Content Team Project Manager

The Content Team Project Manager will work collaboratively with Editorial, Design, and Photo Research managers, across imprints, to contract and manage packaged school/library series and titles. The Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing series and the work of packagers to help ensure quality, consistency, and on-time delivery of products. The Project Manager will communicate contract terms, schedules, series guidelines and directives, and file needs for new nonfiction and fiction series and new titles in existing series. The Project Manager will act as the oversight and approval/signoff point for both editorial and visual content, maintaining the quality expectations of the market and the company.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Act as the internal communication hub and approval point for externally produced series and single titles as assigned.
  2. Working with directors and product planning, aid in the development of packaged series that is consistent with the publisher’s intent as well as within the print and digital marketplace. This work involves negotiating with and contracting packagers; communicating and enforcing series guidelines; and managing the in-house approval of prototypes for packaged product.
  3. Oversee the production of approximately 150 externally created titles per year, including tracking incoming and outgoing files, crossreads for quality checks, and production/design checks. Some of this work will be delegated to other staff, but the overall production quality control responsibility lies with the project manager.
  4. Establish and maintain relationships with packaging partners.
  5. Enter and manage schedules for externally produced series into internal scheduling tool, managing workloads and schedules.
  6. Coordinate metadata, CIP applications, leveling, printing, and final files for externally produced product.
  7. Create and maintain workflow documentation.
  8. Manage production of ancillary product, such as teaching guides and student workbooks, that are externally produced.
  9. Create workflows for and manage special projects, such as Spanish translations, as assigned.

Experience and Necessary Skills:

  1. Clear, effective, and timely verbal and written communication skills
  2. Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail
  3. Self-monitoring and self-directed
  4. Appreciation for efficient systems, processes, and schedules/deadlines
  5. Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities
  6. Proficient in Excel, Word, PDF markup, and project management tools
  7. Strong editing/writing skills
  8. Strong eye for clean, effective design
  9. Good sense of nonfiction and series content
  10. Understanding of series development in both print and digital content
  11. Familiar with file transfer protocols

Bachelor’s Degree, or work experience in project management

It is the policy of Lerner Publishing Group to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, mental or physical disability, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, public assistance, or any other class protected under applicable law. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Please send resumes or any general employment inquires to:
Joyce Hutchinson
Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
241 First Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
FAX: 612-204-9208


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