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Senior Book Designer
The senior book designer is responsible for the art direction, design and pre-press production of Candlewick Press trade books. This particular position will focus on picture books and novelty and work closely with the creative director, art directors, editors, authors and illustrators in producing high quality children's books.

Art direction/design and prepress production of 7-8 books per list, working closely with editors and illustrators to develop the projects.

Manage all schedules and communication with illustrators, reporting dates and specifics to editorial services and production group.

Plan and pace of the picture books working through sketch dummy stages. Combine typography that marries well with the illustrations to represent the content of the book.
Provide color comps and mock ups of book jackets and interiors for presentation. Present at covers meetings.
Adhere to house style as it relates to color, content, and logo use. Keep co-edition requirements in mind
throughout the design process.

Color critique and approval of proofs for book jackets and interiors. Pay close attention to the reproduction fidelity to original art and its treatment and handling as it is shipped overseas.

Prepare all digital files, understanding and working with various printers specifications and materials. Make the most of affordable production techniques and materials. Ensure that all electronic files meet guidelines and protocols and production schedules.

Possess an understanding of how formats, stock, and printing methods affect the cost and production of the books.

Contribute to the illustrator selection process by active awareness and interest in children's book artists and art styles.

Attend all relevant meetings.

Required Experience and Skills:
- Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent
- 10 years' children's picture book design experience
- Mac computer - expert skills InDesign with strong knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
- Thorough understanding of bookmaking
- Understanding and appreciation of typography and typesetting
- Knowledge of color separation and printing methods for both color and black and white processes.
- Time management and excellent organizational skills
- Work well under pressure and independently
- Ability to juggle multiple projects from concept through production
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills

To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Senior Book Designer"
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Senior Publicist
Candlewick Press seeks an experienced Publicist to join our talented team. This position is to be an integral part of the leadership and vision of the marketing, publicity, and events team. The position offers involvement in both the conception and execution of the positioning and publicity of the Candlewick list including key frontlist titles as well as the publishing for ongoing authors, illustrators, key properties and tie-in publishing programs. This includes helping to create marketing plans and overseeing printed and electronic materials describing such. It is to tend to the publicity and travel and events needs of Candlewick authors and illustrators and to be the liaison between those creators and the media.

Duties include but are not limited to:

- Involvement in creation of general marketing and publicity plans for upcoming lists. Working with Executive Director to develop strategic exposure for Candlewick authors, illustrators and key titles, includes involvement in development and management of the budget for these projects

- Overseeing publicity campaigns for select projects, including planning and executing media placement for both book review coverage as well as off-the-book-page coverage for select titles and authors. To include social media and digital media campaigns when appropriate. He or she will be the primary liaison between their authors and illustrators and the media as well as the sales accounts and bookseller community

- Planning and executing promotional book tours and authorless event programs when appropriate, including traveling with select authors while on tour. This includes making all necessary arrangements, booking all media for the tour, and coordinating the author appearances with book orders as well as helping with bookstore outreach when necessary

- Planning and managing the creation of items needed for promotion and publicity of assigned titles, including press releases, author q&as, activity kits, as well as promotional items

- Travel to offsite meetings, regional shows and national publishing and trade show conferences when appropriate

- Provide proactive input with other members of the publicity, marketing and sales team for catalog development, sales conference, title information sheets, and all other forms of in-house and external communication about our marketing activities for key titles and creators

- Perform other tasks as needed

Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and verbal and written communication skills are required along with the ability to juggle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment; a minimum of seven years' experience in a publicity role at a publishing house or within the media industry is necessary and children's publishing experience is strongly preferred. The ability to travel is also required. The ideal candidate will possess good knowledge of the children's trade publishing sector and a strong set of developed contacts and relationships within the greater trade and consumer media world.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Senior Publicist"
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Systems Administrator
Candlewick Press seeks a talented IT professional to join our team as Systems Administrator.


- Manage, monitor and support our network infrastructure, perimeter security, and telephony systems; including predominately Windows based server systems under the direction of the Infrastructure Manager.
- Create, manage and maintain server, desktop and mobile systems/device configurations.
- Provide desktop and server support to users across our sites, with an emphasis on US based users and services.
- Manage and monitor all backup and disaster recovery systems.
- Manage, track and record all company IT equipment and software licensing.
- Design, orchestrate and administer in-house user training sessions for all PC and related applications.
- Work collaboratively with other IT staff and departments to research and develop hardware and software strategies, procedures and documentation to improve the efficiency and productivity of the company.


Our Systems Administrator works together with our Infrastructure Manager to provide high performing and stable systems for our users in the US and across the globe. Not only will you provide professional and friendly support to our local US based users, you'll also be part of the Infrastructure team, building, managing and maintaining servers, workstations, mobile devices and security products.

The Systems Administrator should have experience with virtualization platforms (VMware), SAN's, Windows based server systems, Active Directory and Group Policy. Ideally, they are comfortable and able to support both Windows and Mac based systems, but the majority of our systems are Windows based. This role supports a wide range of products, systems and people, ranging from desktop support and printer maintenance through to strategizing and implementing global infrastructure changes - possessing a "can do" attitude is essential.

You should be inquisitive, logical and detail oriented. You should enjoy collaborating on projects and working as part of a team as much as you do on your own. Although delivering and supporting high performing, stable systems is your main goal, providing a friendly and professional level of service to your users is just as important.

Essential Skills:
At Least 3 Years Commercial Experience with the following:

- Windows Server, Active Directory and Group Policy
- VMware/Hyper-V & SAN's (Channel/iSCSI/NFS etc.)
- MS Exchange/email and messaging platforms
- Perimeter security products (Firewalls, VPN's, IPS, AV, Anti-Spam etc.)
- Centralized desktop/device deployment and management systems
- Microsoft Desktop OS's & Office Apps
- Effective communication skills with both technical and non-technical staff

Desirable Skills:

- Advanced Networking (802.1x, VLAN's, trunking/teams, complex routing etc.)
- VOIP Telephony (3CX)/ Videoconferencing systems (Polycom VC's, H.323)
- Mobile Device Management (MDM) & Content Management (MCM) systems (Air-Watch)
- Familiarity with Microsoft SQL Server, RDS, IIS
- Familiarity with SAAS offerings, e.g. AWS, Azure, Office 365
- Cross platform skills in addition to Windows, e.g. Mac OS, Linux
- Scripting and automation
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Systems Administrator"
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Candlewick Press offers internships in the fall, spring, and summer according to the needs of various departments. The desired time commitment averages fourteen hours per week up to twelve weeks. An independent publisher, we are a dynamic company that provides excellent opportunities to acquire firsthand knowledge of the publishing industry. We are looking for motivated, conscientious, and dedicated individuals with excellent organizational skills, as well as strong attention to detail, who are very eager to learn about the children's publishing industry and be part of a high-energy, creative team.

When feasible, internships are typically offered in the following departments: Sales, Marketing, Design, Graphic Production, Publishing Technologies, Editorial, and Production. As internships are determined on a need basis, there is a chance a particular department may not host an intern every semester. Candlewick Press' paid internship initiative offers an invaluable opportunity to develop professional skills, learn the ins and outs of the publishing world, and make important contacts within the industry. Internships can be used for college credit if approved by the interns' educational institution.

Application deadlines for spring, summer, and fall semesters are December 5, April 5, and July 5 respectively.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Internships"
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