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Workman Publishing is steadfast in its commitment to innovation, creativity, inclusion, and excellence. Our focus is to create a diverse and supportive environment, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All are welcome, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or any of the characteristics that make each of us wonderfully unique. With a role at our company, you’ll be part of an amazing team! We invite you to explore our career options below, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Acquisitions Editor, Timber Press, Portland Oregon
Designer/Senior Designer, Workman Publishing, Kids
Director, Children’s Publishing, Workman Publishing
Photo Researcher, Workman Publishing
Production Editor, Workman Publishing
Sales Assistant, Online & Digital Sales, Workman Publishing


Sales Assistant, Online & Digital Sales, Workman Publishing

Seeking a highly organized and motivated candidate to assist in managing Workman’s print eCommerce and eBook business across all imprints, reporting to Workman’s National Accounts Manager for Online and Digital Sales. Support for Amazon print sales will include day-to-day operations, including purchase order processing and general administrative duties.

Digital sales responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining sales relationships with all retail and library eBook vendors, including but not limited to Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple Books, Google Play, Kobo, OverDrive, and Hoopla
  • Tracking, organizing, and implementing discounted eBook promotions and paid ads
  • Meeting deadlines for merchandising and promotional placements
  • Compiling weekly and annual sales reports
  • Maintaining fluency with Workman titles and presenting upcoming titles quarterly and seasonally to retailers
  • Scheduling featured deals roundup emails through Firebrand title management system
  • Addressing file, metadata, and billing issues. Pursuing new sales models, vendors, and opportunities for growth
  • Serving as Workman’s main internal point of contact for all things eBook, working closely with digital operations, sales, credit, and marketing department

Qualifications:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and problem solve
  • Strong communication skills, especially email
  • Proficiency in Excel and Microsoft Office

This position is New York-based and while flexible, it will likely require 3 days a week in our downtown New York City office. Interested candidates must reside in either NY, NJ, or CT.

Please send your résumé and cover letter to jobs@workman.com. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


Photo Researcher, Workman Publishing

Workman Publishing is seeking a full-time photo researcher to join a busy and creative photo department that brings the wonder of photography to a wide range of calendars and books about travel, nature, art, fashion, cooking, cocktails, history, humor, pop culture, animals, birds, gardens, sports, lifestyle, mindfulness, yoga, and diversity. Candidate must be familiar with photo agencies and photographers and have good working relationships with the major publishing houses. We are looking for someone who has a strong visual sensibility and enjoys researching a variety of subjects. A love of photography and a sense of humor are likewise essential!

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • You’re a highly visual person with an understanding of how projects can be both commercial and beautiful.
  • You thrive on independent work but love to collaborate with colleagues in the photo, design, editorial, and production departments.
  • You can keep track of—and stay on top of—multiple projects; this position involves looking at thousands of photographs, so you must be able to stay focused and organized.
  • You can see the big picture, but you’re also a detail-oriented perfectionist.
  • You are a great listener who responds thoughtfully to feedback.
  • You have great communication skills.
  • You want to learn and grow in a company that values input from all staff.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years of industry experience
  • Advanced skill level in Adobe Acrobat, Bridge, Photoshop, Lightroom, FileMaker, and Excel
  • Solid relationships with the major photo agencies
  • Knowledge of licensing and industry practices an absolute requirement
  • Photo, Art, or Liberal Arts Degree

The position is remote until our office in Manhattan reopens, although interested candidates must reside in NY, NJ, or CT.

Please send your résumé and a brief cover letter, mentioning a Workman book or calendar that has photography you admire, to jobs@workman.com. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


Production Editor, Workman Publishing

Workman Publishing is looking for an experienced Production Editor to work on both books and calendars in our collaborative, team-oriented environment.

Principal responsibilities

  • Managing each stage of the book and calendar process from manuscript to release of files to the printer using electronic workflow
  • Hiring freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers, and overseeing their work
  • Routing pages, covers, and other associated assets
  • Copyediting and proofreading promotional materials related to books and calendars
  • Collating corrections and addressing style queries
  • Maintaining high levels of accuracy throughout each project
  • Collaborating with colleagues both within the managing editorial department and throughout the company

Qualifications

  • 3+ years production editorial or managing editorial experience
  • Experience using Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat
  • Ability to work on complicated, art- and design-heavy books
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a deadline-driven environment
  • Strong copyediting and proofreading skills
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills and the ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Comfort working independently and also as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to evaluate freelancers’ work
  • Experience coding and preparing manuscripts for typesetting
  • Awareness of current trends in language and evolving industry standards
  • Fact-checking experience a plus
  • Calendar experience a plus
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus

Work is remote until mid-September, when you would be expected to work from our NYC office at least two days a week.

Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@workman.com. Be sure to include your salary requirements and to put “Production Editor” in the subject of your email. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


Director, Children’s Publishing, Workman Publishing

Workman Publishing, the publishers of Brain Quest®, Sandra Boynton, Big Fat Notebooks, Indestructibles®, Paint by Sticker®, classics like Pop Bottle Science and Beautiful Oops! that redefine what a book can be; plus recent, significant titles like The ABCs of Black History, Stories of the Saints, and The Constitution Decoded, is looking for a director for its children’s department. The candidate should have at least ten years’ experience in a relevant field but, much more importantly, a vision for exciting, diverse, and commercial children’s nonfiction. Candidates of color are encouraged to apply.

