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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
Design Assistant, Workman Publishing
Designer/Senior Designer, Workman Publishing
Editorial Assistant, Workman Publishing
Senior Editor, Algonquin Books, Full Time


Designer/Senior Designer, Workman Publishing

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.


Design Assistant, Workman Publishing

Design Assistant

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 ideate books ranging from board books to complex novelty formats to graphic novels. We’re looking for a Design Assistant to help us track projects and develop books from the idea stage to prepping files for the printer. This is an entry-level position with a lot of growth potential.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • You’re an organized, detail-oriented designer
  • You’re a team player who can work independently and collaboratively
  • You have strong communication skills
  • You’re excited to learn more about developing children’s books, design, and illustration

What you’ll do:

  • Support the design department with layout assistance
  • Help research illustrators for new projects
  • Track incoming art and schedules
  • Make art corrections in Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Check and package files for the printer
  • Participate in our weekly team meeting to brainstorm new books

Qualifications:

  • This is an entry-level position. Previous industry experience is welcome but not required.
  • BFA degree in design or a related field
  • A portfolio that shows great design and type skills—hand-lettering and illustration skills are a big plus.
  • Intermediate 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.


Editorial Assistant, Workman Publishing

Workman Publishing (workman.com), an innovative independent publisher of nonfiction books and calendars, seeks an editorial assistant to work with two senior editors.

The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, curious, industrious, highly organized, and detail-oriented, with the ability to work independently. Candidate should be a dedicated reader of magazines, blogs, social media, etc., with an engagement with culture and trends. An interest in general adult nonfiction, lifestyle, humor, pop history/science, and self-help is preferred. This is an exciting opportunity to learn the ins and outs of both the book and calendar businesses. Candidates of color and individuals with disabilities encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist two senior editors, with both their books and calendars
  • Work toward being able to edit a range of calendars independently
  • Administrative and clerical duties, such as keeping track of book and calendar schedules; reviewing catalog copy; and sending contracts and payments
  • Review proposals and manuscripts
  • Write interesting, accurate captions; basic fact-checking
  • Brainstorm ideas for new books and calendars
  • Participate in weekly editorial meetings

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Expert at grammar, with a real grasp of language and usage
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Comfortable with the MS Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat

Please email a cover letter, including the title of the book(s) you’re reading right now, and résumé to jobs@workman.com, with “editorial assistant position” in the subject line. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.

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.


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.


Senior Editor, Algonquin Books, Full Time

Requirements:

Looking for a creative, experienced, entrepreneurial, and collegial editor to develop and acquire books, as well as handle some existing projects, for Algonquin Books in New York, an independent publisher devoted to award-winning and bestselling narrative nonfiction and fiction and the discovery of new voices. This person will report to the Publisher/Editorial Director and work closely with a small editorial team. Algonquin, with staff in both Chapel Hill, NC, and NYC, is an imprint of Workman Publishing, Inc.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Edit approximately 5-7 titles a year, with an emphasis on nonfiction
  • Read and evaluate submissions
  • Be idea-driven, pursuing projects not just via agents but also developing original books from the ground up
  • Manage a P&L and agent negotiations
  • Take on projects or initiatives as assigned by the publisher/editorial director
  • Help drive backlist development
  • Write and oversee tip sheets, endorsements, and jacket and other copy for your books
  • Work with all relevant departments, production, design, sales and marketing, as an advocate and troubleshooter for your books
  • Take an active role in presenting and championing the books, and in collaborating with the marketing and publicity team
  • Assist in achieving imprint profit goals

Experience and skills desired:

  • Minimum five years book publishing experience
  • Passion for and curiosity about all aspects of the publishing business and its future
  • A love for and commitment to independent publishing
  • Excellent conceptual and line-editing abilities
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be resourceful, proactive, and organized
  • Must be results driven, with an ability to juggle multiple projects, manage deadlines, and demonstrate follow-through
  • Strong relationships within the publishing industry
  • Strong engagement with the outside world of culture and trends
  • An ability to play nicely with others on a small team and to build relationships internally, across the Algonquin and Workman staff

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

This position is work from home for now, to be adjusted as circumstances allow.