Random House Children's Books is seeking an Assistant Designer to join the art department as support the VP Executive Creative Director and the Executive Art Director. This role will focus on picture books and preschool books project development and design with some administrative support to the team. Imprints include Knopf Books for Young Readers, Make Me A World, Anne Schwartz Books, Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Random House Books for Young Readers, Random House Studio, and Crown Books for Young Readers.
This role will expose the individual to the complete publishing process, from concept, through final printed books to the bookseller and consumer.
A few of our bestselling titles across the imprints include: The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin; All Are Welcome written by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman; Grumpy Monkey written by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang; and Uni the Unicorn written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Brigette Barrager, I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty, illustrated by Mike Boldt; Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings; The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman; and the Hello, World board book series by Jill McDonald.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
• Support the VP Executive Creative Director and the Executive Art Director with all aspects of book making; including but not limited to layout, text edits, proofing, routing, and developing typographic solutions.
• Administrative responsibilities as backup to full time Admin Assistant include scheduling and facilitating meetings, running presentations, collecting, and sharing meeting notes, managing invoice payments.
• Take part in team meetings with the Editors and Art Directors to brainstorm, review layouts, problem-solve, and strategize, as well as one-on-one meetings with the Art Director to review passes and send notes to authors and illustrators.
• Work collaboratively with editorial, production, copy-editing, and other inhouse departments.
• Communicate clearly and productively with colleagues, artists, and agents.
• Meet print deadlines.
• Package files, create final pdfs for printers and F&Gs.
• Fulfill image requests from other departments like publicity and marketing.
• 0-1 years of experience in book publishing design or editorial design
• Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat, and Illustrator)
• A deep interest in children's books, and their role in society
• A passion for illustration, fine art, and working with artists
• A portfolio that showcases inventive design, typography and/or hand-lettering skills
• Strong interpersonal / communication skills and a desire to work and learn collaboratively
• Experience with PDF workflow and pre-press production
• An organized, and meticulous approach to work
• Consistent follow-up and follow-through, and the ability to time-manage and prioritize a multitude of tasks
• Enjoys a fast-paced environment
• Experience with / exposure to 0-5 year olds (from any side: teaching, babysitting, camp counseloring, parenting, aunt or uncling, etc.) as a plus
• Drawing skills are a plus
***Please note the job may require some commuting into NYC, for proofing purposes.
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.
Jobcode: Reference SBJ-d5jyp7-3-225-221-151-42 in your application.