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Date: Dec 3, 2018

Location: Portsmouth, NH, US, 03801

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 14804

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Role Summary: As a senior leader on the Heinemann Management Team, the Publisher works in partnership with the EVP, General Manager, to define a strategic and dynamic vision for the acquisition and development of the highest quality Calkins and TCRWP resources, shaping the development of a list that embodies the mission of Heinemann and holding all projects to the highest standards of transformative educational value. The successful candidate combines both editorial and business proficiencies and sensibilities, and oversees the development and growth of a network of TCRWP authors. Working in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment, the Publisher leads the Heinemann team of development editors, production editors, and marketing personnel exclusively devoted to Calkins and TCRWP.  Key responsibilities include project acquisition management, people management, budget management, external stakeholder relationship management, and cross-company collaboration.


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.


VP Publisher

  • Member of the management team and key contributor to the development and implementation of Heinemann’s overarching publishing strategy. Participates in the development of company initiatives, and helps guide the implementation of such initiatives.
  • Develops vision for the future of Calkins and TCRWP Resources based on knowledge of the field. Collaborates with others in company to implement this vision.
  • Builds and strengthens individual and company-wide relationships with key authors, and is a senior presence at conferences/meetings.
  • Conversant about publishing financial drivers and goals, and applies that knowledge when making decisions. Develops business plans and justifications on a per-project basis, as needed.
  • Supervises and mentors Calkins publishing team. Develops and retains talent by establishing clear goals, coaching, and recognition. Oversees professional development growth for staff (meetings, courses, conferences, etc).
  • Works with Calkins and team and internal stakeholders to develop a rolling short-, medium- and long-term publishing plan.
  • Participates in proposal reviews (acting as key decision-maker as needed) and oversees overall project development.
  • In collaboration with Managing Editor, as well as Publisher of Professional Books and Curricular Resources and Publisher of Fountas and Pinnell, manages season lists, ensuring balance, diversity and steady flow of titles to market.
  • In collaboration with the Calkins Production Director, develops and manages project budgets and schedules, identifying and facilitating process/resource efficiencies and ensuring all projects adhere to budget, schedule, and quality expectations.
  • Develops and manages Calkins department budget.
  • Negotiates contracts, other high-stakes talks, as needed.
  • Actively builds relationships across Heinemann, supporting information sharing and collaboration between departments.
  • Remains current with developments in the field and monitors competition.
  • Travels to meetings/conferences.


Education: Bachelor’s degree required at a minimum.  Master’s preferred. Teaching experience strongly preferred.


Knowledge & Skills:

  • 10+ years of demonstrated responsibility in similar publishing capacity, preferably with educational focus.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage teams. Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills across all mediums.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving aptitude.
  • Deep understanding of current educational issues and concerns.
  • Able to deliver market-appropriate projects on budget and schedule.


Reports to: Vicki Boyd, EVP, General Manager, Heinemann

This is a fulltime position, with a regular presence required in Portsmouth, NH that includes weekly or biweekly visits to the Portsmouth office as needed.


Every person deserves a great education no matter their race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or any other factor. Similarly, it is vitally important that the teaching profession enjoy a healthy diversity so that every child can benefit by learning from people with varied backgrounds and perspectives.

Heinemann believes the same principles are important in our workplace. We value diversity and inclusion. When we post job openings, we warmly encourage everyone to apply. In the office, we seek to promote a friendly, productive, and safe environment for every employee. In our publications, we aim to represent the educational needs of diverse teachers and students.


• 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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