HarperCollins Publishers

VP/Executive Editor or Executive Editor

Job Locations US-NY-New York




We are currently seeking a VP, Executive Editor OR Executive Editor to acquire upmarket commercial fiction, literary fiction and select non-fiction for the Harper imprint.


This is a hybrid position based out of our New York office.


- Acquires lead-level titles with critical and bestselling potential, and edits manuscripts for publication.

- Shepherds manuscripts through production process and oversees all aspects of the publication process, including working with design to create marketable packages and with the marketing group to develop marketing plans.

- Works directly with authors, agents, and all in-house departments.

- Oversees fact sheet, jacket, and catalog copy; reviews marketing material.

- Conducts and analyzes sales research, with a deep understanding of p&ls.

- Presents titles at various sales meetings.

- Negotiates contracts with agents.

- Shares supervision of an editorial assistant.


- Minimum 8 years of relevant editorial experience for Executive Editor; Minimum 10 years of relevant editorial experience to be considered at VP level

- 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

- Strong understanding and awareness of general marketplace and relevant market segments within industry

- Experience acquiring and editing upmarket nonfiction in the areas of narrative/journalism, history/current affairs and more

- Ability to effectively communicate with all levels across the organization

- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

- Ability to work independently and set priorities under pressure

- Excellent written and oral 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 $100,000-$190,000. 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.   


Pay-for-performance is a key element in our strategy to attract, engage, and motivate talented people to do their best work. Accordingly, offers extended for this role will include an annual incentive opportunity expressed as a percentage of salary or a fixed amount.  Similarly to salary, annual incentive opportunity targets are set based on a variety of factors including competitive market practice. 


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.       


HarperCollins Publishers is an equal opportunity employer.


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