Contracts Specialist

Boston, Massachusetts (US)
Jul 05, 2018
Metro Area
Full Time

The Contracts Specialist is responsible for drafting, analyzing, and negotiating contract language for assigned subsidiary rights licenses and editorial acquisition contracts, as well as preparing contract amendments including for backlist books regarding eBook rights and/or compensation. The Contracts Specialist serves as a liaison and/or resource person on contract issues during negotiations and internal deliberations. Additional responsibilities include processing and drafting contract terminations for unpublished titles, and working on ad hoc projects as determined by the head of the department.

Education & Experience: B.A. or equivalent experience, plus a minimum of 3 years of professional-level experience that includes work with book publishing acquisition contracts and/or subsidiary rights agreements.

Required Skills: Proficiency with contract language and copyright principles, excellent writing and communication skills, and excellent analytical ability.



• Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).

• The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

• Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

• Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.


ABOUT OUR TRADE DIVISION: For nearly two centuries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and reference works. As part of a leading global learning company, it is uniquely positioned to create educational and entertaining content for multiple channels and in various formats, from hardcovers and paperbacks to e-books and mobile apps. Its distinguished author list includes eight Nobel Prize winners, forty-seven Pulitzer Prize winners, thirteen National Book Award winners, and more than one hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth, Temple Grandin, Tim O'Brien, and Umberto Eco, and a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg, and David Wiesner. HMH is also home to The Best American series®; The American Heritage® and Webster’s New World® dictionaries; Betty Crocker®, Better Homes and Gardens®, How to Cook Everything®, The Gourmet Cookbook, and other leading culinary properties; the Peterson Field Guides®; CliffsNotes™; books by J.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children’s books and characters, including Curious George®, The Little Prince, and The Polar Express. For more information, visit