Junior Designer - Penguin Young Readers

Penguin Workshop, an imprint in the Penguin Young Readers division of Penguin Random House, is seeking Junior Designer to work on children’s books in an exciting, fast-paced, and deadline driven environment. In this role, you will be responsible for designing and managing a varied list across a variety of formats including but not limited to Mad Libs, readers, and 8x8s, and assisting the Design team in a design capacity.


Penguin Workshop’s list includes picture books by Jessica Hische, Pura Belpré Honor winner Carlos Aponte, and Geisel Award–winning artists Jonathan Fenske and J. E. Morris, as well as the #1 NYT best-selling Who Was? series. Our group also publishes the imprints of Grosset & Dunlap, The World of Eric Carle, Frederick Warne, Ladybird, and Mad Libs, and we partner with top licensors on media tie-in publishing. We create about 225 books a year for every kind of reader across all formats, including board books, picture books, 8x8s, readers, activity books, illustrated chapter books, YA, graphic novels, and gift books.



Specific responsibilities include: 

  1. Designing and managing all stages of book production of covers and interiors.
  2. Assisting the Design team in a design capacity.
  3. Preparing press ready files and approving proofs.
  4. Making reprint changes and text corrections.
  5. Creating, maintaining, and strictly adhering to schedules.
  6. Effectively communicating with artists and agents.
  7. Trafficking materials for approval with multiple stakeholders.
  8. Remaining current on illustration, design, and publishing trends.


Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Minimum of 1 year of design experience
  • Experience in publishing and/or children’s brands a plus
  • A portfolio that highlights strong design and typography skills
  • Hand-lettering and illustration skills a plus
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) with emphasis on InDesign
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment is a must
  • Experience and ability to demonstrate working on multiple projects with strict timelines is expected
  • Knowledge of file preparation for print
  • Sharp communication skills
  • Interest in pop culture a plus


To apply, please submit your portfolio, resume, and cover letter with salary requirements. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.


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.  Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others.  More information can be found at http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/.


Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.



Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: 7213 


Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 103862

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NEW YORK, NY, US, 10019

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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