Editorial Director (Manga, Anime, and Video Game Books), Square Enix (Open to Re

Penguin Random House, New York, NY

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Duration: Full-Time

Penguin Random House Publisher Services is seeking an Editorial Director who will manage and provide guidance to editorial staff in developing and producing titles on behalf of client publisher Square Enix Manga & Books. Square Enix publishes such notable properties such as Final Fantasy, Soul Eater, A Man and His Cat, and NieR. The successful candidate will possess publishing experience, editorial acumen, strong management skills, and an understanding of the manga, anime, and video game market. 

Key Responsibilities
* Manage editors on a day-to-day basis through all stages of the publishing lifecycle, from acquisitions and project planning through editing, design, and production.
* Oversee all editorial stages involved in the localization and production of manga and trade books for English-language readers, including editing manuscripts and page proofs, guiding cover and interior page design, and reviewing printer materials and digital proofs to ensure quality, accuracy, and consistency.
* Work closely with Managing Editorial, Production, and Design staff to devise and implement efficient scheduling and workflow processes.
* Work closely with the Publishing Director and client on acquisitions, seasonal list planning, and title development.
* Personally edit 10-15 trade book titles per year.
* Recruit and manage editors and freelance staff as necessary to expand the program over the long term.
* Represent client publishing program publicly to media and fans, including at retail/library trade shows and conventions as appropriate.

In addition to these responsibilities, perform other activities as assigned.

* 5+ years of experience at a trade book or comics publisher
* Prior supervisory experience and proven ability to successfully manage creative staff
* Proven ability to manage time, prioritize deadlines, and balance the needs of multiple stakeholders
* Ability to communicate clearly and interact professionally with both internal staff and external partners, frequently in a cross-cultural context
* Excellent English-language editing and writing skills
* Meticulous attention to detail and strong organizational skills
* Proficiency in Microsoft 365 and Adobe Creative Suite
* Ability to work on all types of graphic novel content, including works featuring violence and sexually explicit material
* Illustrated book (game books, reference books, etc.) or graphic novel publishing experience strongly preferred
* Interest in anime, manga, or video games a plus
* Japanese language skills a plus
* Experience in working with licensed publishing a plus

The salary range for this position is $100,000-$110,000. All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to Company results.

Please apply by September 6, 2023 at 11:59 pm EDT for consideration, and include a cover letter with your résumé.

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