Book Publishing – Executive Editor American Bar Association

321 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Hybrid remote
$70,000 – $76,600 a year – Full-time

Full Job Description

The American Bar Association (ABA) was founded on a commitment to advance the rule of law in the United States and beyond by providing practical resources for legal professionals, conducting law school accreditation, developing model ethics codes and more. Today, the ABA remains a member-based organization that works to ensure access to justice for all, a fair legal process, and respect for the rule of law at home and across the globe.

The ABA is committed to service and refining the standards that guide the legal profession. ABA staff are provided multiple types of continuing education and career development opportunities. Your work will help eliminate bias, enhance diversity, and advance the rule of law throughout the US and around the world.

The ABA recognizes the value staff contribute to our success through a generous benefits package that protects their health and their financial security. The ABA’s wide array of benefit offerings include 401(k), medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, health spending accounts, supplemental life and disability insurance, prepaid legal programs, and a complimentary membership to the American Bar Association, which offers additional benefits.

Flexible/hybrid work arrangements may be available for residents of CA, DC, IL, IN, IA, MD, MI, MN, TX, VA, and WI. Residency requirements may apply. ABA employees are eligible to apply for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).

Job Summary/General Purpose of Job

  • Responsible for the acquisition and development of ABA Publishing “flagship” line of books from title acquisition through development to Publication.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities (listed in order of importance and/or time spent)

  • Responsible for the acquisition and development of ABA Publishing “flagship” line of books from title acquisition through development to Publication.
  • Actively creates new product ideas, seeks authors, performs appropriate market research, and collaborates with the General Counsel’s office on negotiating and finalizing contract terms and conditions.
  • Develops proposals and manuscripts with authors.
  • Establishes, fosters, and partners Marketing relationship targeting optimized product exposure and maximization of sales of each title.
  • Develops communications related to new titles and creates product interest regarding new flagship titles to internal and external audiences.
  • Optimizes position title desirability and salability through collaborations and partnering with Marketing and Public Relations.
  • Works directly with Print Administration to shepherd titles through production and into print.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Required Education, Qualifications, Experience

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited, four-year college or university.
  • At least three years of editorial, journalism, and/or writing experience.

Preferred Education, Qualifications, Experience

  • Possession of a bachelors’ degree from an accredited, four-year college or university with a concentration in English or Journalism.
  • Possession of a JD from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Previous publishing experience in specialized books, periodicals, or journals.

Physical Requirements
Typical office work environment.

Extent of Travel Required in the Job
As a normal course of business, this job will
typically require travel of up to 10% of the time.

COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment (requests for reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons will be considered).
The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association, please call 312-988-5188.