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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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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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Educational Sales Assistant
Candlewick Press seeks an Educational Sales Assistant to join our team and who will assist with administrative and procedural needs and provide support to selling efforts to the educational channel.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Handle sales appointment prep for Exec Dir of Educational Sales and Marketing
- Handle processing and follow up of POs that come directly to the office via fax and email
- Assist customers who call the office directly to place orders
- Assist with responding to accounts regarding price and availability checks
- Manage author and illustrator school visits
- Manage Candlewick presence on Skype In the Classroom
- Attend educational shows as needed
Assist with preparations for EBMA conference
- Assist with weekly eNewsFlash to ed account buyers
- Assist with monthly Candlewick Classroom e-newsletter and e-blasts
- Assist with special mailings to educational key accounts
- Assist with direct mail campaigns to educators
- Assist with Best In Class mailings
- Organize catalog mailing to educational accounts each season
- Maintain an EXCEL grid of series and diverse titles – update seasonally
- Fulfill account sample requests and seasonal F&Rs to key accounts.
- Assist with preparations for launch and sales conference meetings
- Perform other tasks as needed
Required Skills and Experience
- Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple assignments
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work under pressure and maintain strong attention to detail
- Strong follow-up skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MailChimp and Outlook, and social media
- Prior administrative experience, within publishing sales and/or marketing is a plus
- An interest in the publishing industry and sales is strongly preferred
This is a full time, in-house position. Salary is commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package is offered including medical, dental, life, ltd and voluntary insurance plans; flex spending; 401k plan with profit sharing provision; generous paid time off and much more!
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Educational Sales Assistant"
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Contracts and Rights Assistant
Candlewick Press seeks an enthusiastic individual to join our talented team in the role of Contracts and Rights Assistant. This position will be responsible for a variety of administrative support tasks within the Contracts, Rights, and Royalties Department.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

- Register copyrights for Candlewick, Walker and Walker Books Australia books with the US Copyright Office
- Prepare rights sold notifications for bookclub, audio, video, and foreign rights deals and send complimentary copies of licensed editions to Candlewick authors, illustrators, and agents
- Track the receipt and sending of licensed complimentary copies
- Prepare materials for subrights presentations (e.g., compiling and printing TI sheets, creating grids, preparing proofs and other materials, etc.)
- Monitor proof deliveries, log in, label, and review proofs of licensed editions received from licensees for accuracy before distribution, and maintain samples library
- Create the complimentary copy report monthly for authors/illustrators/agents
- Become familiar with CP author/illustrator head contracts
- Become familiar with the Biblio database
- Research contractual rights on an as-needed basis
- Mail signed subsidiary rights contracts to Walker and Walker Books Australia as appropriate for their originated titles.
- In coordination with the Subsidiary Rights & Royalties Manager: assist with the preparation of free of charge permissions licenses as needed; track duplicate film orders and invoice; manage receipt of all advance copies and sales materials
- Maintain title lists with the group's piracy service provider and communicate any issues.
- File departmental documents (e.g., subsidiary rights contracts, permissions agreements, royalty statements from licensees, etc.)
- Complete tasks, special projects/reports for the department as needed


The ideal candidate will have a friendly, professional, and poised demeanor and will possess the ability to: perform efficiently under pressure; work both independently and as part of a team to complete assignments efficiently; and work in a fast-paced environment comfortably.

Great attention to detail, outstanding verbal and written communication skills, the ability to multi-task and prioritize, excellent concentration, an aptitude and appreciation for systems and processes, and proficiency with Microsoft Office are necessary. Prior experience with databases is strongly preferred. Candidate must be a quick learner and be resourceful, extremely organized, proactive, and a strong team player. An interest in children's trade publishing and contracts and rights specifically is strongly preferred.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Contracts and Rights Assistant"
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Temporary Publicist
Candlewick Press seeks an enthusiastic marketing professional to join our team in a temporary capacity to help support a variety of initiatives in marketing as well as assist the department during the maternity leave of one of our Assistant Directors. This position will report to two Executive Directors.
Duties will include assisting with the execution of specific author and title publicity plans, including mailings, travel arrangements, event and show support, as well as support for various corporate PR plans and initiatives. It will also help with media outreach and securing coverage for various campaigns and titles. Other duties may include helping with award submissions, staff and author travel, and development of promotional materials for various audiences including press kits and releases. As it is a general publicity and marketing department support role, there will also be other duties to perform as needed. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required, as well as knowledge of Microsoft Office. Prior marketing experience at a publishing house is a plus.
This is a temporary position averaging about 28 hours per week through December 2017, and is based in our Somerville, MA office.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Temporary Publicist"
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Temporary Production Controller
Candlewick Press seeks an experienced print production professional to join our team in a temporary capacity.

Responsibilities include:

- Generate and track schedules, and oversee production for assigned Candlewick-originated frontlist titles from reproduction of artwork to delivery of bound books.
- Liaise with Walker UK and other foreign and domestic publishers to traffic and oversee production of assigned frontlist titles.
- Work closely with designers and editors in planning and project management.
- Weekly reporting of schedules at production meetings.
- Review proofs for corrections/approval for assigned titles, and ensure they are circulated and returned on time to remain on schedule.
- Work with vendors to negotiate costs, select materials, and order color scanning/reproduction and printing.
- Prepare estimates, print instructions or purchase orders, and shipping information through company database.
- Receive and approve advances for assigned titles, and ensure they are distributed in a timely manner to the appropriate distribution list.
- Ensure invoice instructions for assigned titles are entered into company database immediately upon completion.
- Expediently review invoices, resolve any discrepancies and approve for payment.
- Inform Executive Director of any production issues as they arise.
- Perform other tasks as needed or assigned.

Although not all inclusive, the responsibilities above are intended to serve as a guideline for tasks that are performed as part of this temporary position.


4+ years' experience in 4-color book print production required, children's publishing preferred.

Solid knowledge of printing processes and binding is required. Please note this position is purchasing focused -- not a design or production editor role.

Must be proactive, detail-oriented, and possess excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills.

The ability to handle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously and efficiently and deal with issues diplomatically and tactfully is necessary.

This is a full-time, temporary position based in our Somerville, MA office. Working an average of 28 hours per week over approximately 14 weeks is expected.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Temporary Production Controller"
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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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Senior Book Designer
Systems Administrator
Educational Sales Assistant
Contracts and Rights Assistant
Temporary Publicist
Temporary Production Controller