Partner in Publishing is seeking a Senior Director, Creative Services, on behalf of our client, a full-service content production company supporting the print-to-digital transformation for the world’s leading publishers and other large content providers.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Publishing Services, the Senior Director, Creative Services is responsible for managing the strategy, staff and delivery of design and illustration for all Educational Publishing projects. 


Business Development 

The Senior Director, Creative Services is accountable for sustainable financial growth for design and illustration services through responding effectively to opportunities and ensuring continued relevance in design and illustration services. The Senior Director, Creative Services must 

  • Lead the response to bids for Creative Services, including approving P&Ls, recommending pricing, and providing samples and narrative responses;
  • Contribute information as requested to support sales and marketing efforts; 
  • Maintain general subject-matter expertise and knowledge of educational trends and practices, especially in digital products; 
  • Serve as an innovative thought leader; 
  • Understand best practices and expand into new markets. 

People Management and Development 

The Senior Director, Creative Services is accountable for managing and providing development opportunities for a best-in-class team of on and offshore design and illustration professionals. 

The Senior Director, Creative Services must

  • Supervise and mentor design and illustration staff and contractors; 
  • Manage staffing levels and competencies in accordance with forecasted revenue;
  • Manage communication among staff and represent team in communications with other Aptara departments and personnel as required; 
  • Review and approve staffing plans for design and illustration projects;
  • Provide support and model best practices for the Creative team. 

Delivery of Design and Illustration Projects 

The Senior Director, Creative Services is accountable for the delivery of design and illustration projects at the highest level of quality in accordance with project schedules and budget. The Senior Director, Creative Services must 

  • Devise creative plans for design and illustration for educational publishing projects;
  • Develop and maintain standards for design and illustration; 
  • Represent the Creative Team and Aptara in pro-active and clear communication with clients; 
  • Monitor projects to ensure client satisfaction and retention; 
  • Problem-solve and provide solutions; 
  • Ensure overall quality of creative content. 


Performance in this position will most often be measured or evaluated by: 

  • Successful working relationships with clients demonstrated by feedback and renewal business from clients.
  • Successful working relationships with colleagues and staff demonstrated by feedback and willingness to collaborate on future projects. 
  • Quality and timely delivery of project deliverables to the client. 
  • Attainment of budget goals. 


  • Minimum of eight years’ experience in design and illustration within educational publishing field;
  • Experience in developing creative plans for print and digital educational materials for both students and teachers; 
  • Demonstrated experience in leading teams across multiple locations; 
  • Demonstrated competence in personnel management and development and management of staffing plans, project budgets, and schedules; 
  • Established network of design and illustration resources; 
  • B.F.A., B.A. or B.S. degree required; master’s degree preferred. 
Job Category: Product
Market: k-12/Higher Ed
Location: Remote
Type: External

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