Senior Designer

Candlewick Press, a leading publisher of books for children, seeks a Senior Designer to join our award-winning children's book art department. The Senior Designer will be responsible for the design and pre-press production of Candlewick Press and Imprints books with a focus on fiction jackets, graphic novels, and illustrated titles. The Senior Designer will directly support art directors and work closely with editors, production controllers, and illustrators to produce high-quality children's books.


  • Conceptualize and execute the design and art direction of middle-grade and YA fiction jackets and interiors for illustrated and non-illustrated titles; Create paperback conversions from the original hard cover; Design select 4-color titles such as graphic novels, picture books, and non-fiction
  • Manage schedules, communication, and art direction with illustrators
  • Utilize understanding of proof-reading marks, make text corrections, and route layouts internally
  • Prepare sales materials and supply properly formatted PDFs as needed
  • Work closely with the production department to approve color proofs of jackets and interiors with attention to the reproduction quality of the art
  • Attend all relevant meetings related to the design and production of assigned projects
  • Read and report on preliminary manuscript acquisitions when requested
  • Mentor junior design staff when applicable
  • Perform other tasks as needed


  • Proficient in Mac OS, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and Adobe Acrobat
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask in deadline-oriented environment
  • Highly organized, attentive to detail, and able to problem-solve
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal
  • Strong layout, typographic, and art direction skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and adapt work based on constructive feedback
  • Proficient knowledge of four-color and black & white printing processes
  • Hand-lettering and illustration skills a plus
  • Passion for book design, typography and children's book illustration
  • Possess a positive, team player attitude


  • Proven relevant depth of experience in the field of children's publishing, likely at Designer or Senior Designer level. Though not required, we would prefer that candidates have experience designing graphic novels.
  • Comprehensive design portfolio is required
  • Bachelor of Arts degree, design degree or equivalent preferred but not required

This is a full-time position which can be located in Somerville, MA or New York, NY with the option for hybrid work. A comprehensive benefits package is offered including medical, dental, life and disability insurance coverage; flex spending and 401k plans, voluntary benefits, generous paid time off and much more! Starting salary is 62-70k. Salary may vary based on a variety of factors including skills and experience. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity, please forward a cover letter, resume and design portfolio to referencing "Senior Designer."

To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Senior Designer"
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