Thank you for your interest in New Harbinger Publications employment opportunities.
Throughout our 40+ 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.
Read about New Harbinger’s Values.
- 401(k) with matching
- ESOP retirement plan
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Disability insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Flexible spending account for healthcare
- Tuition reimbursement
- Gym reimbursement
- Continuous career training through our HR learning portal and other live or online sources.
New Harbinger Publications provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
As an employee-owned company, New Harbinger:
|Information & Learning|
|New Harbinger provides reasonable access to information, such as performance indicators, projections that show how decisions affect the company’s financial health, and the company’s strategic direction.||New Harbinger expects employee owners to take responsibility for learning about the company and what drives its success, and to teach themselves about their personal and departmental roles in the company’s success. The company expects employee owners to participate in learning activities about New Harbinger’s business practices.|
|New Harbinger provides fair compensation for the work of employee owners and full participation in the ESOP as outlined in the plan. New Harbinger provides fair treatment for all employee owners under the company’s stated policies.||New Harbinger expects employee owners to work hard at their jobs, follow company rules, and not take advantage of the company. The company expects employee owners to take an ownership perspective in how they invest their time and energy, keeping the company’s best interests in mind.|
|Employee Ownership Culture|
|New Harbinger provides employees with opportunities to constructively express ideas and opinions, ask questions, and make suggestions about company endeavors. New Harbinger provides employee owners with opportunities to optimize growth in their jobs and to seek out education that furthers their job performance. New Harbinger provides a supportive work environment.||New Harbinger expects employee owners to speak up about problems as they occur and to know and follow procedures for handling problems and complaints. New Harbinger expects employee owners to take responsibility for finding solutions rather than just pointing out problems. New Harbinger expects employees to support their coworkers and the core mission of the business.|
Finance Director – Full-Time, Remote or Hybrid
|Job Title:||Finance Director|
|Reports to:||Chief Operating Officer|
The Finance Director is the member of executive management who is responsible for maintaining and driving financial results within the company. The Finance Director works closely with the Chief Operating Officer, the President/Publisher, other management team members, and the finance department. The person in this role ensures the financial health of New Harbinger Publications and its subsidiary, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, by managing and analyzing financial statements, budgets, payroll, tax compliance, and the annual employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) valuation and contributions. The Finance Director plays a key role in New Harbinger’s employee ownership culture by supporting employee owners’ understanding of, and contributions to, the company’s success and long-term stability.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned:
- Drives financial results by working closely with the COO, President/Publisher, and other key executive team members. Oversees accounting operations and records; ensures production of accurate and timely financial reports; supervises accounting staff. Maximizes return on financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems.
- Participates in weekly executive council (EC) meetings. Collaborates with other EC members in financial planning and results management, including budgeting and forecasting for existing and prospective lines of business. Sets goals for growth, profitability, and reinvestment in collaboration with other EC members. Analyzes ongoing progress toward budgetary goals. Ensures that expenses are in line with projected revenue.
- Presents financials at weekly staff meetings, in support of open book accounting principles, ESOP ownership education, and company values of sustainability and collaboration in service of long-term goals.
- Provides comprehensive financial updates to senior management by evaluating, analyzing, and reporting appropriate data points.
- Prepares special reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
- Coordinates annual operating budget. Reviews estimates and consults on forecasts prepared by Accounting Manager and VP of Sales and Marketing.
- Implements updated accounting infrastructure for Praxis Continuing Education and Training, an NHP subsidiary; engages in routine consultation with Praxis executive director on financial modeling; engages in routine consultation with EC on relationship between NHP and Praxis; creates annual Praxis annual budget; manages Praxis event P&Ls, revenue and expense projections, and royalty/revenue share arrangements.
- Coordinates annual compiled financial statements with auditor. Reviews requested documents prepared by Accounting Manager; consults with auditor as required; reviews draft statement.
- Coordinates annual ESOP stock valuation with independent appraiser. Reviews requested documents prepared by Accounting Manager; consults with independent appraiser as required; reviews draft valuation.
- Presents financials at quarterly Board of Directors meetings.
- Advises EC and Board of Directors on tax planning and compliance with federal, state, and local taxes.
- Calculates annual merit increases, bonuses, and COLAs; manages salary ranges in consultation with senior executives; consults on budget implications of new hires and promotions.
- Coordinates relationships with administrators and investment advisor of ESOP and 401(k) plans.
- Coordinates relationships with lending and financial institutions.
- As one of the key leaders in the company, motivates and encourages employees at all levels of the org chart.
- Collaborates with sales and marketing team on annual budget and title forecasting; quarterly consumer sales reporting; product analysis; new title print runs; terms negotiation for key accounts; analyzing special sales proposals and rights deals for terms and profitability; financial analysis for new account contracts; updates to discount schedules; co-op allowances; data export projects; foreign consignment account projects.
- Sets annual new title quota based on recovered COGS.
To excel in this role, you will be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities with a high degree of accuracy. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. If you have a disability, let’s discuss the accommodations we may be able to provide.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in finance, business, accounting, or liberal arts (with relevant experience); 6 to 10 years’ relevant experience, including experience at senior level; experience with book publishing and/or ESOP model is desired but not required. CPA or CFA is a plus but not required.
Above-average written and verbal communication skills are required.
Strong Excel skills required. Proficiency in basic Microsoft Office suite of products required. ACUMEN book software experience is a plus.
Supervises employees in accounting department. Position requires executive-level management skills.
Work Environment and Physical Demands
This position is either based in Oakland, CA or offsite remotely inside the 48 contiguous states. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
To Apply for this Position
The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. New Harbinger Publications provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Please email your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to HR@newharbinger.com, with “Finance Director” in the subject line. No phone calls please. No recruiters.