Careers

About Charlesbridge Publishing

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: 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, in-house position with benefits. Our office is located in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Description

Working as part of our sales and marketing team and reporting to the 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
  • Assist with the management of 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
  • Assist with the creation of sales support materials
  • Coordinate regional trade shows and national industry events
  • Aid with submission of titles for awards
  • Assist with maintenance of company websites

Qualifications

  • 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
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel

How to Apply

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to personnel@charlesbridge.com. Please do not contact us by phone. 


Job Posting: Designer

Charlesbridge, an independent publisher seeks a creative, organized, energetic designer to join the design department. This is a full-time, in-house position with benefits. Our office is located in Watertown, Massachusetts. We believe in hiring the right person more than filling a specific position, so a range of design experience is welcome to apply. Two plus years of experience as a book designer with a strong interest in children’s books is required; art direction experience is preferred.

Job Description

A designer at Charlesbridge both designs and art directs books working closely in a team environment with the editor, author, and illustrator. The designer prepares support materials for their books and accurate files for pre-press and the printer. The designer must have a deep understanding of all children’s literature formats from board book to YA.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Design books in accordance with the principles of good book design
  • Research, propose, and contract illustrators whose work complements and enhances the manuscript; working closely with illustrators to make beautiful books that generate strong sales and critical acclaim
  • Prepare accurate files for prepress using best practices of book production and following printer specifications
  • Manage multiple projects and schedules 

Qualifications

Our ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience in book design and art direction, be a creative problem solver, who is able to thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoys working as part of a team. Additional qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or the equivalent
  • Extensive knowledge of typography, graphic design, and color theory; able to harmonize text and art
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud software (especially InDesign and Photoshop)
  • Proficiency in the Mac environment, including computer management skills such as back up, upgrades, and maintenance; Microsoft Office; and font management software.
  • Willingness to travel.

How to Apply

Please send your resume, a cover letter, and a PDF design portfolio or link to a design portfolio to Diane Earley, Art Director, at dearley@charlesbridge.com. Please do not contact us by phone.

 

Job Posting: Editorial Assistant to the Executive Editor

Charlesbridge, an independent publisher in Watertown, Massachusetts, is in search of an organized, detail-oriented, creative Editorial Assistant with a passion for children’s books and bookmaking. The Editorial Assistant reports to the Executive Editor. This is a full-time (5 days, 35 hours/week) benefited and salaried in-office position. There is potential for upward mobility over time, including acquiring and editing books.

Job Description

The Editorial Assistant assists the Executive Editor with young adult, franchise, and Spanish/bilingual titles; provides additional editorial support to the nonfiction editor; and offers administrative support for the editorial department.

Essential 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, including selling points, creative vision, competition, and appropriate financials
  • 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 a creative flair
  • Assist with evaluating sketches, final art, layouts, and proofs, balancing aesthetic, creative, and financial concerns while collaborating with design and production colleagues
  • Conduct market research and post-publication analysis
  • Manage all unsolicited departmental submissions
  • Manage the CIP data and apply for copyrights for all books
  • Manage in-house files for all books and request contract copies for creators
  • Upkeep and improve editorial procedure manuals and department systems
  • Plan department meetings and events
  • Attend industry events, trade shows, and conferences as assigned
  • Support the editorial department with administrative tasks

Essential Skills

  • Excellent organization
  • Attention to detail
  • Collaborative spirit
  • Deadline conscious
  • 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, performs efficiently under pressure, thrives in a fast-paced environment, and enjoys working as part of a team. Spanish language skills a plus.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume in one PDF document with subject line "Executive Editor EA" to Karen Boss, Editor, at <karen@charlesbridge.com>. No phone calls or snail mail, please. 

Job Posting: Editorial Assistant to the Associate Publisher/Editorial Director

Charlesbridge, an independent publisher in Watertown, Massachusetts, is in search of an organized, detail-oriented, creative Editorial Assistant with a passion for children’s books and bookmaking. The Editorial Assistant reports to the Associate Publisher/Editorial Director. This is a full-time (5 days, 35 hours/week) benefited and salaried in-office position. There is potential for upward mobility over time, including acquiring and editing books.

Job Description

The Editorial Assistant assists the Associate Publisher/Editorial Director, manages the paperback/new editions program, edits imported books, and provides administrative support for the editorial department.

Essential 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, including selling points, creative vision, competition, and appropriate financials
  • 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 a creative flair
  • Assist with evaluating sketches, final art, layouts, and proofs, balancing aesthetic, creative, and financial concerns while collaborating with design and production colleagues
  • Conduct market research and post-publication analysis
  • Assist with managing and evaluating foreign submissions and preparing for annual Bologna international fair
  • Edit books imported into the US market, including editing translations when appropriate
  • Manage the paperback program, editing and preparing books to go into new formats
  • Process completed contracts and manage all advance payments for authors and illustrators
  • Manage relationships with, projects for, and payment of freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, and translators
  • Attend industry events, trade shows, and conferences as assigned
  • Support the editorial department with administrative tasks

Essential Skills

  • Excellent organization
  • Attention to detail
  • Collaborative spirit
  • Deadline conscious
  • 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 will have a bachelor’s degree, some prior knowledge of children’s books, perform efficiently under pressure, be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and enjoy working as part of a team.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume in one PDF document with subject line "Associate Publisher/Editorial Director EA" to Karen Boss, Editor, at <karen@charlesbridge.com>. No phone calls or snail mail, please.