VP Executive Editor, Simon Element


New York, NY, US, 10020

New York





Simon & Schuster is seeking a VP, Executive Editor to acquire and edit nonfiction in the business, professional development and personal growth categories for the Simon Element imprint.

The ideal candidate will be a meticulous editor, a terrific communicator with a sharp eye, someone who will consistently pursue and attract new authors, has strong agent relationships, and will monitor the marketplace to identify emerging trends. The role will report directly to the publisher and will be fully involved in the entire publishing process. The editor will play an integral role in establishing Simon Element as a premiere destination for top tier thought leaders in the business and professional growth space. This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate eager to assume a leadership role in establishing a new imprint and build a list that of books that will become touchstones for readers eager to develop skills that help them achieve their professional ambitions. 


Specific responsibilities include:
1.    Soliciting, acquiring, and editing books in the narrative and prescriptive nonfiction categories.
2.    Working with the publicity and marketing teams to package and position books.
3.    Acting as the in-house liaison between editorial and the production, design, art, and managing editorial departments, as well as the sales, marketing and publicity teams.
4.    Helping other editors assess projects as needed.
5.    Communicating with authors and agents in all phases of the publishing process, from acquisition to publication date.
6.    Effectively representing own list as well as the Simon Element imprint to media, booksellers, foreign publishers, literary organizations, and other out-of-house contacts beyond authors and agents.


Please apply if you meet the following requirements:

Minimum of 10-12 years of publishing experience in editorial acquisitions for a general trade publisher
Strong editing capabilities
Established contacts in the agent community
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and presentation skills
Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to negotiate with authors and agents
Proven ability to set priorities under pressure and multi-task effectively
Excellent attention to detail
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Teams, etc




Simon & Schuster has been named to Forbes magazine list of “America’s Best Mid-Size Employers 2022.”

Simon & Schuster is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Adams Media, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. 
For more information visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com.





The annual salary for this position is $180,000.00 - $190,000.00 


The hiring salary range for this position applies to New York City, California, Colorado, Washington state, and most other geographies. Starting pay for the successful applicant depends on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education.  The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, tuition assistance program and PTO or, if applicable,  as otherwise dictated by the appropriate Collective Bargaining Agreement.   




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