HarperCollins Publishers

Editorial Director

Job Locations US-NY-New York



We are seeking a dynamic, mission-driven, market-savvy editorial leader to acquire and develop a select list of leading children’s books that promote the publishing vision of Versify: creating books that electrify, edify, and exemplify with accessible and powerful prose and poetry that celebrates the lives and reflects the possibilities of all children


  • Acquire and edit approximately 10 children’s books per year (picture book through YA).
  • Consider and inform on all imprint acquisitions (about 20 total per year) focusing on imprint revenue growth; list balance, and building author/illustrator careers.
  • As spokesperson for Versify, promote imprint titles at conferences and appearances and through networking with teachers, librarians, gatekeepers and other industry leaders. 
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with agents, authors, and illustrators. 
  • Manage and oversee 2 editors to build on the goals of Versify. 
  • Prepare or coordinate acquisitions materials, including but not limited to p&ls, comp title research, and project highlights, and present titles to editorial, sales, marketing, and publicity teams. 
  • Create or coordinate sales and marketing materials, including but not limited to pub cards, catalog copy, launch presentations and cover copy. 
  • Work cooperatively and productively with production, design, publicity, marketing, and sales departments to ensure great publication outcomes. 


  • Minimum 8-10 years of relevant editorial experience 
  • Acquisition and publication of multiple profitable and/or critically viable projects 
  • Excellent negotiation skills and strong presentation skills 
  • Established relationships with relevant agents and industry colleagues 
  • Extensive experience reviewing contracts 
  • Strong understanding and awareness of general marketplace and relevant market segments within industry 
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels across the organization 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office 

This role is currently based out of New York, New York. You will need to commute to the office when it reopens.


HarperCollins Publishers is a company full of people who are passionate about books.  When you apply for a position, we want to know why you want to work here, and why you are interested in the job.  That’s why cover letters are strongly preferred.


HarperCollins Publishers is an equal opportunity employer.




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