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Editor/Publisher, Booklist

Post Date:Jan 03, 2019Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - Illinois - Chicago Job Reference:
Job 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 fulfillment.


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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Contact Information
American Library Association - Chicago, IL
Adriane Alicea
50 East Huron
Chicago, IL 46407
United States
Ph: 3122802468

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