Rights and Permissions Manager

New Rochelle, New York
Based on experience--Benefits, 401K
Jul 10, 2018
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

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 


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