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Publication or Company First Book
Job Title Director, Publisher Relations
Industry Non-profit, Other Publishing
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Washington, DC
Job Requirements First Book is an award winning, nonprofit that provides new books and educational materials to children in need throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 100 million books to schools and programs serving children from low-income families from birth through age 18. A recognized leader in social enterprise, First Book has pioneered groundbreaking channels to provide educators serving children in need with permanent access to high-quality books and educational resources for free and at deeply reduced prices. By harnessing the power of the private sector to advance social change, First Book is helping transform the quality of education for children in need. First Book has been highlighted by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Fast Company and Forbes magazines, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. First Book is also the subject of case studies at Columbia Business School, the Yale School of Management, and the London School of Economics.

About the position: The Director will report to the VP of Publisher Relations; tasks will include marketplace purchasing and special orders, maintain and develop publisher and author relationships, special projects and collection development, and staff management. Other duties may be assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Maintaining First Book Marketplace (FBMP) inventory and quantities to keep wide range of books available in all content areas and age groups and to allow for timely stocking of seasonally appropriate selections; includes monitoring inventory (with junior staff support) and reordering low inventory titles

Outreach and educational training for potential publishing partners about the First Book National Book Bank (FBNBB) and FBMP
Outreach and educational training for authors about ways to partner with FB and communicating with authors regarding opportunities and/or events
Cultivating new relationships with potential publishing partners including MOUs and related communication
Providing executive leadership with information re: publisher relations and strategizing re: the growth and future of Publisher Relations and First Book
Project and relationship management (leadership role)
Create and implement marketing campaigns to increase special orders
Responsible for annual financial goals
Supporting other First Book teams on a project basis including identifying content-specific needs and provide solutions, as well as coordination with book purchasers at national level
Training junior staff on publisher relations processes and other aspects of work and providing junior staff with guidance and feedback on work and work products


Must be able to work in a fast paced environment and handle the unexpected, possess excellent organization and time management skill, and be self-motivated and energetic
Must possess strong leadership skills, flexibility, initiative, a positive attitude and the ability to think outside the box for solutions to problems
Must be very detail oriented. Must be extremely methodical and systematic in his/her organizational approach. Must be a quick, intuitive learner in regard to computer technology
Must be comfortable with massive amounts of data and data management using Microsoft Excel, databases, and other tools
Proficiency with MS Office products including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
Must be able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality
Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Exceptional organizational skills required

Education and/or Experience:

Computer proficiency in Windows environment appropriate to position
Excellent time management and organizational skills; mature, professional attitude and appearance
Must be able to work in a fast paced, multi-tasked environment as a member of a vibrant team
Must possess strong communication skills (verbal and written) and strong interpersonal skills
BA/BS required; MBA or M.A. in a related educational field preferred
Prior work experience in private sector is a plus

TO APPLY: Candidates are invited to submit a resume, and a cover letter that details your interest in the position, to jobs@firstbook.org please be sure to put DPR in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.

About Our Company First Book leads the nonprofit sector in providing critical access to new, high-quality books and educational resources for children in need. Since 1992, First Book has pioneered innovative channels to provide more than 100 million new books for free and at low cost to more than 50,000 schools and community- based programs in low-income communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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