Sr Learning Architect- K-2 Literacy Editor

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Multiple Locations - Full time


The Senior Learning Architect (SLA) is responsible for ensuring that assigned components (print, digital, and customized) meet market needs and are delivered on time and on budget. The responsibilities of this position require independent and collaborative work in delivering assigned products. The SLA may be responsible for major components or features within a program and also may provide guidance, coaching, and training to more junior team members.


  • Works cooperatively and effectively with other members of cross-functional project teams, including other Learning Architects, Design Architects, Production Managers, and Content Shared Services providers.
  • Works with Lead LA and cross-functional project teams to define the creative vision for both print and digital learning products. Creates high-level concept proposals to address specified requirements.
  • Leading a small team or working independently, prepares digital or print content for release, develops and/or checks page layouts, and implements all steps in the production process for assigned projects; works closely with designers and photo researchers on page layouts, photo selection, and creation of illustrations; checks all stages of art and proof for assigned projects; develops and/or checks content of tech products and participates in all stages of their production; effectively utilizes tech tools in the publishing process to facilitate development efficiency and enhance product quality.
  • Works with cross-functional PDM teams to design products that meet specified learning and user experience (UX) requirements, including writing appropriate prototype content, providing input into design decisions, and reviewing design outputs.
  • Write clear project guidelines and coordinates/ reviews the work of editors and freelance writers; writes or revises portions of manuscripts, scripts, and storyboards; edits manuscript for several major components of a project according to project guidelines and divisional standards of quality and accuracy. Provides training and guidance to more junior team members.
  • Works effectively with other employees across the division; keeps Lead LA well informed of project progress and issues, referring appropriate decisions to management.


Indicates the minimum required education level, previous experience, specific knowledge, skills and abilities as well as preferred experiences / skills for this position.


  • Education Level and or relevant experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education or relevant discipline
  • Subject-matter expertise in Reading/Language Arts
  • Deep knowledge of curriculum standards and criteria for evaluating instructional materials from various states, large school districts, and national organizations
  • 8+ years of educational publishing experience
  • 8+ years of editorial and/or learning design experience
  • Strong conceptual skills, a critical eye for detail, and the ability to translate complex concepts into visual representations
  • Self-motivation, ability to work with and communicate effectively with a variety of technical and creative individuals
  • Passionate about creating engaging and effective (fun!) learning products


  • Experience developing learning solutions for the K–2 Reading/Language Arts market
  • Teaching experience helpful
  • Strong design/aesthetic sensibilities

Knowledge and skills

(general and technical)

  • Demonstrates increasing content knowledge for assigned projects; becomes familiar with and applies knowledge of market research to text; has a thorough understanding of all relevant state and national standards; fully understands sensitivity issues
  • Works effectively with other employees across the division; keeps Lead LA well informed of project progress and issues, referring appropriate decisions to management
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office products and company technology tools
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills, with attention to detail
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and time-management skills
  • Proven decision-making and problem-solving skills

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Orlando, Florida
Boston, Massachusetts
Austin, Texas


Curriculum Design

Experience Level

Mid Level

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners.

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