Editorial Assistant, Literature, Composition & Rhetoric Textbooks

    • Job ID: 512989-625532
    • Location: New York, NY
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Years of Experience: Any
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Job Description:

W.W. Norton & Company is seeking a print Editorial Assistant to support the Editor for college textbooks in Literature and the Editor for college textbooks in Composition & Rhetoric.

Essential job responsibilities include:

  • Management of manuscripts in all stages of production - Sending manuscript to be reviewed by college instructors. Preparing manuscript for copyediting and production. Checking art manuscript and creating photo logs for manuscript.
  • Project Management - Maintain schedules and deadlines as set by editorial managers. Creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities. Maintaining records to editorial standards.
  • Professional customer and author relationship management - Professionally interacting with authors, college faculty, marketing, and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests/information and in general, anticipating when to proactively act on messages (including relaying messages with a sense of urgency).
  • Document management - Emailing, scanning, faxing, copying, and printing. Organizing and maintaining files.
  • Data Management - Extracting data from internal web based information portals. Aggregating data from various sources. Information gathering and following up.

Experience and Skills:


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Employment eligibility to work with W.W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
  • Must be able to work full business hours from our New York City office.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communications skills.
  • Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions.
  • Must be able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of employees. Must be seen as knowledgeable and capable of handling sensitive, critical information.
  • Must be proactive, flexible, and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment and adjust with a "can-do" attitude.
  • Must be self-directed and independent.
  • Must have excellent time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking across departments, activities, and projects.
  • Must be very detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
  • A passion for publishing and the ambition to succeed in the field is strongly preferred.
  • A background and interest in literature or composition is preferred but not required.
  • Experience working in a writing center as a writing tutor is preferred but not required.
  • Mastery of email and calendar management tools, specifically Outlook.
  • Strength with MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel is a must.