Editorial Director/Publisher


Sourcebooks is a fast-growing entrepreneurial company seeking impact players and difference makers. We create books that transcend categories and defy odds; with hundreds of national bestsellers and awards to show for it. We are a company of enthusiastic, book-loving employees who are dedicated to connecting books to readers in new and innovative ways. Every day, we are transforming the publishing industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. Story by story, book by book, we have touched over 100 million lives. Join us as we strive to change 100 million more.


Position Details

Editorial Director/Publisher
Northern Illinois
Naperville, IL

We seek a dynamic and driven professional to join our kids’ editorial group in a new role, leading our Sourcebooks Fire, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, and Sourcebooks Young Readers imprints. A fast-growing and established leader in children’s and young adult publishing, we are innovative (#31 on Fast Company Best Workplaces for Innovators), moving fast, and making an enormous difference in the lives of our authors and their readers and fans. If that sounds like fun, this might be the right place for you!

The Editorial Director/Publisher for Sourcebooks Fire, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, and Sourcebooks Young Readers will strategically manage the lists and editors of these three exciting imprints. Our kids and young adult programs are thriving, and we know there is even more opportunity to expand the reach and impact of our authors and books. This role is a great fit for you if you are a data-minded strategic thinker, have fantastic relationships with authors, agents and business partners, love managing great people and collaborating with a team, look for opportunities in both traditional and nontraditional ways, and truly believe that books change lives!

An outstanding Editorial Director/Publisher for these imprints will:

  • Be responsible for long-range strategy, planning, and list management. 
  • Analyze marketplace needs and competition and strategically manage a list and schedule for each season. 
  • Represent acquisitions and marketing teams with impactful strategies when meeting with prospective and current authors, agents, and business partners. 
  • Create and expand upon strong working relationships with agents and the children’s book community in order to influence acquisitions and strategic development. 
  • Position new product in the marketplace with respect to content, category, title, subtitle, physical packaging, design packaging, marketing copy, etc. 
  • Partner closely with marketing, publicity, and sales on all opportunities 
  • Develop strategic alliances and create new initiatives for product acquisition, marketing initiatives, and sales opportunities.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have 7+ years of trade book publishing experience in children’s or young adultbooks. 
  • Be a self-starter. Exhibiting initiative, leadership, and a strong desire to grow in book and product development. 
  • Play well with others. Seriously, we’re a hard-working team who also happen to be pretty nice. 
  • Juggle and coordinate. We want a clear communicator who is detail-oriented, organized, and can keep short- and long-term projects on schedule while following through on deadlines. 
  • Love books. This is a must.

The location for this position is hybrid and can be based in any of the following states: IL, NY, MN, WI, TX, TN, AZ, NJ, CT, MD, WA, PA, NC. There is some travel involved in this role to the home office in Illinois, and to attend events around the country throughout the year.

Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Our range of benefits include, but are not limited to, Medical/Prescription drug insurance, Dental, Vision, Health Care/Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account 401(k), Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life/AD&D Insurance, & generous paid time off.

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