Managing Development Editor, Nursing

F.A. Davis is recruiting for a Managing Development Director, Nursing.

Position Summary:

The Managing Development Editor oversees all content development for Nursing Department. Includes leading early development of core titles and online product as well as managing the development work of internal Content Development Specialist and external freelance Development Editors.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • Five years’ experience as a senior developmental editor of nursing, health sciences, or college textbooks/ancillaries
  • In-depth understanding of how to develop both print and digital projects, including how to develop against competitive products
  • Experience managing in house or freelance development editors preferred.
  • Able to uphold author guidelines and standards that ensure F.A. Davis continues to maintain the highest editorial and developmental standards
  • Deep knowledge of publishing process and higher ed markets
  • Experience managing in-house development personnel preferred
  • Familiarity with acceptable formats for digital text and art
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PPT, Google Docs, and internet research

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages one in-house Content Development Specialist (CDS).
  • Recruits, assigns, and manages a pool of freelance Development Editors (DE’s).
  • Evaluates work for CDS and DEs as necessary, confirming F.A. Davis standards of acceptability and developmental and style guidelines are followed, and to ensure projects publish on time and on budget. Ensures DE’s and CDS’s work follows vision outlined by editorial team and author, is informed by market reviews, and meets customers’ needs.
  • Works closely with the editorial team and author, especially in early project stages, to create a developmental strategy. Participates in project kick-off meetings. For first edition core projects (both print and digital) develops a sample chapter, topic, or unit that assures consistency across title and accurately expresses project vision.
  • Leads content development for online product, which includes reviewing and editing narrative script, so that it works within an online interactive framework.
  • Oversees content organization of text ancillaries/supplements, working closely with AE’s and CPMs, to ensure consistency.
  • Works closely with Acquisitions, contracts with development houses/vendors to write and develop ancillary/supplement material.
  • Creates and maintains developmental budgets. Communicates potential overages. Coordinates internal charges with accounting. Provides AEs with an estimated developmental budget pre-editorial board based on project request form.


  • Bachelor’s degree required

Reporting to this position:

Content Development Specialist

Physical demands and work environment:

  • Work conducted in normal office setting
  • Frequent communications, verbal and written
  • Frequent sitting and/or standing, walking, and climbing stairs
  • Repetitive movement of hands and fingers – typing and/or writing

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. But, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

NOTE: The hiring company has engaged Jack Farrell & Associates ( to find the winning candidate for this position. Interested candidates should provide a resume by email to Henry Greene  ([email protected]). Thank you.   JO 202201010