Albert Whitman & Company is an independent publisher that has been producing award- winning children’s books since 1919. Our mission is to delight and engage children and teens of all backgrounds and experiences.

Senior Editor

We are currently seeking a children’s book Senior Editor. The Senior Editor will acquire and edit at least a dozen titles per year, ranging from board and picture books for children to novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Responsibilities include content acquisition, contract negotiation, list development, author and project management, developmental editing, and some copyediting. The Senior Editor must have strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to work independently as well as within a group environment.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Acquire, develop, and edit a varied range of manuscripts: board books, picture books, children’s nonfiction, chapter books, and novels for middle grade and young adult readers
  • Manage editorial process from conception to publication to ensure deadlines, budget, and quality expectations are met
  • Negotiate contracts with authors, agents, and freelancers
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with authors, agents and other industry contacts
  • Write jacket and preliminary marketing copy for frontlist titles
  • Research competitive titles and determine project positioning
  • Seek our ways to improve and expand processes and department goals
  • Evaluate market trends and data to identify and pursue new opportunities
  • Work closely with other departments to maximize profitability
  • Take part in brainstorming sessions and contribute to the creative vision of Albert Whitman & Company

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in English, literature, or journalism
  • Minimum seven years’ experience in children’s publishing, including four years’ experience acquiring new titles
  • Experience with negotiating contracts and rights deals
  • Strong and up-to-date knowledge of the retail and library markets for children’s and young adult books
  • Experience in copyediting and strong knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Excellent attention to detail, quality, process, and organization
  • Able 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 (twice a year)

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. 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. 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?

Albert Whitman & Company offers a full benefits package including Blue Cross Blue Shield medical insurance, dental insurance, 401k with contribution matching, a quarterly bonus program and gym membership.

Applicants should send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and a sample list of acquired titles and/or conceptualized projects to: hr@albertwhitman.com


Editor

We are currently seeking a children’s book Editor. The Editor will acquire and edit at least a dozen titles per year, ranging from board and picture books for children to novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Responsibilities include content acquisition, 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.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Acquire, develop, and edit a varied range of manuscripts: board books, picture books, children’s nonfiction, chapter books, and novels for middle grade and young adult readers
  • Manage editorial process from conception to publication
  • Work to develop and maintain style guides for series titles
  • Negotiate contracts with authors, agents, and freelancers
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with authors, agents and other industry contacts
  • Write jacket copy and compile preliminary marketing materials and metadata for frontlist titles
  • Research competitive titles and determine project positioning

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in English, literature, or journalism
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years’ experience in children’s publishing, including two years’ experience acquiring new titles
  • Experience in copyediting and strong knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Excellent attention to detail, quality, process, and organization; must be able 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)

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. 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. 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?

Albert Whitman & Company offers a full benefits package including Blue Cross Blue Shield medical insurance, dental insurance, 401k with contribution matching, a quarterly bonus program and gym membership.

Applicants should send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and a sample list of acquired titles and/or conceptualized projects to: hr@albertwhitman.com