Editorial Assistant, Random House Children's Books & Licensing

The Random House Children’s Books division is seeking an Editorial Assistant to join their team. This position will assist the Director of Licensed Publishing and a Senior Executive Editor in the trade group with daily administrative and editorial responsibilities. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience in both the world of licensing and the world of platform-driven celebrity publishing. Picture books, chapter books, middle-grade projects, and young adult projects are all featured on the managers’ lists. The Editorial Assistant will provide administrative support and act as a liaison between authors, licensors (Disney, Nickelodeon, etc.), agents, and different departments within the company.

A passion for children’s books is a must. Previous experience in education, licensing, bookselling, or publishing, either via internships or other work experience, is preferred.

Specifically, the Editorial Assistant:

  • Performs administrative and clerical tasks such as organizing meetings, maintaining grids, mailing packages, and ordering books for office and authors
  • Traffics books through all stages of production, including formatting text, checking for neatness, clarity of directions to printer/designer, and sequence of materials
  • Reads and evaluates manuscripts and writes reader reports
  • Attends editorial meetings and offers creative input
  • Drafts cover/flap and online copy, front matter, and Title Information sheets
  • Prepares P&Ls, contract proposals, check requests, and expense reports
  • Inter-faces with Library of Congress in the obtaining of CIP data and LC numbers
  • Submits copyright notices
  • Research for special projects including: photo research, market research, pop culture research, etc.

Your Profile:

  • Four-year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Ability to multitask and handle many projects at once
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal & written
  • A foundation for both creative and professional writing
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Computer skills – MS Word (particularly word processing), Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge and interest in children’s media


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: 35508


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

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