deliverables.

  • Efficiently and effectively plans, implements, and delivers assigned projects while meeting expected content quality standards within required time frames and budgets.
  • Serves as an innovation partner to the Director, IP Acquisitions in refining process development, creating a collaborative team environment and partnering across the organization to advance and optimize IPRA initiatives.
  • Manages projects and collaborates with cross-functional groups to manage IP acquisition/commissioning activites for art, photo, text, audio and video assets, serving as IP acquisition subject matter expert.
  • Takes a lead role in coordinating IPRA team members during early project planning, assuring all elements of IP acquisition program are accurately scoped, planned and budgeted and fulfill the user requirements for internal and external customers.
  • Collaborates in setting definition of done for IPRA stories during Sprints and ensures proper balance of asset compliance and incremental delivery of program components.
  • Works with Lead Acquisition Specialists to build and maintain strong relationships with vendor partners to clearly define ensure high-quality results and adherence to HMH protocols and standards.
  • Monitors and maintains schedule and budget fidelity across projects.
  • Leads early project planning, assuring requisite IPRA work is accurately planned and budgeted for.

What you’ll need: (

  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience: 
  • BS/BA in related disciple
  • Working knowledge of Agile methodologies and frameworks
  • Proven track record of successfully delivering complex projects on time and on budget
  • Experience in: vendor management, highly collaborative team environments, peer leadership and driving results
  • Understanding of: rights and permissions workflows and common practices related to various types of IP, contract language and negotiation, project forecasting and budget activities
  • Ability to:  communicate compellingly, respond to and thrive in change
  • People skills needed to: collaborate, influence and lead peers, communicate with senior leaders in the organization


Preferred but not necessary:

  • Certifications in Lean, Scrum or other related Agile frameworks
  • Acumen with Smartsheet, Jira, and rights management systems and/or digital asset management systems


How We Work (Competencies)


  • Focuses on Customer- An individual in this role will build strong relationships with stakeholders and deliver solutions that elevate IPRA’s role in and serve strategic goals. 
  • Manages Complexity- An individual in this role will be able to make sense of complex, high quantity and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems in creative ways.
  • Organizational Savvy- An individual in this role will comfortably maneuver through complex policy, process and people-related organizational dynamics. They are a relationship builder.
  • Demonstrates Courage- An individual in this role will readily tackle difficult issues and assignments with confidence, optimism, honesty and sensitivity. 


Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing)
  • Constantly operate a computer
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings
  • Must be capable of sitting, standing, and walking for extended periods of time. 


Benefits and Salary Range 

Salary Range - $70,000 - $80,000 plus generous bonus plan. 

Benefits - See Career Page Careers at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 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.

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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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