Job opening detail :
Editor in Chief
posted: Sept. 5, 2019
Offered by:
Practising Law Institute
Health; Dental; 401K; summer Fridays, generous vacation time, gym reimbursement & more
Full Time
New York, NY
Practising Law Institute (“PLI”), an innovative leader in legal education programs and services, is searching for an experienced publishing professional to fill the role of Editor-in-Chief. 

Reporting to the Chief Business Officer, the Editor-in-Chief will develop and support the strategic vision for the Publishing group by implementing forward-thinking new initiatives, working with editorial reports to develop and publish content for PLI, managing the acquisition of new titles, overseeing editorial and production staff, and leading the development and forecasting of departmental P & L and budgets.  In addition, the Editor-in-Chief will collaborate on the marketing of publications and oversee the distribution management of all PLI print publications and digital content. 


* Set the editorial tone for all publishing and content development (print and digital), including development of the strategic vision for new initiatives.
* Manages editorial teams, author relationships, and oversees editorial acquisitions of new authors in order to create additional relevant, high quality publications.
* Collaborates with executive leadership group to generate ideas for new publications.
* Oversees the creation of the annual budget for the department and ensures annual P&L goals are met.
* Monitors the development and implementation of production and editorial schedules to ensure a steady and timely flow of quality content.
* Sets strategic direction on content production systems with internal teams and third-party vendors.
* Conducts research and analyzes the legal publishing marketplace to gain better understanding of purchasing patterns and opportunities.
* Works in collaboration with the PLI Sales and Marketing groups in order to increase brand awareness, brand exposure, and revenue from PLI publications.
* Ensures compliance with copyright law and negotiates contracts with authors of publishing products.
* Responsible for leading team to ensure timely and cost-effective creation and distribution of expertly authored and edited content along with workflow to PLI’s online
search product, PLI Plus.
* Responsible for periodically investigating alternatives to current distribution and other vendor relationships, and oversees vendor contract management.
* Other duties, as assigned.


* 10+ years of Publishing experience, ideally including experience in legal and digital publishing
* J.D. preferred
* Must possess an expert understanding of publishing from both the editorial perspective and business operations/P&L side with an emphasis on digital publishing.
* Exposure to print publishing a plus.
* Must be able to demonstrate strong leadership in managing and motivating teams
* Excellent problem-solving skills and business orientation.
* Knowledge of content management systems and familiarity with content conversion, markup, and XML formats delivery to print and/or online publishing preferred
* Ability to investigate, understand, and manage the introduction of new software platforms for digital initiatives and publishing distribution, as needed
* Enthusiastic, energetic, and professional demeanor; “let’s make it happen” approach to leading teams
About Our  
For over 80 years PLI has been considered the “gold standard” as a leader in continuing legal and professional business training education.  PLI presents over 400 live programs each year in state-of-the-art conference centers throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Recent international seminar locations include London and Hong Kong. 

In addition to hosting innovative live programs, PLI streams webcasts and offers on-demand programs for thousands of participants each day.  PLI publishes a variety of treatises, answer books, course handbooks and has an award-winning online research platform, PLI Plus. PLI offers the nation’s leading preparation course for the Patent Office’s Registration Exam, and provides SEC compliance and accounting training through its SEC Institute.  The organization also develops unique, engaging ways of learning through its Interactive Learning Center. Through its mission as a nonprofit organization, PLI is deeply committed to the pro bono community and public interest organizations.

PLI offers market-competitive compensation and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans for employees and their families, PLI contributions to a retirement account, ample paid time off and holidays, summer Fridays, career development opportunities, and work-life balance initiatives.  The PLI work environment is interesting, collegial, intelligent and supportive.

Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

Practising Law Institute is an equal opportunity employer.  More information about PLI may be found on our website
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