Development Editor, American English Publishing Team

Posted: 1/2/2019 | Expires: 2/1/2019

Location: Miami, Florida
Function: Writing & Editing
Specialty: Editor / Editorial
Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive




Macmillan Education provides world class content in the most relevant, engaging and flexible formats to support students, teachers and institutions through a lifetime of learning. Macmillan Education produces content for English Language Teaching (ELT) and for Schools curricula around the world whilst Palgrave Higher Education develops and distributes textbooks, e-books and interactive e-learning resources primarily for University-level students.




Development Editor




Location: Miami or London



The role of the Development Editor works within a publishing project team and has day-to-day responsibility for content development from initial writing brief to publication, ensuring that all material is of an appropriate quality and fully aligned to the publishing vision of the Commissioning Editor and Publisher. The Development Editor may also commission ancillary items under the guidance of the Commissioning or Senior Development Editor. The role involves extensive cross-functional liaison with the content production and content delivery teams to create material which meets the needs of the key audience and is published on schedule and within budget.








The position is available in our London or Miami offices. The team in Miami works under the name RedNova Learning, which is a Macmillan Education company.




















  • Understand specific market needs and the publishing vision in the context of the publishing plan and business needs

  • Work with the Commissioning Editor and / or Senior Development Editor to prepare author briefs for specific projects, in light of market research

  • Understand contract terms and budget for external contributors, ensuring correct procedures are followed, and understand the financial implications of making changes

  • Take responsibility for overseeing external content creators to ensure work meets the required standard

  • Provide feedback to authors/contributors, suggesting appropriate action to ensure content meets the brief, with the support of the Commissioning Editor / Senior Development Editor where necessary

  • Alert the project team to any content development issues to ensure delivery is on time and within budget

  • 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 and deal with overmatter (print and digital), commenting on issues and feeding back appropriately

  • Any other duties that can reasonably be expected of you






Experience, skills, and qualifications















  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent; ELT/TEFL qualification

  • Demonstrable ELT/EFL teaching experience is essential, preferably in a primary setting

  • Knowledge of ELT markets and segments

  • Excellent written English and knowledge of a second language

  • An ability to work to tight deadlines and to manage numerous tasks

  • Well organized with superior interpersonal, communication, and team-working skills

  • Understanding of content management systems, publishing technologies, and web publishing (HTML, CSS, XML, etc.)

  • Experience working with a range of new media and digital projects











  • Publishing background desired, but not essential, ideally in ELT




















If you are an internal candidate please inform your line manager of your application.









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