Acquisitions Editor, Children's Books

| Austin
Based in the Bohemian Cowboy capital of the world, Austin, Texas, Literati is a new kind of bookseller. Our mission is simple: to elevate global consciousness through the thoughtful curation and discussion of books. Long live literature!
Given books are the name of our game, we are looking for a hyper-conscientious publisher relations team member with years of experience acquiring all-star content in the children’s space. You are a curator at heart, but are as enthused about the nuances of any given P&Ls for any given title you’ve been responsible for acquiring. You are extremely versed in how your deal structures play out in the structuring of high volume wholesale Special Markets orders as well as Licensing and Sub-Rights agreements. You are completely versed in children’s content specifically across the big 5 publishers, and could live and breathe curation for the children’s product. You are a negotiation fiend, being as excited about a title’s content as you are fighting for deal terms. Your love for books, and Literati’s customers would make you rather go hungry than put simply “good” books into the world because quite honestly you are the type that never, ever, settles. You are as extraordinary a team member as the books we meticulously source, meaning at the end of the day, you are an individual contributor of epic proportions and the loops in the roller coaster ain’t no thang (read: you are a terrific problem solver). The wilder the ride, the hungrier you are to chart new territory within yourself.

What You'll Do....

  • Source children’s books from publishers big and small across the globe 
  • Study, and study, and then study some more a universe of proprietary data in order to synthesize Literati’s curation sensibility in the children’s market
  • Negotiate individual title terms til the cows come home across both special markets and licensing/sub-rights divisions
  • Conduct pricing analyses, and formulate data driven recommendationsLead meta-tagging effort to build curation metrics
  • Work with supply chain team to understand projections and oversee on-time receipt of titles in an always-shifting environment

Who You Are....

  • An Industry Expert in the Children’s Space. You have seen the ins and outs of how things work at the big 5 and bring tremendous knowledge and experience to P&L landscape of children’s title and how those structures affect sales across special markets and licensing/sub-rights.
  • Data-obsessed. You live by the motto “Numbers don’t lie” and are willing to be proven wrong by the data.
  • A Data-Driven Curator. Personal taste falls to the wayside as it relates to curation informed by thousand and thousand of data points on what kids like and why.
  • A Negotiator. You are bold, though also studied in your negotiating tactics, and very comfortable with lots and lots of math.
  • Technical. You delight in the seamlessness of numerous functions and filters in a well-executed spreadsheet that makes data searingly clear.
  • Scrappy. Enough said.
  • A Researcher. You love the thrill of the hunt and delight in finding beautiful books to share with the world. 
  • A Kid at Heart. Being able to deeply understand the developmental personas of children (baby, toddler, preschool, elementary, and beyond) is a place you can go to in yourself.

What You Need....

  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Journalism, or related field
  • Minimum 3 years in the children’s division of a major publisher, preferably one of the big 5 publishers
  • Extensive understanding of how P&L structures affect deal terms in special markets and sub-rights / licensing arenas

Literati is dedicated to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We believe in the power of literature as a transformative form of technology that helps us see, and reflect upon, our common humanity. A great workplace should do the same—see, reflect, and celebrate the experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent of a diverse array of people. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that all potential candidates can bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, gender identity and expression, nationality, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, religion, neurological and physical ability, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

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Location

The Literati office is in the heart of East Austin. Close to a myriad of food, bars, and right off of the train line!

An Insider's view of Literati

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

You do the work, so you deserve the rest. Your individual work-life balance will vary based on the team that you work with, but in Customer Support, our associates can expect to regularly have a 40-hour work week and be paid time-and-a-half for extra hours worked. We also have regularly scheduled work-from-home hours!

Ashley Horton

Sr Customer Support Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

We pride ourselves on being a small team in order to stay nimble, so collaboration across teams is as easy as turning around and chatting with colleagues a few desks away. We’ll break out for working sessions as we dig into specific projects, gathering feedback from key stakeholders in order to set a roadmap in motion.

Mike Tully

Sr Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Humility, grit, courage, and dedication (on a cellular level) to building the world’s most beloved literary brand. Expertise in one’s craft is critical, but an expert with a beginner’s mind is far more likely to innovate in unprecedented ways. As stewards of the book object, our team’s success rests in our ability to sow empathy at every turn.

Kelly Carroll

Co-Founder/Creative Director

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

One thing I love from my time at Google was "20% time" which allows people to spend up to one day a week working on a passion project that doesn't necessarily tie into the roadmap. Just eliminating all process and approval is a critical first step. Innovation looks absurd out the gate.

Jess Ewing

CEO

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The office space is for makers who answered the call to adventure. We thrive at the intersection of artisan-crafted daydreams and cutting-edge tech. You’ll see people that are laser-focused on driving progress to OKRs. We think for ourselves, understand how our strategies impact others, and never settle for less than world-class brand experiences!

Vanessa Castañeda

Manager of Partnerships

What are Literati Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Acme Co. provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Core hours, Flexible start and end times.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted On occasion .
Parking
We offer employees Free on-site parking.
Pet Friendly
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Professional Development Benefits
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