HarperCollins Publishers

Associate Publisher



The HarperCollins Leadership (HCL) imprint exists to publish products that feed the inner drive of professionals to grow as leaders with integrated leadership development experiences that give them the inspiration, insights, and tools they need to thrive in their current role - and the next.


Day-to-day responsibilities of the Associate Publisher role will include managing the publishing program, product and market development, overseeing the editorial cycle from Editorial Board to Pub Board, and delivery of book projects to printer. He or she will also indentify, pursue, present, acquire, and substantively edit 8 to 12 projects per year; will assist the Publisher in overseeing the product line for HCL by creating ancillary products, developing line extensions, and managing brands; will lead special projects for the Publisher; will assist the Publisher in nurturing relationships with key authors and agents; and will represent the Publisher when he cannot be present.


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


Essential Responsibilities:

    1. Author Acquisition: develops productive relationships with literary agents; actively pursues, receives, and reviews book proposals from them on an ongoing basis; identifies and pursues potential author targets; 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 financial approval process for HCL projects; negotiates major deal terms; and works with contracts team to develop long-form contract.
    2. Substantive Editing: oversees developmental editing for HCL projects and delivers final manuscript and editorial direction to assigned editor.
    3. Team Building: hires and trains new employees as needed.  Manages onsite and remote direct reports as necessary.
    4. Strategic Planning and Financial Analysis: assists Publisher in future business planning as it relates to annual budgeting, content and acquisitions, and measuring financial objectives; participates in yearly strategic initiatives as requested by the Publisher; HCL financials at monthly Business Review meeting as requested by Publisher.
    5. Author Retention: develops productive relationships with HCL authors; as necessary, creates book concepts for current authors; prepares for and attends planning meetings with HCL authors.
    6. List Management: ensures the HCL publishing lists are filled out and well-spaced 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; manages integration of backlist titles from other imprints.
    7. Product Development: leads development of digital product offerings (including online learning programs) for HCL authors; leads Titling meetings for HCL books to achieve final, approved copy by Sales Conference; leads catalog process on an approved schedule for Sales Conference; coordinates approval of front cover copy and cover design by HCL authors as needed; edits back cover copy and flap copy; makes product presentations at Sales Conference.
    8. Program Management: leads the HCL acquisitions cycle from Editorial Board to Pub Board; oversees on-time delivery of book projects to printer; ensures: (1) manuscript receipt by contractual due dates, and (2) efficient editorial processing from substantive development stage to copy edit.
    9. Publisher Support: prepares notes from meetings with HCL authors and agents for Publisher (when he’s not present); meets regularly with Publisher to monitor key business metrics for HCL and other various day-to-day needs; responds to Publisher’s requests; reviews proposals and follows up on leads from Publisher.
    10. Travel: represents Company and the HCL imprint at industry conferences; attends consumer conferences where potential author relationships can be developed; meets with literary agents, potential authors, and current authors as needed to develop good opportunities and relationships.



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


Work Experience: At least 8 years in publishing, with 3 or more years in a leadership role. At least 5 years of book acquisitions experience. At least 2 years of online course development experience


Education: Master’s Degree in Business, English, Journalism, Communications, or related field


General and/or Industry Knowledge: Knowledge of book publishing market— key competitors, authors, and agencies; current content, branding, marketing, and sales trends; and online learning trends.



  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • proficiency in Chicago Manual of Style;
  • management, leadership, and professional development experience;
  • efficient task management;
  • efficient product development management;
  • excellent substantive editing skills;
  • ability to lead meetings toward specific desired outcomes;
  • public speaking;
  • strong sales copy (including cover, catalog, and online copy) creation skills.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an equal opportunity employer


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