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Design Assistant - Penguin Young Readers


Penguin Workshop, an imprint in the Penguin Young Readers division of Penguin Random House, is seeking a Design Assistant to assist the children’s book design team in an exciting, fast-paced, and deadline driven environment. In this role, you will be assisting the design team in an administrative and light design capacity across all of the imprints in the Penguin Workshop group.


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, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, and gift books.



Specific responsibilities include: 


  1. Providing administrative support to the Art Directors and to the Design team, including processing invoices, setting up new vendors, and archiving files.
  2. Assisting the Design team in a design capacity with interior changes, artist and font searches, and creating PDFs.
  3. Managing book production of pick-ups for about 25 books of varying format a year.
  4. Preparing press ready files and approving proofs.
  5. Create and manage a seasonal Launch presentation deck.
  6. Making reprint changes and text corrections.
  7. Creating, maintaining, and strictly adhering to schedules.
  8. Effectively communicating with artists and agents.
  9. Trafficking materials for approval with multiple stakeholders.
  10. Remaining current on illustration, design, and publishing trends.


Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:


  • A portfolio that shows design and typography skills
  • 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
  • Ability to work on multiple projects with strict timelines is expected
  • Great people skills and communication skills


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


Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Our range of benefits include, but are not limited to, Medical/Prescription drug insurance, Dental, Vision, Health Care/Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Pre-Tax and Roth 401(k), Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life/AD&D Insurance, Commuter Benefits, Student Loan Repayment Program, Educational Assistance & generous paid time off. 


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 

City: New York, NY 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 189350

Date:  Jan 7, 2022

New York, NY, NY, US, 10019

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

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