Senior Art Director

We are currently searching for a Senior Art Director to join our creative team. The ideal candidate is a motivated and creative individual with book design experience that possesses strong skills in design, layout, typography, and time-management. This position encompasses a wide range of responsibilities conceptualizing, art directing, designing, and managing the creation of high-quality picture books and packaging. We are looking for someone with impeccable attention to detail, an ability to work independently, and, above all, a book lover.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Working collaboratively with all members of the creative and editorial team on the development of the project from concept to finish
  • Providing art direction and designing a book from manuscript to bound book
  • Conceptualizing and executing packaging designs
  • Communicating with editors, production, and marketing throughout the process
  • Hiring and managing freelance designers, illustrators, and photographers
  • Maintaining a strong working knowledge of the children’s market
  • Creating mock-ups and sales materials
  • Working with production to ensure accurate product development to final book/product
  • Providing print ready files to the printer and approving all stages of that production
  • Managing design process via regular group meetings with editorial and production editor
  • Presenting and preparing appropriate defense and rationale for designs
  • Serving as primary point of contact for all communication relative to development of a book including, industry comp research, illustrator selection, sketch and final layout review/routing, and production
  • Reviewing illustrator portfolios and matching their skills to the right book
  • Commissioning illustrators/photographers
  • Preparing appropriate offer memos for each project
  • Bringing creative and innovative product ideas to the table
  • Assisting the creative team to conceive, design, and produce mechanicals for books and packaging
  • Taking a project through to completion involving mechanical preparation, overseeing of final file production, proofing, and coordination of printing with Production Department
  • Uploading final files to our external vendors

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have at least 10 years of experience in a design related field and a minimum of 5 years of experience as an art director
  • Three years book design experience, ideally children’s
  • Must have expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, AcrobatPro)
  • Must be passionate about children’s books and book design
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Should have the ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Must be detail oriented and have strong organization skills
  • Applications must submit a cover letter and resume
  • Applicants should include a link to an online portfolio

Applicants should send cover letter, resume, link to online portfolio, and salary requirements to: recruiter@hr-consultingsolutions.com



Associate Digital Marketing Manager

We are currently searching for a highly focused and motivated Associate Digital Marketing Manager to work closely with our publicity and marketing team to create integrated campaigns across all channels with a focus on social media, email marketing, and our websites. We are looking for someone with impeccable attention to detail, an ability to work independently, and, above all, a book lover.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Developing, implementing, and managing full digital marketing campaigns for a variety of children’s picture books, middle grade, and YA titles, as well as the 75-year-old Boxcar Children brand
  • Writing and creating original, fun, and engaging content for online platforms
  • Developing, implementing, and supporting an SEO strategy for all Albert Whitman & Company sites
  • Executing ebook promotions and marketing strategies in collaboration with sales and marketing teams
  • Optimizing marketing campaigns, including email marketing, social media, and search advertising
  • Tracking performance of digital marketing efforts, sharing the results, and adjusting efforts based on effectiveness
  • Providing guidance, support, and education to authors, illustrators, editors, and other staff regarding best practices for social media and email marketing
  • Building the AW and Boxcar Children audiences and fostering engagement with our followers, fans, and e-newsletter subscribers
  • Developing new relationships and keeping abreast of digital marketing trends and emerging technologies to enhance digital marketing efforts

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising, communications, or related discipline, and 5+ years of digital marketing and/or online advertising experience
  • Book publishing experience highly desired
  • Experience developing an SEO strategy across multiple brands
  • Knowledge of digital and traditional marketing vehicles, and a finger on the pulse of developing digital marketing trends
  • Experience managing multiple social media campaigns using a social media dashboard such as HootSuite or Sprout Social
  • Exceptional communication, organization, project management, and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and think and write creatively
  • Experience with HTML, WordPress, Emma/Mailchimp/Constant Contact, and digital content creation apps (like Adobe Spark or After Effects)

Applicants should send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: recruiter@hr-consultingsolutions.com

 


A Little More About Us

Located just outside of Chicago in Park Ridge, Illinois, Albert Whitman & Company has been publishing award-winning children’s books since 1919. We are best known for the classic series the Boxcar Children® Mysteries, but all of our books treat their readers in a caring and respectful manner, helping them to grow intellectually and emotionally. We have great respect for our fellow employees, readers, authors, illustrators, opinion makers, vendors, customers, and all those with whom we collaborate. We are passionate about books—we love what we do and we love who we work with. We are dedicated to continuing our tradition of creating award-worthy books for children! Are you the next member of our team?