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Sales Manager (K-12 Materials Adoptions Manager)

Sales Manager (K-12 Materials Adoptions Manager)


Klett World Languages is a growing educational publisher with European roots. Klett World Languages is the Chicago-based US arm of the Klett Group, which was founded in 1897 and encompasses 80+ educational enterprises.

At Klett World Languages, our mission is to help students learn world languages they can use in real-life situations. And we do it by creating engaging and meaningful content that sparks their curiosity and motivates them to learn. We strongly believe that educators play a key role in language learning, and part of our mission is to support them and give them opportunities for professional development.

The Adoptions Manager will be vital to our company’s growth and success. This role will work with a variety of internal stakeholders, state instructional materials officials, and districts to manage state and district-level adoptions. The main role of the Adoptions Manager will be to facilitate RFPs, school, state, and district contracts, and the organization and management of adoption-related tasks.

This is a new position at our growing company. Our ideal candidate is an experienced, high-achieving professional with an entrepreneurial spirit and the drive to create, grow, and refine new processes.

This position is open immediately and the search process will close upon finding the right candidate.

*Only serious applicants with cover letters and resumes will be considered*


  • Prepare for and lead company participation in state adoptions: establish contacts at the state level, manage paperwork and deadlines, maintain accurate records
  • Organize and manage timeline of state adoption requirements. Arrange and facilitate internal kick-off meetings to explain the adoption cycle, needs, and assignments. Manage the cycle from start to finish; prepare for next cycle
  • Manage all state vendor portals
  • Coordinate closely with sales, editorial, and marketing teams
  • Organize, interpret, analyze ROI, and facilitate district adoptions and RFPs
  • Maintain a database of completed RFPs and other submissions
  • Communicate effectively with internal stakeholders, coordinate and delegate responsibilities as appropriate
  • Maintain up-to-date state and district information in CRM
  • Create and regularly update 5-year forecast of state adoptions, preparation needed, and the estimated value of each upcoming adoption
  • Report regularly on won and lost adoptions; status of active adoption processes
  • Develop work flows with internal departments for all adoptions
  • Other tasks as appropriate


Qualifications and Skills:

  • 3+ years’ experience in educational adoptions, publishing, law, or a related field
  • 5+ years of professional experience
  • Management aptitude and experience
  • Profound knowledge of the US K-12 educational system
  • Outstanding communication skills, including interpersonal, intercultural, leadership, and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and creative problem-solving skills
  • Excellence in organization, time-management, prioritization, and project-management
  • Ability to analyze processes and information, identify problems and trends, and develop effective solutions and strategies
  • Commitment to providing exceptional service to customers and support to staff members
  • Ability and ease in working with contractual language and requirements
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally on an occasional basis


Experience a collaborative, creative, and trustworthy working environment with room for personal and professional growth. We offer a competitive salary, paid vacation, and benefits. The ideal candidate is located in the Chicago area.

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume to We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

We value diversity and strongly encourage applications from members of minority or marginalized communities.