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Program Manager - Psychology more...
Location:Austin, TX
Company:Macmillan Learning
First posted:May 10, 2017

Macmillan Learning is a part of the family-owned Holtzbrinck group of companies and is one of the leading educational technology companies. Through deep partnership with the world's best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire student curiosity and measure progress. Macmillan Learning is comprised of renowned brands including Bedford/St. Martins, W.H. Freeman, Worth Publishers, Sapling Learning, SkyFactor, Intellus Learning, Late Nite Labs, and Hayden-McNeil. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to reflecting a broad representation of differences -- race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, age, family status, economic background and status, geographical background and status, and perspective-- in our workplace. The successful candidate for this position will become an employee of Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC ("BFW"), d/b/a Macmillan Learning. Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC has developed an affirmative action program in compliance with the NY Department of Education's guidance. Portions of the affirmative action program are available for review by applicants and employees by contacting Human Resources.

Macmillan Learning is seeking a Program Manager for our market-leading Psychology list. The Program Manager is responsible for the overall health and performance of the list including strategic, long-term planning; development and refinement of a customer-driven digital strategy; author and list management; market analysis; budgeting; profitability; publication goals; and a focus on solving customer pain points. The successful candidate will implement strategies to further the transition of the list from print to digital with an emphasis on providing learning insights that lead to success for students, instructors and curriculum programs. This opportunity puts you at the forefront of working with a prestigious group of Psychology authors including award winning psychologists in research and teaching. The Program Manager will report to the Social Sciences Program Director and work closely with the content, assessment, and media editorial teams within the psychology team and closely collaborate with learning science, digital product, and technology teams as we develop and validate a portfolio of digital solutions for psychology.

Major Responsibilities:

List Management

  • Develop and refine, in concert with colleagues in Digital Product, Technology, and Learning Science, a digital strategy that articulates and supports pedagogical models employed by psychologists inside and outside the classroom.
  • Collaborate with psychology editors (development, assessment and media editorial) and members of the digital product group to identify and articulate digital functionality requirements that execute on a market-informed digital strategy. Develop plans for a competitive digital portfolio that allows for future innovation.
  • Ensure that publication of all Psychology products are timely to market, competitive, and meet their financial and sales goals.
  • Serve as the primary contact for our authors.
  • Plan revisions in a timely manner. Develop and drive creative and competitive publication strategies for revisions.
  • Acquire new products and prune existing products when necessary. Develop business plans around titles to ultimately determine what programs are published.
  • Develop a keen sense of the Psychology marketplace, and use that market knowledge to inform plans for the list.
  • Develop relationships with potential authors, reviewers and members of the teaching and research community to help sign and generate new projects or partnerships that meet list and market needs.
    Overall Sales and List Performance
  • Travel and collaborate with marketing, sales, learning solutions specialists, and market development, as appropriate, to ensure successful sales of all Psychology products and titles.
  • Through campus work, attendance at national conferences, and monitoring industry trends, identify and understand customer challenges to inform product development.
  • Seed new adoptions through events and outreach, work with reps and marketing managers to sell products and refine marketing messages. Travel to support sales efforts, as needed.
    Budgets and Profitability
  • Ensure timely, accurate evaluation and maintenance of budgetary information.
  • Manage and serve as the key decision-maker for the P&Ls for franchises and titles and new product models.

    Required Skills / Knowledge:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent editorial judgment and skill
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to form productive working relationships with authors, author teams, and in house teams including marketing, content and assessment development, media editorial and production
  • Strong project management skills, with ability to juggle multiple ongoing projects and work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and work independently
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Apps

    Experience Needed:

  • Minimum: four (4) years of experience in sales, marketing, or editorial with a higher education learning company or related industry
  • Desired: four (4) years of experience as a program manager / acquisitions editor for consideration for Senior or Executive level position.

    Educational Background Required:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Psychology degree is a plus


  • New York, preferred
  • Austin
  • Offsite Candidates will be considered if they have a minimum of 3 years experience as a program manager / acquisitions editor

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