Job Description

Penguin Young Readers is looking for a Designer to create trade hardcover children’s books for two imprints, G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Nancy Paulsen Books.

The Designer will focus on all stages of picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels, as well as the design of the interior of Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels. This position will report to the Executive Art Director.

G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Nancy Paulsen Books publish between 80 to 100 titles a year, including many bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators. Some recent successes include Jackie Woodson and Rafael Lopez’s The Day You Begin, Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson’s Last Stop on Market Street, Milo Imagines the World, Derrick Barnes and Gordon James’s I Am Every Good Thing, Micha Archer’s Daniel Finds a Poem, Misty Copeland and Setor Fiadzigbey’s Bunheads, Irene Latham and Yuko Shimizu’s The Cat Man of Aleppo, and Heidi Sheffield’s Brick by Brick

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Concepting, designing, and managing all stages of book projects – from sketches, to type design, to color proofing.
  • Executing a broad range of design styles that are appropriate for various age groups and formats. A strong sense of title branding is important.
  • Working collaboratively with the Art Director and all members of the design, editorial, production and inhouse teams, from concept to final books.
  • Communicating effectively with artists and agents.
  • Preparing press ready files and approving proofs.
  • Maintaining priorities and adhering to production schedules and deadlines.

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in publishing book design or similar industry
  • Passion for children’s books that includes staying up-to-date on current trends
  • A portfolio that highlights strong typography skills and ability to combine type and image
  • Hand-lettering and illustration skills a plus
  • Enjoys creative problem-solving in a wide variety of projects
  • Knowledge of pre-press, 4-color, 2-color, and specialty printing processes in a PDF workflow
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to multitask and work under tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator)
  • Active involvement in the illustrator community and the ability to seek out new talent is a plus

The salary for this position is $63,000. All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to Company results. Please apply using our online application process, and please include a link to your portfolio with your resume.  

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: 263406

Date:  Oct 12, 2023

Location:  New York, NY, US, 10019

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Graphic Designer
Salary Range
63.000 USD / year
Job posted:
July 4, 2024
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