Careers

Thank you for your interest in a career at Workman Publishing. With a role at our company, you’ll be part of an amazing team! We invite you to explore our career options below; we look forward to hearing from you.

Administrative Assistant
Design Manager, Artisan Books
Editorial Assistant, Children’s
Junior Designer/Designer, Children’s
Production Editor, Artisan Books
Senior Editor
Senior Editor, Children's
Special Sales Assistant


Junior Designer/Designer, Children’s

Workman Publishing’s children’s department is growing! We are searching for a creative junior-to-mid level designer to help us create our evolving list. Our group creates innovative non-fiction children’s books, so this is a unique opportunity for just the right out-of-the box thinker/designer.

Here’s who we’re looking for:

You love to collaborate with editors, writers, illustrators, and other designers to develop new ideas. You’re idea-driven, but love to to dig into the weeds of a design project. You like to make sure everything is thought-out and harmonious. You’re very organized, with a track record of keeping projects on schedule and working around unexpected challenges. You have speedy production skills, and are eager to learn more about design. You have lots of ideas and varied interests, and are eager to work with our team to develop them into books!

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

  • Lay out pages for our “Big Fat Notebook” series. These fun and complex best-sellers require both creativity and attention to detail.
  • Design a book cover, and revise it based on feedback from the art director, editors, and sales team.
  • Research illustrators for a new project the group is developing.
  • Check-in with editors and the art director to discuss revisions to illustrations.
  • Communicate with freelance illustrators to convey feedback, and guide them in the right direction.
  • Participate in our weekly children’s development meeting, where we share inspiration and workshop projects.
  • Brainstorm project ideas that fit with our goals of creating informative and unique books for children.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field.
  • At junior designer level: minimum one year design experience, preferably in children’s publishing.
  • At designer level: minimum three years design experience, preferably in children’s publishing.
  • Strong design skills, including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Must be a collaborative team-player.
  • Must be a creative problem-solver.
  • Must be able to work under tight deadlines.
  • Production and book layout experience are a plus.

And a little about us:

We are publishers of award-winning cookbooks, parenting/pregnancy guides, books on gardening, country living, and humor, as well as children’s books, gift books, fiction, and the bestselling calendar line in the business. Our children’s line includes the bestselling series "Brainquest," “Indestructibles" and "Big Fat Notebook." We’re located in Greenwich Village.

If this sounds like a job you’d excel at and enjoy, please send your cover letter, resume and portfolio to jobs@workman.com. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


Editorial Assistant, Children’s

Workman Publishing (Workman.com), an innovative independent publisher of nonfiction books and calendars, seeks an editorial assistant in our children’s department. This position reports to the director of children’s publishing, and requires an interest in children’s books.

Responsibilities include a range of tasks—from tracking manuscripts through the editorial process to acting as point person with authors, agents, and different departments within the company—as well as administrative and clerical duties.

The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic, industrious, highly organized, detail-oriented college graduate with the ability to work independently. Some related experience is strongly preferred, but equally valuable is an eagerness to learn and to hit the ground running. Candidate should be a dedicated reader, and have some awareness of children’s publishing trends. Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills are also required. Candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and exhibit the ability to multitask and prioritize.

Please email a cover letter and résumé to jobs@workman.com, with “editorial assistant, children’s” in the subject line. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


Special Sales Assistant

Workman Publishing – an independent publisher of award-winning cookbooks, fun and educational children’s books, and high-end gift books, as well as parenting/pregnancy guides, fiction, gardening, and country living – is seeking an energetic, proactive and creative assistant with a strong interest in book sales for its Special Sales department.

The Special Sales Assistant will learn the ins and outs of a dynamic non-traditional sales department, where our collective goal is to seek out and foster niche opportunities for our titles. Our accounts encompass the world outside of bookstores and retail stores, including direct mail catalogs, gift with purchase premiums, non-profit giveaways, wholesalers to the specialty marketplace, subscription boxes, and online retailers.

The assistant will be responsible for supporting the day-to-day functioning of the department, and the ideal candidate would possess a desire to develop their abilities and grow within the role. We see this position as a jumping off point for an eventual active selling role within the department.

Responsibilities:

  • Writing pitch letters and crafting sales copy for direct mail brochures
  • Assisting customers, processing orders, and helping with mailings
  • Researching new business opportunities
  • Preparing for sales calls and trade shows
  • Administrative duties as needed

Qualifications:

  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management and communication skills
  • Prior office experience is required, and some publishing or bookselling experience is preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills are key, as the position will report to multiple parts of the department and juggle several tasks at once

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@workman.com. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


Administrative Assistant

Workman Publishing, an independent publisher of award-winning cookbooks, children’s books, parenting/pregnancy guides, as well as high-end gift books, fiction, gardening, humor, country living, and calendars, is seeking an Administrative Assistant to support two busy executives.

