Rights and Permissions Manager
Role and Responsibilities
Provides direction and oversight of all company rights and permissions, including obtaining digital, print and/or audio rights and clearances from third-party vendors
Supervise the handling of all incoming requests for permissions
Negotiate and draft permissions and license agreements with domestic and international publishers and authors to secure rights for use of content in the company’s print and digital products, and prepare royalty statement reports, as applicable
Assists with the maintenance of permissions within the contract management database and track important follow-up items, such as schedules, renewals, and payment terms
Oversees post-execution matters relating to rights and permissions, including the monitoring of compliance to agreement terms (this may include proofreading, and monitoring text and jacket changes in books scheduled for publication)
Develop and maintains relationships with potential foreign and domestic rights customers
Serve as key contact on all rights-related questions and permissions issues for staff and external vendors
Periodically review permissions/contracts and update as needed to reflect changing business models
Maintains standard agreements structure and templates
Provide information on publishing rights, royalties, and copyright to authors and others
Prepares copyright registrations for books as they are published, and maintains copyright registrations of all published books
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree and 3- years’ experience in publishing or closely related experience
Experience working with all levels of an organization, including senior executive leadership
Strong communication and excellent writing skills
Excellent negotiating and problem-solving skills
Ability to balance attention to detail with efficiency are essential
Adept at database/information management.
Ability to multitask, work in pressure-filled situations, and meet long-term or short deadlines
Skilled at absorbing information quickly.
Proficient in Microsoft Office suite such as Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
Knowledge of copyright law, contract preparation experience, and some legal education. Five years of publishing experience (specifically academic publishing), including rights licensing, subsidiary rights, intellectual property management, and permissions management