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Contracts Manager | Chronicle Books

Chronicle Books has an opening for a Contracts Manager that will report to the Director of Contracts. This position will be located in either San Francisco or New York City. The person in this role will be primarily responsible for drafting agreements for properties acquired by the editorial staff, reviewing and commenting upon agreements drafted by third parties, and ensuring consistency of contract terms with company policies and goals. This role also requires maintaining and updating the boilerplate contracts as required in addition to negotiating contractual and boilerplate issues with authors, illustrators, licensors, and agents. Filing for copyright registration for individual titles through the Copyright Office website, and entering deal details for contracts in the Publisher’s royalty accounting system will also be part of this job. Lastly, the Contracts Manager will answer questions concerning digital rights, legal and/or contractual issues.

The position requires four to six years of experience working with contracts, including negotiation skills and an understanding of issues affecting the publishing business. Experience drafting and negotiating licensing agreements, and familiarity with intellectual property law, including copyright and trademark law, is preferred. The Contracts Manager must have strong organizational skills, experience in working with deadlines, the ability to handle several tasks at once, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as a team member of the Contracts Group. General computer skills, including proficiency in Word and Excel, are also required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to and note “Contracts Manager” in the subject line of your email. Chronicle Books is an Equal Opportunity Employer.