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HarperCollins Publishers Rights Assistant in New York, New York


Join the fast-paced Subsidiary Rights department at HarperCollins! As a Rights Assistant, you will have the opportunity to work on both Foreign and Domestic rights. The position reports to the SVP/Director of the department and affords an opportunity to gain entry into the field of international licensing and book publishing.


  • Performs administrative duties pertaining to all aspects of the Rights Department’s role in the HarperCollins Global Publishing Program, Sony 3000 partnership and in the licensing of domestic, UK and translation rights to third party publishers.

  • Provides administrative support to two senior members of the Rights Department

  • Assists in the submission of licensing of rights and handles related production requests

  • Liaises with foreign agents, foreign publishers, literary scouts and Harper’s global offices.

  • Prepares reports and other related documents and provides support on special projects.

  • Responds to rights-related queries from in-house personnel and outside parties.

  • Assists in weekly mailings to foreign subagents, and other shipments as required.

  • Helps with scanning, logging and filing of subsidiary rights contracts for archiving.

  • Assists in preparation for three annual books fairs: Frankfurt, London, and Beijing.

  • Handles tax form requests for international publishers.

  • Handles royalty report research and contract renewal reports.

  • Prepares seasonal selling material for sister companies in the UK for English language co-publication.

  • Orders and tracks galley and book orders for the department.

  • Prepares seasonal rights guides for selling to domestic and international third party publishers.

  • Executes other duties in support of the Rights department as necessary.


  • College degree or equivalent work experience

  • Prior experience in publishing or subsidiary rights preferred but not required

  • Extremely organized, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize a large volume of work

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to set priorities under pressure and work independently

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Power Point, and Adobe Acrobat

  • Passionate about learning the business-side of the publishing industry

  • Interest in licensing and international publishing

This role is currently based out of New York, New York. You will need to commute to the office when it reopens.

HarperCollins Publishers is a company full of people who are passionate about books. When you apply for a position, we want to know why you want to work here, and why you are interested in the job. That’s why cover letters are strongly prefe rred .

HarperCollins Publishers is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Locations US-NY-New York

Category Rights & Permissions