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Moody Publishers
Chicago, IL, United States
23 days ago
Moody Publishers
Chicago, Illinois, United States
23 days ago


The Acquisitions Editor – Church Members is responsible for ideating, acquiring, and building innovative physical and digital book products for Moody Publishers. This role requires top-level discretion in the decision-making, and the exercise of independent judgment, on the front-end of our core business (which books/authors we publish) on an everyday basis. This person must also possess the ability to ideate, edit, and coach projects/authors to a successful end—this work is highly intellectual and specialized (often taking years of training and experience to succeed). In addition, they are jointly accountable for the financial performance of each book they acquire.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

  • Acquire trade books with our core audience of church members in mind. This includes (but is not limited to) books on spiritual growth, spiritual disciplines, the Christian life, chuch life, work/life balance, community, and answering evergreen questions with high quality products from a biblical worldview.
  • Ensure that all content reflects the mission, vision, and values of Moody Bible Institute, with a special emphasis on biblical orientation, accuracy, professionalism, and achievement of ministry and financial objectives. This includes interaction with authors and literary agents and having independent agency to make decisions on active book proposals.
  • Exhibit editorial expertise to recognize, improve, and finish tasks related to the creation of our core products.
  • Interact with authors and audience leaders regularly to develop an acquisitions strategy that is tailored to your audience based on market trends/reader’s needs. Be a coach and the primary communication channel for our organization with our authors.
  • Ensure that new titles are produced efficiently and on schedule by working with our authors and our internal team to see that relevant deadlines are met and all necessary metadata is available and accurate in PPM on scheduled due dates.
  • Negotiate/oversee the signing of author agreements, in conjunction with the Editorial Director and our Legal Department.
  • Maintain a healthy level of engagement with the Editorial team on content development to deliver the best possible connection with and influence of the reader. Provide theological and editorial consultation to the team and the Acquisitions Director in areas of expertise.
  • Collaborate with the Creative and Marketing/Sales teams to ensure that each title reaches its intended audience and achieves its projected level of sales.
  • Perform other related and special duties as assigned.

Work Environment/Conditions

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, tablets, phones, photocopiers, and paper filing.
  • Some U.S. travel will be required for this position.


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree (in a related field of study, e.g. English, Creative Writing, Journalism, Process Management, etc.). Master’s or Doctoral Level Education Preferred (Theology, Bible, etc.)
  • 5 years experience in a related field (editing, publishing management, related ministry, teaching, etc.)
  • Literary skills to recognize strong content and gifted writing (this includes relevant experience, references, and training).
  • Strong theological grounding (with a background in related ministry field/training) and an appreciation for Moody’s platform.
  • Authorized to work in the US legally, without sponsorship

Preferred Requirements

  • An entrepreneurial thinker with an intuitive grasp of what will resonate with readers.
  • A practical sense of how to make each acquisition a good business decision.
  • Networking abilities to engage audiences and discern emerging voices.
  • Organized individual with self-starting capabilities, able to prioritize a task list.
  • Understanding of the inner workings of the publishing process as a whole.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58539140
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Position Title: Acquisitions Editor
  • Company Name: Moody Publishers
  • Job Function: Acquisitions/Author Relations
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years

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