Children's Editor - Zeitgeist

Children’s Editor, Zeitgeist


Penguin Random House is currently seeking a nonfiction Children’s Editor to join the Zeitgeist imprint. This is an innovative team focused on demand-based, data-driven original titles and adaptations across a variety of genres. This role will work on all aspects of quickly bringing nonfiction children’s books to market such as analyzing data, sourcing content, positioning titles, developing and editing manuscripts, and managing metadata.


Some children’s titles that Zeitgeist has already published are: Would You Rather? Made You Think! Edition, Anger Management Skills Workbook for Kids, My First Gratitude Journal, Dinosaur Book for Kids: Coloring Fun and Awesome Facts, and The First-time Parent’s Guide to Potty Training.


Other responsibilities include:

  1. Developing and maintaining relationships with authors, experts, and writers across a range of nonfiction categories.
  2. Delivering conceptual, structural, and line edits to authors.
  3. Liaising with other internal departments (i.e. production, managing editorial, sales, etc.).
  4. Collaborating with design teams to shape and execute the vision for titles.
  5. Writing cover and promotional copy.
  6. Reviewing and approving advertising and publicity materials.
  7. Creating P&Ls and consulting with Legal on projects when needed.
  8. Considering opportunities for backlist titles and repackaging existing content.


Please apply to join us if you meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 3 years of commercial trade book editorial experience, from original concept to bound book; children’s experience preferred but not required
  • Strong interest in children’s nonfiction titles, including a driving interest in unearthing consumer needs through data analysis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Team player with a proven ability to juggle multiple projects while adhering to tight deadlines within a fast-paced environment
  • Highly proficient with software and other tools 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 with salary requirements. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.


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: 114485

114485Penguin Random House LLC 

Date:  Jan 31, 2021

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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