Senior Editor - Random House Children's Books

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Editor to join our team!


In this role, the Senior Editor will acquire and edit titles for Random House Children’s Books within various education imprints. This role will also work with existing publishing partners such as Princeton Review and Sylvan Learning to jointly conceive of and develop titles from concept phase to publication. Further, the Senior Editor will work with the Publisher and Senior Director, Publishing (SDP) to develop ideas internally, and work with packagers or other outside vendors to shepherd concepts from idea through publication. The Senior Editor will acquire and work on a range of categories, including workbooks and activity books, non-fiction study guides and reference titles, Learn to Read books, and other educational titles.


If you are looking to make the next step in your editorial career and want to play a crucial role in creating quality content for children, then this may be the perfect role for you.


Responsibilities include:

  1. Acquire and edit 5-10 new projects per year (stand-alone books or series) for the RHC list for grade levels from preschool to 8th Grade.
  2. Work with Publisher and SDP to conceive 3-5 new projects per year for development and production by outside packagers and vendors, in addition to acquisitions.
  3. Work with new and established external publishing partners both to develop new titles and ideas and to oversee and maintain existing books and programs.
  4. Negotiate contracts and other work agreements with packagers and vendors and support the Publisher and SDP in negotiating agreements with existing and future publishing partners.
  5. Collaborate with the Managing Editorial, Design, and Production teams to oversee the bookmaking process for all titles.
  6. Work with Publisher and SDP on schedules and process optimization.
  7. Develop and maintain an expertise in trade education and reference publishing for preschool through 8th grade.
  8. Keep close track of and responds to trends in our publishing categories.
  9. Represent RHCB imprints and present titles at sales meetings and elsewhere as required.



  • Minimum of 3 years of experience within educational trade book publishing
  • Ability to multitask and handle many projects at once
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Computer skills – MS Word (particularly Word processing), Excel and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of the cultural landscape and the initiative to stay abreast of trends and conversations in the industry


Please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements using our online application process. 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


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: New York 


Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 104421

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NEW YORK, NY, US, 10019

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

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