Associate Editor - RISE x Penguin Workshop

Associate Editor – RISE x Penguin Workshop 


**Please note this position is open to remote candidates.**


Penguin Young Readers is seeking an Associate Editor to acquire, edit, and collaborate on picture books and board books for the RISE x Penguin Workshop imprint, serving 0-5 year olds. This role will focus on developing books that empower young readers, working with passionate colleagues, expert authors, and exceptional artists.


Strong candidates will come with a sense of purpose, a sense of humor, and a sense of young children. The desire and ability to work as part of a highly collaborative team is a must. In addition to book editing, this is a support role encompassing the entire publishing process from conception through to publication and beyond.


To learn more about RISE x Penguin Workshop, please visit the site.


Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Acquire, editorially develop, and manage a selection of projects from acquisition through to publication.
  2. Take part in team meetings with the Publishing Director and Art Director 3x/week to brainstorm, review layouts, problem-solve, and strategize, as well as one-on-one meetings with the Art Director to review passes and send notes to authors.
  3. Manage internal systems and data gathering: request pricing from Production, run profit & loss statements, research competitive titles, generate acquisition / contract paperwork, update the books system, pull sales figures from Bookscan, and stay on top of internal deadlines.
  4. Log, track, and review submissions with Publishing Director, and follow up directly with agents and authors.
  5. Write cover copy, catalog copy, and title information sheets.
  6. Present your projects to sales, marketing, publicity, and executives at the seasonal internal Launch meetings.
  7. Attend departmental editorial and creative meetings, as well as external meetings with authors, illustrators, agents, and foreign publishers.
  8. Manage the RISE Instagram account @risebooks.


Please apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Specific interest in and enthusiasm for 0-5 publishing: board books, novelty books, and picture books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • At least 3 years of work experience in children’s books (publishing, bookselling, or librarianing)
  • Strong interpersonal / communication skills and an interest in working and learning collaboratively
  • Superior writing skills with a reverence for clarity
  • An organized, linear, and meticulous approach to work
  • Strong research skills (as applied to generating art notes, sourcing competitive titles for comparison, and cross-checking subject-specific information per book)
  • Consistent follow-up and follow-through, and the ability to time-manage and prioritize a multitude of tasks
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe PDFs, PowerPoint, Instagram, and Twitter, and the ability to swiftly learn new systems
  • Experience with / exposure to 0-5 year-olds (from any side: teacher, babysitter, camp counselor, parent, aunt or uncle, etc.)


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


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: 156301

Date:  Jul 22, 2021

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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