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Senior Academic Designer/Editor, Literacy/Primary Grades

McGraw Hill

1 Positions

ID: 3776

Posted On 02/21/2024

Job Overview


At McGraw Hill we create best-in-class, next-generation learning platforms that are used by millions of students and educators worldwide from kindergarten through graduate school. Our goal is to accelerate student success through intuitive and effective learning tools and content that maximize a teacher’s time and a student’s learning experience. We do all of this in a supportive, collaborative environment where you can grow your career in a way that fits into your life. 


How can you make an Impact?

We are looking for Senior Academic Designers for grades K-2 for our Literacy program.  This is a fantastic opportunity to help build our future Literacy programs!


It will be filled as a Project Status Worker (PSW) designation. These roles are remote, and candidates can reside anywhere within the United States.


Senior Academic Designers are content and curriculum experts. They assemble high-quality content based on specific product requirements for programs and understanding the solution design. They collaborate with the Academic Design Directors, Academic Design Managers, and Product Managers to help develop the solution design (both conceptualization and implementation). Depending on project needs, Senior Academic Designers are asked to take on specific project assignments, working with a small team of Academic Designers throughout the various stages of product development.  


What you will be doing:


  • Plan and develop content (including learning objectives, scope/sequence, tables of contents, lessons, videos, and teacher resources) for teacher and student materials–including print, digital, and media projects
  • Develop and finalize prototypes, scope and sequence, project proposals, and project scope documentation, as needed
  • Train, mentor, and provide feedback to more junior Academic Designers on guidelines and expectations around content development, documentation, and planning
  • Act as the point of contact between a vendor, internal engineering teams, contractors, and Academic Design teams with some decision-making authority, including ensuring timeliness and quality of work 
  • Coordinate with Project Managers, Product Design, Production and other cross-functional groups to establish workflows and maintain communication about project schedules/status
  • Demonstrate strong understanding of elementary (Grades K-2) Reading/Language Arts pedagogical issues 
  • Produce and guide more junior team members to produce accurate, error-free, high-quality products that meet curriculum standards (including CCSS and other state standards), project scope, and market requirements and that display appropriate content, reading level, grammar, and style
  • Stay up to date on emerging educational/curriculum trends, educational technology, and research within field and adjacent to field


What you need to be considered:


  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, literacy, linguistics, or related field.
  • 4+ years of experience in literacy curriculum development and educational publishing with a focus on Grades K-2
  • Subject matter expertise in foundational literacy skills
  • Ability to create and visualize content for various delivery formats and classroom settings
  • Highly organized, goal-oriented, and collaborative with ability to mentor others and provide guidance, direction, and leadership
  • Ability to understand concerns, needs, and issues raised by junior team members and create novel solutions, including cross-functional problem solving
  • Proactively identifies risks and develops contingency plans 
  • Understanding of how research, pedagogy, and best practice applies to product design and apply broad views of perspectives in the discipline
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy, quality, and on-time delivery
  • Knowledge of appropriate industry and subject-area content development practices, content standards (such as CCSS, B.E.S.T., and TEKS), and academic and pedagogical trends, with the ability to drive innovation in teams and products 
  • Displays and acts with initiative, integrity, and professionalism
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, which include a thorough command of the English language, spelling, writing, and grammar and a strong attention to detail
  • Effective organizational and time management skills; productive, efficient work habits and the ability to prioritize, multitask, and exhibit flexibility
  • Diverse computer skills, expert-level in MS Office suite, proficiency with Adobe Acrobat, Smartsheet, and K4/InCopy markup



  • Teaching experience an advantage
  • Experience building accessible content in digital authoring systems is a plus


The pay range for this position is between $65,000 - $85,000 annually, however, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and location.  Additionally, a full range of medical and/or other benefits may be provided, depending on the position offered. Click here to learn more about our benefit offerings.


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At McGraw Hill, we believe that our contribution to unlocking a brighter future lies within the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching.

Educators have been and always will be at the core of the learning experience. The solutions we develop help educators impart their knowledge to students more efficiently. We believe that harnessing technology can enhance learning inside and outside of the classroom and deepen the connections between students and teachers to empower greater success.

By partnering with educators around the globe, our learning engineers, content developers and pedagogical experts are developing increasingly open learning ecosystems that are proven to improve pass rates, elevate grades and increase engagement for each individual learner while improving outcomes for all.

Why? Because learning changes everything.