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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 identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or any of the other fascinating 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.

Children's Editor, Workman Publishing
Designer/Senior Designer, Workman Publishing, Kids
Director, Children’s Publishing, Workman Publishing
Digital Operations Coordinator, Workman Publishing
Publicity & Marketing Intern, Part-Time Paid, Workman Publishing
Senior Editor, Calendars, Workman Publishing


Digital Operations Coordinator, Workman Publishing

Workman Publishing is seeking a motivated Digital Operations Coordinator to join the Digital Operations team. This position reports to the Assistant Director, Digital Business Operations. In this role, you will work on the maintenance of our title management, eBook distribution and reporting systems used by imprints and distribution clients. The coordinator will work with all departments and relevant stakeholders to ensure system and workflow stability. This is a unique opportunity to innovate with the latest enhancements in metadata and eBook distribution as Workman Publishing continues to invest in new technology.

The role includes troubleshooting, user support, and analysis. The coordinator will collaborate with business stakeholders to improve systems and processes in order to enhance productivity and ultimately sales. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Troubleshoot metadata and eBook delivery issues as they arise at various retail partners
  • Work with compliance tool to make sure products are available and metadata is correct in marketplace
  • Coordinate with imprints and distribution partners to execute seasonal metadata releases
  • Conduct regular metadata and digital asset audits for forthcoming titles and coordinate with sales/editorial to enhance metadata
  • Work with customer service/editorial to ensure compliance between our inventory and title management systems
  • Respond to publishers and distribution partners in a timely manner while diagnosing system issues with users
  • Work with Assistant Director and Manager on various short- and long-term projects

Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Comfortable learning new systems
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook); advanced Excel is a plus
  • 1-2 years prior work experience is preferred
  • Interest in book publishing is a plus

Please send a cover letter with your résumé to neil@workman.com. Be sure to include “Digital Operations Coordinator” in the subject line of your email. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.

Please note that, due to COVID-19, the person in 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.


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.


Senior Editor, Calendars, Workman Publishing

Workman Publishing, America’s #1 Calendar Publisher and the inventor of the Page-A-Day calendar, the Page-A-Day Gallery calendar, the Picture-A-Day wall calendar and, now, the 100% recyclable Page-A-Day format, is looking for a senior editor to focus exclusively on calendars. The candidate should have at least five years’ experience in a relevant editorial field but should be bold about defining what “relevant” means. Candidates of color are encouraged to apply.

This is an exciting opportunity to help us maintain and grow an established and vibrant business. As the market leader in the field, we are looking for an idea generator with great editorial craft, product development skills, a wonderful eye, and the ability to manage many projects simultaneously.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Edit approximately 25-30 calendars a year
  • Help shape our calendar list of approximately 125 titles by coming up with new, exciting, and commercial ideas and formats
  • Work closely and creatively on a day-to-day basis with other departments to meet deadlines, maintain the excellence of the list, and help grow sales and revenue
  • Work closely with book editors who will edit the balance of the list
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Attend all calendar design meetings

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5+ years of relevant editorial experience
  • Excellent editorial skills; we are looking for a person adept at the craft of editing
  • Excellent product development skills
  • A keen eye for trends, and for knowing what will still be a trend two years from now
  • A developed design sensibility
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Comfortable with the MS Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat

Other:

  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong time-management skills
  • Knowing how to work with a creative team is a must
  • Passion for Workman’s mission to create high-quality, innovative, commercial calendars

Please send your resume and cover letter, in which you should address the relevance and the excitement of publishing paper calendars, to jobs@workman.com. We’re sorry, but we may not be able to respond to all candidates.

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.


Publicity & Marketing Intern, Part-Time Paid, Workman Publishing

Workman Publishing Co., Inc’s Workman imprint, an innovative independent publisher of nonfiction books and calendars, seeks a highly motivated intern to assist the publicity, marketing, and digital marketing department. This internship provides the opportunity to work with bestselling children’s books and adult nonfiction across a variety of genres, including lifestyle, food and drink, parenting, health and wellness, social change, personal growth, and much more. If you are extremely organized, an excellent writer and communicator, detail-oriented, able to work under pressure and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, and interested in learning more about the book publishing industry, we would love to hear from you. The length of the internship is a minimum of 3 months and we are looking for someone to start in May 2021.

