Developmental/Custom Editor, Hybrid (1 yr contract)

Job Information

Department: Nelson Education   Job Type: Temporary Employee
Location Nelson: Ontario-Toronto   Schedule: Full-Time


GENERAL STATEMENT: 50/50 Split between Custom and Development

Your work as a Developmental/Custom Publishing Editor on the Higher Education Editorial team will straddle two different roles. As Custom Publishing Editor (CE), you will be responsible for developing custom learning materials for opportunities uncovered by the sales team, and for identifying, signing, and developing custom products to support custom sales in the post-secondary Higher Education market. As Developmental Editor (DE), you will be responsible for managing the market-driven development of new and ongoing projects in accordance with the product plan. You will ensure that all products meet the company’s standards (both quality and product margin) and ultimately fit market requirements. In both roles you will work within a team environment.


Project Planning:

  • Review and analyze the market reaction to existing and proposed product by preparing questionnaires and manuscript (where applicable) for feedback, and managing the review process (DE)
  • Participate in project planning meetings with the Executive Editor, Director of Development and Custom, Managing Developmental Editor, authors, and/or designers to plan for development of product (DE)
  • Identify existing and needed resources for developing the desired product, help develop the financials for budget control, and set development schedules to ensure publication dates will be met (DE)
  • Liaise with Regional Sales Management and Sales Representatives to close identified opportunities for new custom products and to reduce attrition rates (CE)
  • Liaise with Executive Editors and Marketing Managers to identify and target business opportunities for Custom products. This includes replacing existing custom products and new product development (CE)
  • Drive sales of core products by identifying custom publishing opportunities to supplement package offerings (CE)
  • Ensure that prices for custom publications achieve all internal financial hurdles in terms of profitability and that the projects meet all program hurdles (CE)

Author Management:

  • Ensure that manuscript preparation and permission requirements are understood and followed by authors (DE)
  • Maintain regular contact with authors to ensure that manuscript development is progressing on schedule (DE & CE)
  • Review manuscripts submitted by authors to ensure that they are complete and meet project standards (DE & CE)
  • Negotiate and detail all of the customer requirements for Custom publications once opportunities are identified (CE)
  • Manage contract process with customers to ensure terms are clearly communicated and agreed to by Nelson and our custom customers (CE)

Project Management:

  • Monitor quality and appropriateness of the product at each stage, including fit to the design and needs of the market (DE & CE)
  • Assist when required in all stages to ensure the production schedule is met to hit the publication date (DE & CE)
  • Co-ordinate the development of several projects simultaneously through to their transmittal into production (DE & CE)
  • Manage digital and print product development (whether performed by self or freelance editor) (DE & CE)
  • Ensure that new custom products meet rights and permissions criteria (CE)


  • Ensure Director (Development and Custom), Managing Developmental Editor, and other team members are regularly updated on project status (DE & CE)
  • Foster effective and efficient communication among team members, design, production, permissions, media technology, and all other internal business units (DE & CE)
  • Act as a liaison with the development team, production team, and in-house personnel, keeping them informed of progress, relaying concerns, recommending actions, and solving problems(DE & CE)
  • Maintain schedule and publication data in IPS, Book Status Reports and AS400 weekly (DE)
  • Maintain project logs to track status/progress of each assigned project (submitted monthly) (DE & CE)
  • Create reports and territorial analysis as needed (CE)
  • Manage deadlines and the timely completion of custom publications by communicating with internal staff all pertinent information (DE & CE)


Health and Safety

Employees must take responsibility for their own personal health and safety. General duties include:

Following specific rules related to health and safety rules specific to the workplace as provided by senior management

  • Promoting health and safety within the workplace
  • Report any potential problems or unsafe situations to supervisors and/or senior management

Section 28 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) covers general duties of employees for taking care of their own personal health and safety within the workplace. The general duties include:

  • Work in compliance with the Act and regulations
  • Use or wear any equipment, protective devices or clothing required by senior management or by the regulations
  • Not remove or make ineffective any protective device or clothing required by senior management or by the regulations
  • Not use or operate any equipment or work in a way that may endanger any worker
  • Not engage in any prank, contest, feat of strength, unnecessary running or rough an boisterous conduct
  • Report the absence of, or defect, in any equipment or protective device of which the worker is aware  and which may endanger himself, herself or another worker to senior management or supervisor
  • Report any contravention of the Act or regulations to senior management or supervisor
  • Report any hazards

 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS (i.e. frequency, distance, etc.)          

Yes: Occasional travel required to attend conferences, business meetings, etc.



  • Post-secondary degree or college diploma required
  • Certificate/degree from college or university publishing program an asset


  • Experience in a higher education editorial capacity
  • Successful sales experience an asset

Knowledge, Competencies and Values:

  • Good knowledge/understanding of the editorial product development model for digital and print
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat; ability to quickly learn new technology
  • Highly organized and motivated individual, detail-oriented, with good problem-solving skills and strong customer service orientation
  • Superior time management skills, the flexibility to shift between tasks easily, and the demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize workload
  • The ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • A valid licence and willingness to travel occasionally


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