Illustration ©2000 Peter Reynolds, from JUDY MOODY, by Megan McDonald
Assistant Art Director, Walker Books US & Candlewick Entertainment
We seek an Assistant Art Director to be based in New York City. This is a creative position for a skilled, enthusiastic, and versatile designer looking for more responsibility, autonomy, and the chance to help shape two dynamic imprints. It focuses on art direction, design, premedia, and administrative aspects of bookmaking for Walker Books US, a new trade imprint of Candlewick Press, and Candlewick Entertainment, a mass market imprint, working closely with the two Editorial Directors to produce high quality books in a wide variety of styles and formats. As an integral part of both Walker Books US and Candlewick Entertainment, this position is primarily responsible for the art direction, design, and design-budget management--potentially including hiring and managing freelancers--of the two imprints' lists. The combined lists will be made up of approximately 30 projects per year, with the possibility for growth. This includes jacket and interior design, illustrator selection and art direction for Walker Books US and the creation of book programs from TV, film, and app style guides for Candlewick Entertainment. Book formats include but aren't limited to novels, chapter books, graphic novels, picture books, board books, novelty, and readers.

Included Responsibilities:
- To seek out and art direct exciting illustrators for a new, fiction-heavy trade list.
- To design books from concept or acquisitions through print including participation in format discussions, application of licensor style guides, and presentation of covers to internal sales and marketing teams as well as external licensors
- To help create new imprint branding and style
- Convert animation files of various origins into print ready eps or tiff files; innovate ways to do so in streamlined processes; create and organize image libraries
- Work to Candlewick design standards, applying styles and protocols
- Understand and work with various printers specifications, materials, and appropriate formats
- Prepare digital files for printing
- Review color proofs with production managers, paying close attention to reproduction quality
- Monitor market trends and competitor activity

Bachelor of Arts degree, design degree, or equivalent required
Seven to ten years of book design experience
Experience of working in mass market / tv / film tie-in children’s books a plus
Knowledge of animation formats and conversion of those image files to print
Knowledge of color separation and printing methods for both color and black and white processes.
Design portfolio is required.

Required Skills:
Expert Mac user in Adobe Creative Suite including proven Photoshop skills, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Acrobat is essential
Excellent communication, time management and organizational skills.
Work well under pressure and with extremely tight deadlines
Ability to juggle multiple projects from concept through production.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter (noting salary requirements when applying for a full-time position) via e-mail to, referencing "Assistant Art Director, Walker Books US & Candlewick Entertainment"
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