Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for children and adults, with a goal of creating and supporting lifelong readers and lifelong learners. Our children’s books encourage reading and discovery in the classroom, library, and home, and embrace a child’s innate sense of wonder and fun. Charlesbridge believes that books should offer accurate information, be both compelling and educational, and promote a positive worldview. To this end, we continually strive to seek new voices, new visions, and new directions in both children's and adult literature.

 Job Posting: Editorial Assistant

The editorial assistant assists one of the executive editors with fiction, franchise, and Spanish/bilingual titles and another executive editor with nonfiction titles. The assistant will also provide administrative support for the editorial department.  This is a full-time, benefited and salaried position that requires some time in the office.  Our office is located in Watertown, Massachusetts.


The editorial assistant writes copy, drafts proposals and title information sheets, and does data entry, fact checking, and research in support of two executive editors and their books. The editorial assistant also helps the editorial department by filing CIP data, managing events, and maintaining or improving departmental systems. The goal is for the assistant to coordinate the Spanish/bilingual program after a year. There is room for growth and for the assistant to be promoted and eventually acquire and edit titles of their own.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

  • Assist with reading and evaluating manuscripts; write thoughtful and timely decline and revision letters 
  • Assist with generating proposals, terms sheets, and P&Ls for prospective projects
  • Assist with editing manuscripts, demonstrating excellent writing, grammar, and spelling and displaying a firm knowledge of Charlesbridge house style and Chicago Manual of Style, as well as creative flair 
  • Assist with evaluating sketches, final art, layouts, and proofs and balancing aesthetic, creative, and financial concerns while collaborating with design and production colleagues
  • Assist with editing Spanish/bilingual titles with the eventual goal of editing all titles and managing day-to-day operations of the program with oversight by the executive editor
  • Assist with writing flap copy and other selling copy for books
  • Research and secure permissions for rights-managed text and art
  • Review text, sketches, and art for accuracy and consistency
  • Conduct market research and post-publication analysis 
  • Perform a variety of administrative functions to support the editorial department


  • Excellent organization and time management
  • Attention to detail
  • Collaborative spirit
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Strong sense of prioritization
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Well-honed communication
  • Ability to learn online platforms
  • Microsoft Office proficiency

Our ideal candidate holds a bachelor’s degree, has prior knowledge of children’s books, has Spanish language skills, performs efficiently under pressure, thrives in a fast-paced environment, and enjoys working as part of a team.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume in one PDF doc with subject line “Executive Editor EA” to No phone calls or snail mail, please.

Job Posting: Sales and Marketing Assistant

Independent publisher seeks assistant to join their sales and marketing team. Successful candidates will possess a love of books for readers of all ages and a desire to promote our unique trade list across markets, platforms, and sales channels.  This is a full-time, benefitted position.  Charlesbridge currently operates under a hybrid in-office/virtual work schedule, requiring some time in our Watertown offices.


Working as part of our sales and marketing team and reporting to the vice president, senior director of sales and marketing, the sales and marketing assistant acts as the primary point of contact for the department, contributes to the development of marketing plans and sales presentations, and creates sales materials in addition to liaising with other departments, including editorial, design, and production.  This is an entry level position for candidates who are eager to gain experience in trade sales and book marketing, who are organized and detail oriented, and are interested in working as part of a collaborative team.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support to sales and marketing team 
  • Act as point of contact for phone and email inquiries 
  • Manage relationships with customers, vendors, and sales reps
  • Maintain and update systems, schedules, and metadata for frontlist and backlist titles
  • Work with sales and marketing team to develop sales materials and presentations
  • Oversee creation of sales support materials and implementation of department deadlines
  • Coordinate regional trade shows and national industry events
  • Aid with submission of titles to awards


  • Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent
  • Critical thinking and the ability to multitask and meet deadlines 
  • A strong sense of prioritization and attention to detail 
  • Well-honed written and oral communication skills 
  • A strong desire to work in collaborative team-oriented environment

How to Apply

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to  Please send application materials in one PDF doc with subject line “Sales and Marketing Assistant”. No phone calls or snail mail, please.

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2022 Children’s Editorial Internships at Charlesbridge

When and where?

We are looking to fill two 6-month positions: one for January through June and one for July through December. We are asking for a commitment of twelve to fifteen hours a week during the six-month period. There is a preference for candidates who could work in-person at our office in Watertown, MA. The internship is paid at $15/hour. Student applicants must be in their junior year or later. 

We, like many other publishers, recognize the need to publish more books by authors and illustrators from underrepresented groups. But we also believe it is essential to hire employees who reflect the diverse fabric of society. We highly encourage people of African/African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or Native American/Indigenous descent, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities to apply.

What is the work like?

We have a variety of editorial and administrative tasks we always need help with, all of which offer great learning opportunities.

Examples of tasks:

Writing copy, assisting with market research, fact checking, reading submissions, drafting letters to agents, note taking at meetings, franchise brainstorming

Who will you work with?

You will be working as a member of our editorial services team (two other team members), but you will be supporting the editorial department as a whole. 

How do you apply? 

Email with a cover letter and your resume. Relevant experience could be any writing, editorial, art, or design experience you have had on-the-job or in school. Let us know why you are interested in a career in publishing. Please indicate whether you are available for the January-June position or the July-December position.