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Design Assistant, Penguin Young Readers (Open to Remote)

Penguin Workshop Books, an imprint in the Penguin Young Readers division of Penguin Random House, is searching for a Design Assistant to assist the children’s book design team in an exciting, collaborative, fast-paced environment that also has a lot of humor and heart. In this role you will assist the Design team in an administrative and light design capacity across all imprints in the Penguin Workshop group.


Penguin Workshop’s list includes the New York Times best-selling picture book Dolly Parton’s Billy the Kid Makes It Big, Steph Curry’s I Have a Superpower, and Pura Belpré Honor winner Carlos Aponte, as well as the #1 New York Times best-selling Who Was? series. Our group also publishes the imprints of Grosset & Dunlap, The World of Eric Carle, Frederick Warne, Ladybird, and Mad Libs, and we partner with top licensors such as Bluey and Sonic. Please look at the Penguin Workshop Instagram page to see all of the amazing books our team of Designers has created.


We are looking for a Design Assistant with an inclusive mindset which considers the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age, and other forms of human experience.


Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Providing administrative support to the Design team, including processing invoices, setting up new vendors, and archiving files
  • Assisting the Design team in a design capacity with interior changes, font searches, creating PDFs, photo purchasing, inserts, stickers sheets, and designing books with established line looks
  • Preparing press ready files for reprints, pick-ups, bilingual, and Spanish editions
  • Creating and managing a seasonal Launch presentation deck and pitch decks
  • Creating, maintaining, and strictly adhering to schedules
  • Effectively communicating with Art Directors, Editors, and Artists
  • Trafficking materials for approval with multiple stakeholders
  • Create and post assets to the Workshop Instagram account


Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A passion for books for all children
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) with emphasis on InDesign
  • A portfolio that showcases strong design and typography—hand-lettering and illustration skills a plus but not required (Please note that this is not an illustration job.) 
  • Ability to work on multiple projects with strict timelines in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with attention to detail 
  • Great people skills and communication skills


The salary for this position is $48,000. All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to Company results. Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume, cover letter, and portfolio.

Penguin Random House job postings include a good faith compensation range for each open position. The salary range listed is specific to each particular open position and takes into account various factors including the specifics of the individual role, and candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

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 300 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: 267847

Date:  Feb 29, 2024

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

Job Segment: Book Publishing, Administrative Assistant, Graphic Design, Publishing, Administrative, Bilingual, Creative

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