Editorial Director, Hachette Books

Editorial New York, New York


The Editorial Director, Hachette Books will oversee the editorial strategy and development of the Hachette Books imprint, an imprint focused on quality commercial narrative nonfiction in current events, history, memoir/biography, music, and pop culture.  The Editorial Director will work closely with the Publisher and Associate Publisher on list placement and positioning and work with marketing, publicity, and sales to achieve optimum sales and profit results.    

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Shape the Hachette Books list in conjunction with Publisher into an imprint that stands out in the market and attracts top talent
  • Acquire and develop projects from a variety of sources
  • Pursue and publish books with a long-term vision, seeking backlist potential
  • Develop editorial talent and leadership ability of editorial team
  • Work with an entrepreneurial spirit, pursuing ideas for book projects, as well as innovative ways to publish
  • Drive backlist development 
  • Assist in developing marketing plans for titles, in collaboration with marketing and publicity teams 
  • Negotiate deals, oversee creation of P&Ls, fact sheets, catalog and flap copy
  • Assist in achieving imprint profit goals

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:

  • Minimum of 10-15 years of publishing editorial experience with a focus on nonfiction, in increasing leadership roles
  • Proven ability to identify and publish commercial narrative nonfiction
  • Ability to identify new talent 
  • Drive change and innovation by improving work product or process, and challenges established norms where appropriate
  • Take the lead in inspiring others to work together for mutual benefit
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with authors, agents, and HBG staff
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and excellent organizational skills, strong initiative and judgement
  • Results-driven