Posted: April 10, 2018

Director Curriculum Development

Columbus, OH
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Zaner-Bloser is an educational curricula and digital resources provider in language arts/literacy. Our flexible, customizable solutions support educators in their mission to help students learn. We provide distinctive and effective educational products and services to inspire all students to become lifelong learners and partner with educators to improve results in the classroom. With an ever-growing number of digital technologies and evolving research shaping the education landscape, Zaner-Bloser is committed to meeting schools’ needs today and in the future. As a Highlights Company, Zaner-Bloser is driven to always do what's right for children and to strive to make a significant contribution to their education.

The Director of Curriculum Development, Literacy will be responsible for planning and supervising the writing and development of engaging, high-quality ELA materials. S/He possesses proven subject matter expertise in Pre-K-12 English/Language Arts curriculum and pedagogy, and will demonstrate leadership on a cross-functional team.


  • Plan content, organization, and structure of new ELA instructional materials that meet market needs and are differentiated from competition
  • Manage in-house content editors and freelance writers
  • Write prototype lessons
  • Edit manuscript to ensure consistency of instructional protocols and voice; ensure that products are accurate, age-appropriate, and aligned to curriculum standards and frameworks
  • Work with VP, Product Development on product planning
  • Maintain current author relationships and help cultivate new relationships
  • Stay informed regarding trends in educational publishing and educational policy
  • Engage in qualitative research, such as visiting classrooms to observe literacy products in use and listen to teacher and administrator needs and suggestions.
  • Attend educational publishing conferences and events in order to stay informed about new products and changes in the market.
  • Mentor editors and assist in their development within the company.
  • Manage multiple projects at once while meeting tight deadlines.
  • Work with marketing and sales to ensure products align with expectations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English or related field
  • 5-7 years of product development experience in educational publishing
  • 3+ years of management experience
  • Teaching experience preferred
  • Superb writing and editing skills
  • Extraordinary attention to detail
  • Strong verbal/visual skills
  • Knowledge of state standards and federal and state mandates

Zaner-Bloser, a Highlights Company, is a mission driven organization.  We help children become their best selves by publishing content and creating experiences that engage, delight, and foster joyful learning. Through the work we do and as an inclusive corporate community, we are dedicated to cultivating our best selves in our workplace.  We aim to hire talent that strives for excellence while doing the work they love, by enhancing the lives of kids and families.  We come together with a common purpose because, we believe children are the world's most important people.  


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