Editorial Assistant, Knopf

Alfred A. Knopf was founded in 1915 and has long been known as a publisher of distinguished hardcover fiction and nonfiction. Its list of authors includes Toni Morrison, John Updike, Cormac McCarthy, Alice Munro, Anne Rice, Anne Tyler, Jane Smiley, Richard Ford, Julia Child, Peter Carey, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Michael Ondaatje, as well as such classic writers as Thomas Mann, Willa Cather, John Hersey, and John Cheever.

We are currently seeking an Assistant to join Knopf's editorial team. The position provides an opportunity to support a VP and Senior Editor who works primarily in nonfiction, with a particular emphasis on deeply reported and well written work. The ideal candidate will be a strong writer, have a broad reading sensibility, and be able to efficiently manage a diverse set of responsibilities.


Responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating manuscripts and proposals
  • Assisting with the coordination of the editorial and production process
  • Writing catalog/flap copy
  • Acting as a liaison between authors/agents and the editorial department


Additional requirements we are looking for include:

  • An ability to engage critically with a wide array of nonfiction topics
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks in a high volume environment
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines


Salary for this position is $40,000. 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: New York 

City: New York, NY 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 33629


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

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