Job opening detail :
Senior Designer
posted: June 22, 2022
Offered by:
Little Bee Books
Health; Dental; 401K; 401K Employer Match; Vision; Life Insurance; PTO
Full Time
New York, NY
Little Bee Books is looking for a Senior Designer for all children’s imprints including Little Bee Books, BuzzPop, and Yellow Jacket. We are a children’s book publisher dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun books for busy little bees of all ages. Little Bee Books offers an inspired selection of board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, middle grade fiction, graphic novels, and more. Our goal is simple – make great books and have fun doing it. A role at Little Bee Books is an opportunity to be a part of something unique!

The Senior Designer is responsible for every element of book creation—from working with Editorial on the initial concept to the final output of print-ready files. The Senior Designer will work with Editorial, Sales, Marketing/Publicity, Managing Editorial, and Production to ensure that all art and design needs are met for individual titles, spanning across all children’s books formats and genres.

**Hybrid in the office two days per week and must be local as the position will be based out of our New York City office. **

Main Responsibilities:
• Work closely with Art Director to curate the design for titles under all imprints while regularly reporting on progress.
• Ensure proper license requirements and approvals are met for book assets.
• Develop and maintain a relationship with illustrators, both from current and for potential future projects.
• Work with foreign publishers to create translated co-editions or titles.
• Collaborate with the Art Director, fellow design team, and Editorial on new ideas and projects.
• Work with Editorial to determine book concepts and find appropriate illustrators for each concept.
• Oversee work of junior designers on a project by project basis.
• Seek out, and then art direct artists/illustrators/freelancers as necessary, based on feedback from various contributors.
• Oversee procurement of art/design files from other companies for re-packaged titles.
• Provide art direction to illustrators based on feedback from various contributors.
• Procure and manage stock art/photos and fonts as necessary.
• Manage photo assets, and art direct photoshoots.
• Route books throughout various stages of development, gaining the necessary approvals to finalize.
• Present covers to in-house team.
• Make in-house corrections to text, and art/color as necessary.
• Hand letter titles and other text elements.
• Manage schedules of overlapping projects.
• Post images for sales and manage sales image archive throughout book production.
• Complete preflight and output final book files for the printer.

• Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university preferred, or college course work and knowledge gained through equivalent work experience.
• 5+ years of professional experience designing children’s books or children’s products required.
• Proficiency in InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator required.
• Strong foundation in typography and book layout strongly preferred.
• Experience with picture books, novelty books, and activity books required.
• Experience with licensed publishing for children’s books strongly preferred.
• Experience designing middle-grade and young adult novel covers a plus.
• Excellent attention to accuracy, quality, and deadlines while managing multiple projects.
• Strong aesthetic and the ability to communicate creative direction.
• Ability to illustrate and hand-letter a plus.
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

• Ability to work independently, and with minimal supervision.

• Good verbal and written communication skills.
• Design portfolio required.

Hours of Work, Location, Salary and Benefits:
• Full-time
• Will be based out of our New York City Office
• Competitive salary
• Health, Dental, Vision, 401K Employer Match, Life Insurance, PTO
About Our  
About Little Bee Books: Little Bee Books, the company’s eponymous imprint, is dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun children’s books for busy little bees ages 0 through 12, offering an inspired selection of early learning concept books, board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, and more. For more information, please visit

About BuzzPop: BuzzPop, an imprint of Little Bee Books, creates media and licensing books designed to bring the very best of pop culture, favorite brands, and media tie-ins to fans of all ages. With a list including bilingual Disney books, a full line of L.O.L. Surprise! titles, and Crayola coloring and activity books, as well as publishing programs featuring boundary-breaking social media influencers such as Meredith Foster and Karina Garcia, BuzzPop is devoted to creating empowering and diverse books for everyone. For more information, please visit

About Yellow Jacket: Yellow Jacket, an imprint of Little Bee Books, publishes middle grade and young adult series and standalone titles for ages 8 and up, covering an array of genres including humor, historical fiction, magical realism, coming-of-age stories, graphic novels, and much more. For more information, please visit

Little Bee Books is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, alienage, disability, age or perceived age, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, partnership status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or any other characteristic protected by law (referred to as "protected status"). This nondiscrimination policy extends to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment as well as the use of all company facilities, participation in all company-sponsored activities, and all employment actions such as promotions, compensation, and benefits.
Please apply by sending your resume to and listing the position you are applying for in the subject line. Please be sure to note your salary expectations. We would love to hear more about you and your passion for our company so please feel free to send a letter, video, comic monologue, or whatever best showcases you.
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