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Director, Books (Editor-in-Chief)

NAEYC Washington, DC
  • Posted: 14 days ago
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The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is seeking a Director, Books (Editor-in-Chief) within the Publishing and Professional Learning division of NAEYC. NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NAEYC advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and supports all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

The Director, Books leads the acquisitions and content development of NAEYC's professional books and book-related resources (print and digital). The Director, Books manages each stage of the book acquisitions, editing, and book positioning process. The person in this role looks for authors who can deliver manuscripts that are both well written and reflect up-to-date research in early childhood education. The Director, Books ensures the overall quality and content of the books NAEYC publishes reflect NAEYCs position statements and meet the professional needs of members and other early childhood education audiences. NAEYC books advance the thinking and practice of the early childhood field. The person in this position is familiar with publishing trends and can adapt the book department plans to stay current in both editorial processes and delivery mechanisms as well as with market trends and audience needs that impact books sales. The Director, Books is well versed in early childhood education research and topics and maintains the editorial standards of the book publishing program.

The ideal candidate will possess the following key qualifications:

  • Develops and implements a strategic book publishing plan.
  • Develops a book publishing plan with titles that reflect and further NAEYC's standards and position statements as well meet revenue and audience goals. This position includes developing, maintaining, and growing new and established product lines, including derivative products.
  • Creates and manages budgets: Works with the sales and finance teams to establish clear and attainable revenue goals for each fiscal year. Establishes revenue goals for each book product or project, including plans for the blacklist. Oversees all aspects of the budget'both revenue and expenses'for the books program. Collaborates with marketing and sales teams and external partners, including domestic and international distributors to meet sales projections for the books program.
  • Acquires book titles: The person in this role is responsible for publishing approximately 8-10 new books a year plus and additional resources such as brochures and digital-only products. Recruits authors with a writing track record who can deliver both high quality writing and compelling research-based content and develops new authors and voices. Manages the peer review and book proposal feedback process in ways that result in quality manuscripts. Manages and cares for authors. Negotiates and secures author contracts.
  • Oversees quality research-based editorial: Manages internal and freelance developmental editors and copyeditors. Works to improve content quality and editing efficiency. Serves as developmental editor for approximately 2-4 books a year.
  • Oversees aspects of the publishing process including international and domestic rights management. Reviews, negotiates, and signs permission forms that gives individuals, companies, or organization the right to include NAEYC content in their publications and other materials.
  • Manages timely execution of each book product and project, which includes making sure there are enough books in process at all stages to meet expected publication dates. Works with Creative Services to develop cover and interior page designs, and with Marketing and sales on marketing campaigns and sales opportunities for front list and backlist titles including the revision of select backlist titles.
  • Supervises staff, Senior Editor, and freelancers. Develops internal talents and skill sets. Develops and manages effective and efficient work processes. Works with and contributes to other groups within the Association as needed or assigned.
  • In conjunction with Finance, Sales, and Marketing, establishes and manages distribution relationships and processes. Collaborates with internal teams on plans to market, promote, and sell books and related resources. Develops, evaluates, and executes book distribution partnerships and plans to meet revenue goals.


Manages 2 direct reports'Publishing Manager and Senior Editor'one and a half indirect reports and editorial freelancers.


Training and Experience:

  • Ten years minimum of content creation and publishing experience at a senior level in developmental editing or acquisitions, preferably at a nonprofit/professional organization including first-hand experience with book editing and publishing.

Preferred Knowledge and Skills:

  • Developmental/substantive editing
  • Writing for a professional audience
  • Proven track record in delivering book titles against a strategic plan
  • Proven track record in identifying and developing author talent and defining new titles and product lines
  • Current understanding of early childhood professional landscape (policy issues, research base, practice challenges)
  • Experience with publishing systems such as back-list management, licensing and permissions agreements, author contracts, and foreign rights
  • Knowledge and understanding of early childhood. Experience creating professional development materials and content for educators.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY- NAEYC is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, matriculation, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran's status, or any other factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable.

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Washington, DC
20005 USA

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