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Acquisitions Editor

Albert Whitman & Company is an independent publisher that has been producing award-winning children’s books since 1919. Our mission is to delight and engage children and teens of all backgrounds and experiences.

We are currently searching for an experienced Acquisitions Editor to acquire and develop quality children’s books for our award-winning list. Candidates will manage projects throughout the bookmaking process—from negotiation to production. We are looking for someone with impeccable attention to detail, an ability to curate successful projects, and, above all, a passion for children’s books.


What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Acquire, develop, and edit manuscripts with a concentration on picture books; however, projects can range in reading levels from board book to young adult
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with authors and literary agents
  • Research competitive titles and determine project positioning
  • Work closely with other departments to discover new and exciting ways to package and promote our books
  • Seek opportunities to improve and expand processes and department goals
  • Read lots and lots of books and work with other people who love books!

What We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in English, literature, or journalism
  • Minimum 5 years experience in publishing, preferably with at least 2 years as an acquiring editor working directly with literary agents or authors
  • Knowledge of the children’s book marketplace and trends
  • Experience in copyediting and strong knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style a plus
  • Excellent attention to detail, quality, process, and organization
  • Ability to identify potential problems and resolve them before they become actual problems
  • Business decision-making skills
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; knowledge of InDesign a plus
  • Capable of learning new processes and technologies quickly
  • Able to travel to work-related events and meetings (2 or 3 times a year)


A Little More About Us

Located just outside of Chicago in Park Ridge, Illinois, Albert Whitman & Company has been publishing award-winning children’s books since 1919. We are best known for the classic series the Boxcar Children® Mysteries, but all of our books treat their readers in a caring and respectful manner, helping them to grow intellectually and emotionally. We have great respect for our fellow employees, readers, authors, illustrators, opinion makers, vendors, customers, and all those with whom we collaborate. We are passionate about books—we love what we do and we love who we work with. We are dedicated to continuing our tradition of creating award-worthy books for children! Are you the next member of our team?

Albert Whitman & Company offers a full benefits package including Blue Cross Blue Shield medical insurance, dental insurance, 401k with contribution matching, a quarterly bonus program, gym membership, and a relocation allowance.

Applicants should send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and a sample list of acquired titles and/or conceptualized projects to: