Associate Art Director, Trade

    • Job ID: 512989-825758
    • Location: Remote, Open
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Years of Experience: Any
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Job Description:

W.W. Norton & Company has an opening for an Associate Art Director in their award-winning Trade Art Department. Come join a growing and energized team where you can work on prizewinning books with a group of industry leading creatives. The Associate Art Director will be responsible for managing, art directing, and designing approximately 8-11 titles per season from the trade hardcover list. They will also provide support for the team in all areas of the publishing process. Candidates must have an excellent portfolio which include book covers and have an understanding and passion for the book publishing process. Candidates must be exhibit attention to detail, a critical eye for design, and have excellent communication and organization skills. We’re looking to bring in a passionate designer who is looking to push the boundaries of their creativity and make their mark in the publishing landscape. This position is a full-time remote position with a requirement to come into the New York office at least once per publishing season for a week of meetings and interdepartmental collaboration. This position reports directly to the Creative Director of the Trade Department.


Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the full design process from launch to pre-press for their own list of approximately 8-11 trade hardcover titles per list (24-33 per year) across the Norton and Liveright imprints spanning poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.
  • Art direct freelance designers and designing original covers from their own list. It’s the responsibility of the Associate Art Director, in collaboration with the Creative Director, to determine the split of work freelanced out and work designed by themselves.
  • Meet weekly and seasonal deadlines which involve presenting their work for approval in art meetings.
  • Work with the Trade Art Studio Manager and Art Rights Coordinator to ensure good practices with font and art right clearances.
  • Provide support and collaboration to design and art direction staff when needed or as designated by the Creative Director.
  • Maintain clear communication with editorial and production staff on a regular basis.

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover all activities required of the employee.



Experience and Skills:

Required Qualifications:

  • Must have a strong portfolio that shows versatility of style and proficiency across multiple genres and topics.
  • Exceptional typographic sensibility.
  • Portfolio must exhibit original ideas and original design executions that feel unique and interesting.
  • At least 6-7 years of work experience required. Experience at a publisher or working with publishers in a freelance capacity for most of those years is preferred.
  • Must be comfortable, efficient, and an effective communicator while working in a remote environment.
  • Employment eligibility to work with W.W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
  • W. W. Norton & Company (Norton) strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all new Norton hires. Norton makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities, sincerely held religious beliefs, or other conditions protected by applicable law.