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Posted By:
Olga Spivak
Posting ID:
Arlington Heights
 writing   editing   education   toys 
Category:Writing / Editing
Listing Type:Job

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Position Description

VTech Electronics, a global manufacturer of electronic educational toys, is looking for a bright, creative addition to our US Product Development team.

Our department handles all US-specific development of our toys and educational products, including writing and researching age-appropriate educational content, coordinating licensed operations, and communicating daily with Hong Kong-based designers, programmers and artists. The ideal candidate will have some familiarity with writing and editing, as well as game, toy, or software content and design. Excellent organizational skills and a strong sense of responsibility are key, as well as the ability to handle multiple projects at once.

• Reports to Director of Design & Content Development

• Work with Hong Kong-based designers to develop game content and curriculum that is educationally and creatively appropriate for the US market
• Work with Hong Kong team to balance creative and curriculum needs with technical restrictions
• Act as a liaison between licensors and Hong Kong team to ensure proper use of licensed property; balance licensor requirements with technical restrictions
• Work with overseas Product Development staff to coordinate localized international content
• Approve technical specifications for production of voice, music and sound effects
• Help select voice talent and oversee / direct voice recording sessions
• Review recorded voice files and provide guidance to Hong Kong software team
• Perform program testing and provide feedback to Hong Kong team
• Manage freelance educational consultants to align with internal product requirements
• Conduct and support market research efforts to test viability of content and game play
• Conduct competitive marketplace research to keep abreast of new development opportunities
• Attend educators’ conferences and seminars to stay up to date on education trends
• Help design and script market research demonstrations, in-store demos and trade show efforts
• Write and edit consumer manuals and product specifications
• Write and edit copy for marketing needs, including catalog, packaging and website materials
• Assist Sales and Marketing Departments with product demonstrations
• Assist Hong Kong-based design team in conceptualizing new product directions

• 4-5 years of similar work experience in toy, game, software, education, writing / editing or similar field.
• BA/BS – English, Education, Child Development, or related field is preferred
• Understanding of Microsoft Office applications
• Strong organization, communication and presentation skills
• Excellent writing/editing ability
• Strong creative abilities
• Software and/or game design experience a plus
• Licensing experience a plus

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