Cengage Learning Development Editor in Boston, Massachusetts


The Development Editor manages in-house and out-of-house development of both print, non-print, and digital products to clarify, strengthen, and enhance their quality. The position involves (1) maximizing the potential of the product in content, quality, and marketability, (2) managing assigned authors and other outside resources (3) project scheduling, content preparation, and quality assurance, and (4) create/execute product enhancement strategies.


  • Work under the supervision of the Publisher, Executive Editor, and/or Managing Editor

  • Manage the development of materials for print and electronic delivery—including student books, ancillaries, and tech products—at all stages of the development process

  • Analyze content and write editorial development guidelines

  • Provide direction to writers in terms of content suitability, accuracy, style, format, and structure

  • Manage freelancers and outsourced assignments

  • Review and fact check content

  • Ensure quality control

  • Rewrite content when necessary

  • Attend audio recordings and review audio

  • Review videos and create video scripts

  • Create and maintain editorial schedules

  • Track budgets

  • Problem-solve daily process issues

  • Prepare project documentation such as design memos, art logs, audio scripts, audio error reports, bookmaps

  • Bring projects to completion within specified deadlines and budgets

  • Generate and coordinate product surveys

  • Gather, analyze, and report market feedback

  • Enter, update, and manage product information on internal systems (e.g. IPS)

  • Organize and maintain project materials in repositories

  • Help select outside writers and development editors

  • Coordinate and efficiently monitor the transmittal of materials and communication between in-house staff and outside project members (freelancers, authors, etc.)

  • Provide guidance to in-house Associate Editors and Assistant Editors

  • Communicate effectively across functional groups


  • B.S. or B.A. degree or equivalent

  • Minimum 4 years of publishing and/or teaching experience

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously while adhering to established deadlines

  • Must be innovative, highly motivated, and team-oriented

Requisition ID 2017-3379

Job Locations US-MA-Boston

Posted Date 6/28/2017

Job Function Editorial