Academic Planning Dir - Home-based TX

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Dallas, TX - Full time

Role Summary:

The Academic Planning Director will partner with the field sales organization, district customers, and the multiple teams at HMH to custom design academic product and service solutions to match the needs of school districts.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Meet with customers to explore their academic needs.
  • Develop concept papers showing the potential match between customer needs and a wide range of HMH products and service offerings.
  • Work with the customer, Account Executive and HMH team to develop a final price proposal for presentation.
  • Work with the Account Executive to close the sale
  • Transfer daily management of a given project to an HMH Implementation Manager
  • Maintain quarterly contact with the customer through the execution of the project
  • Work collaboratively with Account Executives, Regional Directors, Regional Vice Presidents, and National Sales Manager to identify sales prospects, develop sales relationships, and explore ICLE and MS sales opportunities.
  • Have a specific educational domain expertise, backed by formal education plus years of relevant experience, to use in establishing a trusted consultative relationship with customers.
  • Work with multiple sales and implementation personnel to draw materials and service offerings from multiple groups into a cohesive concept proposal and price proposal.
  • Successfully close sales.
  • Work with implementation managers and colleagues in sales to maintain and cultivate customer relationships over time, to maximize opportunities for expansion sales.
  • Learn to use proprietary quantitative tools in small group and large group presentations before district leadership teams.
  • Respond in a timely manner to all customer requests, thus securing a high degree of customer satisfaction.

Position Requirements:

  • 4 year college degree.
  • Previous education consulting experience working with Superintendents.
  • 5 years previous experience at K12 district administration level role, cabinet level is preferred.
  • Deep demonstrated domain expertise and a proven track record in an area such as education leadership, instructional leadership, strategic planning, and/or educational finance.
  • Experience mentoring, coaching or managing teachers and/or trainers.
  • Experience building and managing a team.
  • Expertise with PowerPoint, Excel and Word.
  • Superior written, interpersonal and group presentation communication skills.
  • Acceptable driving record required.


  • Relevant graduate degree, MS degree preferred.
  • Prior teaching and/or administrative experience preferred.
  • Previous K12 cabinet level role preferred.
  • Expert analytical & data analysis skills preferred.
  • Understanding of continuum of learning for literacy and mathematics preferred.
  • Knowledge of HMH ISG programs preferred.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time,• Visual acuity to see computer screen.• Auditory acuity to be on conference calls and communicate with customers and colleagues.• Ability to travel by air up to 80% of time.
  • * This role is home-based and can be located in Dallas, Austin or Houston Texas. Home-based location in Texas must be near a major airport.

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    Experience Level

    6 or more years

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom. HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

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