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Editorial Director - HBR Press

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Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation

Brighton, MA

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Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) was founded in 1994 as a not-for-profit, wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University. Its mission is to improve the practice of management and its impact in a changing world. Harvard Business Publishing has approximately 400 employees, primarily based in Boston with offices in New York City, India, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. The company comprises three market groups: Higher Education, Corporate Learning, and Harvard Business Review Group. Through these publishing platforms, Harvard Business Publishing can influence real-world change by maximizing the reach and impact of its essential offering — ideas.

Harvard Business Review (HBR) is the world’s most influential source of management ideas and an innovative multiplatform media brand. Through its flagship magazine, books, and digital content and tools published on, HBR aims to provide professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to help lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.  It provides new ideas, perspectives, information and methodologies that are at the leading edge of business and management thinking.  The Harvard Business Review magazine is published six times annually with a circulation rate base of nearly 305,000. has an average of 6.8 million unique visitors a month and more than 11 million followers on social media. 

HBR’s mission is to make individuals smarter about how they do their jobs so that they can have a greater impact on their organizations and the world.  Content focuses on areas such as leadership, innovation, organizational change, strategy, marketing, technology, and the global economy.  The ideas presented in HBR articles can be translated into action and have been tested in the real world of business.  Practical content, audio, video, infographics, webinars, and interactive tools clarify ideas and make them immediately useful.

Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Director has responsibility for setting the editorial and acquisition strategy for the HBR Press, taking full advantage of Harvard Business Review’s integrated, multiplatform editorial publishing efforts.  In addition to managing a small team of acquiring editors, the Editorial Director will be expected to acquire 5-10 books a year personally.  The Editorial Director has both Editorial and Commercial expertise and sensibilities and has an extensive network of contacts among thought leaders, authors, agents and other influencers.  Key responsibilities are acquisition management, people management, cross HBRG platform collaboration and cross-company collaboration.

Key Responsibilities

•             Develop a forward-looking editorial strategy and manage a balanced portfolio of about 20 original titles a year

•             A passion for acquiring exciting new authors and ideas for HBR

•             Manage the criteria, processes, and metrics for reviewing the performance of each editors’ portfolio and his or her batting average for books signed, vis-à-vis P&L projections and actual performance

•             Lead the editorial team’s effort to achieve its goals overseeing list management and capitalize on cross platform opportunities

•             Function as a player/coach to Identify and develop promising new acquisition areas, product lines, partnerships, and cross-company business opportunities

•             Lead the press in developing and managing successful author relationships

•             Take a leadership position within HBRG in leveraging the brand and cross platform opportunities

•             Lead and manage a high performing organization including recruiting and developing editorial talent by establishing clear goals, coaching and counseling and recognition

•             Represent the Press vision and interests with respect to cross-company initiatives; participate in product and strategy initiatives with other market groups to identify new opportunities.

•             Help guide overall HBR editorial strategy as part of the Editor in Chief’s editorial management team


College degree with at least 10 years’ experience in a related position for a publisher with national distribution.  Extensive experience acquiring and developing trade and/or professional books for a business/management audience. Deep understanding of the entire publishing program from product development to analysis of marketing and sales success. Excellent interpersonal skills across all mediums, fluency in publishing contracts and ability to negotiate deals, ability to lead and manage a team of editors and commercial publishing professionals and guide decisions that are consistent with our mission, and to work collaboratively across HBRG and HBP

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