Editorial Assistant, Clarkson Potter

Editorial Assistant, Clarkson Potter

Clarkson Potter, a leading publisher of illustrated lifestyle books in the categories of Food & Drink, Design, Photography, Gift & Pop Culture, and Entertainment, is excited to hire an Editorial Assistant for our newly energized team.


Reporting into the Editor-in-Chief, you will assist senior staff in editorial and administrative work, including key roles in the acquisitions and author / agent relations processes. This role requires the ability and desire to work in a highly collaborative environment with other members of the editorial team, as well as our design, production, marketing, and publicity departments—and of course authors (and their agents), whom we view as both our talent and our partners. We expect the Editorial Assistant to develop a strong knowledge of our operational systems as well as an eye towards identifying successful trends and talent. The ideal candidate is committed both to the granular work of publishing and the creative work of supporting storytelling that inspires readers. It is our expectation that the Editorial Assistant works towards eventually building their own list as an editor that speaks to, and is representative of, the diversity of our potential audiences and our society as a whole.


The ideal candidate will be able to efficiently manage a diverse set of responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Evaluating proposals and manuscripts 
  • Researching trends and competition, including comps
  • Communicating with authors and agents
  • Writing flap copy and title fact sheets
  • Running sales reports
  • Taking on ownership of team-wide projects (for example, managing the production of seasonal catalogs)
  • Collaborating with all in-house departments (publicity, marketing, sales, production, design, etc.)
  • Coordinating the editorial and production process 


The Essentials:

  • Providing administrative support, including scheduling, copying, filing, etc.
  • Strong interest in trends in cooking / food and pop culture
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage a calendar
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal & written
  • Strong interpersonal skills, & ability to multi-task successfully
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines


Salary for this position is $45,000.  Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Please apply using our online application process, and kindly include your cover letter and resume.



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 http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/.


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: 129201

129201Penguin Random House LLC 

Date:  Feb 23, 2021

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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