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Sr Learning Architect

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Date: Nov 21, 2018

Location: Orlando, FL, US, 32821

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 14544

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


The Senior Learning Architect (SLA) is responsible for ensuring that assigned components (print, digital, and customized) meet market needs and are delivered on time and on budget. The responsibilities of this position require independent and collaborative work in delivering assigned products. The SLA may be responsible for major components or features within a program and also may provide guidance, coaching, and training to more junior team members.



  • 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.
  • Works with Lead LA and cross-functional project teams to define the creative vision for both print and digital learning products. Creates high-level concept proposals to address specified market requirements.
  • Leading a small team or working independently, prepares digital or print content for release, develops and/or checks page layouts, and implements all steps in the production process for assigned projects; works closely with designers and photo researchers on page layouts, photo selection, and creation of illustrations; develops and/or checks content and participates in all stages of production; effectively utilizes tools in the publishing process to facilitate development efficiency and enhance product quality.
  • Works with cross-functional PDM teams to design products that meet specified learning and user experience (UX) requirements, including writing appropriate prototype content, providing input into design decisions, and reviewing design outputs.
  • Develops scope and sequence to ensure required standards coverage. Writes clear project guidelines and coordinates/reviews the work of editors and freelance writers; writes or revises portions of manuscripts, scripts, and storyboards; edits manuscript for several major components of a project according to project guidelines and divisional standards of quality and accuracy. Provides training, guidance, and oversight for more junior team members.
  • Works effectively with other employees across the division; keeps Lead LA well informed of project progress and issues, referring appropriate decisions to management.




  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education or relevant discipline
  • Subject-matter expertise in Reading/Language Arts
  • Deep knowledge of curriculum standards and criteria for evaluating instructional materials from various states, large school districts, and national organizations
  • 8+ years of educational publishing experience
  • 8+ years of editorial and/or learning design experience
  • Strong conceptual skills, a critical eye for detail, and the ability to translate complex concepts into visual representations
  • Self-motivation, ability to work with and communicate effectively with a variety of technical and creative individuals
  • Passionate about creating engaging and effective (fun!) learning products


  • Experience developing learning solutions for the K–2 Reading/Language Arts market
  • Teaching experience helpful
  • Strong design/aesthetic sensibilities



  • Demonstrates increasing content knowledge for assigned projects; becomes familiar with and applies knowledge of market research to text; has a thorough understanding of all relevant state and national standards; fully understands sensitivity issues
  • Works effectively with other employees across the division; keeps Lead LA well informed of project progress and issues, referring appropriate decisions to management
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office products and publishing software (InCopy, Adobe Acrobat)
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills, with attention to detail
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and time-management skills
  • Proven decision-making and problem-solving skills



  • 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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