About the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is a premier institution for management education. Founded in 1908 and based just outside of Chicago, Kellogg is home to a renowned, research-based faculty and the best and brightest MBA students from around the world.
Global business education is different today because of the teamwork and collaboration models that Kellogg pioneered 40 years ago. And, in the 21st century, Kellogg is truly a different voice in management education: We believe business can be bravely led, passionately collaborative and world changing.
At Kellogg, we are educating, equipping and inspiring leaders to excel in today’s complex Collaboration Economy. As a global community, Kellogg welcomes and embraces diverse perspectives that together enrich learning. Our vibrancy can be seen throughout our dynamic community:
Kellogg students learn to build strong organizations that drive value creation in markets, harness the architectures of collaboration, deftly navigate between the private and public sectors, and innovate in the marketplace at firms large and small.
Our world-class faculty are recognized thought leaders, whose teaching and cutting-edge research change how the world thinks about complex problems affecting business and society.
The school’s powerful global alumni network is 54,000-strong, comprised of true Kellogg leaders who lead top organizations.
About the Position
The Senior Manager, Case Writing is a key member of the Kellogg Case Publishing team, which develops written and multimedia cases and teaching materials that are used in Kellogg classrooms and sold to business schools worldwide.
This role works closely with the associate director and editor of Case Publishing to direct and manage the research and writing of Kellogg cases. The Senior Manager, Case Writing provides project management for all cases, including coordination of legal agreements with cooperating companies.
A key function of this role is to partner with faculty to understand their classroom needs and develop a collaborative relationship that allows for two-way feedback regarding the case and its pedagogical value.
The Senior Manager, Case Writing also is responsible for recruiting, training, and managing the pool of freelance writers that perform the vast majority of the research and writing, but must be capable of writing his/her own cases as needed.
Please Note: Shared office space on Evanston campus; some travel to Chicago campus; occasional evening and weekend time spent observing in classroom.
Case development – Proactively work with Kellogg faculty to identify new case opportunities, assign writers to develop and write the materials, and manage the entire writing process, including completion of required legal documents. Recruit, train, and supervise all freelance writers. Review writers’ field research and drafts to ensure appropriate structure and pedagogical soundness. Work with faculty and writer to ensure completion of cases, instructor manuals (teaching notes), classroom testing, and revisions. Accompany faculty on annual immersion trip to facilitate creation of globally focused cases.
Case writing – Personally collaborate with faculty to write a minimum of one new business case each year, including ideation, research, writing, teaching note, classroom testing, and revisions.
Advising – Serve as a trusted resource to help faculty and writers create cases based on sound pedagogy and effective learning. Continuously refine and communicate case guidelines and standards. Develop process improvements and tools to assist faculty and writers. Participate in industry groups such as NACRA (North American Case Research Association) to monitor best practices. Stay current on Kellogg research themes and curriculum development to ensure cases fit with areas of emphasis.
Marketing and administration – Assist in developing case promotions. Contract and manage payment of freelance writers.
MBA degree or equivalent work experience (PhD or doctoral work a plus).
Proven competency as an engaging business writer and editor.
Three to five years’ experience writing, analyzing, or teaching business content or case studies.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
General knowledge of management disciplines and topics and curiosity for new topics.
Experience working with intellectually challenging material and demanding authors or clients.
Highly developed diplomatic skills for working with faculty and corporate collaborators.
Outstanding project management, organizational, multi-tasking, and detail-oriented skills.
Experience recruiting, training, and managing writers, preferably freelance writers.
Experience providing developmental feedback to authors.
Ability to independently set and meet deadlines.
A demonstrated commitment to quality and excellence.
A highly collaborative, flexible, entrepreneurial, and creative spirit.
Ability to research a complex topic in depth and translate it into accessible and compelling prose as evidenced by a writing sample.
MBA or PhD
Published case writer or science writer.
College-level teaching experience.
Three to five years corporate work experience.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Strong understanding of the business/management education environment through work experience in academic publishing, business, academia, or management consulting
Knowledge of instructional design
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 34656
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.