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Senior Editor - National Geographic

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 993539BR Location Washington, DC, United States Business Disney Publishing Worldwide Date posted May 31, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

The Senior Editor acquires, conceptualizes, and edits children’s nonfiction and fiction for National Geographic Kids Books (NGK), including creating new and reimagined IP for the list. The senior editor manages the Learning, Literacy, Language, and STEM (LLLS) product category and its associated publishing programs, as well as editing a list of approximately 12 titles per year in support of National Geographic Kids’ overall strategy. This position also directly oversees an associate editor who assists in developing LLLS products. The senior editor reports to the executive editor.

This is a hybrid position, dividing time between National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and working remotely from home.


  • Lead the LLLS category of products through market and competition analysis, cultivating author and agent relationships, cultivating synergistic relationships across National Geographic and Disney, and managing growth through new program development and line extensions
  • Lead conceptualization and development of the new Learning product category, including planning product lines and rollout, and market positioning
  • Editorially manage a list of solo titles, new series, and continuing series across product categories, including preschool, STEM, learning, history, fun facts, reference, picture books, and fact-based fiction
  • Plan, develop, pitch, and acquire new properties to fill NGK market white space and reimagine older properties for current marketplace success across categories
  • Foster relationships with agents and authors and negotiate contracts to source A-list and up-and-coming talent. Negotiate, request, and finalize work-for-hire contracts for writers, project editors, fact checkers, researchers, and packagers
  • Manage book projects from acquisition to layout to bound book in coordination with author, illustrator, designer, photo editor, fact checkers, content experts, packagers, and any other book team members, ensuring that projects release to production on time
  • Prepare and present acquisition paperwork, including acquisitions memos and P&Ls
  • Directly manage a junior editor
  • Provide editorial and management support for editorial director and executive editor as needed, including providing managerial support for all junior editors
  • Draft marketing copy including fact sheets, catalog copy, and jacket/cover copy
  • Partner with multiple departments including Marketing, Publicity, and Sales, presenting titles to marketing and sales groups as needed
  • Attend conferences, sit on cross-departmental committees, and other segment representation as needed
  • Review special projects created by domestic and international licensing partners to ensure audience and brand cohesion

Basic Qualifications:

  • 8+ years experience in children’s media that demonstrates increasing editorial responsibility
  • Extensive experience managing books through the acquisition/editorial/production process
  • Passion for creativity and an interest in fun, facts, photos, and all things animal!
  • Management and people skills to deal positively and productively with a wide range of personalities across multiple disciplines
  • Superior organization and the ability to budget time and handle several tasks simultaneously under the pressure of tight deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently, and to brainstorm new ideas with a large team

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience

Additional Information:

Benefits and Perks: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at

This position is located in Washington, D.C.


About Disney Publishing Worldwide:

Disney Publishing Worldwide helps bring our Company’s stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical products and digital experiences across more than 100 categories, from toys and t-shirts, to apps, books and console games.The business is home to world-class teams of app and game developers, licensing and retail experts, a leading retail business (Disney Store), artists and storytellers, and technologists who inspire imaginations and bring the magic of Disney into the daily lives of families and fans around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with National Geographic Partners, LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Publishing Worldwide.

National Geographic Partners, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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