ARP Books is hiring an Executive Editor. This new full-time position will be responsible for overseeing our publishing program, including the day-to-day operations as well as the overall strategic direction of the publishing house. This is a rare opportunity for a dynamic applicant; the Executive Editor will be given the mandate and the support to build on ARP’s strong foundation and expand.
ARP Books – Executive Editor - Detailed Job Description
Job Title: Executive Editor, ARP Books, Winnipeg
The Executive Editor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ARP Books. The Executive Editor will lead the development and implementation of a long-term strategic plan that builds on ARP Books’ strong foundation (with 20 years of publishing a dynamic combination of cultural, fiction, and non-fiction titles with an emphasis on progressive political analysis of contemporary issues) and expand the number of books published each year.
The Executive Editor will report directly to the ARP Books editorial board and will manage two part-time staff people. This is a full-time position based in our Winnipeg office that will require occasional travel. ARP Books is a Mac-based office environment that uses Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Suite. The successful candidate should have a working knowledge of these platforms.
Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate will: have at least five years experience in Canadian publishing (or equivalent), with knowledge of both the editorial and business sides of publishing; have a keen understanding of the publishing landscape and a vision for ARP’s place in it; demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills; be able to work accurately and effectively under pressure of frequent deadlines and conflicting demands; and be exceptionally organized. We are looking for a leader who is also able to work as a member of a team that incudes talented staff and a volunteer board. Applicants should provide evidence of supervising a team or project and/or demonstration of leadership skills and managerial experience.
The Executive Editor will oversee the publishing operations at ARP Books as the senior staff person. They will actively seek out new manuscripts and authors for upcoming seasons. They will manage sales, distribution, and inventory and be responsible for our publishing program, operating budget, and grant applications and reporting. The Executive Editor will communicate directly with authors, participate in professional organizations, and provide leadership on marketing and publicity matters. It will be the Executive Editor’s responsibility to ensure staff and board have the necessary information to fulfill their duties and obligations and to communicate all relevant information on the day-to-day operations and long-term plans to the board.
Very competitive and commensurate with experience.
The deadline to apply is July 22, 2016. Please send a cover letter, relevant work experience and/or curriculum vitae, two letters of reference, and three professional references by email to:
Esyllt Jones, President, ARP Books email@example.com
Queries about this position can be directed to the same address.
ARP Books acknowledges the lack of diversity in Canadian publishing and we encourage applicants from Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+, and racialized communities.