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Thank you for your interest in New Harbinger Publications employment opportunities.

Throughout our forty-year history, New Harbinger Publications has honed a reputation as the preemi­nent publisher of self-help, and psychology titles. From the outset our aim has been to publish books that are accessible, substantive, and, above all, useful. 
 
Working for New Harbinger Publications you will enjoy a positive environment and a staff that thrives on teamwork, company values, and dedication. We are an employee-owned company and offer a generous benefits program.  
 
New Harbinger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 

February 2021

Open Position:  Publishing Rights Manager

New Harbinger’s busy Rights department is looking for an exceptional Rights Manager who can support its Rights Director, as well as manage the Rights Administrator. This dynamic position requires the ability to prioritize and multi-task under pressure and deadlines. As the Rights Manager, this detail-oriented person should possess excellent communication and follow-up skills. We are looking for someone with a solution-focused attitude and who is comfortable taking initiative. The ideal candidate has at least two years of responsible leadership experience in management or supervisory positions and has a passion to learn the publishing industry. Candidates should be highly creative, motivated, organized, and able to work independently and within a team environment. 

The rights manager provides administrative support to the rights director as they focus their efforts on continuous customer care and securing sales. The role will involve processing contracts and invoicing, processing payments through Acumen, helping prepare presentations to customers and coordinating sales material for international book fairs, attending virtual weekly meetings as well as virtual quarterly launch and sales conferences.

  • Time management: able to use own initiative and prioritize a challenging workload
  • Team player: who is highly organized, has a strong attention to detail and dependable to join a hardworking department 
  • Communication: ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of customers and in-house colleagues as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • IT skills: Excel, Word, Outlook, and Power Point experience. SharePoint experience is a plus.

Responsibilities

  • Become familiar with both domestic and foreign rights clients
  • Become familiar with New Harbinger in-house author acquisitions contracts as well as New Harbinger’s foreign rights contracts
  • Research contracts and compile data for requests from foreign agents and publishers
  • Experience with Acumen accounting software ideal, but not required
  • Processing rights income in the form of check and wires, and research rights income for authors, domestic agents and foreign agents
  • Update and maintain Excel spreadsheets for New Harbinger, Non-Duality and Impact imprints
  • Update and maintain the foreign print, audio and e-book, availability spreadsheet
  • Attend launch and sales conferences
  • Learn how to fill out domestic conference forms for professional conferences with rights director supervision
  • Provide in-house support when rights director is traveling
  • Investigate overdue advances and contact publishers and agents for income due
  • Prepare contracts and invoices
  • Answer author inquiries
  • Prepare, route, track, and file time-sensitive inter-departmental forms and documents
  • Create and maintain departmental spreadsheets and procedure documents
  • Deliver, track, and file foreign publisher contracts and amendments
  • Correspond with authors as needed
  • Assist executive team with ongoing and special projects

Knowledge, skills, and abilities required

  • At least two years of responsible leadership experience in a management or supervisory role
  • BA or equivalent
  • Proficiency in Microsoft suite and database management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize and manage time effectively
  • Interest in the book publishing industry and interest in psychology a plus
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally (passport and state ID required)
  • Attention to detail and capacity to multi-task
  • Maintain knowledge of company’s products and services in order to provide excellent author, foreign publisher and foreign agent support via email, and in person at conferences
  • Manage and maintain new projects as assigned
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Benefits: Competitive

How to Apply

  • Please email your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to HR@newharbinger.com, with “Rights Manager” in the subject line.

    The role of Rights Manager will involve significant training as the candidate comes to learn and understand the foreign publishing marketplace.  While clerical duties will be an important task in the short term, this position offers a real potential for career development over the next two to five years.  In your cover letter, please describe how you envision yourself contributing to the fast-paced rights department.

  • No phone calls please. No recruiters. 

 


March 2021

Open Position: Associate Publicist

We are looking for a highly motivated person to promote our books to key media contacts, draft meaningful and targeted publicity pitches and campaigns, create and implement effective social media campaigns through corporate platforms, and ultimately create demand and sales for our books.

Candidates should be creative, organized, and able to work independently and within a team environment.

Please apply if you meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Broad understanding of media outlets in all formats including print (newspapers, magazines), broadcast (radio, TV), and online (bloggers, podcasts, social media).
  • Computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office, Cision, Adobe Acrobat and InDesign.
  • 1-2 years social media experience (content creation/posting/engagement for corporate brand channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest).
  • 2-4 years publicity experience
  • BA or equivalent experience

Please email your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements with “Associate Publicist” in the subject line to HR@newharbinger.com. No phone calls please. No recruiters.

This position is available remotely or as an in-house position based in Oakland, CA.

 


March 2021

Open Position:  Editorial Assistant

The NHP editorial department seeks an assistant to join our dynamic, collegial team. This position is an essential support for our work developing and producing NHP’s list of self-help and professional psychology books and spirituality titles. The primary responsibilities involve production editing and project management support, including:

  • Works with project editors, handling proofs review process for front-list titles, from typeset pages to final corrections, including managing author and proofreader communications and liaising with production department, project editors, and acquiring editors.
  • Working with senior editorial staff, maintains relevant Title Management database fields and runs biweekly production schedule reports and other reports
  • As requested, proofreads galleys, marketing copy, website copy, and other materials.
  • Proofreads final cover mechanical files for all NHP books.
  • Owns permissions processes, including relationship with permissions licensing partner (Copyright Clearance Center) and adjudication and processing of NHP-granted / internal permissions.
  • Attends and acts as scribe for administrative and workflow meetings as directed, including weekly Prelaunch (acquisitions) meeting and monthly Publishing Schedule meeting.
  • Other administrative and editorial support projects and tasks as assigned to support the work of the department.

Qualifications include:

  • Highly organized, efficient, and effective, with the ability to successfully manage multiple competing priorities
  • Excellent ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; indeed, an exceptional command of the English language and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex and technically dense material
  • Extremely strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong, current technical skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Excel, Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, etc.)
  • Strong copyediting and proofreading skills, including good knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style and, ideally, a functional knowledge of APA style
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of related experience; publishing experience is a plus but is not required
  • Database management experience a plus; Firebrand Title Management experience and/or Crystal Reports programming experience a big bonus
  • Affinity for the subjects we publish and the communities we hope to serve strongly desired

This is a full-time position in our Oakland, California office. A remote work arrangement (within the US) may be possible for the right candidate.

  • Hours: Full-time
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Benefits: Competitive

To apply: Please submit a cover letter with salary requirement and a resume to hr@newharbinger.com, using the words “Editorial Assistant” in the subject line.

No phone calls please. No recruiters.