Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0040
Post Date 12/14/2018
Title Editor/Publisher
City Chicago
State IL
Description ALA is seeking an Editor/Publisher for Booklist Publications, a unit of ALA Publishing.

Reporting to the Associate Executive Director, ALA Publishing, the Editor/Publisher of this prestigious imprint will direct the editorial and content development, and the advertising, marketing, and production functions of Booklist’s print and digital products to maximize net revenue for the Association and maintain its competitive edge in the library market. Products include the flagship print magazine Booklist, the quarterly supplement Book Links, Booklist Online, and a range of enewsletters and other digital products. This position manages 6 direct reports, with an overall staff of 20.

Key responsibilities include the following:

 Meet annual sales and expense targets in advertising, subscriptions, content licensing, and other sources of revenue to maximize net revenue for the Association.

 Manage 6 direct reports in editorial, marketing, production, and general administration, and 3 independent advertising sales representatives.

 Direct the development, implementation, and measurement of the unit’s strategic plans, capitalizing on trends and developments. Direct appropriate ongoing market research. Stay abreast of the library market and the needs of librarians in all types of libraries, including for professional development. Stay on top of trends in readers’ advisory and collection development.

 Oversee conception and development of new products to meet expressed needs of advertisers and subscribers.

 Ensure quality of content while developing and promoting the relationship between editorial content and advertising success.

 Create, manage, and report on the unit’s annual budget (approximately $4 million).

 Negotiate cost-effective contracts with outside vendors, especially for printing, web development, and magazine fulfilment.

 Represent Booklist Publications throughout the Association and externally, including at ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences, and other related conferences and events.

 Build on 114-year history of excellence, with a focus on current and future needs.

 Approximately 10% travel

The Editor/Publisher position is based in Chicago, Illinois. The selected candidate will need to live in the area. A relocation package will be provided.

Salary: Negotiable from $115,000 based on relevant experience and qualifications. ALA offers a comprehensive and valuable benefits program, plus generous paid vacation and a retirement annuity.

Closing Date: February 15th, 2019 or until position is filled.

Application Process

In addition to sending your resume, you must include a cover letter outlining the strategic value that you will bring to ALA, drawing upon your successes in the publishing field.

Apply online including cover letter, resume and salary expectations.

(Additional documents are uploaded on the same screen as the resume)


Send a cover letter, resume and salary expectations to:

American Library Association
Dan Hoppe
Associate Executive Director, Human Resources
Human Resources Department
Ref: Editor/Publisher Booklist
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Disability/Veteran
Required Education and Experience

 Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred. MLIS degree a plus.

 Minimum 15 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience, including 7 years’ magazine management

 Demonstrated record of success in editorial oversight, advertising sales, new product development, and managing a staff in an environment of tight deadlines.

 Minimum 5 years’ supervisory experience

Desired Experience:

 Library experience and a strong literature, editorial, and/or publishing background preferred

 Successful entrepreneurial skills and record

 Experience developing staff

 Experience establishing and maintaining partnerships, advertising relationships, and sponsorships

 Significant knowledge of the profession and library community, including current trends, ability to see both the big picture and specific areas

Core Competencies/Skills:

 Ability to effectively manage time despite multiple competing deadlines

 Ability to work collaboratively within a complex organization

 Ability to collaborate effectively with members and staff with diverse perspectives (strong interpersonal skills)

 Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to influence at various levels

 Business acumen

 Strategic, innovative, creative, future-oriented thinker

 Strong organizational skills

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