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Pearson Science K-8 Editorial Director (Pearson K-12 Learning) in Boston, Massachusetts

Science K-8 Editorial Director (Pearson K-12 Learning)


Pearson K12 Learning is a global education company that produces award-winning learning solutions that empower educators and engage students with the highest quality content.

Recognized as an industry leader, we serve millions of K-12 learners with innovative, student-centered educational programs that turn today’s classrooms into active learning environments. By embracing technology, personalized learning, and immersive experiences delivered across multiple platforms, we design our learning solutions to be more accessible and relevant to each student.

Our comprehensive solutions for core curriculum, and supplemental and intervention programs - supported by an array of professional development services - allow teachers to use data to inform classroom practices and tailor instructions to an individual’s abilities and learning styles.

Partnering with school districts and educators, we are committed to delivering the best possible learning experiences that improve every student’s chance of success.


Pearson K-12 Learning is seeking a Science K-8 Editorial Director to provide overall product development leadership for a K-8 Science product line with an annual plant spending budget ranging from $2-$10 million. With Product Management and Design/Technology, the Director works to shape and finalize individual product plans, overseeing prototyping activities, component array planning, and customization strategy for the K-8 Science product line. The Director also manages the work of the supervisory staff on major department projects through all stages of product development, ensuring that projects are completed on time, on budget, and in alignment with original product vision.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the work of senior staff members on one or more projects in the following responsibilities:

  • Development of competitive and detailed program plans based on customer needs and with clear areas of differentiation.

  • Seeing content through all stages of production.

  • Ensure that product responds to customer needs.

  • Ensure that programs are published on budget and on schedule.

  • Working with Product Management, analyze competition and market trends and incorporate findings into program.

  • Participate, as appropriate, in market research efforts (e.g. prepare sample lessons, conduct phone interviews, attend focus groups, etc.)

  • Participate in planning assigned projects; make creative suggestions that reflect an understanding of the market place and an awareness of customer needs.

  • Provide marketing support, as appropriate, that may include sales and conference presentations, correlations to state guidelines, and workshop support for departmental products.

  • Participates, as appropriate, in managing staff performance in the following ways:

  • Identifies opportunities to support employees through professional development activities.

  • Identifies key staff and grooms them for greater responsibilities and future management roles as part of succession planning.

  • Improves communication by taking a leading role in regularly scheduled staff meetings.

  • Coaches department managers in effective practices for performance evaluation, focusing on performance improvement issues.

  • Monitors and communicates job expectations for performance improvement.

Supervisory responsibilities:

  • Plans for and manages the use of in-house and external resources as needed to complete assigned projects.

  • Manages 2 or more direct reports; indirectly supervises a staff of 5 to 10 editors.

  • Takes an active role in the performance management of assigned staff, encouraging appropriate career growth as well as feedback in the case of performance issues.

Strategy and Planning:

The Science K-8 Editorial Director participates in and contributes to overall line strategy and pub planning for K-8 Science product lines, working closely with the VP Science. In addition, the Director serves as the leader throughout the detailed planning of individual programs and works hand-in-hand with the VP and the appropriate Editorial, Design, Technology, and Production staff, and defined planning teams to make all key decisions in the development of a detailed program plan. The Science K-8 Editorial Director is a subject-matter expert for the assigned area and, in combination with the appropriate editorial staff, uses that knowledge to help ensure that the program plan is both highly competitive and instructionally sound. In addition, the Director is responsible for encouraging development strategies - such as content reuse - to improve efficiencies and lower overall program budgets.


The Science K-8 Editorial Director is responsible for oversight of the execution strategy that will ensure that all programs or titles within the product line are completed on schedule and on budget. This involves coming up with department staffing plans, recruiting outside writers, managing author involvement, and determining outsourcing strategy. The Director, in combination with the appropriate editorial managers, is responsible for ensuring that staff understands all of the details in the plan for the assigned project, including specs, writing guidelines, and the plan details for any RFPs. The Director is ultimately accountable for ensuring that the evolving product meets the objectives of the plan, its budget, and its schedule.


  • Bachelor’s degree in science or science-related field required. Masters-level degree preferred.

  • Minimum 7 years of experience with instructional materials development or in an editorial capacity within educational publishing required.

  • 7 years of project oversight and staff management experience are essential.

  • Teaching experience is strongly preferred.

Additional Skills and Competencies:

  • Experience in curriculum materials development, in instructional design development, and in the visual delivery of instruction.

  • Strong problem-solving skills in dealing with the ambiguity of a fast-paced setting.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong team-building skills, and strong leadership skills.

  • In-depth understanding of print and digital production processes and workflows.

  • Strong presentation skills with ability to customize presentation to different audiences (internal team, senior management, the sales force, and customers).

  • Ability to respond quickly in an environment of changing priorities. Must be able to set relevant priorities on a daily basis as the job requires multi-tasking.

  • Demonstrated ability to work productively with counterparts in other functional groups.

  • History of effective staff management and leadership. Must be able to generate excellent involvement from a variety of staff members who have various specialized skills.

  • Must have a customer-focus in working with the team to conceptualize marketable product. Must be able to turn great ideas into concrete product plans that fit the timeframe and resources available.

  • Must be strategic and efficient in planning and executing to ensure consistent on-time delivery of product.


Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: US-MA-Boston

Other Locations US-NJ-Hoboken, US-IL-Glenview

Work Locations: US-MA-Boston-501 Boylston 501 Boylston St Boston 02116

Job: Publishing

Organization: North America Learning Services

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 4, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1914314

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.