HarperCollins Publishers

Editorial Director - HarperCollins Children's Books

Job Locations US-NY-New York




HarperCollins Children’s Books is seeking an Editorial Director within the Harper Group to focus on commercial teen publishing and manage a team of editors. The list for this flagship imprint sits at the corner of commercial and groundbreaking, publishing books that appeal to a wide audience and strive to make every child a reader.


  • Acquires and edits approximately 10 children’s books per year (with a focus on highly commercial YA).
  • Considers and informs on all team acquisitions focusing on imprint revenue growth; list balance; and building author careers.
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with agents and authors.
  • Manages and mentors a team of editors and an assistant to build on the goals of imprint.
  • Prepares/coordinates acquisitions materials, including but not limited to p&ls, comp title research, and project highlights, and presents titles to editorial, sales, marketing, and publicity teams. 
  • Creates/coordinates sales materials, including but not limited to titlesheets, catalog copy, launch presentations and cover copy. 
  • Works cooperatively and productively with production, design, publicity, marketing, and sales departments to ensure great publication outcomes. 


  • Minimum 8 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 


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.


The salary range for this position is $115,000-$130,000. We recognize that attracting the best talent is key to our strategy and success as a company.  As a result, we aim for flexibility in structuring competitive compensation offers to ensure we are able to attract the best candidates.  The quoted salary range represents our good faith estimate as to what our ideal candidates are likely to expect, and we tailor our offers within the range based on the selected candidate's experience, industry knowledge, technical and communication skills, and other factors that may prove relevant during the interview process.  


In addition to cash compensation, the company provides a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package, with a variety of physical health, retirement and savings, caregiving, emotional wellbeing, transportation, and other benefits, including "elective" benefits employees may select to best fit the needs and personal situations of our diverse workforce.        


Please note that HarperCollins Publishers does not accept resumes from agencies unless our Human Resources department has authorized in writing a specific agency to submit resumes for a specific position.  Therefore, if an agency submits a resume without Human Resources’ prior written approval to do so, the individual identified on that resume will not be considered a candidate presented by your company.


HarperCollins Publishers is an equal opportunity employer.


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