Full Time Job

Editorial Assistant - Knopf Doubleday, Pantheon

Penguin Random House

New York, NY 05-07-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Entry (0-2 years) Experience
Job Description
Editorial Assistant – Knopf Doubleday, Pantheon

Become a part of our dedicated team of creative book-loving professionals!

Penguin Random House believes in amplifying storytelling and diverse voices, not only through our authors and books, but also within our company. We're excited to look for someone to join our team and help build an equitable and inclusive home where all are welcome and every person is empowered to be themselves and to share their perspectives.

As a cultural institution dedicated to serving our communities beyond the books we publish, we also pride ourselves on making an impact across the globe. See how you can make a difference with us by viewing our social impact initiatives here!


Pantheon Books is seeking an editorial assistant to join its team. The assistant's role would be to provide administrative and editorial support to Pantheon's Editorial Director and Executive Editor on an distinctive list of books in fiction, nonfiction, and graphics, with a specific focus on current affairs, big idea books, social justice, cultural criticism, science, nature and the environment, and pop culture.

Daily responsibilities include all-around project support, proposal/manuscript reading, drafting cover copy, brainstorming creative publishing approaches and solutions to help authors/books through the entire publication process.


Pantheon was founded in 1942 by Helen and Kurt Wolff, and began by publishing literature in translation. In the post-war decades, Pantheon emerged as the premiere home to major works of cultural commentary by such authors as Studs Terkel, Marguerite Duras and Simone de Beauvoir. Today its star-studded roster of award-winning authors include Wole Soyinka, James Gleick, Margo Jefferson, Ha Jin, Ali Smith, Alexander McCall Smith, Heather Ann Thompson, Charles Yu, Marjane Satrapi, and Art Spiegelman.

• Evaluating manuscripts, writing reader's reports, logging submissions, and drafting rejection letters
• Scheduling, project management and general support for managers
• Writing and editing catalog, flap, and marketing copy for in-house and out-of-house promotional use
• Preparing title information sheets and other marketing materials
• Liaising with authors, publishers, agents, and the managing editorial department to interrelate and keep track of the production process from finished manuscript to bound book
• Creating contract information sheets, collecting sales data, and providing title research
• Providing general administrative support, including but not limited to answering phones, taking messages, booking conference rooms, catalog expense reports, routing author payments, keeping track of project due dates, and executing mailings.

• Exceptional attention to detail, the ability to prioritize, and strong follow up skills
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to multitask
• Strong communication skills, both verbal & written
• A team player with the ability to build internal & external relationships with departments, authors, and stakeholders
• Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
• Ability to take initiative and problem-solve creatively
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
• A detail-oriented, meticulous self-starter who is invested in learning about the publishing industry preferred

The entry-level salary for this position is $45,000. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program, kindly include your cover letter and resume in our application system.

Company: Penguin Random House LLC

Country: United States of America

State/Region: New York

City: New York City

Postal Code: 10019

Job ID: 145682


May 7, 2021


Jobcode: Reference SBJ-rz5e23-3-233-219-62-42 in your application.

Company Profile
Penguin Random House

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.