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Contracts Assistant, Sourcebooks

Contracts Assistant, Sourcebooks

We are currently seeking a Contracts Assistant to join our Sourcebooks contracts team. The Contracts Department represents an unrivaled roster of award-winning and celebrated titles across an editorial breadth that includes notable children’s board books, picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade books, break-out young adult fiction and non-fiction, adult fiction, narrative history, science, memoirs, study aids, self-help, personal development and topics of particular interest to women, as well as practical and prescriptive books and impactful titles on themes like teamwork, success, and leadership. The division partners closely with agents, authors, and publishing entities to finalize the acquisition of rights.

The Contracts Assistant is an integral part of the drafting, negotiating, and full execution of contracts and provides the opportunity to interact with our Editorial and Royalties departments regularly, however, our group works with many different areas of the company affording the Contracts Assistant the opportunity to gain an encompassing view of the publishing industry. The Assistant will support the Contracts Director while liaising with legal, royalties & accounting, and the various contracts teams.


The Role:

  • Draft and negotiate contracts and contract amendments, and handle rights reversions
  • Manage contracts inquiries from other departments such as Editorial, Subsidiary Rights (a team that sells translation and other rights), and Royalties
  • Route contracts and amendments to appropriate parties for signature
  • Conduct contract research
  • Generate, maintain, and distribute any status reports
  • Scan files and perform other file/database maintenance
  • Liaise with Finance to ensure data for payments or changes to payment due dates is accurate
  • Coordinate with team and internal resources to optimize efficiency of processes and workflow
  • Support additional project work as needed


The Essentials:

  • A self-starter with impeccable attention to detail when drafting and reviewing contracts
  • It is essential that the candidate possesses a proactive and independent approach to work, including a strong ability to problem-solve autonomously
  • Able to apply organizational methods and strategies to meet deadlines and manage a busy inbox on Outlook.
  • Timely follow-up skills with the contracts team, authors, agents, and other departments and able to prioritize and complete multiple projects in a rapidly changing, details-focused environment
  • A curious mind that enjoys research projects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Adobe (PDF), and Excel and an avid interest and ability to learn new applications
  • A history or interest in legal, journalism, communications, literature or a related publishing field are a plus


Entry-level salary for this position is $45,000. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program, kindly include 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: 169165

Date:  Oct 20, 2021

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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