Sr Academic Designer in Work From Home - TX at McGraw-Hill

Date Posted: 9/23/2022

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Do you have a global perspective and are passionate about succeeding? If so, then let’s talk!

At McGraw Hill, we’re accelerating learning to unlock the full potential of every learner. It’s this vision that sets us apart, contributing to a brighter future where the science of learning meets the art of teaching. We’re harnessing technology to enhance learning, both inside and outside of the classroom, deepening the connections between students and educators to empower greater success.

In fact, we also look for ways to better ourselves. As a McGraw Hill colleague, you’ll focus on aligning yourself to four Core Competencies to better anticipate customer needs, more fully engage across our organization, execute with agility and create better products for the educators and learners we touch.

If you’re smart, curious, and passionate about education – join us as we open doors. You’ll work in an enriching, collaborative environment where we create opportunities for learners and celebrate successes. Why? Because learning changes everything.

We have an opening for an experienced, innovative, strategic Senior Academic Designer, Literacy/Grades 3-6. Does this sound like you?

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 Leads, 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.

This is a remote position for candidates who reside in the U.S. Preference for candidates who reside in the Eastern and Central Time Zones.The role will be filled as a 12-month contract, (Project Status), with possibility for renewal. 

Key Responsibilities

•       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 prototypes, project proposals, and project scope documentation, as needed.

•       Act as liaison between vendors, internal engineering teams, and Academic Design teams. 

•       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 3-6) Reading/Language Arts and English Language Development pedagogical issues.

•       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.


•       Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, literacy, linguistics, or related field.

•       5+ years editorial/academic design experience in educational publishing developing print and technology-based content, curriculum, and pedagogy for core comprehensive educational materials for the 3-6 literacy and English language development market.

•       Teaching experience an advantage.

•       Ability to create and visualize content for various delivery formats and classroom settings.

•       Highly organized, goal-oriented, and collaborative with ability to mentor and lead a small team of Academic Designers.

•       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.

•       Diverse computer skills, expert-level in MS Office suite, proficiency with Adobe Acrobat and K4/InCopy markup.

The average base salary range for this position is around $70,000 – $85,000 annually, however, base salary pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. An annual bonus plan may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical and/or other benefits, such as a company provided vehicle, depending on the position offered. This information is provided per the New York City Pay Transparency Bill and the Colorado Equal Pay Act.


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