Publications Manager

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Who We Are

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) is a national organization that conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to shape education policies and improve learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, LPI connects policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the pre-k to grade 12 education system and address the complex realities facing public schools and their communities. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others who care about improving public schools, the Institute advances evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for all children. 

The Position

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) is seeking a communications professional to join the communications team as a Publications Manager, providing publications and production support to the research and policy staff at LPI. This position may be based in either our Palo Alto, CA, or Washington, DC, office and will be expected to work in person once it is safe to do so (LPI staff currently work remotely). The ideal candidate has several years of publications production experience, enjoys working as part of a team, and has a strong commitment to ensuring that all children receive a high-quality education. This individual also has excellent writing skills, previous experience in communications (either with a nonprofit or a public relations or similar firm), ability to manage multiple projects, and is flexible and highly organized. The Publications Manager reports to the Deputy Director of Strategic Communications and the Director of Strategic Communications.

Major Responsibilities

  • In tandem with the full Communications Team, work with and support project teams in developing and releasing research materials, including advising teams on potential collateral for reports.
  • Coordinate and manage the editing, copy editing and production for all publications and collateral, including reports, briefs, fact sheets, infographics, interactive materials, and more.
  • Maintain LPI style guide and templates for LPI products and facilitate their understanding and use among LPI authors.
  • Develop, manage, and share production timelines for all publications and collateral.
  • Assist with the selection of graphics and other images, in collaboration with publication authors, graphic designer, and web specialist.
  • Assign and review the work of outside vendors, including, copy editors, proofreaders, Crossref, and photographers.
  • Assign and track DOIs, providing analysis to contribute to future editorial strategy.
  • Track and manage publications inventory.
  • Proofread LPI web content and materials.
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends in academic research and publications, such as ebooks, self-publishing.
  • Other tasks, as assigned.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • At least 5 years’ experience in publications productions/management
  • Interest in education policy and/or research
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Sharepoint) and Adobe Acrobat
  • Experience with project management tools
  • Exceptional attention to detail in work quality
  • Strong familiarity with APA and other style guides
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with others
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in performing at a high level in a deadline-driven environment, moving seamlessly across simultaneous projects, balancing priorities, and delivering on-time feedback
  • Strategic-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Excellent listening skills and experienced at both giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Dedication to high standards and quality


  • Flexible and able to make mid-flight changes
  • Innovative and focused on solutions and problem-solving
  • Highly organized and adept at working in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly collaborative, with demonstrated success working across teams
  • Passion for equity and the right of all children to have the opportunity to learn, especially historically underserved students
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence
  • Ability to execute and exhibit good judgment

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and short writing sample here. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Candidates invited to continue through the interview process will be asked to complete a job-related task/performance assessment.

The Learning Policy Institute is deeply committed to its staff’s health and well-being and strives to embody the organization’s values within the organizational structure. LPI offers competitive compensation and benefits; prioritizes and provides financial support for professional development; supports diversity, equity, and inclusion work internally; and values a collaborative culture. LPI is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply but must be eligible to work in the United States for any employer.​