Senior Editor, 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 a Senior Editor for our newly energized team.


Reporting into the newly appointed Editor-in-Chief, you will acquire and edit 10 to 12 books per year, with an emphasis on building our Culture, Design, and Entertainment lists. This role requires Editors to work in a collaborative environment with other members of the editorial team, as well as our design, production, marketing, and publicity departments—and of course the authors themselves, whom we view as both our talent and our partners. We expect the Senior Editor to develop a list that speaks to, and is representative of, the diversity of our potential audiences and our society as a whole.


Specific duties include but aren’t limited to:

  • Identifying and recruiting authors and creatives;
  • Evaluating book proposals and building the commercial and cultural cases for their acquisition;
  • Negotiating and managing relationships with agents;
  • Engaging and partnering with authors to fully appreciate their vision, collaborating throughout the acquisition and production processes;
  • Reporting on trends within a diverse range of industries and audiences, highlighting potential future talent;
  • Establishing and managing production schedules;
  • Collaborating with designers, art directors, and production teams
  • Representing the publisher, design, and production teams when working with the author, and representing the author when working with our publisher, design, and production teams;


This is a stellar position for editors with a passion for identifying and guiding visually, narratively, and conceptually appealing content. We’re aiming to find someone who’s able, and of course excited, to make smart, fun, cool, and beautiful things to add to the world, to entertain and inspire our audience, and to invite and engage with new readers.


We’re looking for you to offer:

  • Editorial experience working on complex, full-color books or other content-rich media spaces;
  • A strong record of acquisitions, commissions, or assignments;
  • Analytical mindset, with an ability to talk in depth around trends within a given industry
  • Direct experience taking multiple concurrent projects from ideation to completion;
  • A strong record of working to and meeting deadlines, and effective organization and prioritization skills are a must;
  • Diplomacy and sensitivity in handling delicate conversations within a collaborative  environment;
  • Extensive team management experience (including designers, photographers and writer-author collaborations);
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


We’ve created our interview process to enable you to demonstrate your skills as much as possible, starting with the application. With this in mind please expand in a cover letter why you’re putting yourself forward to join the team at Clarkson Potter!


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: 102666

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