Picture Book Art Director, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Art New York, New York


Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is seeking to hire for the position of Art Director.

The Art Director will be responsible for the design of children’s picture book and novelty titles for the Young Readers list. This person will see each project through the design process, including dummies, sketches, final artwork, preparing files for production, and color correction. This position will report to the Senior Art Director of Picture Books.

To apply, please include your resume AND portfolio. This role is based in New York and our hybrid-remote office policies currently requires 2 days per week at our Manhattan office near Rockefeller Center.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate closely with editors, artists, and authors in the creation of cover and interior artwork, from sketches to final art.
  • Oversee select in-house design staff and out-of-house freelance designers as necessary.
  • Create designs that are appropriate for both physical and digital versions of the book, and can translate into multiple formats as needed.
  • Create select advertising and promotional materials for key titles on an as needed basis.
  • Work closely with the Senior Art Director to schedule and prepare materials for jacket meetings, as well as Sales and Marketing meetings.
  • Work with Senior Art Director to determine appropriate budgets and scopes of work for each title.
  • Assist the Senior Art Director in overseeing the general design process within the department, as well as greater departmental initiatives.
  • Ensure all covers and related sales assets are uploaded into proprietary database (The Vault) and archive documents appropriately.
  • Manage schedules of books to make sure key Production, Marketing and Sales dates are met, as well as the creation of sales materials.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Art Director or Creative Director.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art/design preferred
  • Minimum of 7-10 years’ experience in book publishing design required – experience in children’s books preferred.
  • Ability to execute a broad range of designs that are appropriate for various age groups and formats (Picture Books, Novelty Books, 6x9 Readers, Board Books), as well as literary and commercial markets.
  • Knowledge of typography, illustration, and photography
  • Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator required; working knowledge of PDF workflow a plus.
  • Ability to attend to details and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Ability to manage in-house design staff
  • Ability to take direction yet maintain intuition
  • Ability to stay current on top of new print and digital design trends
  • Solid print production and color correction experience required. (Experience with digital production also preferred)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

As a leading book publisher, we believe that including and representing diverse voices in all aspects of our business is fundamental to what we do. Our publishing programs must reflect the broad range of backgrounds, experiences, political views and ideas that shape our society and publish books for all readers.

Hachette Book Group provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Salary can vary based on a number of factors including skills and experience — talk with your recruiter to learn more. There may be times that you will be required (or requested) to work overtime due to the nature of your role or exceptional workload issues or special projects. Our comprehensive U.S. benefit offerings include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability coverage, 401(k), incentive plan eligibility, educational training opportunities and more.