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Head of Digital Development & Strategy

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Date: May 22, 2019

Location: Portsmouth, NH, US, 03801

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 15226

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Heinemann is a publisher of professional resources and a provider of educational services for teachers, kindergarten through college. We strive to give voice to those who share our respect for the professionalism and compassion of teachers and who support teachers’ efforts to help children become literate, empathetic, knowledgeable citizens. Our authors are exemplary educators eager to support the practice of other teachers through books, videos, workshops, online courses, and most recently through explicit teaching materials. Our commitment to our work and customers’ enthusiastic response to our offerings has made us the leading publisher in this area.


The VP Digital Development & Strategy is responsible for developing and executing Heinemann's digital strategy. Leveraging Heinemann's wide-ranging content, social media audience, delivery channels, e-commerce technologies and internal expertise this role will develop new channels and business models, as well as innovative products and services. The ideal candidate will build relationships with internal and external stakeholders across all levels and functions of the organization to effectively seek project support and manage conflict.


Primary Responsibilities

  • People Manager
    • Enable and empower people to do their best work in an environment that encourages collaboration and innovation and fosters development and learning.
    • Translate the company’s strategic vision, align group’s work, and help individuals understand their impact on HMH’s success.
    • Assess direct reports’ performance and partner on career planning.
    • Collaborate and be a catalyst, breaking down complex problems into simple solutions and leading through change.
  • Oversee long-term digital strategies and drive change across the organization
  • Communicate digital strategy to authors, HMH management and internal staff
  • Keep pace with changing technology within the publishing industry and more broadly across industry sectors
  • Develop new revenue streams, achieve higher efficiency, and enable faster time to market
    • Achieve higher efficiency, by improving and building upon present program/product infrastructure, support and development process/practices for product.
    • Enable faster time to market by building with ‘scalability’ in mind and having processes for ensuring that we are developing what is needed/wanted (Agile /Kanban process, vendor development, outsourcing vs internal development)
  • Profit and loss responsibilities


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field


Experience in:

  • Developing new channels and business models, and products and services.
  • Building relationships and using influence with variety of technical, business and executive personnel
  • Developing processes to develop, maintain and retire product.
  • Understanding  of and/or experience with  Business Decisions, ROI, Supplemental Product, Competitive Analysis
  • Managing the software development life cycle (with both internal and external teams)
  • Using customer analytics to make product decisions
  • User research and testing methodologies
  • Explaining complex market problems to technical product development teams
  • Previous experience developing Product Development Roadmaps that are informed by a global plan, eliminate retro-fitting, and result in product builds that can be leveraged for other products/uses


Knowledge and Skills

  • E-commerce and transactional expertise with focus on driving traffic, conversion and revenue
  • Online marketing and social media expertise with emphasis on driving brand awareness, brand activation and consumer engagement
  • Transformative product and technology capabilities
  • Digital Strategic Planning. Examples of 5 year plans produced and their results, hurdles experienced and overcome, outlook on Publishing technology (CMS, LMS, platform choices, mobile app management)


Physical Requirements

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • 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.

Nearest Major Market: Portsmouth
Nearest Secondary Market: Boston

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