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Editorial Director, Little Bee Books

Main Objectives:

The Editorial Director will work in partnership with the CEO to create and grow a well-rounded and successful children’s publishing business. This role will oversee the editorial, design, and managing editorial functions for 3 imprints – Little Bee Books, BuzzPop, and Yellow Jacket.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Work with the CEO to curate a publishing list for 3 seasons every year that accurately fits the needs of the North American market, with possible outreach into the global market.
  • Create an identity for the imprint through successfully selecting a cohesive publishing list for each season.
  • Effectively manage the editorial content and design, spot key trends, and constantly reassess the editorial strategy to ensure top efficiency and results.
  • Oversee the implementation of the editorial strategy, including, but not limited to acquisitions, agent/author/illustrator relations, P&L’s, marketing and publicity efforts, and production quality control.
  • Guide the day-to-day activity of the editorial, design, and managing editorial teams and work closely with these teams to define requirements and objectives.
  • Conceive, develop, and/or acquire original titles for each seasonal list.
  • Collaborate with GLAAD to publish compelling LGBTQ-friendly books.
  • Acquire and publish licenses suitable for our formats and the North American market.
  • Maximize existing relationships with key agencies, illustrators, and authors to ensure the imprints are well positioned to take up exciting new opportunities.
  • Provide a strategic direction to the publishing.
  • Bear responsibility for editorial integrity and standards.
  • Continuously analyze the competitive environment and consumer trends and publish ahead of the curve.
  • Present titles at sales conference meetings for our distribution partner and any in-house meetings.
  • Lead and participate in the editorial process from acquisitions to sales and marketing for all titles.
  • Liaise closely with the sales, marketing, and publicity to ensure that the lists reflect and drive market trends domestically and globally.
  • Oversee all aspects of the book design process.
  • Hire and manage freelance editors and illustrators as and when needed.
  • Set and achieve key targets in terms of titles commissioned, profitability, and stock management.
  • Define and oversee the implementation of processes that need to be put in place within the editorial, design, and managing editorial teams.

Required Qualifications:

  • 10+ years’ experience in children’s editorial.
  • Extensive and intimate knowledge of the North American book publishing industry and the various players in the marketplace.
  • A strong understanding of the US and Canadian markets and a proven track record within these markets.
  • Experience with acquiring and publishing licenses in the North American marketplace.
  • Longstanding relations with agents and authors.
  • Experience with design, managing editorial, and editorial and a desire to learn more to effectively manage the processes and functions within the managing editorial, design, and editorial team.
  • Superior editing skills and the ability to Americanize product by changing format, cover, and content to fit the North American aesthetic.
  • Excellent negotiation skills and competent with managing profitability and budgeting.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Highly professional individual with integrity, initiative, and a driving ambition to make a real impact on our business.
  • A go-getter who isn’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty.
  • Someone who can think outside the box and is willing to do what it takes to get the job done successfully.
  • Ready and willing to work in a start-up environment and passionate to put their stamp on a business and create something from the bottom up.
  • Creative and inspiring team leader, with a proactive nature and an ability to communicate at the highest level.
  • A self-starter who is willing to go above and beyond the job description and pitch in wherever necessary to get the job done.

Hours of work, location, salary, and benefits:

  • Full-time
  • New York City
  • Some travel required
  • Competitive salary and benefits