Development Editor (Primary and Pre-Primary)

Fully remote within the United State of America
Sep 13, 2021
Oct 13, 2021
Job Role
Focus Area
Young Learners
Job Type

Key tasks: 

  • Contribute to the Investment Approval (IA) process and support the Commissioning Editor in concept development, sample materials, market / research feedback
  • Support in the preparation of author briefs
  • Identify potential authors, contributors and external content creators
  • Work with authors to develop material which follows the brief and is aligned to different output formats
  • Take responsibility for overseeing external content creators to ensure the content meets the required standard
  • Provide feedback to authors/contributors, suggesting appropriate action to ensure content meets the brief
  • Alert the project team to any content development issues
  • Attend audio recordings, video/photo shoots and photo selection meetings to ensure outputs adhere to the brief / project specification
  • Create artwork, design and digital specification briefs, as well as style sheets, page plans and asset briefs
  • Deal with overmatter (print and digital), commenting on issues and feeding back appropriately
  • Understand the processes involved in rights clearance
  • Supports with the understanding and establishment of a specific market or segment needs
  • Carry out desk and market research, i.e. competition, segment, market analysis; classroom observations
  • Understand the publishing vision in the context of the publishing plan and Macmillan’s business needs
  • Keep up to date on ELT/EFL issues, undertake background research and attend conferences as appropriate
  • Use and develop existing skills and participate in in-house/external training sessions



  • Knowledge of ELT markets and segments
  • Appreciation for a wide international range of teaching and learning situations
  • Excellent written English
  • An ability to work to tight deadlines and to manage numerous tasks
  • Understanding of publishing technologies
  • Knowledge of a second language
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team and to work independently
  • A working understanding of content management systems
  • Demonstrable ELT/EFL teaching experience, preferably in a primary and/or secondary setting
  • A can-do, positive attitude and commitment to achieving results
  • Publishing background, ideally in ELT
  • Experience of working with a range of new media and digital project



If you are an internal applicant please inform your line manager.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

- Medical, Dental and Vision
- Life and AD&D
- 401(k)
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Transit Accounts
- Summer Hours


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