As a member of the Brookings Institution Press (Press) management team, the Editorial Director and Content Strategist establishes and directs books and e-books acquisitions priorities for the Brookings Institution Press. Ensures a strong, financially sustainable, coherent acquisitions program by developing and nurturing strategic relationships with Brookings scholars; signing prominent non-Brookings authors; and initiating new book series, introducing innovative digital products.
Minimum bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, economics, sociology, history, or related subject required; master’s degree preferred. Minimum ten years of publishing experience, with a proven track record of acquiring successful and profitable books in the social sciences required. Demonstrated ability to develop and reshape a publishing program. Proven ability to establish and maintain successful working relationships with authors and reviewers required. Must have an established network of well-known authors, reviewers, and peers in the publishing industry.
Thorough understanding of editorial practices, graphic design principles, and print and electronic production methods and procedures. Solid understanding of financial management for publishing. Proven ability to accurately estimate financial performance for each new title. Thorough knowledge and a strong interest in digital publishing. Well versed in content repurposing and repackaging in all formats. Good grasp of the research agenda of the Brookings Institution. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; well organized, self-disciplined, and accustomed to enforcing deadlines. Ability to read and evaluate manuscripts quickly and judge their suitability as a potential Brookings Press publication. Strong computer skills, in particular Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Knowledge of political science, economics, international affairs, or public policy required.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
60% Acquisitions and Content Strategy
--Prepares yearly publishing plans.
--Solicits and evaluates proposals and manuscripts.
--Maps and analyzes existing content (including materials created elsewhere at Brookings and not originally meant as books or e-books) with the goal of repurposing and repackaging it in new publications.
--Establishes a network of authors inside and outside Brookings community and develops relationships with them aimed at acquiring approximately 50 high-quality, high-impact, high-revenue works per year.
--Works closely with authors to ensure that manuscripts are of high quality, well prepared, and meet scholarly, financial, and market expectations.
--Occasionally travels to scholarly conferences and university campuses.
--Key advisor on digital content strategy.
--Leads the implementation of digital content strategy and expansion of digital projects, including new digital-only products.
--Oversees peer review process.
--Maintains a thorough grasp of Brookings' research agenda, publishing industry trends, and cutting-edge technologies.
--Maintains a collaborative work environment with the editorial, production, marketing, and online publishing teams.
--Provides input for catalog and other marketing materials.
--Recommends updates and modifications to editorial policies and practices to ensure that the Press links firmly to the strategic priorities of the Brookings and as needed to adjust to the rapidly changing publishing landscape.
--Explores opportunities to co-publish with like-minded institutional publishers.
25% Business Management
--Meets annual revenue targets.
--Examines financial viability of each work under consideration and prepares P&Ls for each project.
--Provide analysis and business commentary for financial status of existing titles.
--Successfully negotiates author contracts, including advances, royalty rates, licensing, etc., while minimizing financial exposure.
--Develops and nurtures relationships with the broader external scholarly publishing community; positions him/herself as a thought leader in scholarly publishing.
--Represents the Press at selected conferences and events.
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:
1. Strengthen American democracy;
2. Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and
3. Secure a more open, safe, prosperous, and cooperative international system.