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Organization: Harper Collins Christian Publishing
Date Posted: 5/30/2017
City: Nashville
Country: United States
Primary Category: Management

Description & Details

Specialty Publishing creates beautifully designed Gift books, devotionals, Children’s books and Children’s Bibles. It is a large and growing area that includes Thomas Nelson Gift books, Zondervan Gift books, Tommy Nelson Children’s Books and Children’s Bibles and New Media. We have the honor of publishing bestselling authors and brands including the complete Jesus Calling brand from Sarah Young; Max Lucado’s gift books, devotionals and children’s books; Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin; Good Bless You and Goodnight series, Really Woolly, Precious Moments, Dr. David Jeremiah devotionals and Airship Genesis Children’s Bible, Savor by Shauna Niequest, 5 Minutes with Jesus by Sheila Walsh, Dr. Charles Stanley, Emily Ley, Lee Strobel, Ann Voskamp, and so many wonderful inspirational leaders.


We are looking for an Associate Publisher to help lead the imprint’s editorial vision and business strategy. Our ideal candidate has strong experience in four color product development, acquisitions, business strategy, and experience managing a top-notch team.


Day-to-day responsibilities include developing and acquiring products to meet revenue and profit goals, editorial team management and mentoring, interaction with the art team to create appealing and smart cover and interior design, communication and coordination with the trade publishing divisions and with sales, brand management, and shared leadership of business process.





The primary responsibilities of the Associate Publisher include but are not limited to:

  1. Editorial staff management and team building: develops, oversees, and manages the editorial staff. Holds regular one-on-one meetings and helps editorial staff as necessary; conducts annual employee alignment meetings and reviews; hires and trains new employees.
  2. List Management: Acquires publishing lists and/or develops author--driven or proprietary products and assures products are coordinated with other divisions, scheduled for best sales success, and contracted in time for annual planning and presentation to sales. Ensures we are publishing to our target categories and stated revenue goals; Plans for ancillary products including derivatives and format conversions.
  3. Author/Product Acquisition: identifies and pursues potential author targets or brands; creates book concepts for target authors as needed; makes initial contacts and sets meetings; prepares proposals and makes presentations at Ed Board and Pub Board meetings; manages proforma approval process for his/her projects; negotiates terms through signed deal memo and long-form contract.
  4. Strategic Planning and Financial Analysis: assists Publisher in future business planning as it relates to annual budgeting, content and acquisitions, and measuring finanical obectives. Participates in yearly strategic initiatives as requested by the ELT and SVP/Publisher; prepares for monthly Executive Business Review.
  5. Publisher Support: meets regularly with Publisher to monitor key business metrics and other various day-to-day needs; and represents the division when Publisher cannot be present.
  6. New Initiatives for Growth: able to strategize and analyze profitable business models for special projects and new growth initiatives.

Supervisory Responsibilities (If applicable, list titles and quantity of each):

  1. Senior Editor (4)


Desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, experience, education and skills:


Knowledge: Mastery of the English language, especially in written form; ability to understand and analyze standard financial documentation such as income statements and balance sheets; proficiency in Microsoft Office software, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; management, leadership, and professional development experience.


Work Experience:

Minimum: 8 years in publishing with 2 or more years in a leadership role

Target: 10 years in publishing with 3 or more years in a leadership role, four color publishing experience, proven success in acquisitions, experience in business development and strategy, management of a team.



Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree in English or Journalism from a four-year university

Target: Master’s Degree in English or Journalism from a four-year university


Industry Knowledge: Understanding of the Christian book marketplace, including authors, consumer demand, retail environment (physical and online), and competition; well-read in Christian and general market nonfiction books.


Skills: proficiency in Chicago Manual of Style; strong task management; efficient product development management; can lead meetings with specific desired outcomes; public speaking; and critical thinking to accomplish crucial business needs with firm deadlines


HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an equal opportunity employer.

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