HarperCollins Publishers

  • Vice President, Publisher

    Job Locations US-TN-Nashville
  • Overview

    The Publisher is charged with overseeing all aspects of our Spanish publishing business. This includes long-term strategic planning, development of the annual business plan, overseeing product development and marketing, collaborating with sales on the development and implementation of sales plans, analyzing financial performance and interfacing with peers as well as senior leadership of the company. The publisher has oversight of both an editorial team and a marketing team. In addition, the Publisher will be personally responsible for identifying, pursuing, presenting, and acquiring multiple projects per year. Success will be defined as meeting or exceeding annual goals and plans – especially revenue, expense and profit goals.


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


    • Business Planning and Management: casts vision for the Spanish publishing program, leads the team in long-term planning (frontlist, backlist, brand product planning), analyzes monthly financials and reports on them at business review meeting; and leads development of annual revenue plan.
    • Product Development: oversees all aspects of product development for Spanish authors including editorial content, titling, packaging design, sales and cover copy, catalogs and sales presentations.
    • Sales Collaboration: collaborates with sales on development of annual revenue plan, leads monthly Tactical meetings, leads monthly Pub Board meetings, meets one-on-one with sales channel heads as needed, reviews catalog pages and back cover and flap copy, oversees team in preparing for Sales Conference, and presents key titles at Sales Conference.
    • 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 projects; negotiates major deal terms; and works with contracts team to develop long-form contract.
    • Substantive Editing: oversees the work of the editorial team and assures that final manuscripts meet our editorial quality standards and that they are turned over to production on schedule. May also be responsible for occasionally conducting substantive edit for works acquired.
    • Team Building: meets with, coaches, and develops direct reports; prepares for and conducts employee performance reviews; and hires and trains new employees as needed.
    • Author Retention: develops productive relationships with Spanish authors; as necessary, creates book concepts for current authors; prepares for and attends planning meetings with authors.
    • Program Management: ensures the Spanish publishing lists complete 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.
    • Program Management: oversees the Spanish 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, (2) efficient editorial processing from substantive development stage to copy edit, and 3) delivery of digital content (Copy, video, assessment tools, etc.) for e-course development.
    • Managing Up: prepares notes from meetings with authors and agents for SVP/Group Publisher, meets with SVP/Group Publisher and other senior managers to review the business, and responds to requests and special assignments.
    • Travel: represents Company and the Spanish 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.


    Work Experience: At least 10 years in publishing, with 3-5 years in a leadership role that included budget planning and forecasting, and P&L responsibility. At least 5 years of book acquisitions experience. Supervisory experience managing multiple direct reports required.


    Education: Master’s Degree in Business, English, Journalism, Communications, Instructional Design, or related field strongly preferred; Bachelor’s degree required. Additional training in business management or fundamentals of finance/accounting is desirable.


    General and/or Industry Knowledge: Knowledge of book publishing market— key competitors, authors, and agencies; current content, branding, marketing, and sales trends. Knowledge and experience working in the Spanish market space strongly preferred.



    • Bilingual (Spanish/English); fully proficient in both written and oral communication;
    • Management, leadership, and professional development skills;

    • Ability to analyze and understand financial data and act upon it;
    • Strong collaboration skills, with internal and external stakeholders;
    • Efficient task management;
    • Efficient product development management;
    • Possesses good editorial judgment;
    • Ability to conduct substantive edits;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
    • Ability to lead meetings toward specific desired outcomes;
    • Superior public speaking ability.

    Additional Skills:

    • Collaborative
    • Authoritative
    • Flexible
    • Instinct for ownership of work
    • Positive
    • Goal and results-oriented
    • Remains calm under pressure
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • Coach/mentor mentality and approach
    • Decisive
    • Well organized
    • Strategic planner

    HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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