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Sr Learning Architect-EL
at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
New York, NY

Sr Learning Architect-EL
at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
New York, NY

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Job Requisition ID: 15459

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HMH’s Supplemental Intervention Solutions Group is seeking to hire a Sr. Learning Architect (Editor) to contribute to the development of innovative digital and print programs that will propel secondary English learners to academic achievement.


The Sr. Learning Architect, EL is an experienced editor of instructional content who is well versed in EL curriculum and pedagogy and is dedicated to the creation of high-quality and engaging products that will accelerate language development for EL students. The Sr. Learning Architect, EL Instruction, manages all content development efforts, works collaboratively within and across teams and calmly and diligently juggles multiple results-oriented initiatives under tight turnarounds. 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.




  • Manage the instructional design, product development (prototype design), and production of ELL (English Language Learning) technology and print program components from concept to fulfillment.
  • Use expertise in K-12 EL instruction, Universal Design for Learning Principles, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support to help develop program prototypes, manuscript, and technology content that adhere to research, best practices, and all program pedagogy.
  • Manage the content creation efforts for Supplemental and Intervention Solutions (SIS) EL programs such as student and teacher content and assessments with in-house and out-of-house writers, designers, advisors and developers, ensuring that content aligns with the program mission. Review work with Learning Architects, program authors, and advisors on an as needed basis and incorporate feedback.
  • 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.
  • Coordinates and 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.






  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education or relevant discipline
  • 3+ EL teaching experience (i.e. deep knowledge of EL curriculum, phonics instruction, pedagogy and best practices)
  • 3+ years of educational publishing experience; experience developing EL learning solutions for the K-12 market
  • Deep knowledge of curriculum standards and criteria for evaluating instructional materials from various states, large school districts,  and national organizations
  • 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
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills, with attention to detail
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and time-management skills
  • Proven decision-making and problem-solving skills



  • Practical experience designing and/or deploying 21st-century learning solutions, including blogs, wikis, online forums, chat rooms, and online communities of practice
  • Practical experience contributing to the design of digital interactive games
  • Experience writing scripts for engaging time-based media such as animated cartoons, television documentaries, narrative-driven digital interactive games, etc.
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office products and company technology tools


Physical Requirements

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.
  • Some travel expected

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.

For more information, visit http://careers.hmhco.com 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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