Job opening detail :
Director, Children’s Publishing
posted: Apr. 2, 2021
Offered by:
Workman Publishing Co.
Health; Dental; 401K; Bonus; Profit-sharing
Full Time
New York, NY
Workman Publishing, the publishers of Brain Quest, Sandra Boynton, Big Fat Notebooks, Indestructibles, Paint by Sticker; classics like Pop Bottle Science and Beautiful Oops! that redefine what a book can be; plus recent, significant titles like The ABCs of Black History, Stories of the Saints, and The Constitution Decoded, is looking for a director for its children’s department. The candidate should have at least ten years’ experience in a relevant field but, much more importantly, a vision for exciting, diverse, and commercial children’s nonfiction. Candidates of color are encouraged to apply.
This is an exciting opportunity: The staff in place are superior. The books they publish are excellent. The business is strong and growing. The right person will know how to take advantage of this opportunity, honoring the books, the brands, and the backlist in place, while developing groundbreaking books and brands for the future.
• Manage, inspire, and lead a staff of 10 (and growing)
• Build an exciting, diverse, and balanced list that reaches babies, toddlers, young children, middle-schoolers, and even some teenagers
• Inspire, help, and support staff as they develop, acquire, and publish exciting nonfiction
• Acquire and edit at least 4-6 books a year
• Supervise the children’s art department; assist in the selection of illustrators; be a creative voice in conversations about layouts, covers, and packaging
• Engage with the world of children’s publishing and with agents; be an ambassador for Workman’s children’s department to the outside world
• Innovate
• Work closely and creatively on a day-to-day basis with all other departments to maintain the excellence of the list, help grow sales and revenue, and meet deadlines
• Lead the department into meaningful, polished, and fun presentations at launches and sales conferences
• Negotiate contracts
• Run all meetings for the children’s department; actively participate in Workman imprint editorial, acquisitions, and cover meetings

• 10+ years of relevant editorial experience; experience in creating books for children 0-6 a plus
• Leadership skills and experience
• Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to advocate for books in-house and out
• Excellent editorial skills; we are looking for a person who cares about the details as well as the big picture
• A developed design sensibility; facility with product development a plus
• A proven commitment to bringing diversity and inclusion to children’s books
• A deep knowledge of the marketplace

• Strong problem-solving skills
• Strong time-management skills
• Knowing how to work with a creative team is a must
• Passion for Workman’s eclectic and commercial children’s list
• A comfort with the business side of publishing
• An interest in the Workman calendar and puzzle businesses is a plus

We are actively seeking job applicants who reflect a broad representation of differences, including race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, neurodiversity, age, family status, economic background and status, and perspective. 

Please note that, due to COVID-19, this position will be working from home for the foreseeable future, although interested candidates must reside in either NY, NJ, or CT and be able to commute to Workman’s NYC office when it’s once again safe to work in an office environment.
About Our  
Workman Publishing Co., Inc., is an independently owned family of publishers, including
Workman Publishing, Workman Audio, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Algonquin Young Readers, Artisan, Storey Publishing, and Timber Press. Workman also partners with The Experiment, duopress, Erewhon Books, Familius, and Future House Publishing. Workman publishes award-winning children’s books, cookbooks, parenting/pregnancy guides, and books on gardening, country living, and humor, as well as gift books, fiction, and the bestselling calendar line in the business. The company is headquartered in New York City’s Greenwich Village, with additional offices in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; North Adams, Massachusetts; and Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit
Please send your resume and cover letter, including something you particularly like about the Workman children’s list and something you find lacking, to We apologize in advance for our inability to respond to all applicants.
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