This is an exciting opportunity: The staff in place are superior. The books they publish are excellent. The business is strong and growing. The right person will know how to take advantage of this opportunity, honoring the books, the brands, and the backlist in place, while developing groundbreaking books and brands for the future.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage, inspire, and lead a staff of 10 (and growing)
  • Build an exciting, diverse, and balanced list that reaches babies, toddlers, young children, middle-schoolers, and even some teenagers
  • Inspire, help, and support staff as they develop, acquire, and publish exciting nonfiction
  • Acquire and edit at least 4-6 books a year
  • Supervise the children’s art department; assist in the selection of illustrators; be a creative voice in conversations about layouts, covers, and packaging
  • Engage with the world of children’s publishing and with agents; be an ambassador for Workman’s children’s department to the outside world
  • Innovate
  • Work closely and creatively on a day-to-day basis with all other departments to maintain the excellence of the list, help grow sales and revenue, and meet deadlines
  • Lead the department into meaningful, polished, and fun presentations at launches and sales conferences
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Run all meetings for the children’s department; actively participate in Workman imprint editorial, acquisitions, and cover meetings

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 10+ years of relevant editorial experience; experience in creating books for children 0-6 a plus
  • Leadership skills and experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to advocate for books in-house and out
  • Excellent editorial skills; we are looking for a person who cares about the details as well as the big picture
  • A developed design sensibility; facility with product development a plus
  • A proven commitment to bringing diversity and inclusion to children’s books
  • A deep knowledge of the marketplace

Other:

  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong time-management skills
  • Knowing how to work with a creative team is a must
  • Passion for Workman’s eclectic and commercial children’s list
  • A comfort with the business side of publishing
  • An interest in the Workman calendar and puzzle businesses is a plus

We are actively seeking job applicants who reflect a broad representation of differences, including race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, neurodiversity, age, family status, economic background and status, and perspective.

Please send your resume and cover letter, including something you particularly like about the Workman children’s list and something you find lacking, to jobs@workman.com. We apologize in advance for our inability to respond to all applicants.

Please note that, due to COVID-19, this position will be working from home for the foreseeable future, although interested candidates must reside in either NY, NJ, or CT and be able to commute to Workman’s NYC office when it’s once again safe to work in an office environment.


Designer/Senior Designer, Workman Publishing, Kids

Workman Publishing’s children’s department is growing! We’re a small, creative, collaborative team of editors and designers focused on creating innovative nonfiction for children ages 0–14. We’re looking for a Designer/Senior Designer who can translate complicated ideas into exciting learning experiences for kids. We ideate books ranging from board books to complex novelty formats to graphic novels—so we need someone who’s flexible and excited about a creative challenge.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • You’re an idea person who can imagine a number of visual possibilities for a book
  • You love to collaborate with editors, illustrators, and other designers to develop new ideas
  • You thrive working on a project with a lot of pieces—and using design to make the project feel lively and engaging
  • You’re a great listener who responds thoughtfully to feedback
  • You’re a detail-oriented perfectionist who sees revision as an opportunity to grow
  • You’re gratified by a project that is running smoothly and adept at problem-solving when a book needs some extra TLC
  • Excellent type skills are essential
  • Must be an experienced project manager who can partner and coordinate with other departments
  • Must be able to work under tight deadlines

Here are some of the things you might do in a typical week:

  • Collaborate with editors to create several concepts for a new book’s interior
  • Research, hire, and communicate with illustrators
  • Resolve the design of a book that’s hit an unexpected snag—and keep it on schedule
  • Attend a production meeting, prepared with notes on the status of all our children’s titles
  • Participate in our weekly children’s development meeting, where we share inspiration and brainstorm exciting new projects

Qualifications:

  • 3–5 years of experience, including initial concept generation
  • BFA degree in design or a related field
  • A portfolio that shows great ideation, design, and type skills—hand-lettering and illustration skills are a big plus.
  • Advanced skill level in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop

And a little about us:

We are publishers of award-winning children’s books, including the Brain Quest, Indestructibles, and Big Fat Notebook series. We also publish gift books, fiction, humor, cookbooks, and parenting/pregnancy guides, as well as books on gardening and country living.

If this sounds like a job you'd excel at and enjoy, please send your cover letter (tell us what you're reading!), résumé, and portfolio to jobs@workman.com.



Acquisitions Editor, Timber Press, Portland Oregon

Timber Press is dedicated to sharing the wonders of the natural world by publishing books from experts in the fields of horticulture and natural history. Our list includes the work of bestselling authors Doug Tallamy and Marta McDowell, as well as a popular series of field guides and books on foraging, gardening, and regional natural history.

We are actively seeking job applicants who reflect a broad representation of differences, including race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, neurodiversity, age, family status, economic background and status, and perspective.

Position Purpose:

The Acquisitions Editor is responsible for contracting 12 or more new books a year, for which they will oversee their development, content, editing, and layout. They maintain close communication with authors and potential authors, and work with a dedicated and accomplished team to generate ideas for new publishing projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Cultivate and maintain a network of academics, professionals, and knowledgeable amateurs within the natural sciences and horticulture communities.
  • Research trends, current issues, and emerging personalities in the categories Timber Press publishes into.
  • Generate ideas for new books and series and solicit authorship for them.
  • Prepare proposals including background research and preliminary costings.
  • Negotiate contracts with authors, subject to Publisher’s approval.
  • Work with authors to develop text and illustrations, and maintain manuscript schedules.
  • Work closely and creatively on a day-to-day basis with all other departments to maintain the excellence of the list, help grow sales and revenue, and meet deadlines.
  • Lead the department into meaningful and polished presentations at launches and sales conferences.

Requirements:

  • 4 years of experience in book acquisitions
  • A degree or deep content knowledge in the fields of natural sciences, horticulture, or English literature
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and research skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to prioritize

Please Note: Apply by sending a cover letter and resume to jobs@timberpress.com. Applications submitted without a cover letter may not be considered. No calls, please.

Timber Press is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We make employment decisions on the basis of merit. Our policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, income, political opinion, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic characteristics or information, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful and not tolerated by Timber Press.