Job title: Development Editor
Location: Garnet Education Offices, Reading, UK
Reporting to: Rachel Finnie, Editorial Manager
Role Summary: To assist in the editorial and project management functions for Garnet Education
Main Areas of Responsibility:
- Work on a range of ELT materials, both print and digital, to enable consistent delivery of the highest quality content.
- Oversee and support the content creation process to ensure market appropriateness, consistency, accuracy, legal acceptability, and appropriate realization of the agreed intent of the work.
- Where appropriate, liaise with authors, writers and in-house colleagues, freelance editorial staff and any external staff collaborating with Garnet.
- Work with the team to facilitate frequent and effective communication and smooth working relationships between team members, between departments and between authors/writers and staff.
- Help to maintain agreed project schedules and key project milestones.
- If necessary, commission and brief authors/writers for specific components as and when required, making selections by commissioning and assessing sample material where appropriate.
- Report regularly to the Operations Director/Editorial Manager on the overall progress of the allocated projects.
- Share any concerns regarding projects, processes or procedures, and suggest solutions.
- Collaborate with the other in-house teams to promote continuous improvement along with effective and efficient working practices.
- Maintain agreed procedures for working, wherever possible. Suggest new procedures where they might result in increased efficiency.
- Apply ELT knowledge and teaching awareness to provide continuous development of material throughout the editing process.
- Work with the Editorial Manager and authors to help develop and shape prototype material for field testing and review.
- Content edit and develop manuscripts for handover to the production or digital teams, and support the editorial team in this respect.
- Prepare accurate, realistic and effective artwork/image briefs for the design team.
- Brief and liaise with the Publishing Assistant to assess the need for copyright.
- Check all forms of proofs [print, digital, design] at all stages of development, for accuracy, level and cultural appropriateness.
- Attend recordings and check digital, audio and video materials.
Research & Commissioning
- Maintain familiarity with relevant target markets by undertaking market research to inform the development of allocated projects.
- Where appropriate, work with the Editorial Manager to identify and commission projects.
- Be proactive in keeping up to date with current trends in ELT, and where possible share this knowledge within the team.
- Take an active role in project planning and development by working with colleagues in Editorial, Sales, Marketing, and Production.
- Be proactive in sharing knowledge and trends.
- Stay informed about the ELT market and new ideas in publishing.
- Interact positively with colleagues and external contacts.
- Work with the Editorial and Operational teams to facilitate the training and development of staff.
- Contribute towards the maintenance of a positive working environment.
- Carry out routine administrative tasks as needed.
- Delegate tasks to the administrative team appropriately.
- Carry out any other duties which might be reasonably expected of you by your immediate manager or a director, including attendance at book fairs and other promotional events.
- Be prepared to take on tasks not ordinarily within your job description, but where the wider team need extra support.
- Significant experience of developing ELT content.
- Experience of developing scope and sequences.
- Informed awareness of ELT markets, trends and products.
- Strong project management skills.
- Highly organised and prepared to take initiative.
- Good communicator on all levels.
- Willing to learn and be open to change.
- Deadline-driven and a competent time manager.
- Active and enthusiastic team player.
- Experience with CEFR levels and other testing/assessment scales.
- Direct experience of ELT markets in different countries.
- Teaching experience in an ELT setting and a recognised ELT qualification.
- Knowledge of digital product development.
- Working knowledge of different approaches to learning.
For more information or to apply, please send your CV, covering letter and salary expectations to Rachel Finnie, Editorial Manager: email@example.com