April  14, 2024
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Executive Editor, Non-Fiction

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Executive Editor, Non-Fiction REF#: JG33520
HarperCollins Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posted: March 7, 2024


HarperCollins Publishers, an award-winning, global leader in book publishing, is seeking a dynamic and creative Executive Editor, Non-Fiction, to join the Canadian team. The ideal candidate has a passion for big ideas, knowledge of current affairs and culture, and a vision to connect with readers. The primary responsibility of the Executive Editor, Non-Fiction is to identify, acquire and edit lead non-fiction titles for the Canadian publishing program that will lead or change the public conversation. Highly developed negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills are a must. Media and publishing experience are beneficial. This is a unique opportunity to join one of the best publishing teams in the business.

Job Purpose:
The primary responsibility of the Executive Editor, Non-Fiction, is to identify, acquire and edit lead non-fiction titles for HarperCollins Canada Ltd. with vision and creativity. The Executive Editor pursues quality submissions from agents and unagented authors and commissions new titles from house authors and new authors with the potential for strong market performance, impact and rights opportunities. The Executive Editor has a sound understanding of the strategic direction for the publishing program, has solid financial capability with P&Ls, is able to identify legal issues and has highly developed negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills. The Executive Editor is a proactive team player who can work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment, balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders, while also having a clear passion for big ideas. The Executive Editor also represents HarperCollins in the publishing community at various events, and maintains strong relationships with agents, authors, the media, and the public.

Major Accountabilities:
  • Substantive and line edit non-fiction manuscripts, publishing 10-12 titles per fiscal year.
  • Identify and acquire high-potential non-fiction projects for the HarperCollins non-fiction listAcquisitions are to be pursued through a variety of sources that include agent submissions, commissions, IP development, and author and colleague referrals and respond to the strategic direction of the publishing program.
  • Project manage and see through to publication multiple books at a time on schedule
  • Generate P&Ls and book costings that meet financial parameters
  • Position books in-house and externally for maximum success through strong presentations and the preparation of compelling metadata, market comparisons and descriptive copy
  • Communicate regularly with the Editor in Chief and the Publisher
  • Work collaboratively with Art and Managing and Production Editorial
  • Foster a strong relationship with marketing and publicity colleagues and manage author expectations
  • Identify legal issues and conduct legal reviews with counsel if necessary
  • Have an awareness of proper sourcing and a working knowledge of maps and photo sections
  • Contribute actively to increasing Diversity on the HarperCanada publishing program
  • Provide the best possible care and attention to authors
  • Attend launches and industry events and participate in industry outreach representing HarperCollins

What's in It For You?
  • The opportunity to be part of a company on the leading edge of publishing, working with a very talented team and exceptional books
  • Summer Hours from late May to early September
  • Hybrid work, flexible start/stop times
  • Work from anywhere 4 weeks per year!
  • Paid time off days and vacation allotment, starting at three weeks (prorated based on start date)
  • Flexible benefit plans to fit your needs and pension matching
  • Author events and access to discounted books
  • Working with passionate people!


  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university
  • 10 years minimum of experience within media or cultural institutions at a senior level
  • A passion for big ideas and engagement in current affairs and culture
  • A working knowledge of book-specific financials is an asset
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Strong organizational and project-management skills
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines, determine priorities and pay attention to detail
  • The ability to work individually and collaboratively, and to maintain strong, positive relationships internally and externally
  • A proven track record of industry engagement and outreach
  • A positive attitude with a focus on collaboration and teamwork
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter - stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board - to:

Aimee Bristow
HarperCollins Canada
22 Adelaide Street W
Toronto , ON
M5H 4E3 , Canada
Tel: (416) 975-9334

E-mail: aimee.bristow@harpercollins.com
Web address: http://www.harpercollins.ca/

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