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Editorial Assistant

Editorial Assistant, Random House (Open To Remote)

Random House seeks an Editorial Assistant to join our team. The assistant’s role provides administrative and editorial support to an Executive Vice President & Publisher as well as a Senior Editor, on a wide-ranging list of fiction & nonfiction one that includes journalism, history, biography, memoir, and literary fiction. This position offers the opportunity for growth and to learn about the editorial process and the inner workings of a publishing office.

The Random House imprint was founded in 1927 and is the proud home of some of the world’s most acclaimed storytellers, thought leaders, and innovators, including George Saunders, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Tara Westover, Hisham Matar, Fredrik Logevall, Emily Bazelon, Cameron Russell, Bren Brown, Imbolo Mbue, Michael Cunningham, Draymond Green, Daphne Palasi Andreades, Carol Leonnig, Ben Rhodes, and many more.

At Random House, the Editorial Assistant acts as a liaison between authors, agents, and the many different departments within Random House. Daily responsibilities include all-around project support for the editors, calendar and meeting management, proposal/manuscript reading and submission management, drafting flap and catalogue copy, and brainstorming creative publishing approaches and solutions to help authors/books through the publication process.

We are looking for a detail-oriented, meticulous self-starter who loves to read, has strong writing and analytical skills, communicates clearly, and is invested in being part of a collaborative team. The ideal candidate will manage a diverse set of responsibilities efficiently and effectively, and is comfortable asking for help when needed.

The Role:

  • Communicating between authors, literary agents, and internal departments to coordinate and facilitate the production process from finished manuscript to bound book (including trafficking of copyedited manuscript, pages, galley copy, cover copy, and cover mechanicals)
  • Writing copy including TIs, online retail copy, and flap copy for supervisor’s approval
  • Managing campaigns for endorsement quotes on various titles, including trafficking mailings (electronic and print) and revision approvals. Drafting pitch letters
  • Preparing and routing P&Ls and contract information sheets for acquisitions
  • Evaluating manuscripts and writing reader reports and rejection letters
  • Begin training in editorial development of manuscripts in conjunction with supervisors
  • Providing general administrative support by scheduling meetings, prepping for department meetings, managing expense reports, etc.

The Essentials:

  • Strong writing skills and a broad range of interests.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, the ability to prioritize, and strong follow-up skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multitask.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal & written, used on timely follow-up over email and phone.
  • A team player who treats others with respect and has the ability to build internal & external relationships with departments, authors, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to anticipate deadlines, and meet them.
  • Ability to take initiative and problem-solve creatively.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • An avid reader who keeps up with trends and has an abiding interest in current events.
  • Solutions-focused when met with challenges and can comfortably adapt to changes and anticipate needs when needed once familiar with the role of an Editorial Assistant

The salary for this position is $45,000. All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to Company results.

Penguin Random House job postings include a good faith compensation range for each open position. The salary range listed is specific to each particular open position and takes into account various factors including the specifics of the individual role, and candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.

Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Our range of benefits include, but are not limited to, Medical/Prescription drug insurance, Dental, Vision, Health Care/Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Pre-Tax and Roth 401(k), Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life/AD&D Insurance, Commuter Benefits, Student Loan Repayment Program, Educational Assistance & generous paid time off.

Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world. In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution. Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 300 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others. More information can be found at http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/.<http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/>

Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.

Company: Penguin Random House LLC

Country: United States of America

State/Region: New York

City: New York

Postal Code: 10019

Job ID: 257361

New York, NY, US, 10019