College Production Assistant

    • Job ID: 512989-680174
    • Location: New York, NY
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
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Job Description:

W.W. Norton & Company is seeking a Book Production Assistant for college textbooks, to help produce front-list reprints, custom reprints and other custom products, and perform general administrative support duties. The Book Production Assistant will report to the Director of College Production, with training and supervision from the Associate Director of College Production and reprint and custom staff members. This is a book production position, not writing, editorial, or film/video production—please do not apply if these are your areas of interest.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the following:
  1. Semi-annual reprint activity through various stages of production
  2. Alternate-format rebinds of books for Custom publishing program
  3. Folders for password-protected online access to ebooks and study materials, to be sold at college bookstores
  4. Quarterly updates of online content for digital ancillaries and other products
  • Work with paper merchants to purchase text stock for reprint titles and monitor paper inventories for most-efficient use of existing stocks
  • Work with several book manufacturing companies and component vendors to ensure timely printing and shipping of titles
  • Collaborate with Editorial, Manuscript Editorial, and Design departments to usher books through the reprint cycle
  • Work with outside composition houses to manage type corrections to titles
  • Collaborate with Media Editorial, Media Managing Editorial, and back-end IT staff to usher content updates and corrections of online digital products
  • Maintain an accurate database of all projects in process
  • Perform general departmental support functions as needed, such as outputting and distributing biweekly production status report, serving as secretary for monthly department meetings, and other similar tasks

Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Employment eligibility to work with W.W. Norton & Company in the US
  • Must be able to work full business hours
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes
  • Must be highly organized, disciplined, and self-motivated
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Must have excellent time management skills and be capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing across activities and projects
  • Book production internship(s) a plus
  • The ideal candidate will be curious about books and making them, and will have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of an ever-changing publishing industry. The College Production Department is a group of intelligent, engaged, and collegial people, who never hesitate to help each other when needed, and we hope to find a candidate who will thrive in that environment

Technical Skills:

  • Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat a must. Proficiency with FileMaker, Photoshop, and page layout software (InDesign) a plus