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Senior Designer/Associate Art Director, Knopf Publishing Group (Open to Remote)

Alfred A. Knopf was founded in 1915 and has long been known as a publisher of celebrated and thought-provoking hardcover fiction and nonfiction. Its list of authors includes Toni Morrison, John Updike, Cormac McCarthy, Alice Munro, Anne Rice, Anne Tyler, Jane Smiley, Richard Ford, Julia Child, Peter Carey, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Michael Ondaatje, as well as such classic writers as Thomas Mann, Willa Cather, John Hersey, and John Cheever. 


Penguin Random House is seeking a Senior Designer/Associate Art Director to join the award-winning Knopf art department. Responsible for designing hardcover jackets, the designer will work closely with the editorial, managing editorial and production departments to create eye-catching, cutting edge covers for world class books. This is a rare and amazing opportunity to join an innovative art department and work with the renowned titles of Knopf. 


The Role: 

  • Design award-winning book jackets and covers. 
  • Work closely and independently with publishers and editors on cover designs from concept through approval. 
  • Prepare mechanical files for production and review and correct proofs.  
  • Strict adherence to schedules and the flexibility to respond critiques in a timely manner. 
  • Partner with art directors and communicate progress on projects. 
  • Consult with photographers, illustrators, and photo researchers. 
  • Develop ideas that extend the reach of the cover design and Knopf brand into the social media landscape. 


The Essentials: 

  • A strong history in the field of book cover design.
  • Candidates for Senior Designer will have a minimum of 4 years design experience while candidates for Associate Art Director will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Senior Designer.
  • The ability to design conceptual and envelope-pushing hardcover jackets.
  • Proficient knowledge of the MAC platform and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat).
  • Able to apply organizational methods and strategies to meet deadlines.
  • Timely follow-up skills with the design team and other departments and able to coordinate and review multiple projects in a fast-paced and detailed-focused environment. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Interest in working on a wide variety of high quality fiction and non-fiction titles.


The salary range for Senior Designer is $70,000 – $75,000 and for Associate Art Director is $80,000 - $85,000.  All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to Company results. With your application please provide your cover letter and resume, and attach a copy or embed a link of your design 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: 270262

Date:  May 1, 2024

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

Job Segment: Book Publishing, Media Publishing, Photography, Graphic Design, Artist, Publishing, Creative

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