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Manager, Academic Design

🇺🇸 Remote - US

🕑 Full-Time

💰 $75,000 - $110,000

💻 Instructional Design

🗓️ February 7th, 2024

Impact the Moment

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.  

We are looking for an Academic Design Manager for our Elementary Literacy program.  This is fantastic opportunity to help build our future Literacy program.

How can you make an Impact?

Reporting to the Director, Academic Design, the Academic Design Manager, Elementary Literacy will assist in managing the Grades 3-5 Core Literacy Academic Design department; responsible for the training, and work quality of a team of content and curriculum developers who are responsible and accountable for developing effective content solutions and products that meet the curriculum standards and market requirements for literacy educational materials. 

This role is open to remote candidates located within the United States.

What you will be doing:

Working closely with the Directors and the VP of Academic Design to execute multi-year publishing plans. Tasks include but are not limited to: 

  • developing cost estimates and resource plans that to meet the development needs of the team,  ensuring that all content developed meets highest standards of academic integrity and quality
  • working with cross-functional teams to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget constraints. 
  • Working closely with the Directors, cross-functional teams, and individual project leads to help develop prototypes and guidelines for solutions aligned to relevant market requirements, product definitions, learning objectives and content standards 
  • Understanding the implications of customer and sales deadlines, state curriculum requirements, and budget and resource limitations on workflow and schedule 
  • Working closely and collaboratively with cross-functional teams to develop the best workflows, assign appropriate resources, and schedule benchmarks for program needs 
  • Working closely with the Director to forecast and manage program budgets, identifying issues that impact quality, budget, and schedules 
  • Proactively planning for team resourcing needs and creating effective staffing proposals; adapting departmental plans and priorities to address resource and operational challenges  
  • Empowering staff through professional development opportunities, working to enhance and extend the department’s content knowledge, classroom and pedagogical awareness, and digital and instructional design knowledge 
  • Building leadership capabilities at all levels within the department, developing and retaining talent, increasing diversity, and communicating goals and performance improvement needs effectively 
  • Anticipating and driving change by encouraging new ways of thinking and continuous improvement  
  • Maintaining a strong awareness of the competitive environment, including a focus on digital technology 

What you need to be considered: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education, literacy, or related field 
  • 5+ years of experience in literacy curriculum development and educational publishing with a focus on grades 3 through 5.
  • Knowledge of appropriate industry and subject-area content development practices, content standards, and academic and pedagogical trends, with the ability to drive innovation in teams and products 
  • Experience with project oversight, including managing staff and budgets 
  • Strong organizational, planning, and prioritization skills, with a demonstrated ability to allocate resources, manage vendors and oversee budgets and work plans 
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills 
  • Exceptional analytical, problem-solving, and negotiation skills 
  • Proactive, goal-oriented and collaborative, with experience leading multi-person teams and working both cross-functionally and hierarchically, and capable of building strong relationships at all levels


Teaching experience an advantage

The pay range for this position is between $75,000 - $110,000 annually, however, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and location. 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, depending on the position offered.  Click here to learn more about our benefit offerings.

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