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Editorial Assistant or Assistant Editor - Viking

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Date: Dec 5, 2017

Location: New York, NY, US, 10014

Status: Open Position

Company: Random House North America 

Requisition ID: 13504 

The Viking Editorial department is seeking an Editorial Assistant or an Assistant Editor to join their team. Working with serious nonfiction titles, this role will provide administrative and editorial support to the Vice President, Associate Publisher and will act as a liaison between authors, agents, and various internal departments. This is an exciting opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the entire publishing process!


Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Evaluating manuscripts as directed by supervisor, logging submissions, writing and sending out rejection letters, and drafting reader reports.
  2. Overseeing the entire production process from finished manuscript to bound book by working with authors and the managing editorial department.
  3. Creating art logs for illustrations, researching text, and tracking permissions.
  4. Generating all imprint paperwork and descriptive copy, including contract requests, TI sheets, catalog copy, flap copy, etc.
  5. Providing general administrative support, including answering phones, taking messages, filing expense reports, scheduling travel, photocopying, routing author payments, maintaining hard copy and electronic files, tracking project due dates, executing mailings, and fielding questions from authors.


Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Minimum of 1 year of editorial work experience to be considered at the Assistant Editor level
  • Prior office experience within book publishing a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail, organization, and follow up skills
  • Ability to complete tasks on deadline and work creatively with others
  • Proven ability to take initiative and problem solve creatively
  • Ability to work well independently and within a team
  • Proficiency of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook


Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter. Salary for the Editorial Assistant position is $38,000. For the Assistant Editor position, please specify salary requirements in your cover letter.  


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.


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