Product Project Manager at Lumina Datamatics

Remote | Freelance
Lumina Datamatics

Freelance Product Project Manager

Job Description:

Lumina is looking for talented and experienced freelance project managers to take on full-service projects of varying types and in different disciplines. The project manager (PM) will handle the complete production process from manuscript turnover through final deliverables (whether that’s releasing files to a printer, for online courseware delivery or other digital product, or multiple deliverables). We are interested in developing lasting relationships with freelance PMs willing to handle anywhere from one project at a time to a full-time workload. This is a fully remote position with relatively flexible hours (though at least some availability between 9:00am–5:00pm EST will be needed). Rates vary depending on project complexity.

PM responsibilities for a typical project include:

  • Working within Lumina systems, publisher systems, and Smartsheet to traffic/monitor work and schedules.
  • Creating and managing the entire production schedule, ensuring that all components stay on track to meet final due dates.
  • Overseeing and ensuring all required workflow and processes are being followed and adhered to and troubleshoot and provide support to resolve any issues, blockers.
  • Working with and managing author(s) and/or developmental editor(s). Most correspondence can be done by email, but occasional phone calls will be needed.
  • Overseeing copyediting, proofreading, and indexing.
  • Managing the design process.
  • Overseeing the art program—determining any art needs and ensuring that art is produced according to schedule (including accessibility checks).
  • Coordinating with Permission Specialist on the photo program, ensuring hi-res photo files and credit/source lines are delivered according to schedule.
  • Managing the offshore production team for typecoding, page layout, and corrections processes and including the offshore content development team for alternative text evaluation, authoring and corrections.
  • Coordinating with a paired offshore PM who will support several tasks throughout the production process.
  • Working with publisher contacts—sending weekly status reports, attending status meetings, and/or being available for phone calls should questions/issues arise.
  • Ensuring the overall timeliness of all deliverables.
  • Quality assurance checks at all deliverable stages.

Qualification Details:

  • Some working knowledge of or experience in higher education production processes and workflows (preferably on the vendor side).
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to learn digital systems quickly and operate within them comfortably
  • Excellent multi-tasking and prioritizing skills
  • High attention to detail and organization
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Please note that this position must be based in the United States.

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