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Associate Editor, Pantheon Books

Associate Editor, Pantheon Books

Pantheon is seeking an Associate Editor to work directly with the publisher on an esteemed list spanning fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels.


Pantheon was founded in 1942 by Helen and Kurt Wolff and began by publishing literature in translation. In the post-war decades, Pantheon emerged as the premiere home to major works of cultural commentary by such authors as Studs Terkel, Marguerite Duras, and Simone de Beauvoir. Today its star-studded roster of award-winning authors include Wole Soyinka, James Gleick, Margo Jefferson, Ha Jin, Ali Smith, Alexander McCall Smith, Heather Ann Thompson, Charles Yu, Marjane Satrapi, and Art Spiegelman.


Reporting to and working closely with the publisher, the associate editor will provide developmental editing support on the publisher’s titles as well as manage a small list of their own and will liaise with authors and their agents, and relevant departments throughout KDPG, in performing the activities outlined below.


The Role:

  • Read and evaluate manuscripts and proposals; recommend projects for acquisition
  • Assess potential value of projects, craft P&Ls, draft acquisitions memos
  • Work with publisher and writers on developing and finalizing manuscripts, including substantive and line edits
  • Manage the lifecycle of the editorial process from acquisition to publication, maintaining an effective relationship with production, managing editorial/copyediting, cover and interior design, and other support departments
  • Oversee the preparation of title information sheet, jacket, and catalog copy
  • Develop and maintain author and agent contacts
  • Tracks manuscripts through all stages of editing, design, and production
  • Consult with authors on style, content, and format changes
  • Solicit pre-publication blurbs
  • Handle special projects as assigned and work collaboratively with the larger team
  • Performs other related duties and support functions as needed


The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and deadline driven with a minimum of 2-3 years of editorial experience and a broad reader with both a literary sensibility and an understanding of the commercial.  Self-motivated and independent, this person will also contribute actively as part of a small, and highly collaborative team.


The Essentials:

  • A relevant background in managing editorial acquisitions
  • A book generalist with a keen eye for both literary and upmarket commercial fiction, non-fiction, and graphics
  • Conceptual and line editing experience
  • Impeccable proof-reading skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Clear and effective presentation abilities
  • Goal-oriented team player who can cultivate productive working relationships
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively and to be supportive of other team members as well as authors with timely follow-up skills
  • Proficiency in creative problem-solving, decision making, time management, and setting priorities with timely follow-up skills


Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program, kindly attach your cover letter and resume in our application system.



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 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 167505

Date:  Oct 23, 2021

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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