Executive Editor/Editorial Director, PublicAffairs

Editorial New York, New York



PublicAffairs, a nonfiction imprint of the Perseus Books division of Hachette Book Group, is looking for a creative and collaborative Executive Editor or Editorial Director for its Business Books program. The candidate will refine and build on the existing long-term editorial strategy,  and will personally acquire and manage book projects, and will guide the balance of acquisitions across the business books list. The candidate will present the publishing vision to the public, agents and authors. It will be advantageous if the candidate has a track record of acquiring and editing groundbreaking books in the category. We welcome candidates who bring diverse areas of experience and expertise to the imprint, and a commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. We have a preference for the job to be located in the New York office.


  • Lead PublicAffairs editorially, including commissioning and acquiring lead titles, working with the Publisher and the Marketing team to plan the publication of individual books, as well as planning forthcoming seasons; and writing sharp and engaging descriptive selling copy.
  • Responsible for creating and growing the imprint’s long-term business books publishing plan in consultation with the publisher, publicity and marketing colleagues
  • Personally steward 8-10 books annually through the publishing process.
  • Work with authors, agents and stakeholders in all phases of the publishing process, from acquisition through publication and beyond.
  • Supervise the production process by liaising between editorial and the production, design, and managing editorial departments.


  • Broad knowledge of the business books market and the other publishing categories in which PublicAffairs publishes.
  • At least 5 years acquisition experience or the equivalent.
  • Strong professional relationships with authors, academics, literary agents,  speakers bureaux, and key corporate leaders in this market, with a demonstrated ability to develop and further such relationships.
  • Ability to remain ahead of the curve by identifying and cultivating emerging authors, as well as seeking out innovative ideas.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience in negotiating deals and general financial literacy.

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 will vary based on a number of factors including skills, and experience — talk with your recruiter to learn more. Our comprehensive U.S. benefit offerings include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, LTD, 401(k), and more.