Responsibilities include:

  • Media monitoring
  • Writing and compiling press materials, including press release and praise sheets
  • Researching new media contacts and outlets that would be interested in covering our books
  • Assisting with administrative tasks, including organizing mailings, managing spreadsheets, saving press clips, etc.
  • Assisting with social media campaigns and growing our influencer database
  • Helping with social media posts, including the library marketing Instagram account
  • Attending department meetings and actively contributing ideas

Qualifications:

  • Interest in commercial adult nonfiction and children’s books
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Familiar with Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Canva, and G-Suite applications
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under deadlines
  • Ability to learn new software programs
  • The ability to multitask, prioritize and manage time effectively while also maintaining accuracy
  • Ability to work independently and within a collaborative team environment
  • A good sense of humor and an excitement for participating in and contributing to a fun, vibrant work environment with great company culture

About the Workman Publishing Imprint

Workman is a fiercely independent publisher of nonfiction books as well as a significant line of calendars. Our books for adults and children are quirky, definitive, unexpected, useful, funny, handsome, well-crafted, and commercial. Our books are written by authors who are knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects. Our books improve lives. We are a publisher with big ideas and a commitment to publishing them with care and innovation. The publisher of iconic books like Atlas Obscura, BRAIN QUEST, What To Expect When You're Expecting, Steal Like an Artist, 1000 Places to See Before You Die, Strong is the New Pretty, The Official Preppy Handbook, The Silver Palate Cookbook, and Sandra Boynton’s bestselling line of board books, Workman is proud of its history and always excited about its future. Learn more at workman.com, @workmanpub.

About Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

Workman Publishing Co., Inc., is an independently owned family of publishers, including Workman Publishing, Workman Audio, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Algonquin Young Readers, Artisan, Storey Publishing, and Timber Press. Workman also partners with The Experiment, duopress, Erewhon Books, Familius, and Future House Publishing. Workman publishes award-winning children’s books, cookbooks, parenting/pregnancy guides, and books on gardening, country living, and humor, as well as gift books, fiction, and the bestselling calendar line in the business. The company is headquartered in New York City’s Greenwich Village, with additional offices in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; North Adams, Massachusetts; and Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit workman.com.

Location:

New York, New York. 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 full-time when it’s once again safe to work in an office environment.

How To Apply For This Job:

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Abigail Sokolsky abigail@workman.com and Kate Oksen koksen@workman.com. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


Designer/Senior Designer, Workman Publishing, Kids

Designer/Senior Designer

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.


Children's Editor, Workman Publishing

Workman’s Children’s department, home of blockbuster brands Brain Quest, Big Fat Notebook, and Paint-By-Sticker, is looking for an editor. The candidate should have at least five years’ experience in children’s editorial. Educational publishing experience and familiarity with early elementary-through-high school curriculum preferred. Candidates of color encouraged to apply.

This is an exciting opportunity to help us grow our existing brands and create new ones. We’re looking for someone with a fresh perspective who can generate surprising ideas for both our trade and educational businesses.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage 6 to 10 editorial projects a year, which might include board books, workbooks, card decks, puzzles, and curriculum-based study guides
  • Review and revise concepts, outlines, and manuscripts
  • Collaborate with design team to develop look and feel for each project
  • Brainstorm ideas for new products
  • Work with outside vetters and subject matter experts to ensure highest educational standards
  • Meet all internal and external deadlines
  • Support Senior Editor
  • Possible attendance at relevant conferences

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5+ years of children’s editorial experience
  • Excellent editorial skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Comfortable with the MS Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat
  • Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite a plus

Other:

  • Experience generating IP a plus
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong time-management skills
  • Passion for Workman’s mission to create high-quality, innovative, inclusive, empowering non-fiction and activity books for children

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