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Associate Editor, Zeitgeist (Nonfiction)

Penguin Random House is seeking an Associate Editor to join an innovative team focused on demand-based, data-driven original titles across a variety of nonfiction genres. This role has opportunity for career growth and will provide general editorial support to the editorial team, manage multiple titles and find and sign author candidates for nonfiction titles across various categories.


Some of Zeitgeist's notable titles include: Guided Tarot, Anxiety Relief for Teens, How Does My Body Work, and Love More, Fight Less.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Vetting and identifying the strongest candidates to match editor and project needs, including researching author platforms.
  2. Negotiating a contract with the author within established parameters of the financial targets set for the project and consulting with legal when needed.
  3. Managing all levels of author and freelance relationships (fielding questions, handling check requests, sending comp copies, etc.)
  4. Delivering conceptual, structural, and line edits to authors
  5. Creating marketing copy, as well as advertising and publicity materials
  6. Considering opportunities for backlist titles and repackaging existing content

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in commercial trade book editorial, online content strategy and publishing, journalism, public relations, and/or literary agency work.
  • Strong interest in nonfiction and unearthing consumer needs through data analysis
  • Growth mindset to learn and be challenged with new and innovative ideas and receive constructive feedback from editorial peers and managers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management skills, organization skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Ability to be persuasive and think creatively
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team-oriented environment
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong and innovative problem-solving skills
  • Familiarity with contracts
  • Proficient with software used for editing, reviewing, uploading, and transferring manuscripts and promotional materials


Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter.


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: 229646

Date:  Jun 21, 2022

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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