Be the right-hand person to our CEO, who oversees five corporate divisions, and provide assistance to the President. Responsibilities will include all aspects of administrative support such as monitoring emails, scheduling, phones, sales analysis and reporting, independent projects, correspondence, travel arrangements, and some personal work. Candidates should be able to work independently as well as collaboratively, use sound judgment to problem-solve, and possess the ability to anticipate what’s needed to keep both offices running smoothly.

Applicants should have some administrative experience; publishing knowledge is preferred but not required. What’s important is a positive, flexible attitude, a strong work ethic, good writing and organizational skills, and a desire to learn and be part of a vibrant team. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please send cover letter with salary requirements and resume to jobs@workman.com. No phone calls, please. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


Senior Editor, Children’s

The Workman children’s department seeks a senior editor to focus primarily on growing our curriculum-based children’s brands, including Brain Quest®, America’s #1 educational publishing bestseller, with more than 45 million copies in print. This editor will also be responsible for the Big Fat Notebook series (Everything You Need to Know to Ace…), and our workbook program. But this is not a siloed position. In this role, you will also be encouraged to contribute to our children’s trade list.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 7 years developing editorial content for PreK-12. Knowledge of early childhood development a plus.
  • Must have strong connections with subject matter experts in various academic fields.
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to handle large amounts of text with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Must be able to deliver quality work, even under tight deadlines. 
  • Must be a leader, a visionary, and an enthusiastic team player.

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


Senior Editor

Workman Publishing has a rare opening for a Senior Editor. In this role, you will help shape our innovative and exciting adult book and calendar lists.

You're our person if...

  • You love making books, but you also love the business of making books.
  • You have particular enthusiasm for science, sports, popular business/economics, and history, and have deep experience publishing in those categories.
  • You have expertise in the area of men’s gift publishing.
  • You have significant contacts within the fields outlined above, and category knowledge of those fields.
  • You know how to build a list.
  • You are a leader who finds collaboration exciting; you are someone with whom writers, artists, and colleagues want to work.
  • You are an idea person, a rainmaker, someone who makes stuff happen.
  • You are eager to mentor junior staff.
  • You are a passionate advocate for your books and authors.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 7 years of experience, likely more
  • Experience with nonfiction required; experience with illustrated books and/or calendars a plus
  • Must be able to develop projects from creative brainstorming
  • Must have strong writer and agent connections
  • Must have familiarity with contracts, manufacturing estimates, and other financial documents, and a track record as an effective and fair negotiator
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills
  • Must be able to think “big picture,” while paying meticulous attention to detail
  • Must be able to deliver quality work, even if under tight deadlines

Please send cover letter, which should show some knowledge of the Workman list and how you might help us grow it, and resume to jobs@workman.com. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


Production Editor, Artisan Books

Artisan Books, a division of Workman Publishing Co., is looking for a skilled Production Editor to work on its diverse list of illustrated books. This position will oversee all stages of the production editorial process, from manuscript to final bound book. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented with a flexible, can-do attitude and an eagerness to be part of a team that strives for excellence with every title. Responsibilities include hiring and managing freelance copy editors, proofreaders, and indexers; filing reprint corrections and reviewing ebooks; and working with the managing editor to maintain title records and book schedules.

The production editor will:

  • Manage the production editorial process from manuscript to bound book
  • Copyedit and proofread covers, jackets, and marketing materials
  • Hire freelance copy editors, proofreaders, and indexers
  • Prepare and code manuscripts for design and typesetting
  • Carefully check all stages of proofs and PDFs
  • Work effectively with editors and designers (including anticipating and solving any issues and following up on deadlines and due dates)
  • Assist the managing editor with metadata entry, scheduling, and the preparation of materials for in-house meetings and sales conferences

Qualifications:

  • 2–5 years production editorial experience; experience with and/or interest in cookbooks or design-heavy books is a plus
  • Strong copyediting and proofreading skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask while maintaining the highest levels of organization and quality
  • Ability to evaluate freelancers’ work and make sound judgments
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, including using Track Changes, as well as Adobe Acrobat and Excel
  • Experience coding manuscript pages for sample designs and typesetting

Please send cover letter with salary requirements and resume to jobs@workman.com. No phone calls, please. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


Design Manager, Artisan Books

Artisan Books, a division of Workman Publishing (located in New York City's West Village neighborhood), seeks a team-player that provides fresh and beautiful designs for a diverse list of illustrated books. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Book Design 

  • Create innovative and exciting designs for approximately 3 titles per season
  • Design covers, and jackets for approximately 4 titles per season
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously, freelancers, in-house typesetters, and junior level designers
  • Make corrections on all passes and prepare titles for production

Experience

  • Approximately five years of experience in illustrated book design
  • Knowledge of book traditions and typographic conventions
  • A keen layout sensibility, and the proven ability to select and sequence images for publication
  • Expert skills in Adobe In Design CS, Adobe Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS are required.

Qualifications

  • BFA preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in In Design, Photoshop and Creative Suite
  • Previous design experience required; typesetting experience a plus
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Strong time management, follow up and follow through skills
  • Great attitude - team player
  • Presentation of portfolio required

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