Associate Editor

Albert Whitman & Company is seeking a children’s book Associate Editor. The Associate Editor will have responsibility for content acquisition, list development, author and project management, developmental editing, and some copyediting. The Editor must have strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to work independently as well as within a group environment.

Responsibilities
• Manage editorial and process of series titles, working with writers, illustrators, and production staff, adhering to series bibles and style guides
• Manage backlist titles for reprint, correcting errors and making other editorial changes as needed
• Acquire, develop and edit manuscripts for children’s picture books as well as middle-grade and young adult novels
• Cultivate and manage relationships with authors and/or agents
• Write jacket and preliminary marketing copy for frontlist titles
• Research competitive titles and determine project positioning
• Administrative duties including copyright application, metadata development, and manuscript styling

Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in English, literature, or journalism
• Minimum 3 years experience in publishing
• Experience in copyediting and strong knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style
• Excellent attention to detail, quality, process, and organization
• Ability to identify potential problems and resolve them before they become actual problems
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Exceptional oral and written communication skills
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; Knowledge of InDesign a plus
• Capable of learning new processes and technologies quickly
• Able to travel to work-related events and meetings (once or twice a year)

About us

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. Our highly praised picture books, novels, and nonfiction titles succeed in delighting and reaching out to children and teens of all backgrounds and experiences. All of our Albert Whitman books treat readers in a caring and respectful manner, helping them to grow intellectually and emotionally. Applicants should send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and a sample list of acquired titles and/or conceptualized projects to: hr@albertwhitman.com