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Content Development Editor

Oxford University Press
New York, NY 10016
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Oxford University Press


Posted: August 03, 2022
Cary, NY, USA

Education changes lives forever. It broadens horizons, breaks down barriers, and fires imaginations. Like the University of Oxford of which we are a part, we are committed to uncompromising standards, freedom of expression, and the enrichment of lives through education. This is our motivation, our purpose, and our mission. It is why 100% of the money we make is reinvested into education and research. It is why all 6,000 of us in 52 countries care deeply about reaching more people, in more places, with world-class learning and research materials and services.

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Advancing Knowledge and Learning


Responsible for project managing a portfolio of strategically important higher education projects, and ensuring that they maximize student outcomes. Create products that are distinctive, innovative, and compelling, and which drive digital penetration by being designed to have most impact when used digitally. In close collaboration with authors, thoughtfully enrich and curate both text and non-text content in line with best practice as it relates to learning design and pedagogy. Under the guidance of the Content Development Manager, ensure that budgets are met, and costs incurred are in line with the agreed P & L. Create and share clear, compelling value propositions which speak to clearly-identified market needs.
  1. Market and HE ecosystem expertise: Maintain an accurate and dynamic understanding of the competitive environment and customer (lecturer, student) needs by interacting directly with our customers, through reviews, surveys, direct engagement , and VoC; by completing detailed analyses of our competitors' products; and by analyzing third-party data on the markets in which we compete.
  2. Content enrichment and curation: In collaboration with authors and reviewers, work to meet instructor and student needs as fully as possible by creating products that are distinctive, innovative, and compelling.
    • Manage the development of all content - including textual and non-textual assets such that it is originated to brief, schedule, budget, and in line with available resources.
    • Employ line-editing, structural editing, and content curation to guide and inform author activity.
    • Develop best in class assessments to optimize learning outcomes.
    • Under the guidance of the Content Development Manager, define the nature and scope of non-text assets that enrich our content (figures, photos, video, audio) and curate these assets so that they adhere to best practices (pedagogical and accessibility) and make optimal use of existing OUP assets.
  3. Project management: Manage projects, including the origination and curation of both text and non-text assets, to ensure their completion to brief (including prototypes as needed), schedule, budget, and in line with available resource. Under the guidance of the Content Development Manager, maintain awareness of projected P & L during content development through to market launch, and manage costs and profitability to ensure that development work is in line with budget profile. Manage the author relationship prior to submission of their content to ensure their work fully meets the agreed specification and contractual requirements. Draw up clear and comprehensive author guidance, and adopt working practices that ensure authors adhere to this guidance.
  4. Project data maintenance: Ensure project tracking systems, particularly Oxford Publish, are up to date with accurate data. Regularly review project status, including reaching out to authors as necessary to confirm their progress, and update schedules in systems. Ensure that book metadata is optimized, accurate, and kept up to date, and ensure changes are communicated to appropriate stakeholders.
  5. Market validation of content: Design online questionnaires to facilitate external peer review of value propositions and sample materials to ensure content meets market needs. Review the work in progress throughout the development stage to enable ongoing assessment, shaping, and curation of the material in order to maximize the success of the final product. Analyze market feedback to identify clear points of action. Under the guidance of the Content Development Manager, leverage and build on the product reviews to seed market development activities and adoptions upon market launch. Partner with marketing to establish class test and pilot strategies and to collaborate on approaches and implementation of impact studies that can be shared with customers and inform future product development.
  6. Content positioning: Create and share clear, compelling value propositions, marketing copy, NBAs and NOPAs (as required) for all products. Determine cover design direction, balancing author preference and expectations, competitive environment, and cost management.
  7. Brand advocacy: Identify and cultivate strong faculty advocates to inform product and market development, and to participate in the sales process.

  • In-depth knowledge of Higher Education publishing and the Higher Education ecosystem.
  • Demonstrable understanding of learning design principles and how they apply to the shaping of educational content.
  • Demonstrable interest in editorial intervention to enhance the quality of content.
  • Demonstrable experience of effective project management, cost/budget management, successful innovation, and consistent delivery of goals.
  • Highly literate and numerate.
  • Strong organizational, time management, and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to work well on your own initiative and to be proactive in solving problems.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent attention to detail at all times.
  • Ability to work with peers and cross-functionally in a productive manner (including within the matrix management structure of the Press) towards a common purpose and good.
  • Excellent written communication as well as strong interpersonal and verbal skills.

Position Location: This role is hybrid, based out of New York, NY, Cary, NC, or Sunderland, MA

GJC Level: I4 (for internal purposes only)

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


Posted: 2022-08-04 Expires: 2022-09-05

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