HarperCollins Publishers

  • Senior Acquisitions Editor

    Job Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
  • Overview

    Zondervan is a leading competitor in book publishing and the primary responsibility of the senior editor is for the acquisition, editorial and product development of Christian nonfiction trade books, as well as ongoing management of those books. The senior editor must work in a team environment with excellence, leadership, creativity, and perseverance to help us fulfill the goals of a mission driven publisher.


    • Maintain a consistent and diversified publishing pipeline, in accordance with the Publisher and publishing team strategy and philosophy.
    • Proactively participate in weekly editorial meetings and pub boards
    • Identify and leverage market opportunities
    • Actively acquire new titles and authors—consistent with publishing strategy and financial goals
    • Maintain and strengthen trust in author and agent relationships. Provide timely communication with current and potential authors and their agents regarding the status of their proposals and/or future projects and backlist titles. Lead author meetings.
    • Negotiate with authors and/or agents within financial benchmarks.
    • Personally conduct editorial development and macro edits of books acquired.
    • Present titles at pub boards, marketing meetings, and sales conference.
    • Build and grow a working knowledge of departmental mission and financial goals.
    • Attend conferences and industry trade shows as needed to access authors, agents and be aware of cultural trends and marketplace changes.
    • Participate in creative development of titles, covers, descriptive copy, and marketing plans for books acquired
    • Work with cross-functional partners including marketing and publicity, production editors, freelance editors, sales, and finance.
    • Represent our department and brand well to both internally and externally.


    Work Experience:

    • Proven success as an acquisitions editor, macro editor, and 7-8 years’ experience in publishing




    • English, Journalism, or Theological or equivalent degree required.



    Industry Knowledge:

    • Knowledge of the ABA and CBA trade book market, leading authors, and publishers is required.


    • Excellent editing skills and communication ability to work with authors in developing content.
    • Manuscript management experience.
    • Ability to juggle multiple assignments at any given time.
    • Skilled in understanding book offers, publishing terms, and ability to negotiate.
    • Decisive, well organized, strategic planner in the context of a team environment with shared processes and goals. Innovation and creativity skills are crucial for success.
    • Able to work with and lead/influence others in a team environment.
    • Relationship builder, networker, diplomatic and collaborative
    • Outstanding communication and public speaking skills
    • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, evolving industry and environment
    • Must be able to travel as needed

    Additional Skills:

    • Team player
    • Confident
    • Self-starter
    • Works well under pressure
    • High integrity and discernment

    HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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