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Requisition Number 19-0239
Post Date 5/20/2019
Title Contracts Assistant
Organization Name Macmillan
City New York
State NY
Description

Macmillan Publishers is a global trade book publishing company with prominent imprints around the world, publishing a broad range of award-winning books for children and adults in all categories and formats. Macmillan Publishers is committed to our authors, our employees, and to the environment.

U.S. publishers include Celadon Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Flatiron Books, Henry Holt & Company, Macmillan Audio, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Picador, St. Martin's Press and Tor Books. In the UK, Australia, India, and South Africa, Macmillan publishes under the Pan Macmillan name. The German company, Holtzbrinck Deutsche Buchverlage, includes among its imprints S. Fischer, Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Rowohlt, and Droemer Knaur.

Macmillan Publishers is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a large family-owned media company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to reflecting a broad representation of differences --race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, age, family status, economic background and status, geographical background and status, and perspective — in our workplace. The successful candidate for this position will be an employee of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC.
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Position Description:

We are seeking a diligent, motivated and meticulous individual to join our busy children’s books Contracts team. The Contracts Assistant will report to the Associate Director, and will assist with drafting and negotiating author contracts, maintaining contract data systems, registering publications with the US Copyright Office, and handling various legal documents related to book publishing contracts.


Major Responsibilities:

• Assisting with drafting and negotiating author contracts, amendments, and other associated agreements. This involves extensive communication with authors and agents, as well as in-house editors, legal counsel, and other staff.
• Interpretation and database entry of contract details.
• Processing and tracking contracts for signature and payment.
• Scanning signed documents into the digital archive.
• Registering book text and art with the US Copyright Office.
• Some administrative support and occasional special projects.

Required Skills / Knowledge:

• Strong written and verbal communications skills.
• Keen attention to detail.
• Experience using Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Interest in book publishing (particularly children’s books) and contracts.
• Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
• Excellent time management and organizational skills.

Experience Needed:

• Some experience with author contracts or general book publishing experience a plus.

Educational Background Required:

• Some college
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