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Editor/Senior Editor, Nonfiction, Pantheon Books

Editor/Senior Editor, Nonfiction, Pantheon

Pantheon is seeking an Editor or Senior Editor with a proven record for publishing successful, high-quality literary nonfiction, and strong relationships with agents and authors, to develop a list of books that both uphold the spirit of this esteemed, eighty-year-old list while helping to chart a bold and progressive future.


Pantheon was founded in 1942 by Helen and Kurt Wolff and began by publishing literature in translation. In the post-war decades, Pantheon emerged as the premiere home to major works of cultural commentary by such authors as Studs Terkel, Marguerite Duras and Simone de Beauvoir. Today its star-studded roster of award-winning authors include Wole Soyinka, James Gleick, Margo Jefferson, Ha Jin, Ali Smith, Alexander McCall Smith, Heather Ann Thompson, Charles Yu, Marjane Satrapi, and Art Spiegelman.


The ideal candidate will be primarily nonfiction-focused with an established acquisitions record, particularly in the areas of creative nonfiction, history, world literature and affairs, and cultural criticism and possess impeccable editorial skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. They will be self-motivated and independent but also contribute actively as part of a small, and highly collaborative team.

The Editor will take a hands-on approach to all processes of book production from acquisition to publication for 8 to 10 titles annually.


The Role:

  • Actively solicit, acquire, evaluate, and develop nonfiction titles, including self-generated book projects.
  • Build and nurture strong relationships with a portable network of agents and author contacts
  • Work with writers developing and finalizing manuscripts, including substantive and line edits
  • Manage the lifecycle of the editorial process from acquisition to publication, maintaining an effective relationship with production, managing editorial/copyediting, cover and interior design, and other support departments
  • Oversee the preparation of title information sheet, jacket, and catalog copy; and review marketing and publicity materials
  • Conduct and evaluate title sales research, as it relates to acquisition P&Ls
  • Partner with the publicity and marketing teams, working closely on creating book campaigns
  • Overall, be a powerful and proactive advocate for your titles and Pantheon as a whole


The Essentials:

  • Minimum 3-4 years of relevant editorial experience in trade book publishing or journalism, print and online news/magazines, or related media
  • Established agency contacts and/or high-profile media contacts
  • A track record of acquiring and publishing profitable and critically acclaimed books
  • Excellent negotiation and timely follow-up skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Eloquent and impactful presentation abilities
  • Effective, goal-oriented team player who can cultivate productive working relationships
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively and to be supportive of other team members as well as authors
  • Proficiency in creative problem-solving, decision making, time management, and setting priorities


Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program, kindly attach 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: 167506

Date:  Sep 24, 2021

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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