Editorial Director, Timber Press

Editorial Portland, OR


Position Purpose:

The Editorial Director will oversee the editorial strategy and development of the Timber Press list, which is focused primarily on illustrated nonfiction in the categories of nature, science, gardening, and regional publishing. The Editorial Director will work closely with the Publisher and senior management on shaping seasonal lists, managing schedules and budgets, ensuring published books are of the highest quality, and ensuring that Timber Press is on trend and stands out in the market.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Publisher to determine publishing strategies that result in sales growth and increased brand awareness
  • Lead, develop, and inspire the editorial team in acquisitions, packaging, positioning, and publication schedule
  • Cultivate and maintain a broad network of contacts within communities relevant to Timber’s publishing program; keep abreast of trends, current issues, and emerging personalities within those worlds.
  • Investigate promising new subjects and niches; generate original ideas for new publishing projects; research new avenues to expand Timber’s list and audience.
  • Work closely with editorial and design as contracted books move from accepted manuscript to publication to develop structure, focus, and content; continue the shaping of each book to meet the needs of the market
  • Acquire and edit book projects, minimum 3-4 titles per year.
  • Work with an entrepreneurial spirit, pursuing ideas for book projects, as well as innovative ways to publish; pursue and publish books with a long-term vision, always focusing on backlist potential

 Education/Skill Requirements

  • Minimum of 6-8 years of editorial experience with a focus on illustrated nonfiction, in increasing leadership roles
  • Significant team building and management experience; the ability to inspire others to work together for mutual benefit
  • Drive change and innovation by improving work product or process; challenge established norms where appropriate
  • Ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Superior writing and editing skills; excellent presentation, organization, and written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with authors, agents, and staff

As a leading book publisher, we believe that including and representing diverse voices in all aspects of our business is fundamental to what we do. Our publishing programs must reflect the broad range of backgrounds, experiences, political views and ideas that shape our society and publish books for all readers.

Hachette Book Group provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Salary can vary based on a number of factors including skills and experience — talk with your recruiter to learn more. There may be times that you will be required (or requested) to work overtime due to the nature of your role or exceptional workload issues or special projects. Our comprehensive U.S. benefit offerings include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability coverage, 401(k), incentive plan eligibility, educational training opportunities and more.