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Editor -The Open Field/Penguin Life, Nonfiction ( Tri-State Area)

The Open Field and Penguin Life editorial team at Viking Penguin is currently seeking an experienced Editor to serve as both editor and project manager for Maria Shriver’s imprint, The Open Field. This role will focus on building that inspirational and prescriptive nonfiction list, with the opportunity to acquire for Penguin Life as well.


The ideal candidate will be a meticulous editor, and prompt and thorough communicator with a sharp eye. Along with editorial responsibilities, the Editor will serve as the point person between Maria Shriver’s team and our in-house publishing team, including the publisher, editorial director, and marketing, publicity, and managing editorial departments.




The Open Field, an imprint from Maria Shriver, seeks to publish books that rise above the noise and move humanity forward. Among the bestselling and award-winning authors we’ve published are Martha Beck, Paulina Porizkova, Miroslav Volf, Adam Kinzinger, Ramani Durvasula, and more.


We are also home to Penguin Life. Guided by the principle that wellness is for everyone, Penguin Life is dedicated to publishing groundbreaking works of nonfiction that provide readers with tools, insights, and encouragement to live fuller, healthier lives--one book at time. Among the singular voices we’ve brought together under the Penguin Life mantle are Jen Sincero, Luvvie Ajayi Jones, John and Julie Gottman, Mark Wolynn, Pooja Lakshmin, and Matt Haig.  




  • Serve as the in-house liaison for the growing Open Field program, e.g. preparing a weekly brief of upcoming titles, managing the agenda for the monthly meeting, requesting branding assets, following up on book leads, coordinating with the marketing and publicity teams
  • Acquire and/or edit 8-10 hardcovers and paperback originals a year, primarily for The Open Field, with the opportunity to also acquire for Penguin Life
  • Effectively represent The Open Field imprint to potential authors and agents
  • Oversee all editorial aspects of book development, including manuscript development and editing, copywriting including jacket, metadata, and other marketing copy as required
  • Edit titles acquired by senior staff when appropriate and serve as second set of eyes for potential acquisitions
  • Maintain publishing/production schedules and meet deadlines
  • Participate in editorial meetings and present titles at sales meetings
  • Identify and follow wellness trends for author acquisition and book promotional opportunities




  • Minimum 4 years of experience in publishing in editorial acquisitions at a general trade publisher with a genuine interest in nonfiction
  • Professional interest in wellness, health, and inspirational trends 
  • Exceptional organizational and prompt follow-up skills
  • Proven ability to set priorities under pressure and multi-task effectively
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving and presentation skills
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and demonstrate strong attention to detail
  • Prior knowledge of the publishing marketplace preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Teams, etc.


The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $72,000. All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to company results. 


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<>

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Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: New York 

City: New York 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 269406

Date:  Apr 1, 2024

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

Job Segment: Book Publishing, Editor, Branding, Writing, Publishing, Marketing, Creative

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