at Editorial | Salary: Competitive | Job#: SG-4499 | 28 Apr 2017
(Oregon) Publisher – The Publisher is responsible to direct the development and oversee the management of a division of this leading Christian Book Publisher. Primary duties are to lead and coordinate book/author acquisitions, editorial, production, and marketing processes of up to 80 new titles per year and the personnel that supports these functions. Other chief responsibilities include vision casting, assuring editorial and marketing synergy, negotiating contract offers, forecasting, budgeting, and analysis of the Group’s financial performance.
• Direct and coordinate the process of strategically selecting and finalizing the titles within each season’s list with the help of the Director of Category Development and the Group’s Acquisition Editors.
• Align the Group around the brand’s portfolio direction, choices, and strategies. Work with Director of Category Development to set goals for Group acquisition editors. Provide book concept ideas and direction from consumer research, demand, and product trends.
• Oversee the acquisitions process including facilitating and attending acquisition meetings, participating in the selection process of future acquisitions, and assigning specific projects and/or potential authors to acquisition editors.
• Actively acquire new authors for the division categories. Create book concepts and proposals and present prospective authors and their proposals to the acquisition groups. Read and critique manuscripts for possible titles to be chosen for each season’s list.
• Set seasonal budgets for advances, marketing, promotion, and editorial/acquisitions functions with Director of Category Development and Senior Director of Financial Operations.
• Oversee the negotiation of high-level contractual offers and details with agents and authors for each title acquired. Work with Contracts Administrator to process author contracts to final signing on a timely basis.
• Lead the Group to create cohesive editorial strategies for each title acquired, ensuring adherence to the highest quality standards for content and design based on audience, sales history, and consumer trends. Oversee and maintain the Company’s vision and values related to theological boundaries for editorial content.
• From the point of project acquisition through book release of each title, work with the Director of Category Development to ensure effective and applicable marketing strategies are established and communicated to authors, agents, and sales personnel.
• Travel approximately 20% of the time to meet with potential and existing authors. Attend conferences such as BEA, ICRS, and other industry related functions as necessary.
• A keen understanding of and passion for Christian publishing with an emphasis on editorial and marketing processes, and a firm commitment to conservative biblical theology.
• Strong management and visionary aptitude with a superior capability for building team focus, enthusiasm, and execution according to established performance goals.
• The proven ability to foster innovation, extend and build trust, collaborate with others, delegate, drive execution, and creatively solve problems.
• Exemplary project management skills and superior ability to develop winning book release campaign strategies.
• Proficient in the Microsoft Suite which includes Microsoft Word, Outlook, and knowledge to create PowerPoint presentations.
• Must be comfortable with and able to travel approximately 20% of the time.
• Bachelor’s degree required. Academic concentrations in English literature and journalism preferred.
• Minimum of ten years of editorial leadership experience in the Christian publishing industry.
• Minimum of ten years of personnel management experience of diverse teams.
• Must be willing to relocate to Eugene, Oregon and occupy an office in the company facilities.