Job opening detail :
Editorial Director
posted: Mar. 7, 2019
Offered by:
Little Bee Books
Competative Salary and Benefits
Full Time
New York, NY
The Editorial Director will work in partnership with the CEO to create and grow a well-rounded and successful children’s publishing business. This role will oversee the editorial, design, and managing editorial functions for 3 imprints – Little Bee Books, BuzzPop, and Yellow Jacket.

Main Responsibilities:
• Work with the CEO to curate a publishing list for 3 seasons every year that accurately fits the needs of the North American market, with possible outreach into the global market.
• Create an identity for the imprint through successfully selecting a cohesive publishing list for each season.
• Effectively manage the editorial content and design, spot key trends, and constantly reassess the editorial strategy to ensure top efficiency and results.
• Oversee the implementation of the editorial strategy, including, but not limited to acquisitions, agent/author/illustrator relations, P&L’s, marketing and publicity efforts, and production quality control.
• Guide the day-to-day activity of the editorial, design, and managing editorial teams and work closely with these teams to define requirements and objectives.
• Conceive, develop, and/or acquire original titles for each seasonal list.
• Collaborate with GLAAD to publish compelling LGBTQ-friendly books.
• Acquire and publish licenses suitable for our formats and the North American market.
• Maximize existing relationships with key agencies, illustrators, and authors to ensure the imprints are well positioned to take up exciting new opportunities.
• Provide a strategic direction to the publishing.
• Bear responsibility for editorial integrity and standards.
• Continuously analyze the competitive environment and consumer trends and publish ahead of the curve.
• Present titles at sales conference meetings for our distribution partner and any in-house meetings.
• Lead and participate in the editorial process from acquisitions to sales and marketing for all titles.
• Liaise closely with the sales, marketing, and publicity to ensure that the lists reflect and drive market trends domestically and globally.
• Oversee all aspects of the book design process.
• Hire and manage freelance editors and illustrators as and when needed.
• Set and achieve key targets in terms of titles commissioned, profitability, and stock management.
• Define and oversee the implementation of processes that need to be put in place within the editorial, design, and managing editorial teams.

Direct Reports:
• 2 Senior Editors
• 2 Editors
• 2 Editorial Assistants
• 3 Junior/Senior Designers
• 1 Managing Editor

Required Qualifications:
• 10+ years’ experience in children’s editorial.
• Extensive and intimate knowledge of the North American book publishing industry and the various players in the marketplace.
• A strong understanding of the US and Canadian markets and a proven track record within these markets.
• Experience with acquiring and publishing licenses in the North American marketplace.
• Longstanding relations with agents and authors.
• Experience with design, managing editorial, and editorial and a desire to learn more to effectively manage the processes and functions within the managing editorial, design, and editorial team.
• Superior editing skills and the ability to Americanize product by changing format, cover, and content to fit the North American aesthetic.
• Excellent negotiation skills and competent with managing profitability and budgeting.

Desired Qualifications:
• Highly professional individual with integrity, initiative, and a driving ambition to make a real impact on our business.
• A go-getter who isn’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty.
• Someone who can think outside the box and is willing to do what it takes to get the job done successfully.
• Ready and willing to work in a start-up environment and passionate to put their stamp on a business and create something from the bottom up.
• Creative and inspiring team leader, with a proactive nature and an ability to communicate at the highest level.
• A self-starter who is willing to go above and beyond the job description and pitch in wherever necessary to get the job done.
About Our  
About Little Bee Books: Little Bee Books is a children's book publisher dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun books for busy little bees ages 0 through 12, offering an inspired selection of early learning concept books, board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, and more. For more information please visit

About BuzzPop: BuzzPop, an imprint of Little Bee Books, is a media and licensing publisher designed to bring the very best of pop culture, favorite brands, and media tie-ins to fans of all ages. With a list including bilingual Disney books, a full line of Smooshy Mushy titles, and Crayola coloring and activity books, as well as publishing programs featuring boundary-breaking social media influencers such as JoJo Siwa and Karina Garcia, BuzzPop is devoted to creating empowering and diverse books for everyone. For more information please visit

About Yellow Jacket: Yellow Jacket, an imprint of Little Bee Books, is a middle grade publisher of series and standalone titles for ages 8 through 14, covering an array of genres including humor, historical fiction, magical realism, coming-of-age stories, graphic novels, and much more. For more information please visit
Matthew Sciarappa
251 Park Avenue South
Floor 12
New York, NY 10010
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