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Assistant Editor, Clarkson Potter

Clarkson Potter, a leading publisher of illustrated lifestyle books in the categories of Food & Drink, Design, Photography, Gift & Pop Culture, and Entertainment, is excited to hire an Assistant Editor for our Gift and Culture / Entertainment team. The position offers the opportunity to contribute to and immerse yourself in a creative and hands-on imprint.


Reporting into an Executive Editor, you will assist senior staff in editorial and administrative work, including key roles in the acquisitions and author / agent relations processes. This role requires the ability and desire to work in a highly collaborative environment with other members of the editorial team, as well as our design, production, marketing, and publicity departments—and of course authors (and their agents), whom we view as both our talent and our partners. We expect the Assistant Editor to develop a strong knowledge of our operational systems as well as an eye towards identifying successful trends and talent, including reading and providing input on proposals, drafting catalog and flap copy, and participating in the development of new book ideas. The ideal candidate is committed both to the granular work of publishing and the creative work of supporting storytelling that inspires readers.


It is our expectation that the Assistant Editor largely supports senior staff, but will also quickly begin work towards building their own list as an editor that speaks to, and is representative of, the diversity of our potential audiences and our society as a whole. We encourage and expect our editors to prospect new trends and have a broad range of interests—whether in wellness, social issues, gaming, mushroom hunting, gratitude, tarot, or trends we haven’t yet considered. It’s preferable for the candidate to be able to commit to commuting to our New York office three days a week, to collaborate closely with colleagues.


Please apply by the due date of July 12th and include you resume and cover letter.


The ideal candidate will be able to efficiently manage a diverse set of responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Evaluating proposals and manuscripts 
  • Researching trends and competition
  • Communicating with authors and agents
  • Writing cover copy and title fact sheets
  • Building and modifying profit and loss statements
  • Running sales reports
  • Taking on ownership of team-wide projects (for example, managing the production of seasonal catalogs)
  • Collaborating with all in-house departments (publicity, marketing, sales, production, design, etc.)
  • Coordinating the editorial and production process for multiple titles concurrently
  • Providing administrative support, including scheduling, mailings, etc.
  • Acquiring 2 to 3 titles of their own per year


The Essentials:

  • Strong interest in trends in pop culture, entertainment, and gift products
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple calendars and project workflows
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal & written
  • Strong interpersonal skills, & ability to multi-task successfully
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines


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The salary for this position is $53,000. All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to Company results.

Penguin Random House job postings include a good faith compensation range for each open position. The salary range listed is specific to each particular open position and takes into account various factors including the specifics of the individual role, and candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

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 300 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 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 271671

Date:  Jul 20, 2024

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

Job Segment: Book Publishing, Editor, Drafting, Editorial Assistant, Writing, Publishing, Engineering, Creative

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