Design Assistant, Penguin Young Readers

Penguin Young Readers is seeking a Design Assistantto join their art department and be part of a team that creates trade hardcover children’s books for two imprints, G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Nancy Paulsen Books. This position will report to the Executive Art Director and provide support for the department.

G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Nancy Paulsen Books publish between 80 to 100 titles a year, including many bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators. Some recent successes include Jackie Woodson and Rafael Lopez’s The Day You Begin, Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson’s Last Stop on Market StreetMilo Imagines the World, Derrick Barnes and Gordon James’s I Am Every Good Thing, Micha Archer’s Daniel Finds a Poem, Misty Copeland and Setor Fiadzigbey’s Bunheads, Irene Latham and Yuko Shimizu’s The Cat Man of Aleppo, and Heidi Sheffield’s Brick by Brick 

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Designs certain book covers and interiors as designated by supervisor
  • Provides administrative support for the department and supervisor, including scanning art, archiving files, scheduling meetings, etc.
  • Working collaboratively with the Art Director and all members of the design, editorial, production and inhouse teams, from concept to final books
  • Liaises with artists and artist’s representatives
  • Handles reprints
  • Codes, submits, and organizes departmental invoices
  • Handling and shipping artwork
  • Organize the sales materials for Launch, catalog and sales conference
  • Works with supervisor on ebooks
  • Updates cover library and archives
  • Other projects as needed

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • Ability to think and work creatively with strong organizational skills, and the ability to multitask
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for Illustration and children’s publishing
  • Related internship or equivalent experience a plus

The salary for this position is $48,000.  All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to Company results. Please apply by September 24, 2023 before 11:59 pm ET using our online application process, and please include a link to your portfolio with your resume.  

Penguin Random House job postings include a good faith compensation range for each open position. The salary range listed is specific to each particular open position and takes into account various factors including the specifics of the individual role, and candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.

Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Our range of benefits include, but are not limited to, Medical/Prescription drug insurance, Dental, Vision, Health Care/Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Pre-Tax and Roth 401(k), Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life/AD&D Insurance, Commuter Benefits, Student Loan Repayment Program, Educational Assistance & generous paid time off.

Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world. In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution. Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 300 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others.