Product Design and Production Specialist Contractor


 As a Product Design and Production Specialist Contractor, you will create innovative design solutions and play an integral role in ongoing projects that deliver on Wayside goals. The Product Design and Production Specialist Contractor will be responsible for building print and digital resources and populating our Learning Management System with assets already vetted by our editors and curriculum coordinators for the World Language Educational curriculum. This position will foster a collaborative work environment, help team members stay organized, and make sure all workload timelines and deliverables are met. This position thrives on accuracy and efficiency, advocates for the customer perspective, and displays a fervent desire for lifelong learning, collaboration, and innovation.

Who We Are

Wayside Publishing is a progressive developer of world language programs, resources, and materials for middle and high schools across the United States. We partner with educators to craft transformative texts and digital tools that engage students and foster successful communication and understanding across cultures.


  Digital Production

  • Participates in ongoing title maintenance from the first release to any subsequent releases and/or digital versions.

  • Collaborates with the Product Development team to build digital activities, organize, upload, and maintain digital program content, and perform quality assurance for accuracy and functionality.

  • Management and coordination of digital assets (e.g., images, audio, video, etc.).

  • Prepares digital assets—HTML interactives, video, audio, PDF—for the platform (Learning Site).

  • Must be experienced in LMS, CMS, and web authoring tools.

  • Using expertise in correcting HTML files in Dreamweaver or a similar HTML Editor.

  • Experience analyzing and mitigating LMS educational content during QA; with a special focus on World Language products.

  • Digital Asset Management experience: organizing and storing assets, and applying metadata.

  • Implementing ADA-compliant requirements during product creation and release.

  • Editing and validation of QTI content are a plus.

  • Basic ALT-text writing is a plus.

  • Executes tasks promptly to ensure deadlines are not missed.


  • Stays abreast on the latest Edtech and digital technologies best practices and trends and provides feedback on internal design processes.

  • Works closely with the Product Development team and other departments to ensure project expectations are met and exceeded.

  • Ensures content integrity and collaborates with developmental editors and project managers to address customer feedback.

Other duties as assigned.

  About You

We value diversity and accept people from all backgrounds, united around their ability to build relationships, communicate, problem-solve, and ultimately work as a team to achieve goals. 

Required Skills, Knowledge, & Attributes

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field (Education, Fine Arts, Computer Science, Computer Programming) or equivalent work experience.

  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite (primarily InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver)

  • HTML/CSS knowledge; proficiency in XML, markdown syntax, and other coding languages is a plus.

  • Minimum of 1–3 years of experience in educational content development and digital production

  • Experience with audio, video, and image editing

  • Database management/CMS/LMS/e-learning systems management experience

  • Ability to self-manage deadlines and be communicative regarding workload and expectations

  • Ability to identify and capture best practices and quickly disseminate them to all team-members

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving 

  • Positive attitude. Persuasive and confident communicator (both oral and written)

  • Must be highly collaborative and team-oriented

  • Ability to identify, prioritize, and focus on critical tasks

  • Accurate and detail-oriented with an editorial eye

  • Strong organization and prioritization skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects within tight deadlines.

  • World language experience preferred. 

What We Offer

This temporary contracted position lasts approximately 12 months with the possibility of extension or conversion to a permanent role based on performance and business needs.

  • Competitive pay.

  • Opportunity to work with a creative and dynamic team.

  • Flexible work schedule.

  • Remote work.

We believe that traditional hiring policies can hurt the most marginalized people in society, including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ people. Because we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

Wayside Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

Salary Description

$35.00 per hour

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