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Senior Publishing Review Specialist

Date: Nov 24, 2021

Location: Round Rock, TX, US, 78664

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 17123

Additional Locations: Remote

The Senior Publishing Review Specialist is responsible for the provision, oversight, review, and on-schedule delivery of content quality assurance services for assigned print and/or digital projects, working independently on larger, moderately complex assignments in a role that requires career proficiency.

  • Reviews and edits content in English so that communication is grammatically correct, clear, consistent, accurate, pedagogically aligned, and complete and adheres to required styles and publishing and production standards and specifications.
  • Reviews and edits math lessons and assessments—including student edition, teacher edition, assessments, and other ancillary materials—for clarity, conciseness, voice, and mathematical accuracy, and that it meets the expectations for style, phrasing, and formatting.
  • Guides assigned projects through the department on time and on budget, helping determine resource needs, training and managing external and internal resources, monitoring status and schedule, and troubleshooting issues.
  • Works extensively and collaboratively with other HMH functional groups to satisfy internal and external customer requirements and implement best practices to ensure product quality.



Content Quality Assurance

  • Ensures that all project deliverables meet or exceed established standards and specifications for content language, consistency, style, and accuracy and for publishing and production quality.
  • Understands and implements best practices for copyediting, proofreading, fact-checking, problem-solving, indexing, and/or other content quality assurance reviews related to print and/or digital final text and final content presentation.
  • Understands products, processes, workflows, and procedures. Works in accordance with acceptable operating procedures.
  • Creates, updates, and communicates content quality assurance plans and procedures.
  • Continually monitors and assesses internal and external resource and process performance, including collecting or analyzing metrics, submitting quality KPI survey information when relevant, and takes necessary actions to improve product quality.


Project and Resource Management

  • Efficiently and effectively implements and delivers assigned projects while meeting expected content quality assurance standards within required time frames and budgets.
  • Adheres to project schedules and established processes, monitoring and communicating status, troubleshooting issues, managing risk, taking appropriate actions based on sound decision-making, and demonstrating critical thinking skills.
  • Leads projects as required.
  • Trains and manages external and internal resources (contractors and vendor Partners as well as contingent workers or other PRS staff) for assigned projects.
  • Contributes to internal resource planning.


Collaboration and Customer Focus

  • Builds mutually beneficial, long-term personal relationships with peers, colleagues, management, other HMH groups, and external customers through effective use of written and oral communication.
  • Creates customer-focused practices, proactively anticipating customer issues to effectively and efficiently solve problems and responding promptly and accurately to customers’ requests.



  • Stays up to date with industry standards, current information industry processes and technologies.
  • Performs any and all tasks required to support department and company goals.



Internal: Works with Core and SIS stakeholders, Learning Architecture Studios, Build and Design Studios, Project Management, Strategic Sourcing, Marketing, Professional Services, Corporate Communications, Finance, Legal, Global Supply Chain, and/or other HMH groups to develop product.


External: Provides oversight for contractors and vendor Partners working on project assignments involving content quality assurance services.



Required Education

  • BS or BA in a related discipline


Preferred Education

  • Master’s or postgraduate degree in related discipline




  • At least 5 years related industry or functional experience
  • 4 years of copyediting, proofreading, and/or other content quality assurance experience, including copyediting experience with mathematics curriculum
  • 2 years project management experience with mathematics curriculum
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills. Verbal and written communication must be professional, comprehensive, clear, direct, and accurate.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of editorial and English-language conventions.
  • Must have excellent grasp of grammar
  • Must be self-motivated, organized and self-managed. Must be able to work independently and as a member of a diverse group.
  • Must have proven project management skills exhibited by leading multiple projects simultaneously and prioritizing in a time-sensitive environment. Must demonstrate exceptional attention to detail, organization, accuracy, and outstanding follow-up skills. Must drive on-time, high-quality results.
  • Must be able to contribute positively and proactively to evolving processes and changing environment.
  • Must be able to identify, understand and articulate issues as well as analyze problems and opportunities in order to reach decisions. Must use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions. Must be able to think holistically and identify potential risks.
  • Must be able to build strong collaborative relationships with internal stakeholders and external partners and customers. Must be able to exercise sound judgment to identify, respond to, and quickly escalate critical issues to managers in a professional manner.
  • Must be comfortable with technology and be familiar with MS Office applications: Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint. Must have a general knowledge of Adobe publishing solutions such as Photoshop and Acrobat.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of print and/or digital production and publishing processes.



  • At least 7 years of copyediting, proofreading, and/or other content quality assurance experience
  • At least 4 years of project management experience
  • At least 4 years of print and/or digital production or publishing experience, preferably in educational publishing.
  • Knowledge of standard publishing technology tools
  • Proficiency in using standard publishing technology tools 
  • Functional in Spanish or other non-English


 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.

For more information, visit http://careers.hmhco.com  


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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